Saturday, September 11, 2010

Questions the media might ask of a true moderate Muslim

The media might like to claim that Imam Abdul Rauf is a moderate Muslim who just wants to build ties between the Muslim world and Americans. And when he threatens that Muslims throughout the world would riot and commit violence if his mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero is moved, he's not really using the threat of Muslim violence to pressure Americans to endorse his plan. I prefer the message of M. Zuhdi Jasser who has some pointed questions for Rauf.
must ask Imam Rauf: For what do you stand—what's best for Americans overall, or for what you think is best for Islam? What have you said and argued to Muslim-majority nations to address their need for reform? You have said that Islam does not need reform, despite the stoning of women in Muslim countries, death sentences for apostates, and oppression of reformist Muslims and non-Muslims.

You now lecture Americans that WTC mosque protests are "politically motivated" and "go against the American principle of church and state." Yet you ignore the wide global prevalence of far more dangerous theo-political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and all of its violent and nonviolent offshoots.

In your book, "What's Right With Islam," you cite the Brotherhood's radical longtime spiritual leader Imam Yusuf Qaradawi as a "moderate." Reformist American Muslims are not afraid to name Mr. Qaradawi and his ilk as radical. We Muslims should first separate mosque and state before lecturing Americans about church and state.
I'm tired of being lectured about Islamophobia from a media that hesitates to mention a man's religion when he murdered American soldiers in the name of Allah at Fort Hood. And I certainly don't want to hear from Time Magazine that peddles anti-Semitic tales in its issue that came out the week of Rosh Hashanah about Israelis not wanting peace because they're so busy making money after it spent the previous issue saying that Americans are Islamophobic because they object to the building near Ground Zero. And the media might ask itself why it elevated the rantings of a truly obscure Florida minister's publicity-seeking stunt of threatening to burn Korans to such an extent that now more publicity-seekers are saying they're going to burn Korans just so they can get that same attention. This whole sorry story is totally a media creation. There are some stories that would simply fade away if we just ignored them and this is surely one of them. But the media made such a fuss about it that we had riots in Afghanistan and the President and General Petraeus had to speak up. The minister is an odious fool, but he could have remained in his well-deserved obscurity if the media had simply denied him his soapbox. But then that wouldn't have served the template of the preferred media storyline of an Islamophobic America instead of a sincere investigation of what someone like Rauf truly believes about Islamic violence and America.

UPDATE: Now the media is angry because they're realizing that Rev. Terry Jones has been using them. Like that's never happened before and as if they weren't willing and eager participants in their own manipulation. They've been played and they don't like having to wait around in the heat to realize it. Heh.