Is America Islamophobic? an article by Paul Mirengoff at Powerline:
“Following up on Time Magazine’s article arguing that American may be Islamophobic, the Washington Post takes its stab at pressing the indictment. Post writer Annie Gowen focuses mostly on opposition to a proposed sprawling Islamic center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Post claims that opposition is intense, but it presents no data on where overall public opinion in the area stands. Thus, the Post apparently has no idea whether the headline of the story that appeared in the print edition — “Nowhere near Ground Zero, but no more welcome” — is accurate.
The Post does refer to a poll that appeared in the Time article finding that 43 percent of Americans hold unfavorable views of Muslims. But which Muslims were the respondents referring to when they answered?
Was it the Muslims they know personally or the Muslims involved with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation trial? Was it the Muslims who cheered the 9/11 attacks, the Muslims who condemned them, or the Muslims who called the attacks a crime, but claimed America was an accomplice? Was it the Muslim population in peaceful Indonesia or the Muslim population in Gaza? Was it the Iranian dissidents or the Iranian government?
The Post notes that 25 percent of respondents said that most Muslims are not patriotic Americans. If this answer to an empirical question is incorrect (I assume it is, but don’t really know), the conclusion should be that a relatively small, though certainly not de minimis, percentage of Americans showed bias in their answer to this question. The conclusion should not be that America as a whole is Islamophobic; if anything, the opposite conclusion better fits this piece of data.
The Post acknowledges that the overall level of anti-Muslim sentiment hasn’t shifted much as a result of the Ground Zero Mosque controversy. But it quotes unnamed “religious scholars and other experts” who find the change in tone “striking.” That’s certainly possible, given the “in your face” nature of the decision to build a mosque on the site of a building that was damaged by the deadly 9/11 attack. But if overall sentiment hasn’t changed, one wonders why Time and the Post are suddenly suggesting that Americans are Islamophobes.
In the end, of course, the question comes down to how one defines Islamophobia. If it means disliking American Muslims because of their religion, then I don’t think the charge sticks. If it means disliking a good deal of what many Muslims are doing in the wider world, and seeing some sort of a connection between that conduct and the religion of Islam, then Americans may well be Islamophobic. But we would be fools if we weren’t.”
Comment: White Americans, actually only conservative white Americans to be more accurate, are called racists because they are not Leftists and they are white. Conservative blacks are called “Uncle Toms” or oreos, in American black lingo.
There is much for all Americans to dislike about American black culture…..its violence….its dysfunctional pecking order and family disorder, its devotion to avoid education, its denigration of the female, and so on. It is not a religion exactly, but its adhesive of choice keeping it together, is, of course, being black, which these days means in the cultural propaganda, ’sisters and brothers’ who are superior to whitey because they ARE black……..which is racist by nearly any definition. Many blacks have risen above this black ‘behavior’….and many ignore it when they venture outside of this inner city driven culture. Many others simply live a rather normal life raising a family despite the environment.
We all know that white Lefties play on this black racism for political advantage. Many are news opinion writers for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and so on and so on….University professors play similar games in their classrooms and writings.
Most Americans know exactly what I am describing here, but have been trained never to seek truth in these racial political, religious and social matters when dealing with minorities made sacred by the left. Minorities are not considered minorities unless they are bought to huddle under the umbrella of Marxist Left.
The American Left is in the process of creating a similar sacred aura around the Muslim…….the suffering Muslim who lives and works under ’the terror’ of right wing extremists……any and all who don’t play the 21st Century Muslim games of sharing what you have in return for nothing.
Only white conservatives can be determined as bigots….racists…..homophobes…..sexists ……and so on. The same lefty reporters, professors, film directors and producers, ‘educators’ at all levels who formed the American black as sacred and therefore beyond any negative criticism no matter how vile the crimes, are applying these distinctions to this new American community, the muslim.
This is the natural way of the Left to bond together its constituencies in a free society.
Dennis Prager reported on his radio show a few days ago that of dozens of mainstream media newspapers he had examined, not a single writer on the Rauh-Ground Zero battle failed to accuse the opponents of the mosque at or close to the site as primitive, vile, and bigotted.
What is most important to the Left is that its opponents be destroyed, fair or foul doesn’t matter.
How can the American Left and today’s Islam, the religion of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, Morocco, Syria, 21st century Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and so on, have anything in common except the green greed for power in both.
How can any normal person today who is aware of the Islam world today trust the motives of anything Muslim?
Yes, fellow Americans, the majority of American born, American educated muslims are likely to be American in culture.
These are not the Muslims who command today’s cultural wars. These are not the Muslims who are the murderers and teach murder as vital to the spread of Islam throughout the world. These are not the Muslims who murdered on rampage against cartoons of someone name Muhammed. These are not the Muslims who slaughtered the innocent on September 11 or the innocent in Iraq every day of every week. These are not the Muslims who ban, burn or destroy anything Christian in their neighborhoods. They are still Americans.
The American black has been far more civilized in its own history. Many in its community have broken out of its own brands of racist disorder and have joined the American way of life as never before. But the majority in the community has suffered tremendously from its own politics of violence, distortion, extortion, and lies caused primarily by their marriage with the Left from whom they have enjoyed small political and monetary gains for their obeisance at the polls.
The habits of the American Left have become so paralyzing to themselves and their followers, they are unable to gather words except the screams of racism and bigotry. They are attempting to create a Muslim following to join the American black inner city extremists to spread the words of the Jeremiah Wrights “Goddamn America church and a Nation of Islam community.
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