Over-exposure, I think, has desensitised me to the thrumming drone of hate and ignorance endlessly emitted by the world’s media. Or maybe it’s simply that I’m lucky enough to be able to watch things unfold with nothing more than a hint of amusement and detached sanctimony afforded by my status as a university-educated middle class white guy in the UK.
In the past couple of days, however, I’ve speed-read a handful of articles that made me stop, force myself to properly digest the unbelievable nonsense before my eyes, and wonder how have things got so bad?
But, frankly, Muslim life is cheap, most notably to Muslims. And among those Muslims led by the Imam Rauf there is hardly one who has raised a fuss about the routine and random bloodshed that defines their brotherhood. So, yes, I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.
We are doing a poor job of fighting the terrorists at home if we continue to allow Muslim immigrants, especially from Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, into America. We won’t win this war if we permit the uncontrolled construction of mosques, as well as Islamic schools, some of which already have sown the seeds from which future terrorists will be cultivated.
We must purge the evil from among us, or else.
Purging Evil (TownHall)
The Portland Press Herald has apologized to its readers for publishing images of Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, which this year coincided with the 9/11 anniversary. Among the outrageous statements that the accompanying article made: that Portland-era Muslims met to mark the end of the month-long holy fast, that they made a traditional call for charity, and that children played soccer.
Noting that thousands of local Muslims marked a holy day peacefully near the anniversary of a day when a few Muslims committed a mass murder (whose victims included other Muslims) was apparently beyond the pale. The paper’s editor and publisher wrote: “We erred by at least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on the front page.”
Paper to Readers: Sorry for Portraying Muslims as Human (Time Magazine)
James Poniewozi (writer of the Time Magazine article) nailed it – all of the above represent an effort to dehumanise Muslims. So we’re told they’re “evil”, they’re not entitled to the same rights as us, and it’s evidence of “imbalance” if they’re shown behaving as “normal” people.
I don’t really know what can be done about this. This sudden surge (if that is what it is) of anti-Islamic propaganda is not a reaction to any increased threat. Truth be told this sentiment will probably just fester and grow until someone goes too far and it finally pops in a bloody, pusfull mess. Maybe some will learn an important lesson for a short time (and the hatemongers will skulk, temporarily, back into their holes), but fast-forward another 50-60 years and a new generation of columnists will be regurgitating similar arguments, though possibly with a new enemy in mind, revising history as needed.