Muslims maligned, speaker declares
Commentators fuel suspicions, he says Wednesday, February 20, 2008By Bruce Nolan
American culture's view of American Muslims and Islam is steadily deteriorating under an onslaught of "bigotry" on cable news shows, newspaper op-ed pages and in the blogosphere, an Arab-American activist told an audience at Tulane University Tuesday.
That's a significant shift, said Hussein Ibish, founder of the Foundation for Arab-American Leadership in Washington.
For decades before 9/11, it was Hollywood that handed Americans the perceived wisdom on Arabs as passionate, hyper-sexed, irrational and cruel -- from movies such as Rudolph Valentino's 1921 silent classic "The Sheik" to turn-of-the-century thrillers such as "The Rules of Engagement" that portrayed Arabs only as terrorists, Ibish said.
Since the attacks on the World Trade Center, however, Hollywood has backed off. Meantime, Ibish said, commentators and politicians on the right -- and a few on the left -- have replaced film stereotypes with hours of talking-head air time that misrepresents Islam and fuels suspicion about American Muslims as secret sympathizers with terrorists.
Ibish, although formally trained as a literature scholar at the University of Massachusetts, works in public policy now. He described his foundation as one that trains Arab-American leaders to describe their values to the broader culture in easily understood American terms. He appeared as part of a university symposium on relations between the United States and the Islamic world.
Ibish is an occasional guest on cable talk shows, often recruited to represent an Arab-American point of view in some cultural or civil liberties conflict. He has had at least a couple of sharp exchanges with the Fox News Network's Michelle Malkin. One, in May, turned on whether the Kansas City airport's decision to install a faucet so Muslim cab drivers could wash their feet before prayer constituted a cave-in to militant Islam.
Since 9/11, he said, commentators such as Malkin, Ann Coulter, Charles Krauthammer, Daniel Pipes and David Horowitz have transferred old anti-Arab stereotypes to Islam, in a stream of "incredibly bigoted commentary" that would not have been tolerated before then.
"This is what explains the collapse of the good name of Islam," he said. [The cause of the collapse is the lessening of ignorance on the part of the dhimmis/infidels...The more they study islam & its 1400 years of history - - - filled with blood & conquest - - - they see how islam & moslems intend on conquering them in 2009...]
In this context, Ibish said, the West sees Islam as bent on its destruction and American Muslims as suspected allies who cannot credibly deny otherwise. Thus, ethnic profiling becomes reasonable and forced internment or mandatory identification of Muslims becomes a potential remedy, he said.
Moreover, any request for cultural accommodation, such as the water faucet in the Kansas City airport, may be linked back to the memory of 9/11.
Ibish said he did not want to sound alarmist. "This is still a great country to live in," he said, but added that a growing climate of suspicion toward Muslims -- and the automatic dismissal of Muslim denials -- make the situation steadily worse.
"There are people who want to make it impossible for the American Muslim community to engage in dialogue," Ibish said.
While most of the anti-Islamic rhetoric comes from the right, it occasionally comes from the left as well, he said.
HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ! ! !
I don't want to dialogue with moslems & islam while they swing their scimitar to chop off the heads of infidels & push for infidels to become dhimmis...
Take your jihad back to DAR AL ISLAM, that is where you belong...
Noble Qur'an:2:190 Footnote:
"Jihad is holy fighting in Allah's Cause with full force of numbers and weaponry. It is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars. By Jihad Islam is established, Allah's Word is made superior (which means only Allah has the right to be worshiped), and Islam is propagated. By abandoning Jihad Islam is destroyed and Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim. He who tries to escape from this duty, or does not fulfill this duty, dies as a hypocrite."
"A man came to the Prophet and asked, 'A man fights for war booty; another fights for fame and a third fights for showing off; which of them fights in Allah's Cause?' The Prophet said, 'He who fights that Allah's Word, Islam, should be superior, fights in Allah's Cause.'
"Jihad (holy fighting in Allah's Cause) is ordained for you (Muslims), though you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and like a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not." [Another translation reads:] "Warfare is ordained for you."
"Not equal are those believers who sit at home and receive no injurious hurt, and those who strive hard, fighting Jihad in Allah's Cause with their wealth and lives. Allah has granted a rank higher to those who strive hard, fighting Jihad with their wealth and bodies to those who sit (at home). Unto each has Allah promised good, but He prefers Jihadists who strive hard and fight above those who sit home. He has distinguished his fighters with a huge reward."
Aye, islam means to rule the world and I am not about to stand by and let it happen...
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