Skip to comments.America’s Growing Culture of Hate (Arab News Article)
Posted on 07/05/2004 7:21:34 PM PDT by Land_of_Lincoln_John
CAIRO, 6 July 2004 Islamophobia is alive and well in the US, starting with the authorities down to individuals such as radio talk show host Jay Severin who, according to the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) claimed that Muslims want to take over America even if it takes centuries, adding Ive got an idea. Lets all kill Muslims. Amazingly Severin is still in his job, although he has been forced to apologize on air.
CAIR has also filed complaints over an offensive skit on the March 10 Bill Handel show on KFI AM 640 entitled the New Iraqi Constitution Handelized. In it, a voice purporting to be that of a Muslim says: Kill all Jews, and complains of the infidel custom of bathing on a regular basis.
The Council has additionally demanded an apology from syndicated radio commentator Paul Harvey, who when talking about cockfighting in Iraq said: Add to the thirst for blood a religion, which encourages killing, and it is entirely understandable if Americans come to this bloody party unprepared.
Last November, syndicated talk show host Dr. Laura, heard by 12 million listeners, is said by CAIR to have crossed the line from legitimate commentary on terrorism to Islamophobic bigotry. Her rant began when she was asked by a mother whether her 16-year-old daughter should be allowed to attend a local mosque to learn how Muslims are treated in America.
Answered the wizened therapist: Youre joking of course. How many Americans have tortured and murdered Muslims I think you ought to stand up against this class and this teacher. This is despicable. You tell him you are willing to go to the mosque only if it is one that has done its best to root out terrorists in its midst
But such ignorance and hatred isnt confined to radio hosts. CAIR campaigned to have top US Gen. William G. Boykin, the Undersecretary for Defense on Intelligence, removed from office last year, after he referred to Islam as an idolatrous, sacrilegious religion against which we are waging a holy war. While discussing his efforts to capture a Muslim Somali warlord, Boykin said: I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.
CAIR earlier fought against President Bushs nomination of pro-Israel commentator Daniel Pipes who many American Muslims regard as the nations leading Islamophobe to join the board of the United States Institute of Peace a federal institution created by Congress.
In Oct. 21, 2001, Pipes stated before a convention of the American Jewish Congress: I worry very much, from the Jewish point of view, that the presence, and increased statute, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims will present true dangers to American Jews.
Indeed, Pipes calls for increased surveillance of American Muslims in an article, which appeared in the Jerusalem Post. There is no escaping the unfortunate fact that Muslim government employees in law enforcement, the military, and the diplomatic corps need to be watched for connections to terrorism, he wrote.
Pipes has also been quoted as saying: Palestinians are miserable people and they deserve to be, while his website entitled Campus Watch, which kept dossiers on professors thought to be critical of Israel, has attracted controversy.
The above all share a single trait and that is astonishing ignorance. Severin, for example, complains Muslims plan on taking over America, when it is Americans, who have, in the past three years invaded and occupied two Muslim countries, while supporting the Israeli occupation of another.
Handel gives the impression that Muslims are shy of bathing, when due to the fact Muslims have to perform ablutions five times a day before prayer, they are probably among the cleanest people on earth. It is doubtful that Handel knows about the Eastern custom of washing themselves and their dishes in running water and using the right hand for eating, with the left reserved for toilet functions. Harvey obviously has no idea of the peaceful nature of Islam or that the word itself means submission with the most popular greeting being peace.
And as for Dr. Laura, who asks how many Americans have tortured and murdered Muslims, the fact that the US is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Afghans, up to 15,000 Iraqi civilians, and the torture and abuse of detainees in Bagram, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo must have entirely escaped her notice.
It is surely ironic that Boykin refers to Islam as an idolatrous religion when just the opposite is the case. Islam does not allow representations of either human or animal form whether depicted in paintings or sculpture. This is why the interiors of mosques are simple, decorated only with geometric patterns and calligraphic designs.
When it comes to Pipes, he is so bathed in discrimination, bias and paranoia that he doesnt merit a response.
But it isnt only influential individuals such as these who have an ax to grind against Muslims. In New Jersey and Texas, mosques have been targeted by vandals, who dumped dead fish outside the entrance to one, and liquor bottles inside an Islamic Educational Center. Inside a Muslim community center in Florida, was written Kill all Muslims while in Missouri, a Nazi swastika and die were painted on an extension to the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis.
A message received by CAIR read: it may be time to take Muslims hostage here in America, adding: I believe the time is coming when Muslims will not be safe inside the US borders.
Responding to this growing and deeply disturbing trend, CAIR has published a Muslim Community Safety Kit containing information designed to equip local Islamic leaders and activists with the knowledge necessary to protect against anti-Muslim bigotry or attacks.
However what is really required is a sea change in education and attitudes in the US, where a mere 14 percent of the population possesses a passport and relatively few have even met a Muslim, let alone befriended one.
Whoever said: Fear plus ignorance equals evil was right on the mark. Its ignorance, more than anything else, which must be combated if tolerance and respect for other faiths can ever reign on our planet.
(Linda S. Heard is a specialist writer on Mideast affairs and welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org)
DATELINE CAIRO -- surprise!
One can only hope...
I suspect that any improvement of the Muslim image in the US will not be via CAIR.
C.A.I.R. = Conscienceless Arab Islamic Rats
I love on liberals turn rational and normal disgust with something into some kind of disease. Today, anyone who isn't a brain-dead liberal is labled with some kind of phobia.
on = how....
This is mind-boggling.
The Koran instructs hatred of all things not Muslim.
Muslims have hated the rest of the world for centuries. Now they have declared holy war on the rest of the world and are terrorizing it and....
The world is HATING THEM BACK and they can't take it?
How stupid do you have to be to expect LOVE and THANKS for hatred and terrorism??
Jesus loves you. Allah wants you dead.
It's too late now... we warned them, stop the violence or there will be a backlash on staggering proportions, and they took our patience and goodwill to be weakness. Now it's our turn, and Islam will be destroyed.
You can tell she's a Westerners by her use of the suffix "phobia" to describe us intolerant types.
Subj: Re: Americas Growing Culture of Hate
Date: 7/5/2004 10:31:58 PM Eastern Daylight Time
What are you supposed to be? The lilly-white, self-loathing CAIR apologist/mouthpiece?
As to your supposed American "culture of hate"...snicker...please...when Americans start chopping the heads off of Arab civilians give us a call.
but we'll cut your infidel heads off!
My next tagline will read-- If you're not Islamophobic you're not paying attention....
Gee, why do Americans think that Islam wants to kill all Jews? Hmmm...because it's a stated goal of Hamas? Because the Koran states that the on the last day the Jews will be exterminated by Muslims with Allah's blessing? Naw, must be Islamophobia!