Skip to comments.Media Campaign in US to Dispel Islamophobia
Posted on 06/21/2006 12:17:58 PM PDT by white trash redneck
A survey conducted by Cornell University recently found that around half of Americans have a negative view of Islam and would like the US government to curtail the political activity of Muslims in the US.
Addressing a press conference at the headquarters of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Paul Findley, a former US Congressman, said that the cancer of anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiments was spreading in American society and requires corrective measures to stamp out this malaise.
It was also announced that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) would be launching a massive $50 million media campaign involving television, radio and newspapers as part of its five-year program to create a better understanding of Islam and Muslims in the US.
Referring to the anti-Islamic sentiments in the US, Findley said that the campaign was being spearheaded by a tiny but influential section of society, including some politicians, academics and opinion-makers.
Findley commended CAIRs initiative that he said could go a long way toward improving the image of Islam and Muslims, which has been badly dented in part due to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Speaking on his interaction with the US media, Ibrahim Cooper, spokesman for CAIR, said that his own feeling was that American journalists are receptive to issues affecting Muslims. For this reason, nearly all American newspapers, print or online, refrained from reproducing the caricature of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that were at the center of a controversy earlier this year. He said CAIR took advantage of the issue by distributing DVDs free of charge, bringing out a book on the Prophet, and launching an awareness campaign.
All of this had a positive impact, said Cooper.
Parvez Ahmed, CAIR chairman, spoke on what he described as the most vicious attacks on Islam he has ever seen in recent years, adding that the campaign is being orchestrated by a minority fringe element in the US seeking to drive a xenophobic wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims.
He said a minority of Muslim extremists helps perpetuate anti-Muslim sentiment in the US, but that it is wrong for Americans to rush to conclusions based on these groups that have distorted or misinterpreted Quranic text. He compared it to making judgments on Christians based on the Crusades.
Elaborating on the CAIR campaign to dispel misunderstandings of Islam and Muslims, Nihad Awad, CAIR executive director, said that his group proposes to spend $10 million annually for five years in a media campaign. He said that CAIR would also recruit volunteers and produce educational material as part of its initiative.
We are planning to meet Prince Alwaleed ibn Talal for his financial support to our project. He has been generous in the past, he added.
BTW, the ex-congresscritter named in the article is an unfortunate demonstration that the RAT party does not have a monopoly on moonbat dhimmis.
It's not a "cancer" but a healthy eigenstate.
The "media" will not be able to change the minds of most Americans who can see through the BS they spew, IMO. Let them waste their time and money.
A phobia is an irrational fear.
There is nothing irrational about fearing a conquer-by-the-sword, jihad-oriented totalitarian politico-religious system.
Maybe they could spend the $50 million on deprogramming their millions of brainwashed zombie butchers.
Muslim = out.
I don't trust any of them.
Yep, you know, the suicide bombings and beheadings just might have something to do with creating that view. Naaah, that couldn't possibly be the case. It must be that we're just hateful people. (Do I really need a sarcasm tag?)
1) I agree that there are Muslim groups that have misinterpreted the Qur'anic text. These are called converts. Once it is more fully explained for them, the sleeper cell awakens.
2) I'm an American... I'll have whatever damn opinion I want.
1/2 with a bad opinion of Islam is too few. Do only 1/2 the people in the US have a bad opinion of the KKK. The islamofascists are worse they are both racists and sexist.
I hate them. If I don't change my mind about that is someone going to cut off my head?
The image of Islam I have is extremely well deserved. Kill them before they kill us.
Clean up your own damn house first, then worry about ours.
My view used to be more moderate - that is, I didn't really think Muslims shouldn't be allowed to live in this country or participate in politics - but almost five years of watching their behavior since 9/11 has made me wonder why we permit them to enter our country even to study. Islam is an insane death cult that wants to drag us all back to the 7th century, it has always been a backwards and insane death cult (even in the 8th century!), and all Muslims are essentially primed and ready to become vicious killers as soon as they get the signal.
This has nothing to do with their countries or where they come from; it's the insane death cult they belong to that makes them incapable of living with the rest of us. Remember, "jihad" is part of their religion and their scriptures, not just something alleged radicals dreamed up. Islam has been this way for 1400 years and it will be this way until it is wiped off the face of the earth in the final battle.
I'd be perfectly happy to see Muslims expelled from this country, and I suspect it will have to happen someday. But instead we have a growing fifth column here, aided and abetted by the left, and I do not feel even remotely optimistic about it.
There. Fixed it.
They've got a tough row to hoe that's for sure.
Can ANYONE post ANY redeeming factors regarding Islam?