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.
That's what makes me think that they are in a power grab for this country and they don't care about the allies that they have.
They honestly don't care, they hate the rest (non-left) part of the US, and they're too dumb to know what happens when you pave the way for totalitanarism.
During the Spanish Civil War, the flaky anarchists fought, lied, assassinated and died mainly on the side of the Communists, who were mostly from Russia. Whenever the Russians took over a territory (for example, Valencia or Barcelona), the first people they killed were the anarchists. After that, they went for priests, monks, nuns and sodality members, but the interesting thing is that the first group the Communists killed was the one that thought it was more or less in synch with them. The same will happen here when Islam has the power to attack on a massive scale, which it no doubt will have before long.
The old saying that first impressions are lasting certainly applies here. Most of us in this hemisphere, where there are pleasantly few mohammedans, neither knew nor cared about this cult until recent years when they started attacking our domain and culture. Then we began to examine Islam and formed a poor opinion of it based on not only its current bestiality and hostility, but also the historical experiences of those elsewhere. Then we noticed that many of the ancient civilizations which came under Islamic domination plummeted from state-of-the art civilizations to mere goat dung. Then we noticed that in the African countries into which the mohammedans have and are expanding become poorer and less liveable.
Whoever is putting up 50 million to improve our view of Islam is as ignorant as mohammedans themselves characteristically are because of their chauvanistic world view. The only way to turn around public disapprobation of Isam is to turn around Islam! Fat chance of that!
Yes, as a Christian I don't personally like or agree with Islam, but the fact is the huge majority of Muslims live in this country peacefully and have NO connections whatsoever with terrorism.
Our country is founded on religious freedom, and a bunch of hatemongers who want to condemn every Muslim in this country are only inflaming the problem.
"I don't trust any of them."
And it would be smart to keep that attitude. Any religion that teaches that it is ok to lie doesn't deserve trust. I stop believing in freedom of religion where it crosses the abuse or control line. I think Islam should be outlawed in the U.S. simply because it is anti-freedom.
Well Jorge,,, tell that to the 3000+ DEAD CIVILIANS, and the 19 hijackers/MURDERERS, and the mosques and communities that harbored them!
Tell me who inflamed what, and who is the problem again???
Proudly biased against Muslims.
CAIR campaign to dispel misunderstandings of Islam and Muslims
Absolutely no misunderstanding. After reading the Koran one can only conclude that Islam is a religion of intolerance of non believers, bigotry, hatred and war against non believers.
The only misunderstanding is CAIR's belief that they can pull the wool over our eyes. This radical organization, whose leadership has supported terror and prosecuted as enabling terrorism, is the enemy. Make no mistake about CAIR's intentions. They are NOT honorable intentions.
Whatever the religious merits of the Koran, it is a book that preaches holy war. The whole history of Islam is a history of military agression and the subjugation of peeoples of different faiths. Only when opposed do they withdraw. The concept of religious toleration which has taken hold in the West is alien to them.
CAIR spelled it Al-Waleed ibn Talal in this propaganda piece.
most U.S. press just use Al-waleed. He's that little runt of a jerk who tried to give Ruddy $10million after 9/11 with verbal strings attached as well. He controls Citicorp, 4season's hotels, fairmont hotels, eurodisney and a host of other badge companies in the world.
More lying media.
OMG I can't believe a freeper saying what you just said. You are wrong, there are no moderate muslims.
Thank you for posting it again! Thank you!
Memo to Paul Findley and CAIR:
I learned everything I needed to know about Islam from 9/11 and from all the hijackings, blowing up of airliners, and terrorist murders done by muslims since the 1960s. In a word, "mister" Findley and CAIR - kiss my Dixie tailpipe.
Maybe the SERBS should get another chance to throw them out of KOSOVO too!!
"...or instructing them on the advantages of indoor plumbing"
Or instucting them to stop BLOWING UP AND BURNING CHURCHES AND NON-ISLAMIC HOMES.... IN KOSOVO, INDONESIA AND EVERYPLACE ELSE IN THE WORLD THEY DO SUCH MADNESS!!
BRILLANT AS USUAL, DEAR ALOUETTE!!
There is strong evidence for Iraqi involvement, using the Americans McVeigh and Nichols as collaborators to distract attention from what really went on there.
The details are spelled out in Jayna Davis' book, "The Third Terrorist."
We just need a lot more Arnold Ziffels
I've seen enough up close to convince me that my views are not unreasonable. Who should we believe--a pandering federal government that is more interested in political correctness than wiping out the terrorists, or our "lying eyes"?
"I think Islam should be outlawed in the U.S. simply because it is anti-freedom."
I agree, but for different reasons. TROP is a religion of hate where there are only Muslims or infidels. Infidels are despised and, unless converted, are to be killed. But don't look for our federal government to take aggressive action to outlaw this pack of killers; they are far more likely to outlaw Christians than Muslims.
"We just need a lot more Arnold Ziffels"
The pig from Green Acres? ROFLMAO
I know that.
"Two wrongs don't make a right" is not babble, it's logic.
That which you referred to as "drivel" is properly deemed the Constitution. AGAIN, like every other person who has a problem with it, propose an amendment if you don't like it.
Legal immigration from questionable countries can be halted.
Those who break the law can be dealt with.
Traitors can be put to death.
Those considerations are all Constitutional. Like it, or lump it.
Don't confuse sloganeering with logic.
"...propose an amendment if you don't like it."
Amendments aren't needed--just common sense. Of course, this is the typical "action" we can expect from the do-nothing pretend-conservatives. Your crowd will still be busy checking the paperwork while terrorist cells are operating right under your noses.
"Legal immigration from questionable countries can be halted."
Only after the damage has been done. And even then, the results so far have been highly questionable. Lets see now, according to your politically correct lets-not-offend-anybody reasoning, since most of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi's, it should be easy enough to halt immigration from that "questionable country". See it happening yet? I didn't think so. Spare me your child like reliance on the State Department. Foggy Bottom has to be dragged kicking and screaming away from its let-anybody-in admission gates.
"Those who break the law can be dealt with."
Your faith in today's system of justice is truly touching. But very uninformed.
"Traitors can be put to death."
Name one since the Rosenbergs (you know, back when we had good sense). Unfortunately, our legal system favors rather than punishes traitors. Like too many of our politicians, it prefers to pretend this is an extremely rare affliction--hardly any of it going on, don't you know.
"Those considerations are all Constitutional."
Perhaps. Too often they serve merely as another excuse to do nothing, or as an opportunity to worship some more at the altar of political correctness.
I'll let you decide which category best describes you.
I know those things I mentioned aren't happening now. I think they should be.
If you think the namby pambies who cannot manage even my simple proposals are going to start deporting legal citizens who were born in this country instead of prosecuting them for their crimes you are out of your mind.
And Mr. Logic, describe me an instance where two wrongs do make a right.
Something we can agree on. Good.
"If you think the namby pambies who cannot manage even my simple proposals are going to start deporting legal citizens who were born in this country instead of prosecuting them for their crimes you are out of your mind."
Lets see what happens when the heat is turned up. Way up.
"...describe me an instance where two wrongs do make a right."
Your slogan. You explain it.
Your slogan. You explain it.
I already explained it to you. "Two wrongs don't make a right" is a statement of logic. The reason I use it as a tagline is because I see the "two wrongs make a right" fallacy used here often, and it saves me time to just point to the tagline when I come across it.
You were under the impression that it is not a statement of logic, but some sort of personal opinion. I asked you to disprove the statement by falsification.
FYI-- this explains it better. Logical Fallacy: Two Wrongs Make A Right
I still am. Because, in many cases, that is all it will ever be.
Look, I consider your tagline simple sloganeering because we will never agree on the second wrong--i.e., that it is in fact a "wrong". It may be to you, but not to the other guy. However, in the unlikely event of an agreement that there are indeed two "wrongs", I suppose you have a point.
And where, in the name of heaven, did you find that "logic site"? I thought I had seen just about everything.
Sorry, my view of Islam will never change. Sure isn't my fault, it is theirs. I feel no guilt.
I googled "two wrongs make a right" + fallacy. That site is one of several logical fallacy sites that came up. Other logical fallacies are strawman, tu quoque, and argumentiam ad hominem.
Well, I did learn something from our exchange.
It is to vomit.
If, however, it's the same tired old talking points, they might as well save their money.
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