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Where is all the Anti-Muslim Violence?

by RightHandMan

Ever since the alleged attack against a Muslim cab driver (which, if true, I adamantly condemn) there has been a surge of reporting about anti-Muslim violence. It is not unlike the reports in the months after the 9-11 attacks. Some pundits decided to switch gears and focus on stories involving the anti-Muslim speech, sentiment, and violence. There was a fear among some that Americans would retaliate.

Now the memories of 9-11 are being stirred with this new “Ground Zero Mosque” debate. Of course, anyone who objects to the mosque’s building is automatically labeled an “islamaphobe” or a racist. Couple that with the attack on a Muslim cab driver in New York and the anti-Muslim stories are prime for publishing.

Islamaphobia is worse than it has ever been and will probably lead to a rash of hate crimes. The victims are the peaceful Muslims that make up between 1-3% of our population. That’s the story, but what’s the truth?

Many American figures have been labeled “islamaphobes”, among those, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Pat Robertson, and Alan Dershowitz (and if you’re reading this blog – probably you).

The real question that needs to be answered is, where is all of this anti-Muslim violence? Have any Hannity fans gone on killing sprees? How many 700 Club members have set fire to mosques? Is there going to be a Muslim beheading at the 8/28 rally this weekend? Of course not!

Surely with all of the violence Americans feel toward Muslims we would see lots of reported deaths and calls to violence from the leaders of the so called islamaphobes. Surely there have been numerous revenge killings motivated by the events on 9-11.

Here are the numbers:
People killed on 9-11 by Muslims: 2,996
Muslims killed in revenge: 1

Since 9-11 there have been 58 Americans killed by Muslim terrorists and countless plots have been stopped. These are not just people that were killed by people who happened to be Muslim, they were killed in the name of Allah for reasons inherently Muslim. Four of those murdered were singled out because they were Jewish. Where is the anti-Semitism outcry from the media? Where is the anti-American outcry? Why aren’t these being displayed as hate crimes propogated by a long tradition of hate speech?

One would think that with all of the weapons that we have, with all of the supposed hostility we have toward Muslims, and with all of the bigotry in our country, people would be opening fire in mosques or Muslim attractions. Not so. In fact, the only place this is happening is in non-Muslim places by Muslim individuals. Stretching this argument beyond our borders, the only anti-Muslim terror that is occurring is done so by other Muslims.

Sadly, in order to stay in tune with their mantra, the media has ignored what should be front page stories in the Ground Zero mosque debate. Where are the stories regarding Neda Bolourchi, a Muslim woman who lost loved ones on 9-11 who has come out against the mosque? In fact, there are a number of prevalent Muslims that have spoken against the mosque – to include Miss America! Are they all bigots? Are they “islamaphobes”?

The truth is that the media isn’t concerned with hate crimes unless they fit into their agenda. If the opposite were true then America would know about Amina and Sarah Said who were murdered by their father in an honor killing because they had boyfriends. They wouldn’t be so concerned with stories about violence against women who wear veils but more concerned with violence carried out by Muslims against women who don’t wear veils.

What they do know, however, is something that the media isn’t properly reporting on. Islamaphobia was not created by bigots, but by Islamic extremists who carried out terrorist plots, murdered, or spouted REAL hate speech. I’m not saying that violence or so called “hate speech” is justified or even spurred by these acts. I’m not like Olbermann who blamed the Ft. Hood shootings on the people who mistreated the shooter due to his religion. I’m using Islamaphobia in the real since of the word – a fear of Islam.

Americans fear Islam because Islam has given them reason to. The few Islamic voices who have spoken out against terrorism haven’t been loud enough. Part of that is because the media gives them little chance another part is due to their own fear of retaliation. The larger part, however, is that there just aren’t many who are willing to speak out against it.

Perhaps that is somewhat understandable. They sympathize with their heritage, national upbringing, religious family, etc. It is not unlike the Germans who looked the other way when they saw concentration camps or the many Americans who were publicly mute in the slavery debate. Almost all Americans would agree that those were cowardly acts that were wrong. I think most Americans feel the same in our more current situation. It is time that the moderate Muslims either speak up or find themselves on the wrong side of history.


Filed under: alan dershowitz, amina said, antisemitism, Glenn Beck, ground zero mosque, hannity, islamaphobia, Islamic Radicalism, muslim, neda bolourchi, pat robertson, sarah said, terrorism

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  • Steve Dennis August 28, 2010 at 6:13 AM

    Great post! But it doesn't fit the narrative that the mainstream media is trying so hard to push. They keep spouting off about all of this violence and hatred towards Muslims, but it just hasn't met the hype. Much like the violent, racists Tea Parties, the media is trying to control a story to fit its agenda, rather than reporting on what is actually happening. In a way it is like the propaganda used in the 1930's in Germany,if you control the information you can control the people. The media is almost acting criminally in their "reporting."

  • Gorges Smythe August 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    No doubt I'll be called a religious extremist for saying this, but it's probably a good thing that the media is so in love with muslims, after all, they'll probably be spending eternity with them.

  • John Carey August 28, 2010 at 6:02 PM

    What bothers me about Islam is that it is no difference between the twisted idea of Hitler's master race and Islam's idea that if your faith is not Islam, then you are an infidel and should be destroyed. How can the world simply stand by and give that type of religious fanaticism a free pass? It equates to the master religion. Can someone please answer that question? I sure can't. Great post Right.

  • USAWatchmen August 29, 2010 at 12:37 AM

    Nice post John, and also very accurate. How dare you speak against Islam? You must be racist.

    Just kidding of course 😉

    As a Catholic I was taught that all of us are God's children.

  • Ryan August 29, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Good article Jon. Man when you see hate speech these days it seems it is predominantly against conservatives. I was watching clips from the Beck rally on Saturday and just read the comments on those videos. People talk about how it was a "clan rally" and how "Beck should be killed". I then started looking at comments on Obama and other type videos and sure you have similar comments using words like "idiot" but I couldn't see the amount of violent or racist language used at all. Even Keith Olberman language is not as harsh as comments posted against Beck. Though I did find some comments suggestion Olberman should kill O'Reilly.

  • Maggie Thornton August 30, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Spot-on analysis, John. Where is all the anti-Muslim violence? There isn't any, but the media shows us all to be bigots, and has not an ounce of understanding for our pleas to Muslims to separate themselves from the radicals…like CAIR, for starters.