A comment is needed for this latest Islamophobic display
August 17, 2012 1 Comment
When I saw this the first thing that came to mind was the poor, ignorant people responsible for this “display” probably were including traffic tickets received by the Muslims who live in their area. I wasn’t too far off
Factually, the number of “*19,250 Islamic attacks (*and counting)” is a purposeful fabrication….this so-called “Islamic Terrorism ticker” that gives us the oddly precise round number of 19,250 is taken from the anti-Muslim website “The Religion of Peace” (TROP)
Many of the attacks listed by TROP relate to nationalist insurgencies, such as the conflict involving Baluchi nationalists seeking independence from Pakistan. Some of the attacks listed by TROP are in fact crimes committed by Muslims or people with Muslim sounding names that have nothing to do with Islam or terrorism, such as honor killings, the killing of local policemen, petty assault, etc.
In other words, the people who come up with these figures have managed to include everything that was ever done by someone with a Muslim sounding name as terror related and I may not be too far off in wondering if traffic tickets have been included in the mix. I’m a bit conflicted however, to read that the people who are obliged to post such displays acknowledge they are offensive but run them because of free speech requirements in place in society. They have come up with an answer to assuage their conscious by saying they will donate profits from the ad to education campaigns against discrimination. May I suggest they give such proceeds to CAIR or any other Muslim organization in their area who in turn will produce and organize the education campaigns. With such a stipulation attached to the airing of such displays there’s no doubt in my mind they will cease to appear on the American landscape. Does anyone have the courage to propose such a thing to the voices of hatred and bigotry?