JABbering Stooge

Monday, July 18, 2005

Sen. McCain not up on fatwas, either

Senator John McCain (R - AZ) was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. During the interview, he happened to repeat the Tom Friedman/Tucker Carlson talking point that no Muslim group has ever declared a fatwa against Osama bin Forgotten.

Unfortunately for McCain, the facts tell a different story. As I mentioned before, Spain's leading Muslim clerics issued a fatwa against bin Laden on the anniversary of the Madrid train bombings. Furthermore, University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole pointed out on his blog several instances of prominent Muslims either condemning or outright declaring fatwas against bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda terrorists. And last, but not least, we learn from the McPaper (by way of AMERICAblog) that, according to a poll conducted by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, "three-quarters of those in Morocco and roughly half of those in Pakistan, Turkey and Indonesia said Islamic extremism posed a threat to their countries." Granted, there are still some disturbing trends in some Muslim countries, particularly in regards to support for Osama bin Laden. Still, if the trend continues, we may yet see some positive change in the Middle East.

Unfortunately, it may all come to naught if Westerners perceptions of Muslims don't change. In particular, I would like to point out the following. According to the article, "fears about radical Islam were tied to perceptions of Muslim communities within those countries. Resident Muslims were seen as having a strong and growing sense of Islamic identity, a situation most of those surveyed saw as a bad thing." Yet strangely enough, "in the United States and most Western nations majorities said they had favorable views of Muslims."

In other words, we like Muslims, just as long as they shut up about their religion and don't wear it on their sleeves - preferably if they try and act Christian. Meanwhile the American Inquisition gets to be as loud and proud as it wants to be.

I'm sure the Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves.

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