As apologist-in-chief Obama embarks on his grand and noble adventure to declare to the Muslim world that America is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world, a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey of 1,010 Americans by telephone (for whatever it’s worth):
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Shortly before President Obama departs for a trip to the Middle East, a new national poll suggests that one in five Americans has a favorable view of Muslim countries.
46% apparently have an unfavorable view of Muslim countries (again, taking polls for what they’re worth), a 5% increase since 2002.
Gee…I wonder why? Is it because America is bigoted? Prejudiced? Watches too much Fox News?
Or maybe it’s due to the fact that there is quite a bit that is dysfunctional in many Muslim countries. And then of course, there’s the whole Islamic terror-thing.
And because we’re at war with the Taliban and al Qaeda network/jihad movement- ideological activists and takfiri terrorists who have undoubtedly killed more Muslims than the United States ever has- the Muslim world takes it personally that we liberated Iraq from Saddam Hussein and Afghanistan from the Taliban.
Maybe Americans would have a more favorable opinion toward Muslims if more of them spent more of their time as activists, condemning Islamic terror rather than condemning the war on Islamic terror. Instead, we get the multiculturalist/PC “woe is me” victim of hate crime nonsense:
After Abdul-Karim finishes his introductory lecture at the library, Mansoor plays a series of media clips compiled during the past year. The 2008 presidential election, Mansoor says, revealed the worst of Islamophobia in the United States. “Anytime you turned on the TV, they were saying, ‘You know, maybe Obama is a Muslim,’ ” she tells the class. “Well, first of all, he’s not a Muslim. But more important: So what if he was? What’s wrong with that?”
Eventually, Mansoor finishes with a video of an experiment conducted by a television station. The clerk at a bagel shop pretends to refuse service to a Muslim woman, and the camera focuses on other customers’ responses. Three customers congratulate the clerk for taking a stand against “un-American terrorists.” Several others leave the store in protest. One man, moved to tears, tells the clerk, “Every person deserves to be treated with respect, dignity.”
Mansoor stops the tape and turns on the lights. She’s crying. The attendees set down their pens and cellphones. They’re watching now.
“This always brings tears to my eyes when I see it,” Mansoor says. “This is what we face every day. Every day. Maybe it gives you a little bit of an idea what it must feel like. What are your reactions?”
In a few minutes, Mansoor will begin to collect a stack of forms labeled “Professional Development Evaluation,” on which attendees rate their experience in diversity training class. They will judge Mansoor’s effectiveness on a scale of 1 to 4, and she will receive mostly 2s, for “satisfactory,” and some 3s for “very good.” But the feedback she cares most about is whatever happens next, standing in front of 30 strangers, teary-eyed, and waiting for somebody to respond.
Finally, Lillian Ruiz, the human-relations director, raises her hand.
“I think we need to stand up like we did in the 1950s,” Ruiz said. “You watch things like this and it makes you want to just fight back and do something, because it’s so sad. Obviously, discrimination is still very alive.”
“Yes,” Mansoor says. “Yes. Thank you.”
If there’s an epidemic of hate crime and prejudice against Muslim-Americans in this country, I haven’t seen it.
Does Mansoor feel victimized when it’s pointed out that these plotters are Muslim? Is Mansoor’s first instinct in reading this story one of outrage or one of worry that the media might let slip Bledsoe is a Muslim and that it is directly related to his violent attack against America’s best and brightest?
PC stories like the WaPo article don’t make me more sympathetic to Muslims in this country. If Muslims feel persecuted in this country, then they’ve taken the wrong tact in proving their persecutors wrong. Muslims enjoy as much freedom and benefits in this country as I do.
It is beyond baffling that Muslims point to al Qaeda and terrorism and radicals and say “that’s not us”; and at the same time, identify with them, sympathize, and make apologies for them (it’s American foreign policy that drove them to do it- not anything to do with Islamic teachings).
There shouldn’t be any need for President Obama to “set the record straight” overseas. The record is there: President Bush liberating 50 million Muslims, visiting and saying prayers in mosques a week after Sept 11th, the first ever Ramadan iftar in the White House, etc. The distortions happen in the minds of multiculturalists, progressives, PC advocates, lefties, and Islamic apologists.
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.