Today on Huffington Post we find our old friend Eboo Patel explaining once again how the anti-democratic, pro-violence, anti-women stance of every school of Islamic Jurisprudence has to be the result of Western Islamaphobia.
Eboo likes to pretend he is a soft-shelled moderate, aching for love and acceptance,and then proceeds to diminish and excuse, or simply ignore, every reality associated with Islam today while blaming all the worlds ills on the Evil West. Come Virginian, lets us examine his latest display of his mastery of the Islamic concept of Kitman.
Eboo is very skilled at wrapping unrelated concepts into a lump and smearing them with a foul smell, all the while maintaining a saintly glow on his pained authorial face.
“In public, Islam always appears in flames. Sometimes it’s on fire in the movies, sometimes it’s on fire in the newspapers. The most recent example, of course, is on the cartoon South Park, where the Prophet Muhammad was depicted wearing a bear suit.”
Here Eboo trumpets the stands Islam as Victim line while ignoring the glaring DATA regarding acts by Muslims, Riots, killings, bloody repression of women and child abuse that makes Hebert Hebert look like a Sunday School teacher! THESE are the things that keep Islam appearing “in flames” not The Big M in a bear suit!
This is especially true in regard to South Park, What religious figure has that show NOT mocked without bearing the threat of violence? Just one, the mysteriously insecure “perfect example” to mankind! A sure sign that it is the LEADERS that are “offended” and not the “ummah” is that both South Park and other comedy shows have mocked Mohamed and Islam before, and gotten away with it, simply because the LEADERS did not call for riots… it is beyond reason to believe that the masses did not see these other depictions.
Next, the slight of hand artist pulls a terrorist rabbit out of the free speech hat.
“That gave a platform to a website called "Revolution Muslim" to direct a threat against the South Park writers. Which gave a platform for a couple of scary-looking guys with beards to go on TV and talk about how Muslims are required to terrorize people (how kind the media is to radical Muslims: so much free air time, and they don’t have to pay a PR company). Which gave the industry of Islamophobia a platform to say, "See, didn’t we tell you their religion makes them violent?" Which made Americans scared of Muslims, again.”
So, we can have our little civilization, if only we refrain from offending Muslims? Otherwise the (self) Righteously-Angered-Ummah ™ will give us something (spontaneously of course!) to REALLY be afraid of? And it is OUR FAULT if that happens because we will have insisted on actually IDENTIFYING the reasons you are attacking us? Do you EAT with that mouth?
Eboo, Eboo, most of those “scary-looking guys with beards” you are speaking of are the MAINSTREAM SCHOLARS of Islam! You are insulting virtually ALL of the traditional, and current, interpretations held dear by the MAINSTREAM schools of thought in Sunni, Shi’a AND Sufi Islam! Name ONE school, other than the hunted-and-killed-by-the-mainstream Amadayia that does NOT support violence in response to things like the South Park incident! Just ONE!
“It’s a too-familiar story, so familiar, in fact, that it just about writes itself.”
Too true, Eboo Patel shows us how easy it is to follow the formula and excuse the criminal and demonize the victim.
“And that’s the problem, actually. The arsonists want you to associate Islam with flames — that’s why they light it on fire whenever they send it out to the public. They are masters at manipulating media, from newspapers to videos to cartoons.”
You see Virginia, if a Muslim beats or kills a Jew or homosexual or kills his “erring” daughter because ALL OF HIS Imams TOLD him he should do things like that, it is YOUR FAULT if you DARE to think that maybe the Imams and their religion had ANYTHING to do with the corpses piled at your feet.
“But there are other Muslims who are mastering media and who are telling different stories. Meet Dr. Naif al-Mutawa, founder of the Muslim cartoon series The 99. He is an Arab educated in America, a psychologist who went to business school, a Muslim aghast at how Islam is viewed as violent and hateful by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, a father of five boys, and one of the most impressive cultural entrepreneurs of our times.
Naif had just been accepted to Columbia Business School when 9/11 happened. There was the horror of the terror that had hit the land that had educated him. There was the double horror of the hijacking of his religion. And there was the triple horror that there was no alternative message about Islam even a fraction as powerful as the ugliness that Al Qaeda was offering.”
I went and read all the posts on Dr Mutawa’s site and have to say that if there are truly moderate Muslims out there HE is one of them. Other than a not surprising inability to see the facts on the ground relating to Israel’s birth, everything he says is so modern and moderate that I am surprised al-Jazeera has not denounced him as a Zionist plant!
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Well, it seems that 99 is banned in Saudi Arabia and, according to students at Kuwait University’s Shari’a School when visited by PBS’s Frontline to investigate the Muslim world’s reaction to the wildly popular comic, the biggest threat to Islam.
“…we visited the Sharia — or Islamic law — school on the other side of the campus. Not surprisingly, these students were far less inclined to share their opinions about The 99 with us. But one …said he believed he spoke for all Muslims when he said that The 99 was wrong and misguided. Yusef felt that The 99 was part of a post-9/11 response in some parts of the Islamic world to make Islam more palatable to 21st-century sensibilities. He said that efforts to give women more religious authority and the new interpretations of the Koran are reforms that are diluting the message of the prophet Mohammed. “This is the greatest threat to Islam today,” he said.”
The fact is that Naif is…a tad naive. The real mutawa have no patience for his kind, Westernized Muslims who really DO want to reform Islam. Unfortunately the actual religious leadership do NOT see things his way.
I also wonder just what Mr Mutawa thinks of much of what Mr. PATEL writes? Naif strikes me from his writing as truly uninterested in getting drawn into the fanatics debate while enjoying the feeling that he is doing something to promote Islam… I have not yet read any of the actual comics, so I do not know if this trend continues or if Mr Patel’s brand of Taqqiya and Kitman win out. But, from what I have read in his web site, if someone can enlighten him as the actual history of Israel, he is one of the good guys. Mr Patel on the other hand I still do not see as anything but a white-washer and apologist.
My fear is that the Wahabis will win out and intimidate Mutawa into giving them writing control. I certainly believe that Patel and other like him are waving Mutawa with one hand and CAIR’s hate mongering with the other. But Naif better watch his back.