Oddly, nobody is refusing to call Lassana Bathily a Muslim, perhaps because he is one, but also because he’s a good Muslim, as most are.
He is the young clerk at a Paris Kosher grocery store who saved several people by hiding them in a walk-in freezer when a gunman began shooting up the store on Yesterday. Actually, I don’t see why his religion is relevant in the least, but that is leading most news reports front and center.
The terrorists who mounted a bloody attack on the satiric publication Charlie Hebdo, however, and who did so while spouting Islamic slogans as planned revenge on cartoonists for engaging in blasphemy against Mohammed, should not be called Muslims. Why? Because they’re not good, you see. Since they’re not good, ignorant and hateful bigots in the United States will attribute their characteristics to all Muslims, and use this as an excuse to harass discriminate and persecute them.
Howard Dean, who is the left’s answer to Sarah Palin: you interview him knowing he will say something that drives conservatives nuts, immediately clarified the rules:
“You know, this is a chronic problem. I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. …But I do not think we should accord them any particular religious respect, because I don’t think, whatever they’re claiming their motivation is, is clearly a twisted, cultish mind.”
Okay, maybe “clarified” is too kind. In addition to being utter fantasy, Dean’s statement is pundit malpractice. Radical Muslims have respect for life; they just don’t have respect for cartoonists who make fun of Islam. They certainly made that crystal clear to everybody but Howard. All the pusillanimous U.S. news organizations who are concocting excuses not to show the offending cartoons get it. (I especially enjoyed watching the AP get hoisted on their own petard when they claimed that policy had long reigned preventing the new service from publicizing “deliberately provocative images.” Then the Washington Examiner pointed out that AP continued to carry a photo of Andres Serrano’s 1987 “Piss Christ,” the “deliberately provocative” piece of art that was the caused tremendous anger in the Christian community. Caught with its hypocrisy down. the AP took “Piss Christ” image off its website.)
Howard Dean obviously doesn’t know what’s in the Koran, or his is lying: Howard habitually displays both irresponsible ignorance and dishonesty. The Koran says to kill infidels, which would fit those cartoonists to a T:
“Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter.” – 2:191
“Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme. (different translation: ) Fight them until there is no persecution and the religion is God’s entirely.” – 2:193 and 8:39
“Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it.” – 2:216
Yes, rational Muslims ignore the crazier parts of the Koran just as rational Christians exercise discretion and judgment regarding the Bible. But taking the holy book at its word doesn’t make the other kind less Muslim, unless you think like Howard Dean. Someone should also explain to Howard that all religions have the characteristics of cults.
Then we have President Obama. To read his statement on the Paris attack, one would conclude that the attack was made by rival cartoonists: Islam had nothing to do with it. As Jonathan Turley points out in his always restrained way:
“Obviously, these murderers were motivated by their view of Islam, even yelling “Allahu akbar” as they fired and screaming that they have “avenged” Mohammed for being put into cartoons. Obviously, some Muslims agree with such violent action given the murder of dozens of non-Muslims after the Danish cartoon controversy in 2006…I would be more convinced if the murderers were not expressly acting in the name of their faith and simply happened to be Muslim. It would then be inappropriate in my view to call murderers who acted for other purposes (like personal or economic crimes) by their faith.”
I’ll be less diplomatic. Dean, the President and others (remember Whoopie Goldberg walking out on Bill O’Reilly on “The View” (in 2010) because he insisted that Muslims killed Americans on 9-11?) are consciously engaging in Orwellian indoctrination techniques, bending the truth to alter public perception, then making that perception the new truth. This has been an increasingly evident strategy among those I would call civil rights extremists, or perhaps liberal fascists. If facts lead to conduct they regard as harmful, deny the facts, and assert false facts that will promote conduct they regard as virtuous. If the public doesn’t think of terrorists who kill in the name of Islam as Islamic, then they won’t unfairly attribute such conduct to innocent and law-abiding Muslim. Problem solved! Thus, the likes of Dean and the President reason, it is ethically justifiable to speak and behave as if the truth is false. In their minds, there is nothing wrong with this at all. It fights bigotry. It makes bigotry impossible. The ends justify the means.
This conduct is corrupting when activists engage in it (“Hands up! Don’t shoot!;” “1 in 5 women are sexually assaulted on campus;” “Women earn only 77% of men in the same jobs”) and terrifying when engaged in by the government—think of the mind-bending assertion by the Bush administration that waterboarding isn’t torture—especially when the news media is complicit. This portends “1984” in the making. Fortunately, this particular example is so excessive and outrageous that most of the media is ignoring it, and so blatantly illogical that few members of the public will fall for it. It is valuable, however, and attention must be paid, because such attempts at airbrushing facts out of existence to manipulate our thoughts, opinions and political views shows the strong totalitarian tendencies among some of our leaders, activists and politicians. They would deliberately deceive the public “for their own good.” And they see nothing wrong with that.
Fact: Muslim terrorists slaughtered the Charlie Hebdo victims. Pay attention to any public figures who say or suggest otherwise. They are untrustworthy, and not just on this topic.
Source: Jonathan Turley