In another story from the Muslims in Europe Conference, –˜Media Responsible for Islamophobia– from zaman.com (thanks to Sr. Soph), the vaunted Muslim reformer Tariq Ramadan (here, Ramazan, in the Turkish fashion) rails against “Islamofobia” without giving a shadow of a hint that this trumped-up phenomenon is a reaction to the endless train of acts of violence committed in the name of Islam. The dhimmis are supposed to turn a blind eye to that violence and blame their media for “Islamophobia”:
Prominent Muslim European scholar Professor Tariq Ramazan asserted the media and politicians are two factors responsible for the increasingly debated incidents of Islamofobia.
Ramazan also stressed Islamofobia is not powerful enough to block Turkey”s entry to European Union.
In Istanbul to attend the Muslims of Europe Conference, Ramazan spoke to Zaman daily and said that the media obsessively misinforms about Islam, and added, “The media does not publish positive news about Muslims.”
The media doesn’t publish positive news about anything. News is about what’s happening. Wars. Disasters. Crimes. But even aside from that, this is ridiculous. The media, as we have seen here again and again, scrupulously refrains from identifying perpatrators of violence as Muslims. They are “youths,” or “males,” or at worst “Asians,” but never Muslims — except when Tariq Ramadan wants to pull the wool over our eyes and make us feel guilty for even noticing that Muslims are committing acts of violence worldwide in the name of jihad.
He criticized the media for having forgotten its social responsibility, and asserted, “Constructive not destructive publishing could be made by warning publishing companies.”
Complaining that not enough has been done in the fight against Islamofobia, Ramazan called on all Muslims to be prepared to act against provocations: “We as Muslims in Europe should stand proud. If any one acts against Islam and Muslims, sue them immediately.”
In other words, combat free speech with legal intimidation.
Ramazan spoke about Turkey”s entry to the EU, and said it is possible for Turkey to become a member if it fulfills its responsibilities.
“Europe is afraid of Muslim Turkey, but this does not mean they dislike Islam. They are only concerned.”
All too true.
Some marginal European politicians use and distort Islam, Ramazan said, “In most of the continent and real Europe, Islamofobia does not exist.”
Nice of you to notice, Tariq.
Ramazan believes a democratic and respected Turkey in Europe will contribute to the West and the Islamic World acting as a “bridge” to communicate the real Islam to Westerns.
Criticizing Europe’s attitudes about Palestine, Ramazan said sanctioning Palestinians after HAMAS won the “democratic” elections is unacceptable.
He, furthermore, complained about Europe remaining silent against “terrorist” aggression of Israel.
Here we see again his true colors.
Grandson of Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, philosophy professor Ramazan is a Muslim scholar consulted by many European countries including Britain.
Ramazan spoke about the cancellation of his United States visa and said: “This is not a paradox. I sued the US administration, and they declared I have no terror connection. Many non-governmental organizations in the US support me, however, Washington might be afraid of me as the New York Times suggested.”
Then why is he still barred?