In the course of a recent interview on MSNBC, Tucker Carlson asked Hooper three pointed questions:
“Would you say that most American Muslims are horrified by the thought that Iran might possess nuclear weapons, or not?”
No clear answer from Hooper.
Do American Muslims believe that this is a “war against Islam”?
A slippery answer from Hooper, suggesting that he himself believes that America is waging a war against Islam.
“Are Muslims more likely to commit acts of terror than members of other faiths?”
A flat no from Hooper, in the face of mountains of evidence. Click on that link. 6,276 Islamic terrorist attacks since 9/11. And then, just try to compile a similar list of violent acts committed recently by members of any other faith, in the name of that faith and justified by its core texts, and see how far you get. I’m glad Carlson asked the question, and wish there had been time for an extended discussion of this, and the introduction of some distinctions. Human nature is everywhere the same, but is Islamic teaching inspiring violence today? That is plain to all but those who do not wish to see. Instead of bland denials from Hooper, it would be refreshing to see him offer some constructive way to counter this phenomenon. But apparently that must be left up to the “Islamophobes.”