“As soon as people see Arabic, they immediately make an association with terrorism.” The best way to combat that is not to write “I’m a little teapot.” It is to have Arabic-speaking people stop committing acts of terrorism.
Absolutely terrific piece by Julia Gorin in FrontPage: “To Serve Man.”
In a recent piece by Rabbi Avi Shafran, the rabbi asks, “You suddenly begin noticing signs bearing Arabic script in buses. What do you do?”
Well, what bus riders in Richmond, Virginia did was call the local Transit Authority to find out what it might know about the signs, which had been turning up on buses and the walls of local universities.
The Associated Press and other media outlets subtly scoffed at the concerned citizens, explaining that the Arabic phrases were in fact innocuous “” translating as things like “paper or plastic?” or “paper, scissors, rock” or “I”m a little teapot.” Those translations in fact appeared at the bottom of the signs, along with admonishments like “Misunderstanding can make anything scary” or “What did you think it said?”
The provocative ads were the work of the Virginia Interfaith Center, which placed them in public venues as part of an effort to change the fact that, as the center’s executive director put it, “as soon as people see Arabic, they immediately make an association with terrorism.”
Imagine German writing turning up on public buses and university walls in 1942, and the citizenry being expected to not bat an eyelash, with the Germans and the media, who do the enemy”s bidding, admonishing us, “What did you think it said?”
But Islam and our media want us to hit the snooze button again. When we see ominous Arabic writing (and for now, all Arabic writing is ominous — sorry), we”re supposed to think “Oh, it just says “˜I”m a little teapot.– In fact, intelligence shouldn’t even be intercepting Arabic conversations, because the talkers are merely discussing recycling programs or calling themselves teapots.
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