“Bias against Islam has increased since September 11, 2001 and a series of terrorist acts in Europe.” No way, really? From AFP:
BAKU: The head of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) accused the West of anti-Muslim bias on Thursday and warned journalists against automatically linking Islam with terrorism. “Bias against Islam has increased since September 11, 2001 and a series of terrorist acts in Europe … What we see now is a monologue, not a dialogue, and that increases divisions,” Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said at the opening of an OIC conference on the media in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku. “The media must dispel the myth that terrorism and Islam are identical concepts,” he said, adding that the misrepresentation of Islam “adds fuel to the fire” of Muslim discontent with the West.
Hmm. First, who, in Ihsanoglu’s opinion, was behind 9/11? Second, whether or not he believes Muslims were responsible for 9/11 and other attacks, does he mean to justify current and future violence based on the fact that Western media may hurt Muslims’ feelings?
And, by the way, it was Ihsanoglu who called the Danish cartoons of Muhammad the “9/11 of the Islamic world.” Y’know, talk like that just “adds fuel to the fire” of Western discontent with the OIC. But no effigies will be burned, no bystanders injured.