Here is just one of a cascade of mainstream media articles this week that paint Muslims as victims, using the same examples over and over: the Florida church Qur’an burning, the cabbie attack in New York, and the Tennessee church burning. In other words, they’re using one incident in which no Muslims will be harmed; one in which an employee of a group that supports the Ground Zero mosque attacked a Muslim cab driver after asking if he was a Muslim; and one case of arson that has no suspects and comes after a good number of anti-Muslim hate crimes that turned out to have been faked by Muslims.
Of course, any time an innocent person is victimized, it is a terrible thing. The attack on the cab driver was heinous, whatever the real allegiances and perspectives of the attacker. The point is just that this much ballyhooed increase in “Islamophobia” that is supposedly making Muslims in America afraid of attacks is largely chimerical, while ABC News ignores the real threat, and its real source, as much as they ignore CAIR’s Hamas links and other dodgy aspects. At next Saturday’s rally, Pamela Geller and I and the speakers will be always in the presence of guards. Both she and I have received specific death threats from Muslims in recent weeks. Geert Wilders lives under constant guard. In contrast, the Leftist and Islamic supremacist counter-protesters will have no guard, and will need none: contrary to their hysterical rhetoric and the handwringing, no one is threatening them.
What does that tell you?
“Anti-Islam Rhetoric Heats Up Ahead of 9/11: Muslim Groups Prepare for Wave of Anti-Islamic Sentiment as Ninth Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks Approach,” by Dan Harris and Lee Ferran for ABC News, September 6:
Today, a Christian pastor will hold the second service in a series bashing the planned Muslim community center in downtown New York City in a sign of increasing vocal anti-Islam rhetoric ahead of the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. […]
Critics said such rhetoric is fueling anti-Islam violence. Late last month a Manhattan cab driver was allegedly stabbed by a passenger who reportedly asked him immediately before the attack if he was Muslim. Days later, a fire tore through the construction site of a planned Mosque in Tennessee. Investigators announced last week the cause of the fire was arson.
In response, leaders of Mosques from around the world are reaching out to other faiths for help.
“We are asking people to take into account security concerns… given the almost hysterical atmosphere we’re in right now,” said Ibrahim Hooper, national communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Commercial From Muslim Group: ‘I Don’t Want to Take Over the Country’
Muslim groups are also running television advertisements designed to improve the image of the faith.
“I don’t want to take over the country,” one ad states.
Adding to the concern is a fluke in the calendar. This year the 9/11 anniversary coincides with the Muslim day of celebration for the Festival of Eid. Many worry pictures of Muslims celebrating will be misconstrued.
One Muslim advocacy group in Los Angeles was so concerned they contacted law enforcement and the Justice Department to warn them of the overlap.
“The issue I can sense brewing on hate sites on the Internet is, ‘These Muslims are celebrating on September 11,'” Hooper told The Associated Press. “It’s getting really scary out there.”