Sunday evening, The Learning Channel premiered its new “All-American Muslim” program, which it described as a “powerful series” taking viewers “inside the rarely seen world of American Muslims.” And it uncovers a “unique community struggling to balance faith and nationality.” Balancing faith and nationality? Why is that a struggle? Because they conflict.
The premise behind the creation of the show is the fictional construct “Islamophobia.” “All-American Muslim” is designed to counter “Islamophobia” by showing Muslims who aren’t terrorist monsters, but ordinary people living ordinary lives, balancing tradition and modern life, dealing with their families, their jobs, etc.
Yet based on the most recent FBI statistics, hate crimes against Muslims are at record lows — the lowest since 9/11. Contrast that to the record highs in anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish people; so where’s TLC’s Jewish family series? […]
The main danger of “All-American Muslim” is that it’s misleading. The Muslims portrayed in the show are free to choose their path. That is the beauty of living in a free society. But so many aren’t — not only in Muslim countries, but here in America. Who speaks for Jessica Mokdad, who lived not far from where this show is taping, in Dearborn, Mich.? Mokdad was honor murdered by her stepfather, Rahim Alfetlawi, for “not following Islam” in the same city that refuses to run my freedom bus ads that offer help for those who wish to leave Islam but are threatened by their families. The ads were designed to help girls like Jessica. Despite our free-speech victories in the Detroit court, which ordered the ads to run, Detroit’s SMART Transit refused to run them — and Mokdad was honor murdered the week my ads were supposed to run.
The danger is in the deception and obfuscation of the truth, which results in the intellectual disarming of the American people. “All-American Muslim” is trying to show nominal Muslims as the norm, as if their existence takes away the threat from devout Muslims. It is mentioned once but never explained: The man has to convert to Islam because a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim man. This is a supremacist measure designed to make the Muslim community always expand at the expense of the non-Muslim one. But there is no hint of that in this show.
Clearly this program is an attempt to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to bully them into thinking that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.
“¨The problem is not people, it’s ideology. The show doesn’t address that.