So all around the world Muslims are enraged because they are Muslims, explaining that they are rioting and killing because they believe Muhammad and Islam have been insulted. But if Newsweek runs a cover story referring to “Muslim rage,” Islamic supremacists and their media toadies become…enraged.
Why? Are the rioters and murderers not Muslim? Are they not rioting and murdering in the name of Islam? Are they not enraged? So what’s the problem?
The main problem is that for eleven years and longer now we have been relentlessly conditioned to believe that the Muslim rage and hatred that we see with our eyes is not really what it is, and that to speak about it accurately would be “Islamophobic.” Related to this also is the frequently repeated but nonetheless baseless claim that to speak about “Muslim rage” or “Islamic terrorism” is to tar all Muslims as enraged or terrorists — hence the Huffington Post’s link to Muslims not being enraged at all, but cute and cuddly and fun-loving, at the link on the word “memorably” below.
But of course in reality, to speak about “Muslim rage” is not to say that all Muslims are enraged any more than to speak about “Italian fascism” is to say that all Italians are fascists. And the reality of cute, cuddly, fun-loving Muslims does absolutely nothing to mitigate the reality of the enraged, lethal Muslims that the cuddly ones are doing nothing to stop.
The uproar over this Newsweek cover shows how far our thought processes have already deteriorated, under the pressure of this ever-repeated Big Lie. Now any honest depiction of jihad activity and Islamic supremacism becomes “controversial,” or a “gaffe,” or an expression of “hate.” It’s a kneejerk reaction. In a sane world, this cover, and my work and that of my colleagues, would not be remotely controversial. We are just reporting matters accurately. That we are even more controversial than this cover is an indication of how addicted to unreality the public square has allowed itself to become.
“Newsweek’s ‘MUSLIM RAGE’ Cover Draws Angry Protest,” by Jack Mirkinson in the Huffington Post, September 17:
Newsweek is courting controversy yet again with its latest cover….
The magazine’s new issue leads with an article by the highly polarizing Ayaan Hirsi Ali about the protests currently taking place in the Middle East. As if that wasn’t enough, the issue’s cover is a scorcher. A blaring headline reading “MUSLIM RAGE” sits atop a picture of wild-eyed, bearded, saliva-flecked men…
The cover attracted a predictable amount of criticism. The conservative Daily Telegraph called it a ” sickening piece of shock journalism that cheapens a once great magazine” and compared it to the anti-Muslim film that sparked the protests. Newsweek is standing by its choice, however, according to the magazine’s statement to Politico.
Newsweek also asked readers to “discuss” the cover using the hashtag “#MuslimRage.” Readers responded very memorably.