They’re demanding that Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper denounce “any violent, anti-Muslim rhetoric, including that which has been attributed to viewers” of “American Sniper.” Attributed by whom, and to what degree is the attribution genuine?
This is how the Leftist media tries to hijack the narrative and fool people into ignorance and complacency about the jihad threat. Islamic jihadis just murdered twelve people who published Muhammad cartoons. Other Islamic jihadists have attempted to murder and plotted to murder other people who drew cartoons of Muhammad. I myself just got another death threat the other day for publishing the Muhammad cartoons here — but while these alleged (and quite dubious) threats are getting international media coverage, much more credible death threats against foes of jihad terror are not newsworthy.
Meanwhile, how many Muslims have actually been physically attacked or killed because of “American Sniper”? None. How likely is it that any will be? Extremely unlikely. This claim, and the demand made of Eastwood and Cooper, is part of the larger effort by Leftist and Islamic supremacist groups to exaggerate a violent threat from “right-wing extremists” whom they portray as equivalent to jihad terrorists, so as to buttress their claim that “there are extremists of all religions” — which is designed to deflect attention away from how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism.
So what is Vox trying to do here? Obscure the reality of the jihad threat, as the mainstream media always does.
“American Sniper film ‘behind rise in anti-Muslim threats,'” BBC, January 25, 2015:
The release of the film American Sniper has led to an increase in threats against Muslims in the US, according to an Arab-American civil rights group.
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has written to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper.
Their film is based on US soldier Chris Kyle’s service in Iraq from 2003-09.
The ADC said a “majority of the violent threats we have seen over the past few days are result of how Arab and Muslims are depicted in American Sniper”.
The organisation, which describes itself as the largest Arab civil rights organisation in the US, said it had collected “hundreds of violent messages targeting Arab and Muslim Americans from movie-goers”, mainly from Facebook and Twitter.
The letter asked Eastwood and Cooper to speak out against such messages “in an effort to reduce the hateful rhetoric”.
“Your visibility, influence, and connection to the film would be a tremendous force in drawing attention to and lessening the serious dangers facing the respective communities,” ADC president Samer Khalaf wrote.
Jack Horner, a spokesman for the Warner Bros film studio, which released the film, told the Reuters news agency that the company “denounces any violent, anti-Muslim rhetoric, including that which has been attributed to viewers” of the film.
He added: “Hate and bigotry have no place in the important dialogue that this picture has generated about the veteran experience.”
Spokespeople for Eastwood and Cooper had no immediate response to requests for comment, Reuters news agency reported….