Jordan Denari is a “Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, where she works for the Bridge Initiative, a research project on Islamophobia.” She works with Nathan Lean, the gutter thug who has repeatedly posted on Twitter what he thinks is my home address and places he thinks I frequent, in a nakedly obvious attempt to intimidate me into silence and/or to alert the jihadis he enables to places where they can find and kill me.
That Jordan Denari would work with such a viciously hateful and morally compromised individual as Lean already makes everything she says suspect, but this article manifests an even greater moral inversion: because of Muhammad cartoons, Islamic jihadists murdered 11 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris in January. Because of Muhammad cartoons, five Islamic jihadists have now plotted to murder Pamela Geller; three were killed in the process, and two others are in jail. Those who have stood up for free speech against violent intimidation in connection with Muhammad cartoons live with the knowledge that they could be murdered by Islamic jihadists at any time.
How many Muslims have been killed because of cartoons of Muhammad, aside from those who were trying to commit jihad mass murder because of them? None. How many Muslims have even been inconvenienced? None. The people who are placed in jeopardy because of Muhammad cartoons are those who are standing for the freedom of speech in the face of threats and murder from Muslims over them. Jordan Denari probably knows this, or should if she doesn’t. Time Magazine should know better than to print this kind of nonsense, but everywhere Islamic supremacists and their Leftist enablers have easy media access.
“Muhammad Cartoons Are Offensive, But Not for the Reason You Think,” by Jordan Denari, Time Magazine, June 19, 2015:
If you find yourself driving through St. Louis or rural Arkansas in the coming weeks, you may come across billboards depicting Islam’s prophet Muhammad. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), the group led by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer that organized last month’s Draw Muhammad event in Garland, Texas, is promoting ads featuring the contest’s winning cartoon: an image of an angry, sword-wielding Muhammad lunging forward toward the hands of the artist who drew him.
The news coverage of AFDI’s recent effort—as well as others’ plans to disseminate Muhammad cartoons—has been accompanied by attempts to explain why displaying these violent drawings is problematic or offensive. Journalists and commentators often diagnose the problem this way: Many Muslims disapprove of depictions of their prophet, and thus some may retaliate violently against them. But this characterization ignores the cartoons’ real implications. Actively spreading these cartoons is offensive because it contributes to an existing climate of fear in which Muslims are seen as a threat—a climate that endangers Muslims in the West….
Maybe they wouldn’t be seen as a threat because of the cartoons if they didn’t keep trying to murder people because of them.
But these threats are only perceptions—misperceptions—grounded not in facts or personal experience but in propagandistic portrayals. AFDI’s Muhammad ads make Muslims, the demonized group, actually look like the demonizer.
Remember as you read that who exactly is doing the killing, and who is under threat of death because of these cartoons.
The group’s latest campaigns contribute to these misperceptions and the more general climate in which Muslims are depicted as an existential threat and therefore treated as such.
During a period when anti-Muslim attacks are already high, these ads make Muslims feel less safe, and they’re right to be upset about the promotion of these cartoons. In fact, we should all take offense to their dissemination. In diverse, pluralistic societies, Muslims and non-Muslims alike should not stand by as an entire religious group is made to look like the enemy.
Once again we see the claim that “an entire religious group is made to look like the enemy.” Yet our ads to which Denari is objecting just say “Support Free Speech.” How exactly does this demonize all Muslims? She doesn’t say, because it doesn’t. The claim that we blame all Muslims for the actions of a few is a Goebbels-like Big Lie, endlessly repeated, but no more true for all the repetition.