Two different takes on the hot issue of Islam and Islamophobia came out of Human Events yesterday. The first is an article by Robert Spencer which asks the question “Are Muslims Being Victimized in America Today?“. It seems that Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization often linked to Hamas. Mr. Spencer fills us in:
Attacks on the American Muslim community and on Islam rose to an unprecedented level in 2010.” So claimed Nihad Awad, national executive director of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in an end-of-the-year fund-raising appeal. The hard-Left TPMMuckraker site claimed that in 2010, “America saw perhaps its worst outbreak of Islamophobia since the attacks.”
But the truth, Mr. Spencer tells us, is much different:
According to the most recent available records in Los Angeles, Jews were the victims of 88% of hate attacks; Muslims were victims 3% of the time. In records for New York state released on New Year’s Eve, there were 251 hate attacks against Jews in 2009, compared to 11 such attacks against Muslims. Of course, those statistics are from 2009, not 2010, the year CAIR claims has seen a sharp increase in hate attacks against Muslims, but it is unlikely that the statistics will bear out this claim when they do become available. CAIR’s annual hate crimes report generally contains more claims of Muslims being insulted than physically attacked, and an embarrassing number of the latter claims over the years have turned out to be fabrications — that is, if the folks at CAIR were capable of being embarrassed by their own dishonest attempts to mislead and manipulate the American people.
Why would CAIR make false claims of attacks on Muslims in America? Mr. Spencer sheds some light:
CAIR knows well that victimhood is big business: Insofar as CAIR can convince the public and law enforcement officials that Muslims are being mistreated in America, CAIR can claim protected victim status for Muslims, and use that to deflect unwanted scrutiny and any honest examination of how jihadists use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism. That’s most likely why the claims of pandemic “Islamophobia” have become so common from CAIR and its allies and dupes. They want and need hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.
And how does our government and the MSM react to all of this? With silence that’s how. But the crap doesn’t stop with turning a blind eye to the shenanigans of CAIR. How are Muslims treating Christians through out the Islamic world? This question leads us to the second Human Events story. Gary Bauer writes “The Greatest Story Never Told“. Here is how he introduces his story.
In all the reviews and lists of the most important events of 2010, one story of devastating importance was scarcely mentioned: that of the persecution of Christians throughout the world, particularly in majority Muslim countries.
Christian persecution has been on the rise for years, but it seemed to reach a new level of intensity in 2010. In fact, it’s not an exaggeration to suggest that Christians in countries such as Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt now confront the prospect of extinction at the hands of radical Islam.
Bauer goes on to document much of the Muslim atrocities against Christians. It is a bloody account. And, how does our government and the MSM react to this persecution of Christians by Muslims? Here is what Bauer tell us:
But the plight of Iraq’s Christians does not appear to be a priority for America’s media and political elites either. The Obama administration hasn’t exactly placed the protection of religious freedom at the top of its To Do list.
It took the president a year-and-a-half even to nominate an ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Human rights and religious freedom have taken a back seat in the Obama administration to everything from climate change and advancing gay rights to “outreach” to the “Muslim world,” a false term applied to a region in which Christianity predates Islam by hundreds of years.
Sadly, this is par for the course with our liberal multi-culturalist. Obama and the MSM should be ashamed but they are not.