Dec 27 2009
Related to the half-blind, foolish media coverage I was mentioning in my last post — here we have a case of unquestioning feel-good coverage of an event in Toronto on Christmas Day called “Reviving the Islamic Spirit”. A perfect example of only hearing, and reporting, what you want to hear.
Evidently, one organizer, Imam Johari Abdul Malik, felt it necessary to address the odd coincidence that so much violence around the world is perpetrated in the name of a “religion of peace” against non-Muslims and even more often, against fellow Muslims. His quote:
Maybe it’s time to save the ship to say that I am going to take an oath to be non-violent,” he said, speaking of the widespread violence in the world by Muslims against other Muslims.
“And that I refuse as a Muslim to kill another Muslim and also as a Muslim to defend the rights of others.
Wait a second, Mr. Malik — you want to make a statement condemning violence and “saving the ship” by only condemning the killing of Muslims by other Muslims? In other words, non-violence only applies to his fellow co-religionists? And this is supposed to negate the extremism that has filtered through his community?
So much for a feeling of peace and goodwill towards all.
Nice reportage, Debra Black. Way to dig deeper. Useless mouthpiece.