Wednesday, May 1, 2013

There will be no blood

It's been a while since I've written about Muslim extremism, but in light of the events in Boston I think it's worth revisiting.

Last week, Bill Maher asked one of the guests on his show if he thought it was possible to stage a Broadway show that was the equivalent of the Book of Mormon. That is, what would have happened had Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show's creators, had produced a satirical musical called The Book of Mohammad.

The answer is self evident.

There would be blood on the streets. A lot more blood that ran after the Jyllands-Posten published 12 "offensive" cartoons of Mohammed. There would be effigies, flag-burnings, and death threats all across the globe, from the streets of Dearborn, Michigan to the back alleyways of Jakarta.

The response would be immediate. It would be vocal. And it would be intense. In other words, it would be everything the Islamic community was not following the massacre in Boston.

This is not to insinuate that Muslims have a responsibility to repudiate any act of terrorism done in the name of Islam. They don't. Anymore than the entire Christian community has to apologize for the actions of abortion clinic bombers.

What I am saying is that in the battle for hearts and minds, the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing was a huge missed PR opportunity for the people at CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

They should have organized street rallies. Started special fund raising efforts. And produced public service announcements distancing their religion from the people who commit heinous acts in the name of it.

That's how you defeat Islamaphobia, counterbalance extremism, and sway public opinion about the religion of peace.

We heard more from the deranged, shop-lifting Mama Jihadi of these underachieving assclowns than we did from any representative of moderate Islam.

There was rumor that the satanists who follow Fred Phelps and the Westboro Church were going to picket the funeral of the 8-year old who was killed at the finish line. Think about the good will that would have been generated if instead of U.S. Teamsters, 1000 Muslim men who wanted to improve the image of Islam in America, volunteered to block that effort.

A missed opportunity is all I'm saying.

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