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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Faux Islamophobia

The narrative must win out—at least that's what the trained hamsters of the main stream media think. Repeatedly, left-leaning media outlets (that means almost all mainstream outlets) parrot Hillary Clinton's warning that calling out Muslims to do far more than they're currently doing to combat Islamic terrorism worldwide will inflame the Muslim community. After all, "Islamophobia" is real and is evidenced by increasing numbers of violent acts against Muslims and Mosques. Except ... that simply isn't true.

Investor's Business Daily reports:
As the attorney general threatens to prosecute Americans for anti-Muslim hate crime, Muslims are faking anti-Muslim hate crimes across the country to prop up the fiction that Muslims are victimized in the U.S.

The latest fabrication involves the torching of a Houston mosque on Christmas Day. The arson was quickly seized on by the national media and Muslim-rights groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which demanded that police investigate it as a hate crime.

"We urge law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this fire," CAIR's Houston chapter said in a statement.

Federal authorities did investigate, and they collared a suspect. Sorry, CAIR, he's not a Muslim-hating Trump supporter. He's a Muslim.

Not only that, he's a longtime member of the damaged Islamic Society of Greater Houston mosque, where he prayed five times a day, seven days per week.

Last Christmas, a similar incident was reported at a mosque in Fresno, Calif.; and in a similar rush to judgment, the media joined Muslim groups in accusing anti-Islamic bigots for the vandalism of the Islamic Cultural Center there.

Only, it turned out that the incident was not an act of "Islamophobia" at all.

As in Houston, the damage was self-inflicted by a member of the mosque. Police arrested Asif Mohammad Khan. They said that he was an admirer of Osama bin Laden.

These are hardly isolated cases of Muslim groups and their media apologists misleading the public about anti-Muslim hate crimes.
IBD goes on to recount another four cases of faux "Islamophobia" widely reported in the media. The trained hamsters breathlessly reported the initial incident as proof positive that Americans were anti-Muslim bigots. There was very little reporting once the true cause of the incident was uncovered.

I've called the left-wing narrative builders "memesters" in previous posts, and have warned that false narratives are intended to mislead the public and advance a specific agenda. All of that is true, but the narratives also provide insight into the mindset of those that promulgate them.

America is NOT the bigoted, violent, racist, misogynist, capacious, and yes, Islamophobic, society that the Left would have you believe. One can only wonder whether some on the Left see themselves in one or more of those categories, and to salve their guilt, lay blanket blame on all of us.

The Islamophobia narrative (along with many others) is a lie, but to paraphrase an infamous propagandist, repeat a lie enough times and it becomes the truth. Sad.