From The Gathering Storm Blog

Blond Sagacity posted a biting blog on CAIR and its feud with the Fox Network over the TV show 24.

Making a show about modern day terrorism without using Muslims extremists would be like making a Mafia show and using Guatemalans. In fact, considering that almost every act of terrorism over the past 20 years was perpetrated by young radical Muslim males, when I see a show that doesn’t have the balls to make the terrorist a Muslim I chalk it up to PC tripe.

Here’s what has CAIR’s burka’s in a bunch.

“…”The overwhelming impression you get is fear and hatred for Muslims,” said Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. She said Thursday she was distressed by this season’s premiere. “After watching that show, I was afraid to go to the grocery store because I wasn’t sure the person next to me would be able to differentiate between fiction and reality.”

Ahem!! Excuse me!! Americans are quite able to distinguish between fiction and reality. Case in point is 9-11. There was only one incident of Muslim’s being attacked – and killed – and that was on a man wearing a turban who was not even Muslim – he was a Sikh. What Americans seem to be having trouble with is separating fiction from reality when it comes to statements from Islamist supporting organizations and individuals like CAIR.

Blond Sagacity gives examples.

An interim report, from the Conservative Group on National and International Security – one of several policy groups set up by the UK Tory leader David Cameron, said that a “significant number” of Muslim organizations are “keener to promote ideology than the totality of the communities they claim to represent”.

The fits CAIR to a ‘T’. But not all Muslims toe the CAIR line.

M. Zuhdi Jasser in the National Review Online writes:

The show also shows the darker, extremist side of Islam — for example, an Arab-Muslim youth, a previously beloved neighbor in suburban L.A., turns out to be a terrorist thug who provides a key part of the nuclear device while terrorizing his friend’s family. This is another, undeniable part of today’s Muslim reality: While suitcase nuclear devices have yet to be used, the threat is there, and such characters are probably quite true to life in their depiction of members of al Qaeda cells or other jihadist networks in the West.

So if this drama hits too close to home, perhaps offended Muslims should use this TV program as an emotional stimulus for change. To this point, the Muslim community has been able to completely avoid any real debate over Islamism. In fact, we see now a movement in England and the West to blame the West’s foreign policy as a root cause of terror rather than the real root cause — theocratic Islamist ideology.

It’s time for hundreds of thousands of Muslims to be not only private but public in their outrage — and to commit themselves to specific, verbal engagement of the militants and their Islamism. We, as American Muslims, should be training and encouraging our Muslim-community youth to become the future Jack Bauers of America. What better way to dispel stereotypes than to create hundreds of new, real images of Muslims who are publicly leading this war on the battlefield and in the domestic and foreign media against the militant Islamists.

There are Muslims and Muslim organizations that understand the true challenges faced by Muslims today and not willing to play the victim card at every turn of the deck. They understand there is an evil ideology out to Islamatize the world and bring it under the rule of Shariah law.

If CAIR really wants to contribute to America-Islamic relations, then they should pay a visit to the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. Zuhdi Jasser, an M.D., founded AIFD with a group of Muslim professionals in the Phoenix, Arizona. AIFD seeks to make a small contribution to the body of thought which articulates an understanding of Islam which separates religion and state and is in complete harmony with the U.S. Constitution and our citizenship pledge.

Dr. Jasser has it right.

Condemnations by press release and vague fatwas are not enough. We need to create organizations — high-profile, well-funded national organizations and think tanks — which are not afraid to identify al Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah by name, and by their mission as the enemies of America.

If Muslim organizations and the American Muslim leadership were seen publicly as creating a national, generational plan to fight Islamism — rather than searching for reasons to claim victimhood — then the issues and complaints surrounding such TV shows would disappear. The way to fight the realities of 24 is to create a Muslim CTU, a deep Muslim counterterrorism ideology and a national action plan for our security.

Sounds like a plan to me. Any American Muslims out there ready to pick up on the suggestions of the AIFD?
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