Americans not a howling anti-Muslim mob

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Michael Barone

Excellent Telegraph blogpost by Brendan O’Neill pointing out that contrary to liberals’ fears Americans have not responded to attacks by Islamist terrorists by lynching ordinary Muslims. Far from it: O’Neill gives facts and figures and concludes, accurately, that anti-Muslim violence is extremely rare in this country. The real bigots here, he explains, are the liberals themselves. “Liberal concern over Islamophobia, liberal fretting about anti-Muslim bigotry, is ironically driven by a bigotry of its own, by an deeply prejudiced view of everyday people as hateful and stupid.”

O’Neill’s point would fall in the category of media criticism but for the fact that this bigotry is shared by Obama administration policymakers. Not even the military is immune. We see the Fort Hood massacre, in which the attacker screamed “Allahu akbar,” labeled as “workplace violence.” It’s unfortunate that our leaders can’t seem to understand that the very large majority of Americans are decent rational people.


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Michael Barone

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