July 22, 2007

The "high quality" journalism of MSNBC.com

A puffy portrait of how American Muslims "make America stronger" and how they're "vulnerable as never before" highlights the guilt trip that MSNBC wants all non-Muslims to feel about guys like Fareed Siddiq:

Fareed Siddiq is a successful businessman and a father of two. He lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio—a 19th-century mill town built on a river and known for its scenic waterfalls and dams—in a five-bedroom house he recently paid for, in cash, with his savings.

He was moved to ask his president a question: "What," he asked, hauling his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame to the microphone, "are we doing with public diplomacy to change the hearts and minds of a billion and a half Muslims around the world?" What should he tell his friends and relatives in Pakistan about why he continues to live in the United States?

"Great question," answered the president. "I'm confident your answer is, 'I love living in America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, the country where you can come and ask the president a question and a country where—' Are you a Muslim?"

"Yes," answered Siddiq.

"Where you can worship your religion freely. It's a great country where you can do that."

It was a good answer, says Siddiq, but not enough for him—not when he, a financial adviser at a major investment bank, is afraid to use the bathroom on flights because he doesn't want to frighten his fellow passengers as he walks down the aisle. He thinks anti-Muslim sentiment in the country is getting worse, not better. "I'm not so much worried about myself," he adds. "It's the young people I'm concerned with. Those are the people we need to try—not only as Muslims but as Americans—to make them feel part of America. If you alienate the Muslim young people from America, that is dangerous."

Oh, I get it. To Siddiq, Americans shouldn't be even the slightest bit wary of middle eastern-looking young-middle aged men on airline flights. You know, I mean, what possibly should cause folks to feel such, eh? And if Americans continue such "unwarranted vigilance," then young American Muslims will become "alienated" and thus "dangerous."

Always America's fault, eh? It must be that "unwarranted vigilant" attitude that accounts for 26% of US Muslims under age 30 that believe it "OK" to use suicide bombing terrorism. It's our own fault why this 26% feels this way, right? When groups like CAIR go out of their way to make excuses for Muslim terror actions and is even named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism case, I mean, come ON Americans! Do NOT -- in ANY way -- make your Muslim neighbors feel the slightest bit "uncomfortable," hear? I'm sure CAIR has its reasons! (At the time of this post, 72% of those voting in the online poll feel that Muslim-Americans are NOT "unfairly singled out by law enforcement." FYI.)

In addition to this weepy piece, we're also treated to a "hard-hitting" article wondering why the vice-president is "always so gloomy." Wow.

Posted by Felix at July 22, 2007 11:18 AM | TrackBack

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