Sunday, December 17, 2006

Dallas Muslim leaders very thin skin about things.

Culture: Interesting recap by Rod Dreher about a meeting the Dallas Morning News editorial board had with Muslim leaders from the area. Basically ended up with the conclusion that the paper should not talk about Islam or Muslims in general.

Trying to get at the heart of the matter, I asked if they thought sharia should be the law of the land in our secular pluralistic democracy. Another round of long-winded answers, amounting to, "It would never happen here." That's not what I'm asking, I said; should it happen here. Someone explained that Muslim community would never be big enough in this country to make that happen. Which is, of course, entirely beside the point, but we moved on. I had my answer. The group complained that the DMN editorial page picked out small faults in the Muslim community locally, and highlighted them. Among their complaints: our editorial criticizing the Dallas Central Mosque for stocking anti-Jewish, anti-Christian hate literature in its library. And the Dallas Central Mosque's teaching the violent, revolutionary, jihad-promoting writing of Sayyid Qutb to its teenagers. Members of the group said Qutb was an "obscure" writer who had some good ideas for improving Islam, but had some fringe ideas.

They tried to portray him as a marginal oddball. Which is b.s. -- Osama bin Laden has cited Qutb as his spiritual godfather, and his work is at the intellectual center of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is no small thing that the largest mosque in Texas is having its teenagers read Qutb's work. One of my colleagues, a reporter who covered the British subway bombings when he was stationed in London, said to the group that he'd visited Islamic bookstores, and discovered Qutb's books and other Islamic extremist literature there on the shelves -- and this was where the subway bombers and radicalized Islamist youth in Britain were getting their ideas. The group rejected the implications of this, with someone even suggesting that it was the West's fault that these youth were becoming radicalized. And so forth. The conclusion I drew from this meeting is that the Muslim community's leaders here will not accept any criticism, no matter how legitimate, considering it to be bigoted. They will not admit to any radicalism going on in their community, and try to minimize it, even as it goes on. They said we were wrong to criticize the DCM's imam for turning up at a "Tribute to the Great Islamic Visionary, The Ayatollah Khomeini." Which is just nuts.

It sounds they are taking hints from the MCB.

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