More Media Bias re:Religion

Today on ABC: Muslim Cleric Anwar Awlak Linked to Ft. Hood, Northwest Flight 253 Terror Attacks

After several years of preaching an extreme version of Islam across mosques in the United States, the 36-year-old imam left the U.S. in 2002 following a decision that forced federal authorities to rescind a warrant issued for his arrest related to alleged passport fraud.

Once in Yemen, Awlaki, a U.S. citizen born in New Mexico, hooked up with the local branch of international terror syndicate al Qaeda, according to U.S. authorities. Despite moving to the Middle East, through his Web site and audio recordings he preached a message of violence and hate that became popular with a new generation of Muslims raised outside the Arabian Peninsula.

This is all interesting and all, but how can we have a serious discussion about religious influence on international terrorism if we aren’t even going to mention the Mennonite extremists, the Amish suicide bombers, and the Baptist international terror syndicate?


  1. They mention his religion in the first line of the story where they say, “Most Americans have never heard of Anwar al Awlaki, but the radical Muslim cleric who may have inspired a young Nigerian man to try to blow up a plane on Christmas Day has been linked to the alleged perpetrators of the deadliest terror attacks on U.S. soil this decade, from 9/11 to the massacre at Fort Hood.”

    I agree that in many stories, you could not tell who the culprit was, or what ideology he was following. But how many times do you need to say “radical muslim” in a story?

    On the other hand, it’s too bad we’re so refined these days. I miss the old term for a radical Muslim cleric: Mad Mullah.

    1. I was trying to be snarky about the fact that all these guys seem to be Muslim, yet all the defensive security measures we take treat the problem as if anyone is a potential threat. I guess my snarkiness failed.

      Over and over and over we hear about these guys. The leaders. The preachers. The supporters. The terrorists themselves. Always Muslim. Always always always.

      How to try prevent attacks by Muslim extremists? Screen my grandma just as closely as that scraggly-looking Muslim with no baggage or passport.

  2. All true………………and look at the arm flailing and pants peeing that’s being substituted for the profiling, close questiong by qualified lay behaviorists, and “targeted” advanced electromechanical screening of high risk travelors that should be taking place at all departure points for inter and transnational travel.

    There are three or four defining characteristics of all the terrorists who’ve done their thing towards the west, since 9/11 (and before). The last thing we’d want to do is anything sensible like scrutinizing, screening, and concentrating on “that group”. When we can waste time, effort, and money hassling 80 yera old black women, and young Chinese/Japanese, Korean males, and middle aged euro type men. What a 4876297 joke!

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