September 28, 2010
The Media and the Mosqueteers: Take Our Kids -- PleaseBy Stella Paul
People who live in the posh suburb of Wellesley, Massachusetts should take great pride in their local newspaper: not only does it report the news, but it can also channel children's souls. Consider the breezy pronouncement of MetroWest Daily News on the Wellesley public school students who were schlepped to a Boston mega-mosque to study the "mosque's architecture." A video released last week shows how the field trip climaxed: with five boys studying the architecture of the mosque floor, prostrate on the ground, worshiping Allah.
Outrageous? Of course! However, thanks to MetroWest's handy-dandy Children's Souls DecoderTM, we can all rest assured it's no big deal. Although MetroWest admits, "At first blush, the video that hit YouTube last week is disturbing," it steamrolls on to offer not a word of criticism to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, which hosted the middle school students. Instead, all its scorn is reserved for the organization that released the video, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, which MetroWest accuses of an "anti-Islam tone" and attempting "to turn an incident few in Wellesley even heard about into a national culture wars fracas."
And then comes the final imperial proclamation: "But no student was harmed by this field trip." How dazzling! The clairvoyants at MetroWest can see deep inside these anonymous children's souls -- and they weren't harmed a hair. Over and out! No need for any "nuance" or tortured examination of "context" here.
Meanwhile, back in what's left of the real world, new videos have oozed forth from the Saudi-funded mega-mosque reeking of freakish hatred. Before we get into the witches' brew of violent anti-Semitism, anti-democratic indoctrination, and homophobic nuttiness so beloved by the Mosqueteers, let's just admit that the Islamic Society of Boston did not get off to a good start. Unless you consider being founded by an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist who's now serving 23 years in jail a fine kickoff.
Americans for Peace and Tolerance has now released a greatest hits compilation of the loathsome Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, former trustee of the Boston mosque and current chair of Islamic American University, which administers the mosque's educational programs. You can watch al-Qaradawi, who was banned from the U.S. by President Clinton, strutting his sick stuff, exhorting his followers to "[k]ill all the Jews. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them."
You may also want to hear the nice pep talk by the Islamic Society of Boston's current trustee, Jamal Badawi, encouraging his students to establish Islamic theocracies wherever they are and to seize power from the wicked infidels.
And don't deprive yourself of the way cool hate stylings of Yasir Qadhi, honored guest teacher at the Boston mosque, who can be heard on audio claiming the Holocaust is a hoax and seen on video instructing impressed acolytes how to destroy democracy. Are you comforted to know that Qadhi was an inspiration to the 2009 Christmas underwear-bomber and his crown jewels en flambé?
Yet an entire phalanx of furrow-browed editorialists can't manage to even acknowledge the existence of these wildly noxious characters. You'll be fascinated to read the Fourth Estate's Olympian musings, offering mild rebukes of the Wellesley school system, much harsher criticism for the parent who took the video (hey, I thought whistle-blowers were supposed to be heroes), and caustic blasts for the organization that had the audacity to release the video and break the story.
Oddly, the only actors in this drama who remain virginally pristine and rebuke-free in the liberal media are the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and its ancestor organization, the Muslim American Society -- or as federal prosecutors like to call it, "the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood." Somehow, the press can't even whisper a reproach to the guys who actually invited the students to learn about Islam and have an "authentic experience," then fed the kids ludicrous Islamist propaganda, broke the law by separating the genders, and got sixth-grade boys to join in prayers to Allah, going full throttle with their foreheads on the floor.
Now it's one thing to cover your head, take off your shoes, and sit silently during prayer, but this prostration business is really showing multicultural respect! For a thousand years, even the second-class citizens known as dhimmis who lived under Muslim sovereignty did not submit to that! But don't expect the press to bat an eyelash over it. After all, we're liberals -- we don't offend non-Westerners, only our own.
But let's give our good friends in the Boston press a break. The days of Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and other brave Bostonians are ancient history. Today's media mavens are much milder types, who long ago happily donated their backbones to be auctioned off at the Benefit for Multicultural Insanity.
Perhaps the press is worried that if they even hint at criticism of the Boston Mosqueteers, they might wind up like Molly Norris. She is -- excuse me, she was -- the Seattle cartoonist whose satirical work inspired a Facebook page called "Everybody Draw Mohammed." Molly's cartoon was a response to Comedy Central's cancellation of a "South Park" show in which Mohammed was depicted in a bear suit, prompting death threats against "South Park's" creators.
Now Molly Norris has been driven into hiding after calls for her assassination from U.S.-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. "You may have noticed that Molly Norris' comic is not in the paper this week," the Seattle Weekly wrote. "That's because there is no more Molly."
The disappearance of this young woman and erasure of her entire life was greeted with a universal shrug by America's press and creative class. So far, no professional union or prominent artist has offered a word on her behalf. In fact, the American Society of News Editors explicitly refused to do so when asked point-blank.
Alas, poor Molly. She tried to fight back. She didn't realize that it's a whole lot easier to just offer up our children without a whimper of protest, as did the good folks in Wellesley. After all, the gods of political correctness must be appeased.
Stella Paul can be reached at Stellapundit@aol.com.