Sharks and Islamists: Equally Misunderstood?

I recently spent some time watching Shark Week on television.  Being fascinated with large predatory fish, I’ve watched many shark programs throughout the years.  And I’ve reached one conclusion: the “liberal” response one is accustomed to when the topic of Islam and Islamists come up – that they are misunderstood, that we need to respect their ways and be tolerant, that it’s our fault we get attacked – has become so embedded in the Western psyche that it now colors our understanding of the animal world as well. Almost every shark program follows the same pattern: the large predators are portrayed in all their grandeur, roaming the seas.  Then we hear of several anecdotes of shark attacks on humans, often with the survivors recounting their experiences.  The prevalent theme is this: it’s not the shark’s fault that it attacked and maimed this or that surfer, swimmier, or kayaker.  Rather, humans are...(Read Full Article)

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