Looking Like a Muslim

O’Reilly has taken a lot of flak for claiming the senior Bergdahl looked like a Muslim. "The Daily Show’s" Jon Stewart got in the act with the clever quip that he didn‘t want “to complicate your hatred of facial hair there, friend, but my guess is if you gave Bob Bergdahl a bandanna and a duck, you’d like him just-f***ing-fine.” In general, there was little hesitation on the part of commentators, left and right, to drape O’Reilly with the mantle of Islamophobia. However, the “looked like a Muslim” remark cannot, per se, be the issue. After all, on the commentator’s own account, what is the matter with looking like a Muslim? To claim that there is something insidious about looking like a Muslim presupposes that there is something wrong with being a Muslim -- which would itself be Islamophobic. In order for O’Reilly’s remark to be deemed offensive it must be taken as implying what? That...(Read Full Post)

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