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Sir John Barron  Jan 25, 2017 • 12:12:02pm

Someone on my Twitter TL was smearing her as well. Unfollowed that person—a quasi “progressive”.

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CuriousLurker  Jan 25, 2017 • 3:42:56pm

That’s what the right-wing and their Islamophobia industry does, they smear any and all individual Muslim activists & advocacy groups in an effort to render us both feared and defenseless through spreading disinformation.

It’s not an accident and it’s not ignorance on the part of the people spreading this stuff, it’s methodical, calculated. Where the ignorance comes in is on the part of the people they feed this stuff to. According to 2015 numbers, there are around 3.3 million Muslims in a nation of 322 million, or about 1% of the population. I would venture to say that the majority of Americans have never even met a Muslim, and of those who have, most probably don’t have close friendships with them (e.g. frequent visits, personal things discussed, families introduced to each other, etc.). That’s not a criticism, it’s just an observation.

Unfortunately, the lack of familiarity can easily be taken advantage of by professional hatemongers like Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, et al. who fill the gap in people’s knowledge/experience with tales of horror & brutality.

Do some Muslims do horrible, brutal things? Sure, so do some atheists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, etc. There are horrors happening every day all over the world, but most of them aren’t placed under a microscope nor are their actions attributed to the perpetrators’ religion.

That’s one of the reason Obama didn’t like using “radical Islamist terrorists” (or variations on that theme) because he knew it would associate Islam, and therefore all Muslims, with terrorism. I’m pretty sure it’s also why the BBC always refers to the “so called” Islamic State when it mentions Da’esh. It’s also why Von ClownStick & the right-wing insist on using it as much as possible. Pay close attention to their vocabulary going forward. It’s intentional.

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Sir John Barron  Jan 26, 2017 • 6:30:22am

“The ISIS unity finger sign”.

Because no one else, anywhere, does that. /


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