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Islamophobe Mark Steyn Sole Guest For Sensitive Muslim Issue On Hannity & Colmes

Reported by Ellen - August 2, 2007 -

As a follow-up to its one-sided, anti-Muslim panel about the arrest of a Pace University student for throwing a Koran in the toilet, Hannity & Colmes offered another one-sided, anti-Muslim panel about the incident on its July 31, 2007 show. With video.

In the previous discussion, hate-monger Melanie Morgan was the sole guest for this rather sensitive issue. Not only was the Muslim perspective absent, it was represented in vile terms. Morgan accused American Muslims of trying to enact Sharia law in the United States.

The next night, what was billed as a follow-up was really just more of the same. No new developments in the case were announced. The only difference was that instead of Morgan, the audience got Islamophobe Mark Steyn. Echoing Morgan, Steyn said there is “creeping Sharia afoot in the western world.”

Steyn was introduced as a syndicated columnist and author but without identifying him as an anti-Muslim partisan.

As in the previous discussion, Alan Colmes seemed less interested in confronting the anti-Muslim bigotry than he was in agreeing with the guest that throwing a Koran in the toilet was not a hate crime. Nobody pointed out that the desecration of the Koran is a far greater offense to Muslims than a similar incident with the Bible would be to a Christian. Nor did anyone point out that the toilet incident was one of a string of anti-Muslim incidents at Pace.

Instead, Colmes pointed out how he was “on the same page” with Steyn in arguing that Muslims should not have any special protections. That made it the second out of two discussions where the Muslim viewpoint was not just shut out, but dismissed by an entire panel.

“Look, I’m in favor of prosecuting this guy for blocking someone’s toilet or for destroying someone’s book,” Steyn generously offered. Then, the non-American, drop-out turned disk jockey then columnist (but never a lawyer) advised, “I’m not in favor of people claiming the right to be protected from being offended. I don’t agree with hate crimes at all... To have this, where there’s no underlying hate crime directed toward any individual, prosecuted as a hate crime, is very unhealthy.” Neither host seemed to notice nor care that Steyn had no credentials to make such a proclamation.

Next, Steyn got a platform to expound on his anti-Muslim bigotry. “Islam is the source of the greatest population increase in almost all western European cities,” he said. “I’m in favor of rubbing along and getting along with whoever my neighbors happen to be. But the point of fact is that wherever Islam intersects with other cultures, you have tensions around the world. It doesn’t matter whether that’s with Jews in Palestine, with Christians in Nigeria, with Hindus in Kashmir, with Buddhists in Thailand, with hippy-dippy backpackers in Bali. You have tensions everywhere. Islam is not yet ready to demonstrate that it’s ready to accept the give and take of pluralist societies.”

Then it was guest host Oliver North’s turn. He found nothing objectionable about Steyn’s comments. North turned to bashing CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which had become involved in the Pace University incident. North derided CAIR’s claim that Muslims in the US might face a “hostile campus environment.” Incredulously, he asked Steyn, “Is there hostility in the United States toward people who just happen to be Muslim?”

How would the non-Muslim Steyn know, other than via his own hostility which he had just expressed? But, astoundingly, Steyn answered an emphatic, “NO! There is none. And in fact, it’s absurd.” He went on to cite “this cockamamie case” as an example of his reasoning. He somehow overlooked the several incidents that prompted that case which might disprove his theory.

Next, Steyn went on to bash CAIR, himself. “It’s sustained by the bankroll it gets from high-rolling Saudi princes but it’s a nothing organization that represents nobody and it’s been named by the United States government as an unindicted co-conspirator in some terrorist financing case. Why we pay any attention to this group that represents nobody is ridiculous.” And why should FOX News viewers pay attention to someone like Steyn? In addition to his lack of credentials, his track record is poor. As the Guardian Unlimited reported,

Apart from predicting that George Bush would win the 2000 presidential election in a landslide, Steyn said at regular intervals that Osama bin Laden "will remain dead". Weeks after the invasion of Iraq he assured his readers that there would be "no widespread resentment at or resistance of the western military presence"; in December 2003 he wrote that "another six weeks of insurgency sounds about right, after which it will peter out"; and the following March he insisted that: "I don't think it's possible for anyone who looks at Iraq honestly to see it as anything other than a success story."

In addition to bad judgment, Steyn has bad taste. He slimed the victims of the Virginia Tech shooter and then took another swipe at the US for being too passive. In a column last spring, he wrote, “This awful corrosive passivity is far more pervasive, and, unlike the psycho killer, is an existential threat to a functioning society." Not that armchair warrior Steyn has ever picked up a gun and served in the military. But for him, it must be a case of do as I say, not as I do.