Yesterday, Eric Bolling provided a full and unopposed platform for what can only be described as a full frontal attack on Islam from filmmaker, Eric Bell, once a tolerant liberal, who now embraces full tilt hatred towards Islam. Today, "devout Catholic" Bolling, who has a history of anti-Muslim rhetoric, doubled down in allowing Bell, in two segments, to continue his hateful screed which, according to the Fox messaging chyrons, is "the truth about radical Islam." Today's "truth" had, as a bonus, the patented Islamophobic "creeping Sharia" meme. But as Fox & Friends is an "opinion" show on the otherwise "fair & balanced" "news" network, I guess it's all good...Here's one of today's Bolling hate segments.
In response to Bolling's question about "prevalence" of radical Islam in US, Bellclaimed that, according to experts, 80% of mosques have been radicalized in some way." Fact Check - this right wing "zombie lie" is based on a 11 year old discredited smear based on one, unsubstantiated statement by California Muslim cleric who admitted that his criteria was "a focus on the Palestinian conflict.Bell, reminded folks not to forget that "Islam is to force the world to submit to Islam" and "that's what's taught in mosques." He directed viewers to his website, Global Infidel (no bias there) where he has "documents" related to the nexus between American mosques and radicalIslamic terrorism. The chyron continued the Fox "message" about the "truth" of this blatant anti-Islamic propaganda: "Mega Mosque Mistake, Documentary Filmaker Discovers True Story."
While Bolling remained silent, Bell accused a Muslim, connected to the Tennessee mosque, of "uploading photos of known Islamic terrorists" to his MySpace page. (Like who even uses MySpace?) He said that "nothing has been done" and the "media couldn't be less interested." (Cept for Fox "News") Bolling then did the classic "some say" when he alleged that " Bell agreed and then sited famous anti-Muslim Frank Gaffney who is, according to the Center for American Progress' report, "Fear Incorporated," a "misinformation expert." As he spoke the chyron continued the Fox message that this blatant propaganda is the "truth": "Truths Uncovered, Bell Researched Terrorism and Read Islam Books." Bell claimed that Gaffney's anti-Islamic group, Center for National Policy, shows evidence of "stealth jihad." He provided more information that can be found on any, garden variety anti-Islamic website. Not surprisingly he trashed the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) which he noted was an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Holy Land Foundation trial. He didn't say that CAIR's designation was dropped by a federal judge.
He continued his line of Islamophobic paranoia that would make folks like Pam Geller proud when he said that groups like CAIR "are clearly using our media, our legal system, our academic system...to try to destroyAmericafrom the inside." He then whined about how his former liberal friends "broke up with him through text messages" after which he made the ludicrous point that some friends support him because he "stays on point with human rights." (WTF?) He whined about "hostile e-mails" and "name-calling" and how people call him a "hate monger." (Ya think!) More whining about loss of "livelihood," "reputation," (Ya think!), car, credit - but he knows that he's going in the right direction.
The words of an old "Doors" song come to mind: "People are strange when you're a stranger; faces look ugly when you're alone." At any rate, chalk off another segment on a network where "you can bash Islam with impunity."
And BTW, the title of the Fox video - "Documentary Filmmaker Reveals Truths Of Radical Islam." Perhaps it should be retitled "Bizarro Islamophobic Wingnut Reveals Depth Of His Bigotry and Anti-Islamic Paranoia."
Anyhoo, he seems to be way less RADICAL than you.
Do you hate Christians?
Do you hate Hindus?
Do you hate Buddhists?
Do you hate Athiests?
Do you Hate Sikhs?
Do you hate Jews?
Do you hate all religions beside Islam?
Do you hate lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders? Do you think they should be killed?
Do you think women are the lesser of the human race?
Do you think women should not interract with any men besides their husband or face harsh punishment.. i.e. beatings?
Do you believe that all who do not convert to Islam should be killed?
Do you believe women should be stoned to death for adultery even if they are raped?
Do you think women should be covered from head to toe in a burkha? Do you think harsh punishment is okay if any skin is exposed.
Do you think it’s okay for men to marry young girls and consummate?
Then you would make a perfect Radical Muslim!! Yay.
According to your linked source, the designation wasn’t dropped.
It looks really nice!
“The same could be said for Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity, And anybody who would espouse that view of Christianity would not be welcome on âfair & balancedâ Fox. "
On the contrary, Fox has had guests such as Dawkins and Harris. That said, I’m no big fan of Fox, but I don’t think they are unique in having a political and religious bias. Most of the media are of the view that religion is a good thing, and that it is only the extremists that ruin it.
“There are unsavory elements in many religions but that doesnât mean that the religion, in total, is a bad thing. Bell is not an Islamic scholar. But his view is being taken as gospel by Fox.”
No it isn’t. They didn’t say he was an expert. They had him explaining how he learned about Islam by checking things for himself, as any ordinary citizen can, by doing a bit of study and checking primary sources.
“Somehow I doubt that Foxâs token Muslim, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, would agree with Bell. Right â Zuhdi Jasser is a Muslim so according to Bell he might not be a terrorist but he follows a religion of terrorism.”
So what if he doesn’t agree with Bell? Jasser isn’t going to condemn Islam anymore than your average Christian is going to condemn Christianity. That doesn’t make them right about Christianity, and that doesn’t make Jasser right about Islam.
“Funny, prior to the âreconquistaâ of Spain, the three major religions all got along and produced a rich cultural life.”
I wouldn’t say they got along. The others were subjugated under Islam, subject to its rules, as well as subject to numerous pogroms. The situation was so unbearable that the peoples we now call the Spanish eventually fought off the Muslims and won their territories back.
Rich cultural life because of Islam? I disagree. Islam has held back cultural, social, and scientific progress for centuries in part because of their grip on Spain.
“Funny, things changed when the Christians took charge.”
After, therefore because?
“And interestingly, Christians and Jews fared much better in Muslim societies than Jews and Muslims did in Christian societies. Wonder if Mr. Bell and Eric Bolling know that!”
They might have heard this second-hand propaganda but didn’t believe it.
Re your fact check on the 80% of mosques in the U.S. are radicalized claim, the claim is actually based on more than just that one Muslim leader’s claims in his testimony to the State Department about extremism in the 114 American mosques he surveyed. Other sources are consistent with there being a majority of U.S. mosques that are extreme by modern western non-Muslim standards. (if space permits I can provide these links etc.). Also, the majority of American Muslims (81%) want sharia in Islamic countries, think the U.S. is evil, etc. That said, it must be realized that we do not have much in the way of reliable and adequate information about what American Muslims believe on specific elements of sharia and jihad. If they are similar in their beliefs to Muslims living in Canada and the U.K., though, then probably the majority of them want sharia in the west, want to criminally prosecute and punish those who criticize Islam or Muhammad, etc.
“Bell, reminded folks not to forget that “Islam is to force the world to submit to Islam” and “that’s what’s taught in mosques.”"
He’s right. That’s basic Islam 101. That’s the original goal of Islam and it is the one probably agreed to by most Muslims today (based on their support for strict sharia, a caliphate, severe restrictions on non-Muslim behavior an expressions, and so on). The non-Muslims are given three options: embrace Islam, or else submit to the terms of surrender and obey Islamic law as dhimmis, or else be killed in battle. Even John Esposito has written that that is the policy of Islam. It’s taught in mosques insofar as this sort of thing is preached by the imams, particularly when they are quoting the Quran (e.g., 9:29-9:33, 48:28, 61:9, 8:39), Hadith, and Islamic law.
The same could be said for Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity, And anybody who would espouse that view of Christianity would not be welcome on “fair & balanced” Fox. There are unsavory elements in many religions but that doesn’t mean that the religion, in total, is a bad thing. Bell is not an Islamic scholar. But his view is being taken as gospel by Fox. Somehow I doubt that Fox’s token Muslim, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, would agree with Bell. Right – Zuhdi Jasser is a Muslim so according to Bell he might not be a terrorist but he follows a religion of terrorism.
Funny, prior to the “reconquista” of Spain, the three major religions all got along and produced a rich cultural life. Funny, things changed when the Christians took charge. And interestingly, Christians and Jews fared much better in Muslim societies than Jews and Muslims did in Christian societies. Wonder if Mr. Bell and Eric Bolling know that!
19 Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.
Hey, the bible is full of stuff like this…
Do you despise African-Americans?
Do you loathe LGBTs?
Then you might have a bright future as a guest pundit on the fair&balanced Fux Noise network.