Since I wrote my last post about Fox News’ attack on Democratic Congressman Andre Carson, at least two more smear segments have been run against him, each with the obvious aim of making him look like some kind of radical and/or Muslim extremist. Mind you, none of the shows presented any actual research to report on just what kind of Congressman he truly he is. Instead, we got inflammatory sound bites and incendiary accusations.
The genesis of this particular spate of attacks was a clip from a speech Carson, a Muslim, gave to a Muslim group. In that speech, he said the United States needs to be “looking at” the madrassa model of education for innovation and ingenuity.
America will never win the war against terrorism without help from the Muslim community. America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Koran. And that model that we are pushing in some of our schools meets the multiple needs of students. …I have found that we need an educational model that is current, that meets the needs of our students. America must understand that she needs Muslims.
Last Thursday, conspiracy-theorist extraordinaire Monica Crowley, guest hosting the Hannity show, wasted no time using that quote to suggest Carson is in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood working “to undermine America from within, to install sharia and so on… This is not some crazy guy on a box standing on Fifth Avenue advocating this. This is a U.S. member of Congress… Doesn’t this raise concerns about the kind of infiltration that we have been talking about?” She made absolutely no effort to report on whether or not Carson is in fact aligned with the group or what his actual views are on the role of Islam in America. Instead, she deliberately piled on the hate mongering by saying, that he “throw(s) firebombs from his perch in the U.S. Congress all the time.”
The next night, Laura Ingraham, guest hosting The O’Reilly Factor acknowledged a statement from Carson saying otherwise but she repeated the Fox News meme that Carson wants the U.S. to model schools after Muslim schools. In fact, she took it one step further by saying, “It should be noted that many of the Taliban were educated in madrassas in Pakistan, of course, hotbeds of recruiting for terrorism around the world.”
So now Ingraham was suggesting, without a single fact to support it, that Carson wants to enable the Taliban. It’s the old “Cavuto mark” but taken to extremes. And in the “no spin zone” no less. She did host a Muslim guest to offer his “reaction” and his take - which was also my take - was that Carson was not advocating radical Islam for America but saying that the U.S. could benefit from some of the practices of Muslim schools. “That statement in and of itself is not controversial,” guest Harris Zafar said.
And Ingraham even seemed to acknowledge that Zafar’s interpretation sounded reasonable. She said that Carson went to Catholic school and had “an interesting background.” She steered the discussion into the supposed “hypocrisy” of the left which would have theoretically attacked Carson had he said the same thing about a Judeo-Christian education.
Last night, Sean Hannity revisited this topic on his show – and still there wasn’t a single bit more reporting. “This is just one more outrageous statement that came from the Congressman,” Hannity said. Coincidentally, this is one more attack on an African American from Hannity. For further demonization of Carson, Hannity immediately followed up his last statement with, “Meanwhile, a top Muslim Brotherhood official in Egypt is again calling for jihad against Israel.” Once again, there was a suggestion of a connection without bothering to offer any facts to show it as so.
If Fox News really believes that Carson is somehow working to institute sharia law or inculcate radical Muslims into the American educational system, that would be a huge story worth investigating. And yet, like the “unvetted Obama” meme often heard on Fox News, the network has not come up with a thing beyond a provocative sound bite and some agitating innuendo.
If there really was some substance behind the implication, wouldn’t Fox have come up with it already? Don’t they owe it to their viewers to inform them of all the facts surrounding such a frightening possibility? The glaring lack of investigation strongly points to a likelihood that there is nothing to report and Fox knows it.
These segments may not ultimately reveal very much about Congressman Carson but they do reveal something very clearly about Fox: that it is an organization that is more interested in maligning an outspoken, African American, Muslim member of Congress than in informing about him.
Have you lectured the brave Muslims who poisoned 150 school girls for getting an education? Just can’t scare off those uppity females, can they?
“The veil is a sign of liberation”? What planet are you from? Have you told that to the millions of abused women treated as mere possessions in dar Islam?
And where is the source?
Quran 4:34 Allah made men superior to women. Men are told to beat them if they only SUSPECT / FEAR disobedience. Note this is a pre-emptive strike; if you merely FEAR !
Quran 2:282 A woman’s legal testimony is worth only one half of a man’s.
etc etc etc. Get real.
The EU should make sure that its member states are multicultural to ensure the prosperity of the union, the UN’s special representative for migration has said.
Peter Sutherland also suggested the UK government’s immigration policy had no basis in international law.
He told the House of Lords committee migration was a ‘crucial dynamic for economic growth’ in some EU nations ‘however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states’. He said that an ageing or declining native population in countries like Germany or southern EU states was the ‘key argument and, I hesitate to the use word because people have attacked it, for the development of multicultural states’. He criticised the UK’s attempt to cut net migration from its current level to ‘tens of thousands’ a year through visa restrictions.
A man is a product of his culture, language and faith. State funded Muslim schools with bilingual Muslim teachers would help bilingual Muslim children to develop their cultural, linguistic and spiritual identies before they are exposed to other cultures and faiths. A bilingual Muslim child must learn and be well versed in standard English to follow the National Curriculum and go for higher studies and research to serve humanity. At the same time he/she must learn and be well versed in Arabic to recite and understand the Holy Quran. On top of that he/she must learn Urdu and other community languages to keep in touch with his/her cultural heritage and enjoy the beauty of his/her literature and poetry. Without Muslim schools, Muslim children are not going to develop their Islamic identity, crucial fo their mental, social, emotional and personality development. We have already lost four generations and fifth one is in the process of losing its cultural, linguistic and spiritual Identities.
Children that can speak more than one languages do better overall in learning and it will help them excel in a job when they are older. Only an idiot would think that being bi/trilingual is a bad thing. I think its great to be surrounded by foreign languages. There are plenty of benefits to learning them, it increases memory and other brain functions, looks great on a job rÃ©sumÃ©, and most importantly allows you to connect with a different culture and make new friends. Now is the time to teach them all the different languages you want to because they will just soak up the information. As we get older it becomes harder and harder to retrain our brains to learn a new language.
Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector. Parents can perform a better job than the Local Authority because parents have a genuine vested interest. The Local Authority simply cannot be trusted. There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islamâs teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society. Muslim schools are attractive to Muslim parents because they have better discipline and teaching Islamic values. Children like discipline, structure and boundaries. Bilingual Muslim children need Bilingual Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental periods, who understand their needs and demands.
None of the British Muslims convicted following the riots in Bradford and Oldham in 2001 or any of those linked to the London bombings had been to Islamic schools. An American Think Tank studied the educational back ground of 300 Jihadists; none of them were educated in Pakistani Madrasas. They were all Western educated by non-Muslim teachers. Bilingual Muslim children need bilingual Muslim teachers as role models. A Cambridge University study found that single-sex classes could make a big difference for boys. They perform better in single-sex classes. The research is promising because male students in the study saw noticeable gains in the grades. The study confirms the Islamic notion that academic achievement is better in single-sex classes.
London School of Islamics Trust
But when stating facts, however embarrassing and hard to admit they may be, is ridiculed by self-imposed moral watchdogs like yourself, our country is in bad shape.
When you find Amish schools starting to train kamikaze pilots, when Methodists publish manuals on amputation punishment, when Lutheran hit squads track down and execute apostates, when Catholic canonic law begins to preach it is the Word of God that a woman cannot prove rape unless there are four MALE eyewitnesses…. and when you can point to nearly 20,000 deadly terrorist attacks committed by non Muslims after 9/11 – then we can talk.
Until then all you are doing is trying to non-judgementalize and multi-culturalize these unpleasant facts away.
Right, well so much for the separation of church and state…
Innovation? Really? Does he mean not treating male and female equally? Forbidding women to take classes together with men? Is this the big breakthrough American education has been waiting for?
Critical thinking? Hmnn… let’s see. When was the last time you saw any practicing Muslim question any verse of the “perfect” Quran? The last time any Muslim organization worked to stop beheadings, stonings, misogyny, amputations, death to apostates etc etc etc. Is it any wonder the world of Islam is in such a backward, pathetic shape because of their unquestioning allegiance to this cult?
Oh, let’s not forget all the incredible contributions to music, dance, painting, sculpture that Islam is noted for… NOT.
Statistics show in the ENTIRE history of Islam of over 1400 years, less foreign books were translated than in a single year in Spain. Will this help our students expand their minds?
There are two parts to madrassa education. The first part consists of memorizing the entire Quran in the original Old Arabic. But, on second thought maybe there is one benefit for us here….
If all our students were forced to memorize the entire Declaration of Independence and Constitution, they would be quick to point out the absurdity of the monkey-memorization houses throughout the Islamic world.