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Daily Show’s Anti-Muslim Bigot Hunt Continues

Posted on August 26 2010 10:00 pm
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Last night, The Daily Show’s Muslim correspondent. Aasif Mandvi, covered the protests against the planned construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. With the aid of protest signs slamming Islam as a whole, Mandvi successfully painted the opposition as opposing the mosque simply because, well, it’s a mosque. In other words, they want to keep freedom of religion as long as that religion isn’t Islam.

The segment practically wrote itself with the help of Laurie Cardoza-Moore, one of the leaders fighting the mosque. She denied they were fighting a religion—but then made her case based on her opinion that Islam as a whole is dangerous and just plain sucks.

Watch the segment after the jump:

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This segment triggered many thoughts about the honesty of people on all sides here. The Daily Show isn’t wrong for accurately showing that a large portion of the mosque protests are simply trying to stop the spread of Islam entirely. Fair point.

BUT…The Daily Show segment makes it appear as if that’s why everyone opposes it. One of the board members was temporarily suspended because his MySpace supported jihad and Hamas. Those parts of his MySpace have been deleted and he has returned to his position. The Islamic center’s reading list includes Muslim Brotherhood figures including King of the Jihadi Castle, Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi. It is completely consistent to oppose the construction of this specific mosque for these reasons and say you are still for preserving the freedom of religion of Muslims.

This is not unlike how the Washington Post falsely labeled one of the mosque opponents as anti-Islam when he based his opposition on zoning and traffic concerns and previously fought against a Bible-based theme park. The debate over this mosque and the Ground Zero mosque is a lot more complicated than The Daily Show makes it look like. Not all opponents come at it from the same angle. If Jon Stewart wants a deeper, fairer discussion of the issues, he can start by correcting his show’s coverage of these mosques.

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