Paul Cooper

CNN’s Mosque Tolerance Roadtrip Backfires!

Posted on August 31 2010 7:00 pm
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At least 1 of 3 Mosques CNN visited has terrorist connections.

CNN has decided to take on the task of helping people learn about and be more tolerant to Muslims.  One way to do that was send a journalist and a photographer on a road trip with two Muslim young men from New York who are visiting 30 mosques in 30 states during Ramadan.  I don’t think CNN expected that one of the three mosques they visited would have a strong connection to a terrorist organization.

Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq decided they would blog about their 30 mosque visit to teach people that Islam isn’t how it is portrayed in the media.

We’re trying to humanize Islam and give people a three-dimensional experience of what Muslims are like. – Ali

CNN interviewed the duo in Atlanta and decided to go on the Southern leg of the journey with the two men.  The two Muslims and the two guys from CNN all were convinced they’d see a lot of prejudice against the two Islamic travelers.  They even went to a big Confederate merchandise outlet expecting to have problems.  But to their surprise, the only prejudice shown was their own.

We see this huge, massive Confederate flag just waving in the air.  We all agreed in the car that this place was too racistly awesome to pass without taking a photo.- Ali

The people at the Confederate shop (which CNN compared to the cast of the movie Deliverance) were exceedingly welcoming and nice to the men.  The owner explained how he hates racism and feels the Confederate flag has gotten an unfair bad reputation.  They were treated with, as CNN calls it, “southern hospitality”.

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