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The Ten Commandments of Leftist Reporting on Islam

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Posted on March 6 2011 11:00 am
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog LisaGraas.com since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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X. Thou Shalt Attack Those who Warn Others About the Dangers Within Islam

Theo Van GoghFather Daniil SysoyevShahbaz Batti — the list of people murdered for criticizing Islam is very long and grows virtually every day. There are also attacks with words in the media.

When German chancellor Angela Merkel declared that the leftist doctrine of “multiculturalism” had “utterly failed”, she was accused by Der Spiegel of not allowing “differences of any kind” and of harboring a view that only “primitive societies” and “dictatorships, which control all aspects of life” would hold.Der Spiegel also said that “only Germans” would think in such a way, indicating that Muslims (and everyone else?) are more advanced than primitive German totalitarian dictators. Through euphemism, this Germany newspaper was saying that Angela Merkel was acting like Adolf Hitler for simply expecting Muslims to be more tolerant of Western society. In fact, the closed, parallel societies of Poland were conducive, not detrimental, to creating an atmosphere of cultural ignorance that led to Polish Catholic participation in the Holocaust.

As bad as it is to be compared to Hitler (albeit through euphemism) in Der Spiegel, merely for calling for your nation to become more of a “melting pot” society, there are worse things. In The Netherlands, MP Geert Wilders is literally standing trial for speech…because it is speech that is critical of Islam.Slate characterized Wilders’ criticism of this totalitarian political/religious systemanti-Muslim rhetoric“. In other words, Slate refuses to differentiate between hating an “idea” and hating the “people” who hold those ideas.


Geert Wilders, Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy all understand the dangers of allowing closed, intolerant societies such as we see in the Muslim communities of Europe.

The big media conglomerates of the Left have become intolerant societies, as well. While media has become much more open with the rise of cable and the internet, people still move within information bubbles. All people, no matter how free-thinking they may be, have a natural tendency to gravitate to those they most agree with. Much of what is out there is leftist in nature, and is very destructive. The burden of judgment regarding what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’, or what is ‘fair’ and what is ‘unfair’ is largely on the individual when it comes to analyzing the media. With the Left pressing so much intolerant and inaccurate messages, we can only hope that media consumers will have the good judgment to make the right choices. Freedom always comes with responsibility.

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. — Ronald Reagan

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