…is Jeff Jacoby.
His column on “American Islamophobia” is here. He addresses a Time article trying to convince us we’re a bunch of dirty haters. And it’s a powerhouse of reasoning:
“Where ordinary Americans meet Islam, there is evidence that suspicion and hostility are growing,”
Followed by a series of anecdotal tales. What statistics Time offers are poll-driven, such as:
…46% of Americans believe Islam is more likely than other faiths to encourage violence against nonbelievers.
Which does inform us that 54% of Americans are willful idiots. For the record, it’s also more likely to encourage violence against “bad” Muslims as well. Which I also oppose.
And doesn’t that make me less anti-Muslim than the Islamicists?
Only 37% know a Muslim American.
I grew up in the rural South. To me, Jews were creatures of legend. Like leprechauns. Magical beings…in funny hats. The most exotic critter I ever saw was a Catholic.
So, again, this “evidence” is a handful of stories and a poll. But wait, before flogging your hateful self in shame,
Islamophobia in the U.S. doesn’t approach levels seen in other countries where Muslims are a minority: there’s no American equivalent of France’s ban on the burqa or Switzerland’s new law against building minarets. Polls have shown that most Muslims feel safer and freer in the U.S. than anywhere else in the Western world.
Oh. We’re Islamophobic, just to a lesser degree than everyone else.
Do you see what’s missing from this “analysis”? Jeff dismantles their argument, using actual evidence. 70% of hate crimes are against Jews, less than 10% against Muslims. There were 1,200 mosques here in 2001, now there are 1,900.
But he sadly neglects the real point. You noticed Time judging how the entire world treats Muslims in the minority? Hey, Time, there’s a lot of places where Muslims have the local majority. How do they treat non-Muslims in the minority?
1,200 mosques here in 2,001; 1,900 today. Meanwhile the number of churches and synogogues in Saudi Arabia has remained constant.
Wait…is zero a number? It’s more like the absence of one, right? The complete absence of any number.
Much like Time’s complete absence of critical thinking, sense of proportion, intellect, and courage.