Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The Latest in Bashing Department

From iviews.com, an opinion by Nahal Ameri, community relations director of the Los Angeles–based Muslim Public Affairs Council, titled "The New Breed of Islam Bashers":

"There is a new breed of Islam bashers that were at one point part of the Muslim community itself. Muslims already have to contend with people like Daniel Pipes making statements such as 'Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene. . . . All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.' "

"Now beyond Daniel Pipes, Muslims are seeing a new stream of attacks against their faith by individuals that were born Muslim and being promoted by media. . . . Although I completely respect freedom of speech, I must ask what is the point of all of this? Do these Muslim bashers want us all to convert out of Islam? Do they want the whole world to hate Islam? The answer in my view is that they want Muslims and the rest of humanity to renounce the religion and in their delusion hope to extinguish the light of Islam from the world."


If you're interested in the whole Daniel Pipes thing -- and I warn you, it's nothing but a can of worms -- go here and read Pipes's response to the charges levied against him, including his denial that the statement attributed to him above is was not his view but simply his "reporting on the way Europeans think."