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Ros Atkins, presenter of World Have Your Say on BBC World Service radio & BBC World News television, discusses how people in the rest of the world are responding to the current heated discussions around being Muslim in America.
I propose that "gary from queens" (see below) be put in charge of all future "beer" summits at the white house. (although I suppose that fruit juice will have to be served for the instant topic :) )
What I see is talk radioing of mainstream media, where any little "news" that is designed to inflame makes the air. So you see public officials reacting to it.
What troubles me is that for every pissant who wants to burn a Koran there are thousands of people in this country who would lend a muslim a helping hand just to be a good neighbor.
There are many many stories of people doing good things.
But what makes the news is inflammatory stories.
And, if you are someone whose views about people, issues and places around the world are only formed by media, you probably will have a warped view of the world because what is generally reported is what is unusual, not what is the norm.
The pastor's an idiot for wanting to burn the Quran, this wasn't going to solve anything. But the reaction in Afghanistan is ridiculous. I'm a Christian, but I wouldn't kill someone because they burned the Bible.
THE QUESTION THAT NO WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT ASKED THE PRESIDENT:
Mr. President, virtually all Americans support your lecture on religious tolerance, that you delivered to Rev. Terry Jones, and which you had just reiterated in your response to Jake Tapper's question.
But why didn't you also lecture Muslims abroad----who are about to riot and kill Americans and non-Muslims----that our Constitution guarantees Americans the right to freely express their views in the way they choose?
In other words, Mr. President, why didn't you make it a teachable moment by explaining to Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan----where Americans are being killed in protecting them from tyranny----that they may choose laws that would execute apostates, but in the U.S., anyone may criticize any religion----through the mockery of cartoons, or through symbolic acts like that of Rev. Jones.
Mr. President, if Arab Muslims have the right to stone to death violators of Shariah Law, shouldn't Americans have the right to live by a Constitution that guarantees no one the right to impose their beliefs on others, nor the expectation that their beliefs will not be criticized or mocked?
The point, Mr. President, is that Americans in the U.S. are proud that they were blessed with wise founders, and Americans abroad should openly feel the same way, without fear of being killed for our freedoms and beliefs. And they have every right to expect their president will stand up to the intolerance that kills people, and burns down churches and embassies, even as he reprimands the intolerance of merely one man who wants to burn a book.
You apologized for America enough times. Now it's time to stand up for this nation, and explain----in this teachable moment----why we are a great nation.
I was indifferent to this building until this weekend--my basic view was legal, in bad taste, but many things are (bad taste is everyone's perogative). However, listening to him this weekend, with the veiled "mafia" threat ("nice little country you have here, pity if anything happened to it") got my hackles up.
What media do muslims outside of the western world follow to learn about the USA? Meaning that if the USA media didn't elevate this Florida pastor, would they have found out about it.
Great! Looks like a good segment. The BBC is the best news source in the world.
Ah, yes, the BBC.Yea, gee, that's where I always go for objective and unbiased reportage on Muslims and Islam. No left wing pandering slant there, no sir.
In fact, it's the same fair treatment that they give to Israel. No depiction of genocide ( ala Jenin) or innocent Hezbollah and Hamas "freedom fighters" on the BBC. No, sir.
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