Joe Gandelman and Islam

I’ve sort of suspected that Joe Gandelman might have lingering Islamophobia, but he makes it abundantly clear that he does in this post:

In “La Forza della Ragione,” Fallaci wrote that terrorists had killed 6,000 people over the past 20 years in the name of the Koran and said the Islamic faith “sows hatred in the place of love and slavery in the place of freedom.”

That’s news?? (Uh, oh — any minute I expect someone handing me court papers at my door). Actually, Fallaci shouldn’t have written that as a blanket statement. She should have said that in “many” case or “some” cases rarther than imply that in all cases does Islam sow hatred, etc. etc.

If that’s not Islamophobia, I don’t know what is. Associating an entire religion, and one billion people, with tyranny and hatred is LGF/KKK level insanity, the sort that even President Bush rightfully repudiates. Gandelman, consider your bigoted self off the blogroll.

2 thoughts on “Joe Gandelman and Islam

  1. Y’know, I’ve almost grown used to this kind of language. Many on the Right are convinced that Islam is a religion of hatred and violence, etc. etc.
    Over the last few months, I’ve been realizing that Gandelman’s p.o.v. changes with whatever he thinks his readers want to read, although the changes are by degree and nuance more than fundamental. That’s how he achieves “balance” or the “moderate” in Moderate Voice–and usually, it’s with a bit of sensationalistic rabble rousing thrown in, too. I doubt he’s Islamophobic in a deeply KKK kind of way. E.g., his waffling over the modifiers “many” and “some” shows his general tendency, as if he’s thinking, Hmmm, what will sound good/best to The People?

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