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Is Time a Muslim Magazine?

August 24, 2010 – by Phyllis Chesler

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I did not think that the pro-Muslim/pro-Islamist and anti-Western propaganda could get any worse—and yet it just has.

Time magazine has an August 30 cover story titled “Is America Islamophobic?” Within, the article is titled: “Islam in America: It’s part of the fabric of life, but protests reveal a growing hostility to the religion of Muslims.”

President Obama’s rather strange assertions that “seven million” Muslims live in America (only 2.5-3 million actually do), and that “Islam has always played a role in America,” actually contradict the point of this piece, but no matter.

One might wonder why any “hostility” to a productive, historically significant Muslim presence in America exists. Time magazine does not tell us.

The article portrays Muslims as innocent victims and American non-Muslims as prejudiced racists who, historically, once banned Catholicism, tried to limit immigration, burned African-American churches, passed anti-Chinese legislation, criminalized certain Native-American rituals (polygamy, rejection of modern medicine), spawned the Ku Klux Klan, failed to elect a Catholic president until 1960, allowed Father Coughlin’s anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi rants to appear over the airwaves, and interned 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans during World War Two. This is all contained in Time’s “Brief History of Intolerance in America.”

This article could easily appear in an Egyptian or Syrian magazine; however it would be Israel that would be blamed for various alleged atrocities, and Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and even al-Qaeda who would be seen as the innocent victims.

Time magazine does not balance out their history of American intolerance with a history of American tolerance, which included separating the state from religion, reforming religions, instituting a tradition of free speech, fighting a bloody Civil War in order to free the slaves, giving women the vote and educational opportunities, freeing Europe from Nazi fascist rule and waging a Cold war against Soviet totalitarianism.

Also missing in the Time magazine article is the fact that Muslim leaders, in the name of Islam, have behaved very badly and for a very long time. Missing is an equal history of Muslim countries which have practiced colonialism, imperialism, forced conversions, slavery (which is still practiced), and a far more barbaric mistreatment of non-Muslims infidels.

Muslim leaders, in the name of Islam, killed and forcibly converted Hindus in India for 800 years. They are still persecuting them; they have also destroyed the Christian Church in the Middle East and Central Asia—it is no more. In its place are only mosques and minarets where once only churches stood. Muslims vanquished Zorastrianism and Buddhism, and both exiled and genocidally exterminated Jews, Armenians, and Greeks. According to Israeli historian, Benny Morris, the Arab 1948 war against Israel must now also be understood as a religious holy war, a jihad, one that is still ongoing (“The 1948 War Was an Islamic Holy War,” Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2010).

Time magazine fails to note all this—and gives little credence to more recent historical events.

Recently, Muslims, in the name of Islam, have hijacked planes, blown themselves and other people up, flown planes into tall buildings, plotted bomb attacks in New York City’s Times Square and over Detroit, shot American soldiers down on a military base in Texas, and plotted to do so on military bases in New York and New Jersey. In addition, mosques everywhere, even in the West, have been preaching death to the Jews, death to Zionists, infidels, and Jihad Now! These mosques and their imams or mullahs have been funded by Arab and Muslim pro-jihad financiers.

After years of denial, indifference, and anti-racist, multi-culturally relativist political correctness, Europeans and Americans are only now just waking up to what Israel has been living with for 63 years. Too little, too late, they are now trying to halt some of the Islamist practices which are crimes and are best described as Islamic gender and religious Apartheid.

When Westerners protest Islamic apartheid, they are demonized as “Islamophobes” and “racists.” This means that any resistance to aggressive Islamification is shamed and slandered. If that doesn’t work, physical intimidation and lawsuits (“lawfare”) follow.

Incredibly, the Western media and political establishment have taken the Islamist side. They confuse “Islamism” or “radical Islam” with the majority of silent Muslims who are too afraid to take on the Islamists (or who agree with them), and with the small but precious number of Muslim and ex-Muslim dissidents, feminists, secularists, and moderates who do stand up to the Islamists but who are not consulted by Western leaders or quoted in the Western media.

Time magazine does not quote Ibn Warraq, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Seyran Ates, Zeyno Baran, M. Zuhdi Jasser, Magdi Allam, Bassam Tibi, and Khaled Abu Toameh, who are Muslims and ex-Muslims who have written major works against Islamism, and who have argued for human rights within Islam, including the right to leave Islam without risking death.

Time magazine’s approach has also been adopted by the mainstream media in how they cover the controversy over the controversial mosque near Ground Zero. Those who oppose it are being called “bigots,” “racists,” and madmen, at least in the mainstream media. Those who defend it are seen as enlightened, tolerant “victims” whose religious freedom has been impinged. Just yesterday, Daisy Khan, Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf’s wife, claimed that the attacks have gone far beyond “Islamophobia” and are now in the realm of “discrimination against Jews.”

Next thing I expect to hear is that the “Zionists” are behind the discrimination against the “Jewish” Muslims.

Folks: Welcome to the Middle East in New York City. Now, we are really all Israelis.

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17 Comments, 17 Threads

  1. TIME Magazine makes me think of a line cited by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in her book NOMAD. On Page 221 we read that the brother of Amina and Sarah Said, who were murdered by their father, said, “Why is it every time an Arab father kills a daughter, it’s an honor killing?”
    TIME and the brother are alike in finding a way not to understand the information before their eyes.

    August 24, 2010 – 12:36 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  2. 2. Dean from Ohio

    Maybe they should have a cover titled, “We’re All Dhimmis Now!” It wouldn’t be true as long as I and others who feel as I do are alive, but it would highlight their boot-licking, bowing, scraping, jiyza-paying and America-hating mindset.

    August 24, 2010 – 1:30 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  3. 3. exdem

    Is TIME Magazine a magazine? From the size of it I thought it was a pamphlet.

    Phyllis, about your comment on Daisy Kahn at the end of your piece. Soon after she arrived on the scene I recognized her as one slick taqiyya slinger. She is the best of the best. But in her comment about comparing opponents of the Ground Zero mosque with virulent anti-Semites she outdid herself. That was world class taqiyya, one for the record books. In that one smooth remark she uncoupled Islam from a central tenet of Islam, the eradication of Jews. And of course it sailed right over the heads of most infidels who wouldn’t know taqiyya from a taco.

    August 24, 2010 – 1:33 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  4. 4. Charles Stevens

    TIME fails to note the history of tolerance in America, because according to their progressive narrative, such tolerance was all due to progressives!

    It is impossible to argue with such heads-I-win-tails-you-lose illogic. The zealots of the secular humanist left can never be reasoned with, only vigorously, resolutely, and unalterably opposed.

    August 24, 2010 – 2:10 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  5. 5. Jack in Silver Spring

    Ms. Chesler — What I find interesting is how these leftists are rushing to protect the very people who would be the first to trash them. (Reminds me of how 70-80% of the Jewish vote went to Obama.) This mosque is not meant to be a place of religion (indeed no mosque is). It is a meant to be a finger in the eye of the American public. Should the mosque go up, Muslims will parade around saying how they pulled a fast one over Rome (Western Civilization). Would we consider allowing a statue of Emperor Hirohito going up at Pearl Harbor, even now? I think not. Nor should we allow a mosque to go up at (or near) Ground Zero. It would a desecration of the memory of the people who died there.

    One other thing I have pointed out elsewhere – At one time North Africa, the mid-East (or Near East) and Asia Minor were Christian. They didn’t get the way they are today through voluntary conversions.

    August 24, 2010 – 2:12 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  6. 6. Wil

    It has been said for decades, and it is becoming so obvious and clear that even children can instantly see it:

    liberalism is a psychological disorder.

    August 24, 2010 – 2:23 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  7. 7. Gianni

    I agree about Time.
    As for the Ground Zero Islamic Mosque, I wonder why opponents do not come up with alternative ideas instaed of the mosque and/or in the face of it.
    Let me say you could really take all or some opf these into consideration.
    Imagine just any of these in front of the mosque. And imagine poor Daisy’s reaction!
    Priceless!

    Here my suggestions:

    -a nude female statue dedicated to women’s freedom
    -a permament exhibit dedicated to jewish women’s achievements
    -a hindu temple dedicated to a female goddess
    -a pagan/wiccan centre dedicated to Mother Earth
    -an interfaith centre where female religious leaders (women rabbis, priests, bishops, pastors, etc) preach
    -a drop-in centre for transexuals
    -a centre where women practise (open air and/or with big windows) slam, burlesque and other dances dedicated to free women’s bodily expressions
    -a place where artists can draw paintings of nude models both male and female
    -a women-run fine winerie where organic and locally grown wine is sold
    -a gay bar
    -a wall where there is written “everyone is free to change his/her religion and/or to live without religion” in capital letters

    August 24, 2010 – 2:36 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  8. 8. Linda Rivera

    Bought out by Saudi oil money? Western Media is the Powerful Propaganda Arm of Global Jihad.

    Americans (as are other non-Muslim countries’ peoples) are a VERY tolerant people! Western nations have a huge problem. Totalitarian, political Islam tolerates NO other political systems or religions. The Koran commands all peoples and nations are to be conquered and subjugated under extremely cruel Islamic sharia law.

    From 56 nations already conquered by Islam, many millions of Islam’s foot soldiers colonize our countries. They have huge families.

    The founder of Islam, Mohammad, is considered the perfect man and role model by Muslims who follow their religion. Mohammad when in his fifties, married a 6 yr. old child. Mohammad was a huge slave trader who murdered/beheaded hundreds of Jews who were loyal to G-D and refused to follow the new religion of Islam. Their wives and children were taken for slaves.

    Time and the rest of the mainstream media are deliberately hiding the truth about Islam. And so are Western government leaders.

    August 24, 2010 – 2:44 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  9. Sharia, Part Two: Imam Rauf’s Jihad Against America

    I’m about as sick of writing about mosques, Muslims, Sharia, Islam, Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf, and Muhammad as readers are sick of reading and hearing about them.

    Yet to suspend attention to them at what might be the most critical juncture in America’s history is to surrender to those forces dedicated to the defeat and dismantling of America as we know it.

    Symbolized by the Ground Zero Monster Mosque, Muslims and Islam, with Rauf acting as their commander, are intent on capitalizing on their victory of September 11th, 2001, defeating America in our decades-long war on terror, and subjugating Americans to the brutal strictures of Sharia law.

    As I concluded Part One of this series, “Think it can’t happen here? September 11th, 2001 couldn’t happen here, but it did.” And it could be repeated.

    As per usual, the Democrat Party has taken an almost united stance of support on the issue of Imam Rauf’s obsession with building his 15 story, $100,000,000 mosque-cultural center-gymnasium-restaurant-fun place massage parlor near the hallowed site of Ground Zero.

    Unlike Christians’ lack of rights to erect a cathedral, a church, even a chapel in Mecca and Medina, Rauf has every constitutional right to build his mosque and no American has disputed that right. Having a right and doing what’s right are vastly different, however.

    Joining with the Islamic Raufians, the formerly-reputable Democrat Party has ironically discovered deep within its bowels a renewed, long-lost concern for religiosity and religious freedom and the First Amendment.

    Democrats have condemned those who oppose Rauf’s project as bigoted, racist, un-Americans for seeking to deny Rauf’s grand scheme to trumpet Islam’s triumph of nine years ago by building a garish monument to Islam’s greatest victory over the infidel Christians since Saladin captured Jerusalem in A.D. 1187. . .
    (Read more at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=1861)

    August 24, 2010 – 3:19 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  10. 10. MiamaMan

    It helps to understand the mindset of Times magazines, which is now approaching “negationism” (Negationism as of Howard Finkelstein’s) by reading the superb book by Koeenrad Elst “Negationism in India: Concealing the Record of Islam”, there is a very interesting paragon here with Holocaust and Russian negationists as well.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negationism_in_India:_Concealing_the_Record_of_Islam

    August 24, 2010 – 3:28 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  11. 11. RebeccaH

    I suspect that if one were to investigate the editorial boards of most of these publications, one would find a surprisingly large number of Muslims. As it is, they were already overloaded with leftists. It ought to be publicized, thus providing the public a reason not to give magazines like Time et al any credibility whatever.

    August 24, 2010 – 4:09 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  12. 12. proreason

    They are like angry little children who have suddenly recognized that Mom and Dad really mean what they say, and they won’t be running the house any longer after November.

    There’s a lot of acting out going on.

    Personally, I’d love to see a lot of them in jail. Many “journalists” have committed treason. We should convict a few to let the rest know we won’t be putting up with it in the future.

    August 24, 2010 – 4:14 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  13. 13. Athena

    Ah yes, Daisy Kahn’s nasty comment about how American “Islamophobia” is just like anti-semitism! How easily that meme rolled off her tongue! And why not?
    If the Islamists will not shrink from comparing Israelis to the Nazis— a hideously obscene comparison if there ever was one—why shouldn’t they play that card with Americans?

    I am sick to death of these people, and especially sick of the MSM.

    August 24, 2010 – 4:17 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  14. 14. Shef Rogers

    Yes, Phyllis, Time is a muslim rag, and the whole universe is a conspiracy against your beloved Israel.

    August 24, 2010 – 4:19 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  15. 15. Andy Gump (formerly Oscar the Grump)

    This article was long overdue.

    August 24, 2010 – 4:44 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  16. 16. GS

    Does anyone even read Time magazine anymore? Perhaps like Newsweek they will soon be sold for $1.

    On the other hand I doubt a sale would bring even that much.

    Goodbye Time. We won’t miss you or your anti-American bias.

    August 24, 2010 – 4:56 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

  17. 17. tehag

    “Imagine just any of these in front of the mosque.”

    Those are fine suggestions, and funny, too. They are playing to lose. Satire is too easily seen as ‘hate speech’ and suppressed. We know how to beat Islam. The USA, the Poles, the Spanish have in their histories victories over Islam. Hint: humor wasn’t the weapon.

    August 24, 2010 – 5:25 pm   Link to this Comment | Reply

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