I started City of Brass in March 2002 at Blogspot, and moved to Beliefnet in August 2008. Over a thousand posts and a million page views later, it is time to end this chapter and start a new one. However, I am not technically going anywhere – Beliefnet recently acquired Patheos, where I am going […]
Behold – a shocking video exposÃ© of impending Islamist takeover in the United States! Amerabia is nigh! Aieeeeeeee!
(really, the last minute is the important part)
Now, I’m tempted to mock this mercilessly as I did with the Dawah Doll, but there are plenty of humorless jafis out there who tend to take me literally (for example, not realizing at whom I was laughing at in this post about Islam Day in Hawai’i). I’ll leave the sober analysis and rebuttal to people with more patience for tiresome foolishness, like Matt Stroud at True Slant:
I vehemently dislike the idea that anyone should be denied the right to film or otherwise record an interview – especially during a public event (as it seems Dearborn’s Arab Festival intends to be). And while it does, in fact, seem unfair that these people were turned away from the supposedly public Arab Festival because they supposedly wanted to assault question-seeking Muslims with answer-seeking Christian queries, Wood and Qureshi come to odd conclusions: First, that their video rejection means “Islam [will take] over the United States,” but also that this kind of repressive response to video documentation is somehow limited to Muslims. I don’t fully understand what their first conclusion intends to imply, really, but, in response to the latter, I wonder if Wood and Qureshi have ever been to a US political gathering of any type. I’ll point out the “Don’t Taze Me, Bro” fiasco as just one of many non-Muslim examples of well-documented oppression. And if they’d like more, perhaps they should look into President George W. Bush’s “Free Speech Zones.”
I’ll just leave the video up above and let the viewer draw their own conclusions. This is clearly more of a free speech issue than a religious one, aside from the religious agenda of the video makers, that is.