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Bozell: Islamic Exceptionalism

By Brent Bozell

The "enlightened" who claim a firm grip on the steering wheel of Western civilization see the future through a lens in which man becomes ever more perfectible as outdated religious creeds fade away. And thus the irony. For all the contempt these cosmopolitans show for religion, there is one faith beyond public rebuke. Call it Islamic exceptionalism.

Public Enemy No. 1 right now is the man who made a ridiculously shoddy YouTube video titled "The Innocence of Muslims." This man and his so-called "film" have been blamed with a very broad brush for every riot and protest across the Mideast.

It is all so ... impossible. This video sat unwatched for months until an Egyptian television station decided to promote it as some kind of global insult. Not you, not anyone you know and not anyone they know ever heard of this. But when the "Arab street" decided to stage riots outside American embassies, our government derided "continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims -- as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

Susan Rice, our ambassador to the United Nations, even wrongly blamed the terrorist attack that killed our ambassador and three others in Libya on the video. She told ABC News it was "a direct result of a heinous and offensive video that was widely disseminated, that the U.S. government had nothing to do with, which we have made clear is reprehensible and disgusting."

The Obama administration asked YouTube to review whether it should be censored, since it may have violated the website's terms of service. Its maker was publicly outed and dragged by a posse of armed cops into a "voluntary" session with his federal probation officers in Los Angeles.

This is the exact opposite of the way the so-called "progressive" elites usually toast the eviscerators of religion in Hollywood and Manhattan.

Rather than condemn attacks on all religions as "reprehensible and disgusting," they usually honor the courage of the artist who put ants on Christ's crucifix, or sinks it in a vial of urine, or smears dung on an image of the Virgin Mary. As part of their arrogant dance on behalf of "artistic freedom," the cosmopolitans not only insist these artists are to be honored, but they demand and expect Christian taxpayers to subsidize them.

As a carpet-bagging candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in New York in 1999, Hillary Clinton was no Profile in Outrage. After several days of silence after Chris Ofili's dung-smeared Virgin Mary hit the fan when it was displayed at the taxpayer-funded Brooklyn Museum, Mrs. Clinton announced, "Our feelings of being offended should not lead to the penalizing and shutting down of an entire museum."

Last year, the AP reported Mrs. Clinton attended a showing of "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway from the strenuously religion-bashing "South Park" creators, apparently without holding a press conference before or after the musical to declare "We condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions."

Islamic exceptionalism really showed its ugly head when the elites started arguing in national newspapers that the video creator should be jailed. On September 13, USA Today put forward religion professor Anthea Butler to declare she wouldn't have jailed the makers of "The Last Temptation of Christ," but she would jail the anti-Muslim director because he "indirectly and inadvertently inflamed people half a world away, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Embassy personnel."

That's not only factually untrue, since we've learned the Libya attack had nothing to do with YouTube. It grants Muslim radicals a permit to jail any artist they feel has insulted Islam. And what of the millions of Christians insulted by that hideous Jesus movie?

Even so-called journalists have supported censorship. Sarah Chayes, NPR's past Paris Bureau Chief for six years, wrote in the Los Angeles Times on September 18 that his video was "not, arguably, free speech protected under the U.S. Constitution" because it inflames radicals half a world away. In her long experience in Afghanistan, she has seen Pakistani radicals use any "pretext" for riots -- and she wants those "pretexts" removed from the Internet.

She calls the video "speech that is deliberately tailored to put lives and property at immediate risk." Like many Islamic exceptionalists, she claimed "heightened volatility" in the Mideast demands a crackdown: "such provocation is certainly irresponsible -- and reveals an ironic alliance of convenience between Christian extremists and the Islamist extremists they claim to hate."

One satirist put this hyperbole in perspective. Fouad Ajami recounted a mock Twitter statement by Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, presently butchering his Muslim subjects. "Wow, it's good that I've been killing women and children. It's good I've been shelling mosques," said the fake tweet. "Imagine what would have happened had I made an anti-Muslim video. They would have really come after me."


L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center.


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  1. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    September 22, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    Since Mohammed’s re-invention of the Moon God Alliah for use in his new self-serving “religion,” Muslims have killed roughly 270 million people, and enslaved another 185 million. (From an American Thinker article) But at least they aren’t as stupid as the non-Muslim Americans who pander to them.

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    • bizzybuzzerComment by bizzybuzzer
      September 22, 2012 @ 10:43 am

      Speaking of the moon; isn’t that where Mohammad is supposed to be ? Why didn’t the Muslims riot about that too ? Guess they missed it.

      Once the Muslims get on a world wide roll, the power within takes charge, and convince all of them that all non-Muslims die, how will it happen ? The Muslim Liberals will tell the regulars that for Ala, if they want to live, and their children, they must join forces and Kill or they will be killed. Do you believe they will abandon their religion ?

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    • foxmulderComment by foxmulder
      September 22, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

      Obama and liberals continue to try to appease Islamic militants around the world, although this policy has been proven to be a total failure. America needs a President who will stop apologizing to the Muslim world and strongly defend our first amendment right to free speech. We need a President who will say no to Sharia law and Islamic blasphemy laws for America. That man is not Barack Obama; it is Mitt Romney.

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    • danjayComment by danjay
      September 23, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

      Actually, “Allah” is the Arabic variation on the Hebrew “Elohim.” To claim that they worship a different God would be to claim the Jews worship a different God. I, for one, would not go there.

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    • cxComment by genesal
      September 23, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

      No, actually

      Moon worship has been practiced in Arabia since 2000 BC. The crescent moon is the most common symbol of this pagan moon worship as far back as 2000 BC.
      In Mecca, there was a god named Hubal who was Lord of the Kabah.
      This Hubal was a moon god.
      One Muslim apologist confessed that the idol of moon god Hubal was placed upon the roof of the Kaba about 400 years before Muhammad. This may in fact be the origin of why the crescent moon is on top of every minaret at the Kaba today and the central symbol of Islam atop of every mosque throughout the world:

      About four hundred years before the birth of Muhammad one Amr bin Lahyo … a descendant of Qahtan and king of Hijaz, had put an idol called Hubal on the roof of the Kaba. This was one of the chief deities of the Quraish before Islam. (Muhammad The Holy Prophet, Hafiz Ghulam Sarwar (Pakistan), p 18-19, Muslim)

      The moon god was also referred to as “al-ilah”. This is not a proper name of a single specific god, but a generic reference meaning “the god”. Each local pagan Arab tribe would refer to their own local tribal pagan god as “al-ilah”.
      “al-ilah” was later shortened to Allah before Muhammad began promoting his new religion in 610 AD.
      There is evidence that Hubal was referred to as “Allah”.
      When Muhammad came along, he dropped all references to the name “Hubal” but retained the generic “Allah”.
      Muhammad retained almost all the pagan rituals of the Arabs at the Kaba and redefined them in monotheistic terms.
      Regardless of the specifics of the facts, it is clear that Islam is derived from paganism that once worshiped a moon-god.
      Although Islam is today a monotheist religion, its roots are in paganism.

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  2. noveldogComment by noveldog
    September 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    BHO thinking to himself: “It do look like the brothers could have waited just a few more weeks until I was reelected? Now I have to get the news media to blame Romney and that film for all those dead people.

    This will all blow over if I can only get them to attack Mitt over his tax statement. Yeah, that is the ticket. If I can get them to attack Mitt over that, and over saying 47 % of the folks are drawing welfare of some type, that will get their minds off all these dead people. I just may get reelected in spite of all my screw ups….ha, ha, ha. Fooled them once, and I will fool them again….yes sir!

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  3. jdb121Comment by jdb121
    September 22, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    Pardon my confusion, but the same moral compass that guides the sense of outrage at a degradation of Mohammed has no apparent problem with sodomizing a U.S. ambassador as a form of retribution. This exemplification of the disconnect between the perpetrator of an insult and the object of Islamic, punitive wrath is about as logical as the effectiveness of the statement made by a suicide bomber blowing himself and 47 other people apart in a public market. What logical conclusion, other than conclusion, are we supposed to draw from these actions? What is the redeeming and purgative value of these Muslim messiahs? Other than, sometime, when you least expect it, someone may perpetrate an act of terrorism on people who have no connection whatsoever to the particular cause of or reason for the reaction, terrorism is the only word that accurately describes what they are doing. If this is a cultural difference, we need to get out of the war on terror and leave those people alone to their own devices. Their is not a mentality to which a western mind can relate. We need to stop trying and government needs to stop rationalizing these things away due to the difficulty of representing all the various minority, diversities that present incompatibility factors for policymakers. Until they get “real,” we will have senseless attrition.

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    • chamuielComment by chamuiel
      September 22, 2012 @ 12:22 pm

      Even if we got
      out of the “war on terror” as you suggest and “left them to their own devices” are you so naive to believe that this would stop them from coming after us and killing us every chance they get?

      What you are proposing is a form of Isolationism. That was tried before and brought us WWI, and the league of nations and it failings, which brought us WWII.

      Isolationism and just leaving them alone has never worked in the past. It will not work now.

      If we just leave them alone, they will look at it as us not having the stomach to stand up to them and giving in to them.

      This will only make them come all the harder after us, because then they would know we won’t fight back.

      Methinks someone (you) have been listening to Ron Paul too much.

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  4. mcoryComment by mcory
    September 22, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    There is not many religions who place their prophet on the same level as God. Mohammad is dead, just bones and dust. He is not on the same level as God or what ever pagan god that Mohammad decided to use and fool a billions people with his religious con. Lets face it; Muslims are idolaters. They worship a man, a bad man, as equal to God or god. God or god doesn’t need your protection idiot Muslims; he can handle himself quite easily without your murderous rages.

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  5. kirkComment by kirk
    September 22, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    Government and media elites who pander to these brainwashed illiterate savages rather than see their murderous intolerant “religion of peace” for what it really is
    are whistling past the graveyard.
    Winston Churchill said “Islam in a man is more dangerous than rabies in a dog”….I wonder if that had anything to do with
    Obama returning the bust of Churchill to England. Just saying….

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  6. elliewhoComment by elliewho
    September 22, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    There is a pattern already established from Obama and his PR machine that should shed light on the truth of what really happened in Lybia. When Obama’s policies lead to disastrous results, his political minions feed his media lapdogs a false story to distract the electorate. Therefore, it is plausible that the tweet about this film came after they received intel about the terrorist attack…simply CYA…which to their surprise did not fool all of us. Pushing this false narrative backfired big time because it was only meant to provide cover for their failed Arab Spring initiative which armed the rebels with the very guns that killed our ambassador. The unintended consequence of using the film for cover was that they further inflamed the Middle East by providing a battlecry to ignite the caliphate. They have been playing with fire and got burned.

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  7. mredComment by mred
    September 22, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Obama is to stupid to know what is going on it the world today. If it were not for the people telling him what to say, he would have nothing to say. Look what happens when they go off half cocked without their handlers telling them what to say. They try and blame a stupid movie that only a had full of people have seen for all the killings over there. They think that the American people are so stupid that they will believe anything they are told. This is a good example of what stupid people will do when you have even more stupidity like Hillary telling you what to do. If we ever get any people up there in Washington that have any thinking ability, then maybe we can get this country going in the right direction, but as long as we have these Liberals speaking for us, we are going to get in more and more trouble.

    I am sick and tired of these people telling me that I don’t know what is best for me and they are so smart. If they are so smart, then why is everything they touch blowing up in their face. They can’t even tell a good lie and get away with it. I am also sick and tired of all their lying. These people cannot tell the truth to save their butts and they keep telling more lies on top of lies to where they are telling lies to cover up lies. When are these idiots going to learn that it is best to just tell the truth and get it over with? If they did what is right and what should be done, they would not have to lie every time they turn around and then have to remember that lie so the next one makes sense. For someone that is touted as being so smart, they sure are dumb……

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    • vevaComment by veva
      September 22, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

      Maybe it’s not thinking that Americans are stupid, rather “if you say something often enough and loud enough people will start believing what they hear”. It’s been working for them so far.

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  8. bigjohn555Comment by bigjohn555
    September 22, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

    Somehow, it doesn’t bother radical Islamists that Joe Biden walks around saying, “Osama is dead, GM is alive,” but seeing a “nothing” video brings them to a deadly rage… maybe these people aren’t as good and intelligent as BHO thinks they are.

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  9. mach37Comment by mach37
    September 22, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    Do you suppose Hillary Clinton’s #1 aide, Huma Abedin, might have any bearing on Clinton’s denouncing of “Innocence of Muslims”?

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  10. mach37Comment by mach37
    September 22, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    Should the peaceful victims of Islamic rage transfer their own reactive rage toward peaceful Muslims? If peaceful Muslims can have any affect on their brethren, then yes. On the other hand, if peaceful Muslims cannot exert any calming affect on their violent brethren, what does that say about Islam itself? So, the “Religion of Peace” has a less than peaceful element to it; some religion, huh.

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  11. howardfrombrowardComment by howardfrombroward
    September 22, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    run an internet search using “moslem acid attacks women” and share the results with your liberal (heh) friends.

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  12. camzComment by camz
    September 22, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    Barbarians who lies are blessed.

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  13. jagansComment by jagans
    September 22, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    The wave of hate toward muslims that is rising in the US to the boiling point reminds me of the world just prior to WW1. Then, a serbian maniac killed Archduke Ferdinand and ignited a War that in hindsight was absolutely insane, and quite literally destroyed Europe.

    Once again, the ignorant underclass is being incited to kill one another while the real cause of dissension is that the rich keep getting richer, and the poor keep getting poorer.

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  14. captdotComment by captdot
    September 22, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

    Regarding: “Arab street” decided to stage riots outside American embassies, our government derided “continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims — AS WE CONDEMN EFFORTS TO OFFEND BELIEVERS OF ALL RELIGIONS. No, we do not “CONDEMN EFFORTS TO OFFEND BELIEVERS OF ALL RELIGIONS”. What a ridiculous statement! Christianity is continually disparaged and debased.

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  15. hbileckiComment by hbilecki
    September 23, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    To be a good Muslim you must do what Allah says to do in his word the koran. You must make war on unbelievers, till Islam reigns supreme.

    The Koran says:
    “Tell the unbelievers that if they mend their ways their past
    shall be forgiven; but if they persist in sin, let them reflect upon the fate of bygone nations. Make WAR on them until idolatry shall cease and Allah’s religion shall reign supreme.”(Sura 8: 37 p 129)

    The Koran says:
    “Believers, make WAR on the infidels who dwell around
    you. Deal firmly with them.” (Sura 9: 123 p 146)

    The Koran says:
    “Prophet, make WAR on the unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate.” (Sura 66: 8 p 399)

    The Koran says:
    “Let not the unbelievers think that they will ever get away. They have not the power so to do. Muster against them all the men and cavalry at your command, so that you may strike terror into the enemy of Allah and your enemy,” (Sura 8: 59 p 131)

    the Koran says:
    “I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers smite ye above: their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.” : (Sura 8: 12 p 127)

    And finally, The Koran says,
    “He it is who has sent His Messenger with the guidance and the
    true religion that he may make it overcome all religions.” (Sura 61: 9 p 392)

    To be a true follower of Islam you must make war on non-Muslims till Islam reigns supreme.

    To be a true follower of Christianity you must “Love God with all your heart and Love your fellow man, even your enemy, as yourself.”

    M’r:12:30-31: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

    And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

    M’t:5:44: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    Witch is a religion of Peace?

    Witch of these religions do you think would bring peace to the world?

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  16. liltina20Comment by liltina20
    September 23, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    “There is none so blind as those who will not see” . When will this administration,the liberal media and every God fearing American wake up and see the end play of these radical Muslim extremists. Why does Obama continue to let these savages get away with spitting on the United States and Israel? I am so ticked off at this weak and appeasing so called leader of the free world.

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  17. danjayComment by danjay
    September 23, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

    I do not see that idiot movie being the cause of those riots, attacks and demonstrations. I see a once-successful organization, al Qaida, trying to grab back the popularity and respect it lost. The major fact remains that this all “just happened” to take place on September 11, the 11th anniversary of al Qaida’s greatest glory (note the matching 11′s). It really would not surprise me if the alleged “Coptic Christian” film-maker was actually a double agent with the actual movie-making funds from a certain “Arabian” source, rather than family from Egypt.

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  18. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    September 24, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    If you take a boys when they are the ripe young age of 5 or 6 and you lock them in a Madrasah school until their late teens and cram their heads full of islamic mush everyday of every year. You get totally brainwashed weapons that will stop at nothing to do what they are ordered to do. These people are programmed to do the things they are doing. Rioting, killing, beheading, demonstrating at the drop of a hat. They are programmed to hate anyone who is a non muslim! These people are the weapons of Islam! And there are millions and millions of them and they are not going away until they die. They are largely unemployed in the countries they live in. They have nothing else to do! One thing for sure we should all be glad that the majority of this violence occurs in places far away! Dont think that they do not receive this schooling in the U.S. they get the same hate training here maybe not on the same level as in the Mideast but they are taught that Muslims are superior to all infidels.

    This will not stop until our leaders in this country recognize that Islam is not just a religion. It is a threat to our country and security as a nation. These people are not going away and they are not changing into peace loving ordinary citizens! They will smile at you and greet you but they will stab you in the back at the first chance they get!

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