Friday, September 27, 2013


OMNI US ISLAMOPHOBIA NEWSLETTER #2,   September 27, 2013.  Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.  (#1 Dec. 30, 2012).   EXAMINING FEAR AND HATRED OF ISLAM.

Erika Menendez, 31, was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime after the Bronx, N. Y., woman was accused of pushing an Indian man onto the tracks of an oncoming subway train and told police “it was an act against Muslims.”

My blog:   War Department/Peace Department
My Newsletters:
See US:  Bigotry, Discrimination, Fear, Foreign Policies, Guilt by Association, Ignorance, Hate Crime, Imperialism (invasions, interventions), Intolerance, Israel, Palestinians, Religious Fundamentalism, Stereotypes, etc.

Contents #1 December 30, 2012
Lean, Islamophobia Industry
Kumar, Islamophobia and Empire
Sheehi, Islamophobia
Nation Magazine, 6 Essays
Bacevich, Boykinism (McCarthyism vs. Muslims)
Rendall, Muslim Violence?
Pal, Islamic Nonviolence, “Islam” Means Peace

Contents #2
Dick, Moderate Muslims
Jack Shaheen Defender of Muslims Against Bigotry, Writings and Films
Rendell, Who Funds Right-Wing Attacks
Rendall and McCloskey, Muslims Misrepresented as Prone to Killing
Bowen, Blaming Islam, Pandemic Ignorance
Fox News’ Erik Rush Advocate of Violence
Obsession, Anti-Islam Film Analyzed in 2 Essays

     A letter-writer to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Kipp
Woodbury, “Cannot Buy Friendship,”3-29-13) asks:  “…if Islam is such a peaceful religion, where are the moderate Muslims standing up and telling the world that the radicals are wrong and must stop their jihads?”   Perhaps we cannot blame the writer for thinking Islam is extreme, hateful, violent, since our mainstream media emphasizes the violence.   But that conclusion is like reporting the US abroad primarily through the behavior of extreme US fundamentalists.  The Qur’an and the Prophet Mohammed teach peace.  “Islam” means submission (to God) and peace (from salam, reconciliation with God).   Muslims greet each other with greetings of peace.  Daily prayers conclude with the words:  “Our God, Thou art Peace.”   That a comparatively few war against the US (in 2009 nearly one-fourth world’s population was Muslim, e.g. 22 million in China) does not derive from the Qur’an or from Mohammed. but from the foreign policies and practices of the U.S. government.
     The word “jihad” does not mean holy war.  It means struggle, or effort—particularly the inward effort of grappling with our own character and life and the outward effort of opposing oppression and social injustice.   The concept includes teaching, the pursuit of a culture of peace, and other  benign meanings.   But in the US a few groups and individuals have generalized the actions of a very few fundamentalist Muslims to apply to Islam, just as enemies of the US have identified all Americans with US fundamentalists.. 
     Where are the moderate Muslims opposing the Muslim fundamentalists?  Take your hands off your ears and eyes and you’ll find them all around you-- in Fayetteville, AR, for starters.   For example, an active chapter of the international AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY promotes peace and friendship.
     How can non-Muslims learn about moderate Muslims?  By reading OMNI’s newsletters on Islam and Islamophobia.   By reading a scholarly biography of Mohammed, for example by Karen Armstrong.   By studying about Islam in histories, films, novels, poems, songs written and composed by people who know that only a few Muslims are criminal bombers, murderers, and torturers.   By encouraging schools and colleges to provide comparative religions classes.  And especially by simply getting acquainted with Muslims in your neighborhood and community, your classrooms and clubs.

These references are only the first page of a google search 2012.   Shaheen is a long-time, prolific defender of Islam from US bigotry.


Arab and Muslim Stereotyping - Georgetown University: Web hosting
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Islam and Christianity, the ... Jack Shaheen, Visiting Professor at the Center for Muslim-. Christian ...

1.                             Dr. Jack Shaheen | "Images of Arabs and Muslims - Knowledge ...
Oct 8, 2012 – Run Time: 44:30Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, internationally acclaimed author... Shaheen's lectures and writings illustrate that damaging racial and ...

2.                             Middle East Online::How the Media Created the Muslim Monster Myth
Jun 16, 2012 – What we have instead [are] crudeÖcaricatures of the Islamic world ....Jack Shaheen is an expert on images of Arabs and Muslims in popular culture. His award-winning books include Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a ...
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Reel Bad Arabs - Media Education Foundation
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Jack Shaheen's best- .... Dr. Shaheen is the author of four books: Nuclear War Films, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American ... Islam, Arabs and others thought to be of Middle Eastern origin. 7 ...

4.                             Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People: Jack Shaheen ... › Books  Humor & Entertainment  Movies
Award-winning film authority Jack G. Shaheen, noting that only Native Americans have... "Cameos," and "Cliffhangers," Shaheen documents the tendency to portray MuslimArabs as ... Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts … ... Although the work is aimed at a college-level audience, the clear writing and lack of ...

5.                             Jack Shaheen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jack Shaheen is the author of Reel Bad Arabs, a former CBS news consultant ... Otherbooks include: The TV Arab (1984) and Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in ...

6.                             Transcript: ABC News “Nightline: Up Close: Jack Shaheen” - Anisa ... › Projects  Nightline Up Close: Jack Shaheen
Jack Shaheen, an Arab-American, is not Muslim himself. But that, he says, ... And in the case of Islam, it's wrong. ... He's written several books on the subject, the most recent of which came out just before the September 11 th attack. He does ...

7.                             Arab and Muslim stereotyping in American popular culture - Jack G ... › Religion  Islam  General
Go to Google Books Home ... Jack G. Shaheen ... Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, History and International Affairs, .... Religion / Islam / General ...

8.                             Jack Shaheen « Al Mihrab
Posts about Jack Shaheen written by irydhan. ... They all relate to Islam and Muslimsin someway or the other, but most of them would also be of interest to ...

9.                             Author to give lecture at UT on 'Arabs and Muslims in Popular ... › A&E  Books
Oct 5, 2012 – Jack Shaheen wasn't the first Arab-American keenly aware of the negative ... in addition to writing hundreds of articles and essays in journals and college... for public office never went out of the way to vilify Islam and Muslims.

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1.                             REEL BAD ARABS | About Dr. Jack Shaheen
Internationally acclaimed author and media critic, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, is a ... CBS news consultant on Middle East Affairs, Shaheen's lectures and writings ...

2.                             After 31 Years Jack Shaheen Still Helps Us See “Reel ... - Wallwritings“reel-ba...
Jul 17, 2009 - By James M. Wall. My first encounter with Jack G. Shaheen came in the summer of 1978. He was a professor of communications at Southern ...

3.                             An Evening with Dr. Jack G. Shaheen | Levantine Cultural Center › Event
Nov 9, 2012 - the Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Fund ...Shaheen's lectures and writings illustrate that damaging racial and ethnic ...

4.                             Hollywood's Reel Bad Arabs - Jack Shaheen - YouTube
Apr 24, 2008 - Uploaded by American University of Beirut
Professor Jack Shaheen is an internationally acclaimed author and media ... Shaheen's lectures and ...

5.                             The TV Arab by Jack G. Shaheen - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs ...
Dr. Shaheen, studying over 100 different popular entertainment programs, ... CBS news consultant on Middle East Affairs, Shaheen's lectures and writings ...

6.                             MEF Bookstore Jack Shaheen | Media Education Foundation › Materials & Resources  MEF Bookstore
Aug 25, 2008 - Jack Shaheen. Shaheen's lectures and writings illustrate that damaging racial and ethnic stereotypes injure innocent people. Dr. Shaheen, an ...

7.                             Jack Shaheen How We Can Solve The Palestinian Israeli Problem
Internationally acclaimed author and media critic, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, is a ... CBS news consultant on Middle East Affairs, Shaheen's lectures and writings ...

8.                             Jack Shaheen Biography - Michigan State University
Internationally acclaimed author and media critic, Dr. Jack G. Shaheen, is a ... Hiswritings and lectures illustrate that stereotypes injure innocent people.

9.                             Jack Shaheen to Discuss Stereotyping of Arabs in the Media
Oct 11, 2002 - Yet Jack Shaheen, an authority on this topic, is undeterred. ... Shaheen began writing about media stereotyping of Arabs in 1978 for the Wall ...

10.                        The Arab American News - Jack Shaheen: A life dedicated to ... › Community News  Profile of Success
Apr 8, 2007 - Jack Shaheen has published three books on the subject, and is now ... It had nothing to do with the quality of the writing," said Shaheen bitterly.

11.                        Images for Jack Shaheen's writings


Rendall, Steve.   Íslamophobia Still Rising—with the Right’s Help.”  Extra! (January 2012).   Reports on the r-w attacks on Fear, Inc., a report by the Center for American Progress alleging that U.S. anti-Muslim propaganda is largely funded by a well-funded network, naming names.  –Dick

John R. Bowen.  Blaming Islam.  MIT P, 2012.  Fears about Muslim integration into Western society were propagated by those who misread history and misunderstand multiculturalism.

What is extreme about Islam is the way it is reported in Western mainstream media.  


Erik Rush just doubled down on his vile statements by writing a column that justifies killing Muslims with the assertion that we’re “at war” with Islam!
But our pressure is working… others have joined our call and, behind the scenes, we know that Fox News is scrambling to distance itself from Rush.
Please sign PFAW’s petition calling on Fox News to dump contributor Erik Rush now!
-- Ben
From Ben Betz, People For the American Way
Sent: Tuesday,
April 16, 2013
Re: Fox News commentator: "Let's kill them all."

Erik Rush: Kill All Muslims in Response to Boston Marathon Attack
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of yesterday’s violence and their families. It’s a shame that we need to respond to such hate the very next day, but we do -- Rush’s brand of bigotry must be called out and answered.
Tell Fox News: 
Dump Erik Rush!
Tell Fox News: Dump Hatemonger Erik Rush
Frequent Fox News contributor Erik Rush got into a Twitter exchange shortly after yesterday’s apparent bombing to declare of Muslims: “Yes, they’re evil. Let’s kill them all.”
Rush is only one of many right-wing commentators to jump to the immediate conclusion that the tragic explosions at the Boston Marathon were the result of Islamic terrorism, but his “Kill them all” comment is so far over the line that Fox must distance itself from Rush’s violent bigotry.
Demand that Fox News have no more contributions on “news programs” from extreme bigot Erik Rush.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of yesterday’s violence and their families. It’s a shame that we need to respond to such hate the very next day, but we do -- Rush’s brand of bigotry must be called out and answered.
Take action now by telling Fox News to keep Erik Rush off the air.
Erik Rush is a WorldNetDaily columnist and, frankly, this is the kind of thing one would expect from a prominent voice on that site, which is a festering cesspool of right-wing bigotry and fringe conspiracy theories. But Fox News, albeit known for its right-wing bent, is a major news outlet and when it gives a podium to a hatemonger like Rush it legitimizes him and his views.
While the First Amendment protects Rush’s right to spout whatever venomous hate speech he wants, it doesn’t guarantee him a spot on a major news network. Rush has a right to say what he wants, but the public has the right to be outraged and demand action from one of his outlets.
Fox News must be held accountable for any further association with Erik Rush.
Tell Fox News: No more contributions, on TV or online, from hatemonger Erik Rush.
After PFAW’s Right Wing Watch called much attention to Rush’s tweet yesterday, Rush responded with a non-apology on Twitter saying that liberals’ “precious Islamists say the same [‘kill them all’] about us EVERY DAY,” and tried to play off his original comment as a type of “sarcasm.”
Speak up! No one should, especially in the immediate aftermath, be exploiting a tragedy like yesterday’s to advance a hateful agenda of bigotry and fear.
Thank you for all you do.
n       Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager

GOOGLE SEARCH SEPTEMBER 27, 2013, two critical items from page one

1.                    - The Real Story behind the Obsession Hate ...
Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West is a 2005 anti-Muslim propaganda film put together by controversial anti-Muslim figures to further the perceived ...

2.                             Obsession: Radical Islam's War With the West? - updated 3/27
Mar 26, 2007 - In-Depth Summary & Analysis of “Obsession: Radical Islam's War on the West” for a point by point discussion of the film. ) by Sheila Musaji.



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