SHAFAQNA – If you have ever questioned the impunity and ease with which Muslims and Islam can be vilified in the United States, I would point you to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s latest piece inTime, “Beware of Michiganistan.” The title itself caused me to gasp — but only a little, since Ali’s anti-Muslim excesses are nothing new.
I did, however, pause to wonder about how pieces titled “Beware of Jewville” or “Be Careful of the Black Ghetto” would be received by American readers.
Ali is currently on the media circuit to promote her latest book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. In this recent opinion piece, printed presumably as a companion piece to publicize the book, Ali bares her bigotry with a breathtaking lack of awareness.
She argues that Muslims who are violent extremists must be feared, but according to a recent study from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Response to Terrorism, such threats rank lower than “sovereign citizens” in the American consciousness. Even more troublingly, she asserts that a growing Muslim population in America must be perceived as a violent threat, period. She spends what reads to me like a distasteful amount of time discussing the birth rates, conversion rates, immigration rates, and the general demographic growth of Muslims, sounding as anxious and embarrassing as a Tea Partier talking about Latino populations and the decline of the “white era.” The media, especially the liberal media, would not ordinarily entertain such racist analyses, but she gets a pass as an ex-Muslim attacking Muslims.
By Rabia Chaudry
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