ISLAMOPHOBIA REACHING ITS PEAK AS 9/11 ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES
By: Numan Ahmed
As we approach the 13-year anniversary of 9/11, a terrorist attack on America which claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people, another terror related story seems to be dominating news and media outlets; the terrorist organisation ISIS and its appalling actions in the Middle East.
While these individuals continue to carry out horrific atrocities in the name of Islam, the issue itself is provoking the aggravation of an old and ever-present problem; Islamophobia.
Islamophobia is the term used for an irrational fear of Muslims, as well as any prejudice and hatred towards Muslims.
Mainly fuelled by Western propaganda by the likes of media giants such as Fox News, Islamophobia has notably been on the rise since September the 11th due to what many perceive as intentional fear mongering. Fox News has been accused countless times of bias and selective reporting. As a result, the actions of 9\11 and other terrorist incidences are almost perceived as intertwined and synonymous with the religion of Islam (Approx.1.6 billion followers or 23% of the worlds population)
Recently, on “The Five”, a regular talk show on Fox News, the panel had a heated discussion about ISIS and their actions regarding the beheading of US journalist, James Foley. However, during the segment, Andrea Tantaros, one of the regular rotating hosts, disturbingly spoke about ISIS, Muslims and Islam in an interchangeable manner, implying they were the same.
Tantaros exclaims on the show: “They’ve been doing this for hundreds and hundreds of years if you study the history of Islam,” she continued her rant “This isn’t a surprise. You can’t solve it with a dialogue. You can’t solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head.”
The scandalous statement almost immediately caused outrage. In response, the Asian American Journalists Association has demanded an immediate apology from Tantaros and Fox News.
AAJA stated that the comments were “alarming,” and “inflammatory” and that “Muslims and Islam are not interchangeable terms with terrorists or ISIS. We in the media know better and must be vigilant in our choice of words.”
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