It is hilarious to me when I see far-Left types - the Twitterati who post social media lies about Islam in the wake of every jihad terror attack - claim spuriously that the BBC and other mainstream media outlets "demonise" Islam and try to portray it and its followers as extremist, while ignoring moderates.
On Planet Reality, the BBC steadfastly maintains the line that Islam is a Religion of Peace that has been hijacked by a Tiny Minority of Extremists, and that even at the same time as Muslims commit terror attacks that leave hundreds of people dead, they are also simultaneously victims of Islamophobia and racism.
Case in point: Its piece today, entitled "US Muslims reel at Trump supporters' hostility". It is a massive exercise in drumming up fear of "waycists" for absolutely no good reason. The article is headed by a photo of a Muslim woman in a hijab looking pensively out of a window, with a caption telling us she has "been subject to abuse" on bus journeys in Las Vegas.
What kind of abuse, you ask? "I get people who don't want to sit next to me, people who whisper things like, 'Does she have a bomb on her, is she going to harm us?'" she says.
In other words, people are understandably afraid of Muslims getting on public transport or appearing in crowded spaces, because they know that there is a risk, however slight, that some Muslims might go on a killing spree or self-detonate. I perfectly understand that being subjected to this kind of suspicion is not pleasant for Talibah Abdul-Wahid, but it does not equal "abuse", and nor is it entirely irrational, given recent history.
The article next quotes from an imam who believes it is unreasonable to expect Muslims to "publicly restate a commitment to peace" after each fresh terror attack. The imam, Fateen Seifullah (his surname means Sword of Allah in Arabic, in case you're wondering), says: "It is just inconsistent...we're not mentioning it when people are being gunned down by white supremacists, by people with distorted ideologies in this country who go into the theatres, who go into the schools, who go into the abortion clinic, who went into the church." The Beeb then adds: "In other words, why are such killers rarely referred to as Christian extremists, even when they claim to be driven by Biblical teachings?"
Who are these people? Certainly there have been plenty of non-Muslim Americans who have carried out appalling murders. Some have been white supremacists and racists. Some may have even been Christians, and acting in the name of Christianity. But where are the ones who claim to be driven by Biblical teachings, in the same way that Islamic jihadists regularly point to chapter and verse of the Qur'an and hadith to justify mass murder? Where is the national or global movement of such people, and what threat do they demonstrably pose to anybody? Is there a common ideological thread between these disparate attackers? Do they all have the same goals or motivations, and is there a substantial support network for them?
The BBC doesn't answer these questions, because it doesn't want every rational person in the Western world to shout out the obvious answers.
Anyway, the binding theme of the piece is Donald Trump's call to place a moratorium on Muslim immigration, which I maintain was not based on racism and bigotry towards Muslims, but was simply a common sense call for action in light of the fact that screening for terrorists has so far proven ineffective, and may continue to cost innocent Americans their lives. But in its quest to present Trump's words as just the lead-in to the next Holocaust, the Beeb does manage to find a crazy woman who thinks that we should bomb mosques in America. Such a call is utterly reprehensible, of course, and I hope that if Trump sees it, he condemns it, but even her explanation as to why she thinks we should do this carries with it a kernel of truth: "You don't know what they [Muslims] are. You don't know if they are bad people or good people."
Exactly! There is no reliable way to tell the difference between a peaceful Muslim and an extremist until the latter begins sawing through your neck (especially when the extremist is commanded by his religion to pretend that he is a moderate right up until that moment), and Trump's statements were a reflection of this.
The article just finds time at the end to go back to the hijabi Muslim girl saying: "Before I leave to school, I'm always worried, is this going to be the last time I'm going to go home? Is this going to be the last time I see my family?"
Such fears are hysterically overblown. FBI statistics consistently show that anti-Muslim hate crimes - especially of the lethal variety - are relatively rare compared to hate crimes against Jews, gays and even white people in America. They are so rare, in fact, that Muslims sometimes just make them up. In light of the 9/11 attacks, the Fort Hood shootings, the Boston bombings, the San Bernadino attacks, and so many others, I'd say non-Muslims are far more justified in feeling scared for their lives every time they go out.
It's morbidly apt, then, that when they do, Muslims accuse them of "Islamophobia". People are indeed becoming increasingly afraid of Islam. I wonder why.