Those of you who are regular readers know I have not courted (political) controversy on this site, especially compared with my writing on my old site. But if the fight comes to me, I'll certainly never turn the other cheek. I'm the other kind of Christian.
In a post on the lunacy of a new Fox reality show based upon arranged marriage, I made the mistake of naming it "The Islamists Should Like This One," even though the post had nothing whatsoever to do with Islam, apparently due to the title, many a stalwart friend of Islam leaped into the breech to defend what had not been impugned in the first place. Now I know what Charles Johnson feels like.
But since agitated and defensive Muslims (and their reflexive yes-people) have taken my assault on coercive feudal social practices in general to be an assault upon them, I am forced to bring up a few odds and ends from the news.
Egypt is one of our allies in the Middle East; they are held to be moderate. Yet the state-owned Egyptian television is set to broadcast this:
- "We don't think government TV stations should be broadcasting programs that we consider racist and untrue," a senior State Department official said on Thursday.
"It is a series ... supposedly on other topics, but that incorporates or is based on these odious protocols, the Elders of Zion. We have raised it with (Egypt and) other governments," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
The 30-part series "Horseman without a Horse" tells the story of an Egyptian man fighting British imperialism and Zionism in Palestine in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
It draws on some elements of the Protocols, a forged document purporting to prove Jews plan to dominate the world.
Egyptian television plans to broadcast the series during the fasting month of Ramadan, when television audiences peak.
Speaking of hate: The Protocols is a forged document created in Russia near the turn of the last century to deflect criticism away from the czarist government and onto the Jews. It is hate speech pure and simple, and it was created for the sole purpose of inciting hatred against Jews.
- The Anti-Defamation League, a New York-based group which tracks anti-Semitic activities, said: "Once again, the Arab media is demonizing Israel and Jews, and no one is speaking out. Arab leaders must put a stop to programming that appeals to ignorance, hatred and anti-Semitism."
Jewish organizations said on Thursday that Jews in the Washington area would rally outside the Egyptian Embassy on Monday in protest at the television series.
I call to my Muslim friends, if you are against hatred and falsehood, especially falsehood created for the express purpose of inciting hatred, then attend Monday's rally - speak out against hatred and religious intolerance.
- "The show advances a false and ugly conspiracy theory about Jews that has fanned the flames of hate and persecution for more than a century," they said in a statement.