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News of the Day: “Hungry, Horny Muslims”

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Jokes can be in such poor taste.

I was listening to the radio this morning on the way to work and the DJ took a moment to remind us that tomorrow is Ramadan. He went on to explain that on that holy day Muslims must fast. They can’t eat or drink. And they can’t have sex.

He joked that we should all watch out because there will be “hungry, horny” Muslims running around everywhere. But he couldn’t stop there. After a measured beat, he chuckled, “They’ll be looking for something to bomb.”

Now, those few moments of tasteless radio are so wrong in so many ways that I hope the guy was marched right off the air and into his boss’s office. But, could we have spiraled so far downward since 9/11 that his boss – and the majority of his listeners – would actually applaud his joke? It reminded me of how stomach-churning the recent hubbub is over the “Ground Zero Mosque.”

Who crafted the term “Ground Zero Mosque” anyway? It seems masterfully devised to vigorously fan the flames of hatred. Now, thanks to that bit of wordcraft, we have people running amok all over the country vandalizing under-construction mosques, and bus ads in New York City that imply that the World Trade Center was demolished to make room for a “Mega Mosque.”

Why haven’t we learned anything since 1942?

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  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/alan-kurtz Alan Kurtz

    This is the first “There, I’ve Said It!” article that hits the bull’s-eye. I haven’t been following the Ground Zero Mosque debate, but you’ve piqued my interest.

    However, I can’t tell what you mean by that final sentence: “Why haven’t we learned anything since 1942?” I presume that’s a reference to the forced relocation and internment by the U.S. Government of over 100,000 Japanese Americans following Pearl Harbor. As far as I know, in the wake of 9/11, no Muslim Americans were relocated and interned. This proves that we as a nation have learned 1942’s lesson. Are some Americans still intolerant? Of course. But if you want to talk about intolerance, look at the Islamists. Now there are some hate-filled people! American bigots can’t hold a candle to the Taliban, for example.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/todd-ford/ Todd Ford

    Yes. I deleted my original final sentence which read: “Will we bring back internment camps next?”

    I do hope we have learned something.

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    “Why haven’t we learned anything since 1942?”

    Because we haven’t learned anything since 1492!

  • http://jeanniedanna.wordpress.com/ jeannie danna

    Todd,

    Good point!

    Place a mic in front of some of these people and they become Rush.

  • http://blog.jonolan.net jonolan

    Yes, America has learned a lot since 1942. We’ve learned how to recognize our enemies and how to better understand their psychologies and “cultures” so that we can more accurately determine what is a threat or provocation and what isn’t.

    The planned Cordoba House is just a threat – a threat and a deliberate provocation.

  • http://snallabolaget.com Sommerfeldt

    Besides the fact that Ramadan is a whole month, not a day (“tomorrow is Ramadan” makes no sense), the whole issue seems to be that someone joked about muslims and islamist extremism on the radio?
    Is that not allowed now? Should we also ban joking about other religions? I’m a catholic, and I would not at all take it as some sort of personal insult if someone made a joke about priests and boys or something along those lines.
    But that never happens… or?
    To me, this is nothing but P.C. bullhonkey, another run-of-the-mill false outrage in order to look tolerant of everything and every one.

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/todd-ford/ Todd Ford

    Yes, I know that Ramadan is more than a single day. But the DJ apparently didn’t.

    I could handle the first part of the joke. I even chuckled a bit because I could identify. But associating Muslims in general with terrorist bombers was no longer a chuckling matter.

    Of course, I’m also bothered by jokes that equate all priests with child molesters. So maybe we don’t see things quite the same way.

  • http://commentspammersmustdie.blogspot.com/ Kakarot

    Your point, best I can tell, is that anyone who dares disagree with you is to be attacked, condemned, and transported to the flames of hell.

    That about right?

  • http://snallabolaget.com Sommerfeldt

    @Kakarot; That made no sense, I think?

    @Todd; I don’t mean to say that I think it’s okay to equate either all muslims to terrorists, or all priests to child molesters, but I do think that it’s very important not to to be self-important, and that goes for all races and religions.
    Granted, the last part of that joke might have been in somewhat poor taste, but I do feel that it is still somewhat justified in the context and the world we live in today.

    We might even go so far as to give the DJ the benefit of the doubt, and say that he perhaps did a little meta-joke there, i.e. joking about joking about all muslims being terrorists?

  • Proud2bMuslim

    “Are some Americans still intolerant? Of course. But if you want to talk about intolerance, look at the Islamists. Now there are some hate-filled people! American bigots can’t hold a candle to the Taliban, for example.”

    I’m sorry, but 1) do you know what the word Islam/Muslim means? It means submission to God. It’s just another way of saying you believe in God, by stating that one is Muslim. And 2) Those that you are referring to are not Muslims or Islamists- they are, however, extremists who are taking a religion and twisting it to conform to their ideals- Which is not what Islam is about.

    I completely understand your meaning, however, and you are right- the extremists who are in essence not truly Muslim,are hate-filled people. Just because you label yourself as something does not mean that you are something. Remember, especially in this case, actions speak louder than words. Your actions define you as a human being and who you are- not what others or yourself may label you as.

    Racism, stereotyping and ignorant comments hurt not just those you are doing it to, but everyone.

    ** Just a side note: In all honesty, I don’t even think the word extremist is the right term. This implies that they are Muslim but are practicing the most extreme aspects of it. No- they are not Muslim. There is nothing extreme about Islam, it’s not a sport where you have to jump off a cliff in order to participate in it. It’s a calm and beautiful religion. Read. Learn. Educate yourself. Don’t take anything out of context, and only then truly understand. My philosophy teacher told me that, and it hasn’t failed me since.

  • Indian

    but WYF ground zero mosque ??? for the f damn f what?? ….the gound zero what ??? why dont you guys go and service osama din lad while you are at it. pathetic bleeding heart liberals.