Thursday, March 7, 2013

An islamophobic parody of an anti-islamophobia campaign?

In the United States, hate has gone meta.

Back in January, I wrote on Osocio about a campaign by American muslims to promote friendship through a better understanding of what "jihad" really means. A little lightweight, but part of a necessary discussion about the prejudice against Islam that has beed particularly nasty since September 11, 2001.

Part of the impetus for the #myjihad campaign was a reaction against anti-Islam ads run by Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative in major American cities. The ads survived a freedom of speech claim, despite advertising space owners not wanting to run them.

Now, the AFDI has used its freedom to get even more nasty.

Via Buzzfeed
Nidal Malik Hasan is a 39-year-old U.S. Army major serving as a psychiatrist. He is charged with  killing 13 people and wounding 29 others at Fort Hood in 2009. Hasan had been in contact with Yemen-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki prior to the shooting, and witnesses claim his attack was accompanied by shouted religious slogans.

A reasonable person might assume that Hasan was suffering a severe mental illness. It's what we usually assume when an individual suddenly turns on familiar people as a raving mass murderer. But the AFDI would like the people of Washington DC to believe that Islam caused the murder. Worse, by association it implies that the nice people in the #myjihad campaign are just like him.

Who are the evil ones here, again?

Tip via Copyranter

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