No matter how high the jihad body count rises, the Left clings to the notion that the only reason why anyone in America is suspicious of Islam or Muslims is because of "bigotry" and "Islamophobia."
But now the establishment propaganda media's favorite Muslim, Reza Aslan, has a solution: a TV show featuring Muslims being "normal," and maybe even cute. Yeah, that'll fix everything.
"What changed people's minds was Will and Grace, was Modern Family, was watching people who were gay on television being, you know, 'normal,'" says Aslan, as he threatens to inflict upon us a self-righteous, fatuous, virtue-signaling Muslim family sitcom. Because, you see, "stories have the power to break through the walls that separate us into different ethnicities, different cultures, different nationalities, different races, different religions."
And, apparently, forget about jihad terror. Because "bigotry is not a result of ignorance, it's a result of fear."
If the gay characters in Will & Grace traveled to Saudi Arabia or Iran and made it known they were gay, would they have anything to fear? Don't be ignorant!
Aslan's premise is just another spurious claim of Muslim victimhood from someone who has made a tidy living in the Muslims-Are-Victims industry (he even calls himself "cable news's favorite Muslim"). It's more muddled thinking from a spectacularly muddled thinker.
The fallacy of his reasoning lies in the fact that when Will & Grace aired, there were no international gay terror groups mounting terror attacks in the U.S. and around the world, and boasting of their imminent conquest of the West.
The suspicions that Americans have of Islam comes from jihad terror and Islamic supremacism, not from bigotry. Americans understand this distinction, despite the best efforts of people like Reza Aslan to obscure it and to make people feel guilty for opposing jihad terror. Some slick TV show depicting funny, warm, attractive, cuddly Muslims would not end jihad terror, or blunt concern about it. Instead, it would serve to further the idea that resisting jihad violence was somehow "bigoted."
This is not the first time Aslan has revealed his abject intellectual vacuity. He regularly makes howling errors of fact, including his ridiculous claim that the idea of resurrection "simply doesn't exist in Judaism," despite numerous passages to the contrary in the Hebrew Scriptures. He has also referred to "the reincarnation, which Christianity talks about" -- although he later claimed that one was a "typo."
In yet another howler he later insisted was a "typo," he claimed that the Biblical story of Noah was barely four verses long -- which he then corrected to 40, but that was wrong again, as it is 89 verses long.
Aslan has also claimed that the "founding philosophy of the Jesuits" was "the preferential option for the poor," when in reality, that phrase wasn't even coined until 1968.
He called Turkey the second most populous Muslim country, when it is actually the eighth most populous Muslim country. He thinks Ethiopia and Eritrea are in Central Africa.
He thinks Pope Pius XI, who issued the anti-fascist encyclical Mit Brennender Sorge, was a fascist. He thinks Marx and Freud "gave birth to the Enlightenment," when it ended in the late 18th century, before either of them were born.
He claims that "the very first thing that Muhammad did was outlaw slavery," when in fact Muhammad bought slaves, took female captives as sex slaves, and owned slaves until his death.
A "renowned religious scholar" such as Reza Aslan should not make such elementary mistakes. He is in reality less a "religious scholar" than he is an unevenly educated charlatan with a talent for telling the establishment media what it wants to hear. And now he is interested in bringing this politically correct nonsense to prime time.