Sunday evening, The Learning Channel premiered its new "All-American Muslim" program, which it described as a "powerful series" taking viewers "inside the rarely seen world of American Muslims." And it uncovers a "unique community struggling to balance faith and nationality." Balancing faith and nationality? Why is that a struggle? Because they conflict.
The premise behind the creation of the show is the fictional construct "Islamophobia." "All-American Muslim" is designed to counter "Islamophobia" by showing Muslims who aren't terrorist monsters, but ordinary people living ordinary lives, balancing tradition and modern life, dealing with their families, their jobs, etc.
Yet based on the most recent FBI statistics, hate crimes against Muslims are at record lows – the lowest since 9/11. Contrast that to the record highs in anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish people; so where's TLC's Jewish family series?