A story that the U.S. media will not notice.
Here’s a story that will not make the American press. Whenever some kook Muslim does something insane the American media reports it and many bloggers promote as if it were typical of all Muslims or even noteworthy. In the case of the latter bloggers, they intentionally promote the most awful news from this or that astray Muslim (out of 1.5billion people) in order to maliciously smear Islam and all Muslims – the pronouncements that “I do not have all Muslims” notwithstanding. This is akin to me compiling a daily list of crimes committed in this country – and no Muslim nation comes close to the murders and rapes that exist in America – in order to demean American culture as violent and all Americans as bad atavistic people. But that is the routine that anti-Islam bigots engage in. They are obsessed and live to find some fringe bastard act and trump it in order to smear all Muslims. A sad existence.
One of their favorites is that ex-Muslims are killed. It is true that in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia and parts of Afghanistan under the Taliban apostates are indeed prosecuted and often killed. But these are extreme examples under either fanatical, fringe movements which exploit anarchy in their nations (Afghanistan, Somalia) or a American-backed nation (Saudi Arabia). But such irregularities in the Muslim world are purposely, for reasons of defamation, portrayed as the normal existence of Muslims and as reflecting on Islam. Never mentioned is that most Muslim nations do not prosecute Muslims for leaving the faith (even when it is on the books), that such punishments are extremely rare, that the authoritative al-Azhar university, which is the closest thing to a Vatican in the Sunni Muslim world (90% of the 1.5billion Muslims are Sunni), has stated that in Islam is is permissible to leave the faith because – and certainly this is never mentioned – in the Qur’an it says that there shall be “no compulsion in religion”. So while most Muslims nations do not prosecute apostasy and al-Azhar’s important and influential clerics say apostasy is allowed in the faith and the Qur’an says no one shall be forced to practice Islam, many of the reporters and even more so amongst bloggers will report this or that act by extreme Muslims as somehow bearing reflection on all Muslims and Islam instead of bearing only on the extremes committing the deeds just as Timothy McVaugh bears only on himself and not all Christians or right-wingers.
But, of course, when it comes to Muslims they never hesitate, nay relish, to make prejudicial generalizations, but never would dare to do so when it comes to Christians. That’s why they will not notice this story and even if they did they would not dare make any judgments about how some Christians are authoritarian and dogmatic and are so cruel to those who wish to leave the faith:
Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox leader, Pope Shenouda III, is being charged with detaining a woman after she converted from Christianity to Islam.
The woman, the wife of a Coptic cleric, left her husband in July after she became a Muslim, according to Islamic leaders, but she was discovered and brought back to her husband. The complaint against Pope Shenouda alleges that he is now holding Camillia Shehata against her will. Coptic spokesmen have countered by questioning whether the woman’s conversion to Islam was forced.
She was, of course, not forced to convert to Islam. That is the church’s transparent pretext to snatch and detain a woman all because they resent her leaving their fold and her husband (in a church that does not allow divorce), and this is the lie used to defend their mafia tactics. But this will not be noticed in the U.S. or by those ostensible bloggers for “freedom” and “liberty”.