Muslim joke more true than offensive
A recent letter chastised the editors severely for printing an anti-Muslim Sound Off the writer considers offensive, bigoted and (of course) hate speech.
She seems to think printing that lone comment tends toward “normalizing hate speech,” and is dangerous to our Muslim neighbors. The offending comment was: “What do all Muslims and mosquitoes have in common? You never know which one will kill you.”
She’s afraid, I guess, that the non-Muslim public, pushed over the edge by this “blatantly prejudiced joke,” will suddenly start bombing and beheading Muslims. Can this comment, or hundreds like it, possibly stir such hatred as is heard preached every day in mosques around the world? Does the writer really think that comment is going to cause us to start persecuting our Muslim neighbors?
When there’s a terrorist attack against Americans, the mainstream media and this administration bend over backwards to blame anybody but Muslims. They pretend to fear a “backlash” against Muslims. But no backlash has occurred or is likely to occur. While radical Muslims spew poison against America and Israel, we limit ourselves to a few sardonic jokes, such as the one the lady finds so offensive.
Actually it’s a good joke - appropriate, funny, and scary. It’s funny because, like all good jokes, it highlights truth in a unique way. It’s scary because of the entirely justifiable fear we have of Muslim intentions toward us.
We Americans would feel much better about the Muslim community if a single strong voice of outrage against terrorism was raised among them. Instead some American mosques have become centers of radical indoctrination. The joke is appropriate because almost daily around the world Muslim radicals do in fact commit atrocities against their neighbors. Do we have reason to be afraid?
Muslims are persecuting Christians in Iraq, Iran, Egypt, and murdering them in Indonesia and Nigeria. They murder innocent Bostonians and behead English policemen.
So, please, dear politically-correct lady, allow us our occasional joke.