Islamophobia-phobia at the Times - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
Islamophobia-phobia at the Times

In a Thursday editorial the nation’s leading Leftist newsletter, the New York Times, said some of the right things about freedom of expression in the wake of the Islamist abomination in Paris. But the authors of the opinion piece couldn’t bring themselves to use the adjective “Islamic” in front of “terrorism” in the lead. They did, however, finally get around to saying who the bad guys were.

But the Timesmen could barely finish their condemnation of the latest horror without moving on to a matter that these Manhattan shut-ins fear at least as much, sometimes I think more, than Islamist bullets, bombs, and beheadings. “This is also no time for peddlers of xenophobia to try to smear all Muslims with a terrorist brush,” the Times lectures.

Fair enough. But just who the hell ever said it was? This is the straw man of straw men. But this superfluous warning appears in the writings and bloviations of the Left every time Islamic terrorists do something beastly. It must be required by some Leftist Commentator Union work rule.

I’ve never heard anyone say that all Muslims are terrorists. Not once. (And I hang out with some folks who are to the right of the late Baby Doc.) I’ve never seen this in writing anywhere either. So where are all these nativists the Times is worried about? I’ve never been able to find one. And I’ve even checked under the bed.

Americans are a welcoming and tolerant lot, taken all around. And they have not tried to hold walking-around, assimilated, law-abiding Muslims here responsible for the heinous actions of the whack-jobs. Clearly there is far more fear of nativism in the NYT editorial suites (and other rarified precincts) than there are nativists on the ground.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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