Thankfully there is an overwhelming majority of Americans who reject far-right rhetoric and discriminatory discourse on all levels. ” The dangers of such messages are that they increase the divide between people of different faiths, which does not bode well for all of humanity,” says Tariq Al-Maeena.
If one was to run into Burt Prelutsky on the streets of Los Angeles or Chicago, one would see an affable looking elderly man going about his business. A writer for several publications and more recently for a conservative site, the 75-year-old Prelutsky could fool you with his harmless looks. But Prelutsky churns up some deadly points of view that he passes on to his followers.
Riding on the current wave of Islamophobia that is permeating throughout the US, the right wing Mr. Prelutsky seized the opportunity last month to vent his attacks on Muslims worldwide with a very vitriolic column in the WorldNetdaily. Perhaps bolstered by statements by presidential contenders such as Trump and Carson on the threat from Muslims, Prelutsky came up with his own outrageous and alarming notion on how to address the issue.
Insinuating that the violence committed by Muslims are not all isolated events, “whether it was Iran’s holding hostages for over 400 days; the attack on the USS Cole; 9/11; the massacre at Charlie Hebdo; the slaughter at the French deli; the burnings and beheadings in the Middle East; Benghazi; the blowing up of the Russian jet; the recent blood-letting in Paris that left 129 dead.” Prelutsky falsely claims: “Islam was never peaceful. From the very beginning, those who refused to accept Shariah law and to bow down to Mecca were killed.”
He then notches up his attack by suggesting that “My own politically incorrect suggestion is that we remove ISIS from the face of the earth, hopefully as a joint effort with every other nation it has threatened or attacked, and that we then bomb Mecca off the face of the earth, not concerning ourselves in the least with collateral damage, letting the Muslims know once and for all that our God is far more powerful and, yes, vengeful than their own puny deity.
“It’s harsh, but they’ve been asking for it for over 1,400 years, and it’s time they got it. I, for one, am sick and tired of seeing the Islamic bullies demand our lunch money and, like a bunch of scrawny wimps afraid of our own shadow, we hand it over. What’s even more appalling, we then pretend we did it because we’re good guys who realized that they’re human beings just like us, and who just happen to be a little bit hungrier than we are.”
Prelutsky continues his Islamophobic tempo. “The notion that we in the West can re-educate Muslims or show them a better way to live by our example is foolish in the extreme. It’s not just our movies or our music or the fact that we live in a post-ninth century world that they hate. It’s our art, our culture, our technology, our Judeo-Christian values, our tolerance, our treatment of women, even, for all I know, our love of dogs.”
“The idea that we can civilize these savages is beyond ludicrous. It would be easier to domesticate snakes and raise them for their milk.”
People like Burt Prelutsky dilever very dangerous messages, but thankfully, these messages reach only quite a few people. They preach what extremists elsewhere do. But the laws on freedom of speech arguably cover what they can falsely say to their followers. The dangers of such messages are that they increase the divide between people of different faiths, which does not bode well for all of humanity.
The Muslim of today in the USA is carrying the emblem of the ‘N’ word of yesterday on his forehead. He is free to be targeted and pounced on, his dignity stripped and his faith reviled by racists pretending to be concerned Americans. And the situation may get worse as more and more right-wingers join the vocal chorus. But thankfully there are many Americans who detest and out rightly reject the message that Prelutsky and his people attempt to promote.