my life after graduate: Islamic Fact, Chapter 13

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Islamic Fact, Chapter 13

It hardly needs to be said that Western media is biased against Islam and Muslims: every Muslim who reads the daily newspaper(s) in his city, watches television or listens to the radio is well aware of this. What is generally not realized and therefore needs to be said is that we are not totally helpless against the media's bias. Often we can do a great deal to counter it by only a little concern and a willingness to translate that concern into no greater effort than composing a few letters and mailing them.

This is confirmed by the experiences of many Muslim individuals and organizations.

For example, on Oct. 2, 1985, the Christian evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, whose television show appears on hundreds of stations across North America, attacked the Holy Qur'an saying it contained "absurdities, contradictions and outright foolishness". A concerned Muslim in Ottawa, Canada brought the fact to the attention of the Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA) which took up the matter with Global Television, the network which distributes Jimmy Swaggart's show. Global president David Mintz wrote to the OMA assuring that his network will not "permit anyone at any time to talk against another person's religion". He also enclosed a letter of apology from Jimmy Swaggart in which the TV evangelist promised that such attacks against Islam "will not happen again".