The Media’s Double Standard for Muslims

Yet while CAIR’s “Summer Night for Civil Rights” is certain to feature complaints about the chimeras of “Islamophobia” and denial of Muslims’ civil rights, it will almost certainly say nothing about Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who awaits execution in the Islamic Republic of Iran for the crime of converting from Islam to Christianity. Muslim spokesmen such as Harris Zafar, Mustafa Akyol, Salam al-Marayati, M. Cherif Bassiouni, and Ali Eteraz insist that Islam doesn’t punish apostasy with death – and yet Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, said, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). And all the schools of Islamic law still teach that death is the proper penalty for apostates. Nadarkhani and other apostates from Islam suffer from this death sentence all over the Islamic world, even as these smooth Muslim spokesmen in the West reassure their credulous non-Muslim media sycophants that only “Islamophobes” think that Islam mandates death for apostasy.

Such spokesmen are never challenged in the media. They’re never asked uncomfortable questions. Hamas-linked CAIR’s hypocrisy is never exposed. It seems that the mainstream media simply has an unspoken lower standard for Muslim groups, and does not hold them to the standards of consistency and accuracy to which everyone else is held. It’s richly ironic in light of their multicultural protestations, but it is hard to escape the conclusion that in covering Islam and Muslims, the mainstream media is as paternalistic and condescending as any old colonial occupier ever was.

To stand for the rights of apostates from Islam, Pamela Geller and I, along with Nonie Darwish of Former Muslims United and prominent ex-Muslims including Ibn Warraq and Wafa Sultan, are presenting a “Summer Night for Human Rights” in honor of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, just down the block from the CAIR victimhood event on the same night (register to attend -- it’s free -- by writing to [email protected]). If the media reports on our event at all, it will parrot talking points devised and propagated by CAIR and its allies, presenting our event as “Islamophobic,” “hateful,” and “bigoted.”

Youcef Nadarkhani, languishing in a prison cell in Tehran, would think otherwise. And so would all the other apostates from Islam who live in fear throughout the world. The media’s double standard for Muslims and Islam must end. Too many lives depend on it.

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