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CNN's Reza Aslan Losing Fight to Make 'Islamophobia' Happen

Rather than feeling invigorated by his recent meal of human brain, Leftist media darling Reza Aslan appears to be a bit down in the dumps.

Recently he spoke at the University of Pennsylvania, where he railed against a handful of “clowns” and “fringe figures” who, despite their idiocy, have managed to create a prevailing climate of “Islamophobia” against Muslims in the United States. According to the Daily Caller, Aslan spoke to a crowd of around 750 people, including many who show that his message is treated on campus with the utmost respect. In attendance:

[A] diverse mix of students, attentive adults, and prominent Penn faculty and alumni, most notably NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. The significance of the turnout was clear: fearmongering about rising “Islamophobia” is trending, and a young, hip Muslim-American with cable TV producing credentials has the answers.

Aslan claimed, according to Gregg Roman in the Caller, that “Islamophobia” as a phenomenon is only three years old: “a few fringe groups, or ‘clowns’ as he put it, supposedly created it in 2014.”

“Islamophobia” was invented in 2014? Reza Aslan himself gave an extensive interview about “Islamophobia” in December 2010, but you know what they say about consistency being the hobgoblin of small minds.

And Aslan’s mind -- again, now fortified by eating human brain -- is very large indeed. Large enough to admit that a rogue’s gallery of hacks and psychopaths have been able to hoodwink a huge segment of the American people into thinking there is something wrong with their entirely benign, sweet, friendly, cuddly Muslim neighbors.

These idiot masterminds, Roman noted:

... allegedly include authors Robert Spencer, whom Aslan charmingly called a “moron,” Pamela Geller, Frank Gaffney (a “wackjob!”), and Middle East Forum president Daniel Pipes. … Aslan encouraged the audience to “laugh at these guys” and ostracize them as “fringe figures, hate group leaders … and people who have no business in the mainstream on any topic, much less Islamism.”

Well, a group of four “clowns,” including a “moron” and a “wackjob,” who are also evil “hate group leaders” have -- despite our comically bumbling idiocy and manifest malevolence -- been able to make “Islamophobia” a large enough problem that it requires Reza Aslan to spend all his time fighting it.

How could my henchmen and I have managed to pull this off, as moronic and mean-spirited as we are?

Why is it that Aslan, with his CNN platform and the adulation of the entire media establishment, has been unable to prevent this sudden three-year spread of “Islamophobia” across the land? Why has he not been able to outwit and out-charm us?

In reality, Aslan’s speech was an admission of defeat.

Aslan represents -- in the eyes of the establishment media -- everything that is good and true. He may be (in his eyes) brilliant and (in his eyes) handsome. He is also inarguably Muslim and Leftist. He hates and ridicules Trump. He heaps scorn on all the right people (i.e., anyone to his right). He refuses to engage us intellectually in discussion or debate, because he knows in his heart of hearts that we are beneath contempt.

And yet, for all his pride in being the voice of reason against our sinister “Islamophobic” forces, he has failed, and he knows it.

There is, of course, a very good reason why he has failed, and it really doesn’t mean that Aslan himself is any less dazzling than he thinks he is. He has failed because the real originators of “Islamophobia” in the U.S. are not Geller, Gaffney, Pipes, and me. They are Nidal Malik Hasan, Mohamed Atta, Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Mohammed Abdulazeez, Syed Rizwan Farook, Tashfeen Malik, Omar Mateen, and all the other Muslims who have plotted and/or carried out jihad massacres on American soil.

Aslan’s “Islamophobia” roadshow is a cynical and disingenuous attempt to divert attention away from the reality of jihad terror. And that’s why he is doomed to fail and fail again while those he vilifies as “clowns” and “wackjobs” just keep on being proven right.

For Reza Aslan, the unpleasant lesson he has yet to learn, for all his self-proclaimed brilliance, is this: propaganda may be effective in the short term against the truth, but the truth cannot be hidden forever. And when it comes to Islamic jihad activity, that reality is increasingly obvious to everyone, despite Aslan’s best efforts.