CNN pushed an interview with Reza Aslan which helped show how ignorant the media treatment of culture is. His commendably calm response to the interview’s thoughtlessness elucidated many of the issues that raise political tensions needlessly.
Here’s an extract:
Female Genital Mutilation is NOT a “Muslim” problem – its a central African problem. Eritrea has a 90% FGM rate – and is a CHRISTIAN country, Ethipia has a 70% FGM rate and is also a Christian country.
The Saudis, our allies, won’t let their women drive.
Yet, Muslim countries have elected SEVEN women as Heads of their States – and we have yet to have a Female President.
Our vision of Islam here is wrong. Saudi Arabia (and perhaps Iran now) are restrictive, but they are the minority among Muslims around the world. Saudis ARE the extremists. THEY HAVE BEHEADED 19 PEOPLE SINCE ISIS DID THE ONE. No one talks about that because they are in cahoots with our oil men.
This comment by Jeanette Kramer gives further perspective:
Equating genital mutilation problems to Islam is like equating gun problems to Christianity. If the media spoke about the gun problems in the USA like they did so many other topics, they would be reporting 24/7 on the Christian violence in the US.
Some guy once said:
“Take the plank out of your own eye so that you can see clearly to take the speck out of another’s eye.“