Wednesday, September 01, 2010

The Closed American Mind And Islam: The Onion Parody

I am always amazed and amused by American bigots who will go on a tangent about Islam and Muslims only to betray what they actually know.

Below is a satirical parody that plays on the closed American mind that will not allow the facts to get in the way of its racist theories about Islam and Muslims.

The closed American mind is not new. Many years ago it was best described in an episode of "All in the Family" when Archie Bunker said:"My mind is like a steel cage. Nothing goes in and nothing comes out."

Indeed.

The Onion parody picks up from Archie Bunker:
SALINA, KS—Local man Scott Gentries told reporters Wednesday that his deliberately limited grasp of Islamic history and culture was still more than sufficient to shape his views of the entire Muslim world.

Gentries, 48, said he had absolutely no interest in exposing himself to further knowledge of Islamic civilization or putting his sweeping opinions into a broader context of any kind, and confirmed he was "perfectly happy" to make a handful of emotionally charged words the basis of his mistrust toward all members of the world's second-largest religion.

"I learned all that really matters about the Muslim faith on 9/11," Gentries said in reference to the terrorist attacks on the United States undertaken by 19 of Islam's approximately 1.6 billion practitioners. "What more do I need to know to stigmatize Muslims everywhere as inherently violent radicals?"

"And now they want to build a mosque at Ground Zero," continued Gentries, eliminating any distinction between the 9/11 hijackers and Muslims in general. "No, I won't examine the accuracy of that statement, but yes, I will allow myself to be outraged by it and use it as evidence of these people's universal callousness toward Americans who lost loved ones when the Twin Towers fell."

"Even though I am not one of those people," he added.

When told that the proposed "Ground Zero mosque" is actually a community center two blocks north of the site that would include, in addition to a public prayer space, a 500-seat auditorium, a restaurant, and athletic facilities, Gentries shook his head and said, "I know all I'm going to let myself know."

Gentries explained that it "didn't take long" to find out as much about the tenets of Islam as he needed to. He said he knew Muslims stoned their women for committing adultery, trained for terrorist attacks at fundamentalist madrassas, and believed in jihad, which Gentries described as the thing they used to justify killing infidels.

"All Muslims are at war with America, and I will resist any attempt to challenge that assertion with potentially illuminating facts," said Gentries, who threatened to leave the room if presented with the number of Muslims who live peacefully in the United States, serve in the country's armed forces, or were victims themselves of the 9/11 attacks. "Period."

"If you don't believe me, wait until they put your wife in a burka," Gentries continued in reference to the face-and-body-covering worn by a small minority of Muslim women and banned in the universities of Turkey, Tunisia, and Syria. "Or worse, a rape camp. That's right: For reasons I am content being totally unable to articulate, I am choosing to associate Muslims with rape camps."

Over the past decade, Gentries said he has taken pains to avoid personal interactions or media that might have the potential to compromise his point of view. He told reporters that the closest he had come to confronting a contrary standpoint was tuning in to the first few seconds of an interview with a moderate Muslim cleric before hastily turning off the television.

"I almost gave in and listened to that guy defend Islam with words I didn't want to hear," Gentries said. "But then I remembered how much easier it is to live in a world of black-and-white in which I can assign the label of 'other' to someone and use him as a vessel for all my fears and insecurities."

Added Gentries, "That really put things back into perspective."

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6 comments:

Eugene said...

Comedians have that way of making the world understandable in a very real way! Thanks for turning me onto this pieced.

Dade said...

Right on the money!

None can embarrass this American more than his own ignorant countrymen. Fools, all of them.

Leave it to the Onion...

Ridwan said...

Hey Eugene you are welcome man. I wonder if the bigots will see the points. Probably not hey?

Trust you well brother. Do you Skype by the way?

Onward!

Ridwan said...

Hey brother Dade. I trust your vacation is treating you well.

I hear you on being embarrassed.

There is a sore need for leadership or it will only get worse.

Great to hear from you.

Onward!

Ridwan

Eugene said...

Skype? Is that like "skeet shooting"?

Ridwan said...

Well I'm kinda new to Skype too but if you sign up for an account (free) you can make calls inclusive of video calls to anyone else in the world (for free if they have an account too).

As long as you have a fast connection (not to be assumed here in SA) you can make Skype calls with relative ease.

Google Skype to see if it rings your bell.

Just thinking how I can call you ;0)

Peace brother,
Ridwan