My local newspaper has decided it is their mission to continuously post editorials and cartoons that portray Muslim Americans in a horrifically biased and hate-filled way. I respect the right of anyone to support their political views be they liberal or conservative, but do they have the right to print ugly rhetoric that paints all people who are Muslims are extremists bent on jihad?
Some might say that is their right; that this is America and we have freedom of the press and freedom of speech. I would fight forever to protect free speech/press. But, to shade all Muslims in such a dark and ugly way is not a political view, it’s religious bigotry or maybe even ethnic racism.
To say every Christian follows the tenets of the Bible is untrue. To say every Jew follows the tenets of Tanach would also be a lie. To say every Buddhist, Bahá’í, Jehovah Witness, Krishna, Hindu follows every word of their holy doctrine would be a lie. To paint all people of a faith with the same brush is pure rubbish and does harm to the human community.
So, does a public newspaper have the right to paint all Muslims as extremists or jihadists?
I think not. I think it shows them for the bigots they are.