Decades ago Marshall Mcluhan observed, “The
medium is the message.” As the print and electronic media
penetrate more and more every aspect of life; their influence
increases greatly in shaping views and behavior of the public. The
power of the media is a mixed blessing. On one hand it can serve
to expose injustices, wrongdoings, and flaws. On the other it is
able to propagate misinformation and outright disinformation.
Manipulation and control of the media is of critical importance to
the rule of totalitarian states. Free societies, although less
subject to laundered information, are still at considerable risk
of being selectively informed or misinformed outright. The public
can be deceived more easily by the overlords of the media when
political correctness is used as subterfuge for promotion of
A case in point is the media’s portrayal of Islam, articulated by
politicians and pundits—the talking heads on television and radio,
as well as the analysts who write for newspapers and magazines.
Time and again we hear and read that Islam is religion of peace,
in spite of the fact that Islam has been a religion of violence
from its inception to the present. This mantra, “Islam is religion
of peace” is repeated so often that it has become an undisputable
statement of fact in the mind of many.
Even President George W. Bush on several occasions has repeated
the mantra and attributed the horrific violence committed under
the banner of Islam to a small band of extremists. The President’s
assertion is either based on ignorance of the facts about Islam or
his attempt at political correctness. Perhaps the President’s
reticence to speak on the true nature of Islam was due to his
desire to avoid inflaming the already charged feelings of many
about Islam. In any event, truth is sacrificed and the public
continues to cling to the false notion that Islam is a peaceful
religion. People who dare to disclose the true nature of Islam run
the risk of being castigated as bigot and hatemonger.
Even a cursory examination of Islam’s history and Islamic texts
conclusively proves the exact opposite of peacefulness. Islam was
and continues to be a movement of unbridled violence.
The Arabs who sallied out of the Arabian deserts did not fan out
to the outside world with the Quran in one hand and flowers in the
other, preaching love and peace from street corner to street
corner, thereby capturing the hearts and minds of the people.
Islam was forced on every people at the point of the sword and the
imposition of backbreaking jazyyeh (special taxes) levied on those
who were spared death and allowed to retain their religious
beliefs. In spite of paying heavy Jazyyeh, the non-Muslims were
treated, at best, as second class citizens in their own homelands.
The abominable persecution of non-Muslims in Islamic countries is
a standard operating procedure. In many Islamic countries
non-Muslim marriages are not recognized as legal unions and the
children of the couples are stigmatized as bastards. Never mind
Saudi Arabia, the cradle of barbarism, even Egypt, the more
civilized Islamic country and recipient of billions of dollars in
U.S. aid, treats non-Muslims as second class citizens and deprives
them of their legitimate human rights.
The pundits, the analysts and the politicians are doing a great
disservice to the public, each segment for its own expedient
reasons, by parroting the mantra regarding the peaceful nature of
Islam. As a matter of fact, the so called small band of Islamic
extremists is the true face of Islam. Admittedly, from time to
time and place to place, Muslims have shown a degree of tolerance
for the non-Muslims. This tolerance dates back to the very early
years of Muhammad himself. Early on Muhammad was meek and
proclaimed, “For you, your religion, and for me my religion.” This
assertion lasted but a few years until Muhammad’s movement
gathered strength and Islam became the only alternative to death
or heavy taxation. The imposition of Jazyyeh was a clever ploy for
filling the Islamic coffer to support its armies and to finance
its further conquests.
A longstanding Islamic practice is to be meek while weak and
assume despotic intolerant power as it gains strength. Recent
migration of Muslims to non-Islamic lands began as seemingly
harmless, even useful, trickle of cheap needed labor. Before long,
greater and greater number of Muslims deluged the new territories
and as they gained in numbers—by high birth rate as well as new
arrivals—Muslims began reverting to their intolerant ways by, for
instance, demanding legal status for shariah (Islamic laws). The
type of draconian laws that for most parts resemble those of
humanity’s barbaric past.
Islam is indeed misrepresented. Islam is not misrepresented by its
“detractors.” It is misrepresented by Islamic mercenaries:
organizations and individuals generously funded by states as well
as wealthy believers who are making billions of dollars pumping
and selling oil at astronomical prices. Prestigious universities
in the West, are always looking for handouts, are tripping over
one another to establish Islamic study programs staffed by
professors who sing the praise of Islam. Newspapers are routinely
intimidated by Islamic association if they dare to print the truth
about Islam. Legions of lawyers, both Muslims as well as hired
guns are in the look out to intimidate and silence any voice
speaking the truth about Islam. The media that fall in line may
receive generous advertising and other incentives from Islamic
Hence, it is a fact that Islam is misrepresented. It is
misrepresented very effectively by non-Muslim individuals and
institutions who are generously rewarded by the modern day Islamic
conquerors. This time around the Muslims are using the immense
petrodollar they extract from the addicted non-Muslims. The sword
is temporarily replaced by just as deadly a weapon—petrodollar.
Before long, the Muslims aim to add a more deadly modern version
of the sword—the Islamic bomb. With the bomb on one hand and the
other hand on the oil spigot, the non-Muslim world will be brought
to its knees by the religion of peace and brotherhood.