Fitzgerald: What is wrong with press coverage of Islam

Fitzgerald: What is wrong with press coverage of Islam

Such pictures as this one in Newsweek are akin to the performances of the Muslim women, usually Pakistanis, who come to elementary schools to “talk about Islam.” They bring pretty postcards of mosques and a prayer rug that can be turned Meccawards, and are eager to share information about “family-centered” Islam. Everything concentrates on the trivial (for Infidels) rituals of worship: Shehada, zakat, salat, hajj, and especially Ramadan, which allows for all kinds of wide-eyed wonder at the depth of feeling which Muslims must have to stick to a daytime fast for a whole month.

And then of course the discussion can be all about not only what good things there are to eat at the break-fast Iftar dinner, but how various are those things — because, you see, “Islam is not monolithic.”

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