In what shouldn’t be a shocker, right wing website World Net Daily continues the march against comic book characters with Muslim roots. This follows Family Security Matters who began the right wing drumbeat against the comic book series and soon to be animated show the 99. Most recently the right leaning and Fox tie-in the New York Post also ran an article. The story has also been picked up by various right wing and Tea Party blogs.
The article goes on to quote Dr. Ted Baehr of Movieguide.
These are not the types of heroes you want your children to have. These heroes, at their core, because they represent values contrary to humanity, at the core these heroes are more villain than hero.
Baehr however shows his true feelings about Islam later on in the article:
With all due respect to President Obama and contrary to his opinion, the Muslim faith is known for its lies about Christians and Jews, lies about the Bible, lies about Jesus and His apostles, violence, warrior mentality, abuse of women, slavery, persecution of non-Muslims, and terrorism against peaceful civilians, from the alleged founder of the faith, Mohammed, down to the present day.
Cause the right wing isn’t lying or distorting facts now about Islam and Christianity has never committed atrocities in it’s name. The article refers to the President as a “Muslim,” and as a whole is full of shit in what the comic book series actually depicts.
But lets look at “Dr.” Baehr and his organization. It states as it’s goal:
…to redeem the values of the mass media of entertainment, according to biblical principles, by influencing industry executives and artists and by informing and educating the public about the influence of the entertainment media and about how to train their families to become media-wise, so they can choose the good and reject the bad.
Nope, no slant or agenda there. It’s completely on the up and up. Wikipedia gives a good rundown of this moral upstanding hate monger. Other websites have also chronicled his less than ethical dealings.
Baehr also drops this genius nugget:
A small percentage, he said, are very likely to be influenced toward the violence that is inherent in Islam – it’s admonitions to “kill infidels” and the like.
Lets think about that for a moment. If all media that causes people to kill is banned, there goes the Bible and the entire Christian movement. Pretty sure the Crusades, Inquisition, murder of Abortion doctors in the name of God and hate crimes to begin with would make a strong enough argument. This is the same line of thinking that ruins the fun for the rest of us when a couple of idiots take things too far.
Baehr worries this will convert and create home grown terrorists, I guess we need to lock down all religions then, since they’ve all created their own nutcases throughout the years and ages. He acknowledges at least that “not all kids [who watch] are going to become violent.” Just like not “all” Christians kill abortion doctors. But since there’s a few….
Family Security Matters pipes in with some “facts”:
In the Islamic world, cartoons have a more sinister purpose. In Iran, on Al-Quds Day, Iranian TV schedules are filled with cartoons about evil Israelis with red eyes, shooting and murdering innocent doe-eyed Palestinians. For older kids, the heroes fight back, and even get martyred in the cause of Allah. Al-Quds day, named after the Arab term for Jerusalem and initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1983, is a time for Iranian media to reinforce Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic propaganda.
That in fact is true, but for those who actually know anything about the 99, it was created in opposition to a radical Imam and it’s goal is to teach tolerance and combat the hate. It’s the antithesis for what these right wing hate mongers are raging against. Instead of finding an ally in helping combat the radicalization of the Middle Eastern youth, they’re alienating a fine upstanding individual.
We don’t deny there’s cartoons and comics being used to indoctrinate children. There are on all sides. White Power movements use comic books and music to warp impressionable minds, just like Hamas has. But you can’t lump in all “Muslim” comics with other material that’s clearly reprehensible.
Adrian Morgan of Family Security Matters, which is a think tank, wondered, “Are we going to see a**-kicking Christian superhero nuns called Faith, Hope and Charity … sending Satan into Hell? It’s doubtful!”
Again this lie is repeated over and over. Warrior Nun, Magdalena, Davey and Goliath are just some of the examples of Christians kicking ass. There’s many more but three debunks this and puts the whole argument in doubt.
There’s so much worries about Shariah-compliant Muslim superheroes – “including one who fights crime hidden head-to-toe by a burqa.” As you can see from the cover above that the series clearly shows the subjugation of women and forces them to cover up. Nevermind there’s been a burqa wearing comic book character for years in the X-Men’s Dust. On the cover shown above we see three women with no covering at all. Where’s the outrage from the Islamic radicals?
This is the perfect example of the rage and hate that pervades the right, and if nothing else interesting to see it make it’s way through their media machine.
Again, expect this to hit Fox News any day now. And we’ll keep fighting the misinformation and outright lies.