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Koran Burning: Dehumanizing Muslims

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Koran Burning: Dehumanizing Muslims


America's at war with Islam.

by Stephen Lendman

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Despite constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom, America consistently violates fundamental rights, including respecting all faiths equally.

More than other ethnic/religious groups, Western discourse portrays Muslim/Arabs stereotypically as culturally inferior, dirty, lecherous, untrustworthy, religiously fanatical, and violent.

In his book, "Reel Bad Arabs : How Hollywood Vilifies a People," Jack Shaheen explained how they've been defamed and vilified throughout decades of cinematic history. From silent films to recent ones, they encourage prejudicial attitudes, and reinforce notions of Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.

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Worse still are slanderous post-9/11 media commentaries about dangerous gun-toting terrorists, the need to closely monitor them, and rid society of those considered dangerous. 

Never mind rule of law principles, right or wrong, or whether accused targets are guilty. Saying so's all that matters to justify America's war on terror. It needs enemies. When not around, they're invented. 

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