Islam and the Australian News Media
Halim Rane, Mohamad Abdalla, Jacqui Ewart
Academic Monographs, 2010 - Electronic books - 259 pages
"Few issues have captured media headlines over the past two decades like Islam and Muslims, and much of what the Australian public knows about Islam and its followers is gleaned from the mass media. Islam and the Australian News Media tackles head-on the Australian news media's treatment of Islam and Muslims. This incisive collection brings together the research and insights of academics, editors and journalists on the representation of Islam and its impact on social relations, the newsworthiness of Muslim issues and the complexities of covering Islam. Importantly, Islam and the Australian News Media also explores how Muslim communities in Australia are responding to their image in the Australian news media. This book is a must-read for all those interested in the relationship between media and society."--Publisher description.
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Dear Great White Rabbit preserve us from the 'White Paper Brigade".
Islamophobia simply does not exist for rational fear is not a phobia.To say Islamophobia exists is irrational.
If a cultural codex such as the Nazis Mein Kampf , Christian Bible, Muslim Quran, ... whatever cultural codex, consistently informs within the variance of derived adherents behavior, terror against Other and subjugation of woman particularly as the political power of such a construct increases then the fear of such an entity is rational on the part of Other and woman - it would be irrational to be otherwise.
Is it the case Islam does not now or never has consistently informed terror against Other and subjugation of woman to mans will particularly when it obtains political power?
Where do Muslims and apologists for them such as this author think the "few violent Muslims" come from, the back of a cereal packet?
Norman Hillson "I speak of Germany", London 1937 said "..; the NAZI ... that great unified people are looking for peace and see friendship with Britain as a basis for peace not only for themselves but for everyone else."
It is these authors along with the Hillsons, the apologists for tawdry dogma who enable the cultural relativist ethical nihilist jackboot on the throat of reason until it is to late - Peace in our Neighborhood-Gad! Like the Egyptian Coptics? Like the Indonesian Christians? Like the Saudi Arabian Women? Like Pakistan polio medical personnel? Like the Thailand teachers? Like the ....
The connection between the construct of Other in Nazi Main Kampf and the Muslim Quran is not a matter of contention it is fact if you care to check - not only the foundation texts themselves but compare actual outcomes against Other on the ground.
The meaning of the Nazi and Muslim connection is not academic and simply an opportunity for clever wordsmithing. There are too many victims and there are no less each day that passes.
"Indonesia's moral police a threat to democracy" Date May 22, 2012 Michael Bachelard The Age
"But many Indonesians are worried a profound shift is happening in their culture. They are watching as a social movement of arrogant Islam grows more powerful, and moves virtually unopposed from victory to victory.
One liberal described it as the ''Talibanisation'' of Indonesia"
"The mainstreaming of bigotry means that minority groups are increasingly under threat of violence and exclusion. Human rights groups say attacks have increased markedly in recent years and authorities in most cases fail to aid minorities.
As they continue to enjoy impunity, the radicals simply push the boundaries further."
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/indonesias-moral-police-a-threat-to-democracy-20120521-1z17g.html#ixzz2QPWSXY6L
Richard Dawkins is pointing out the obvious-When a cultural construct of Other(Quran)=another cultural construct of Other(Mein Kampf) be it religious or secular given time and space to flourish you can expect the same outcomes.
The question you ask 'Are the outcomes different'? Is there in any Muslim community in space and time a propensity to visit terror on Other - blow them to bits, and destroy Others churches, hunt down those who dare to question the 'Greatness' of the Prophet be it Mohammad or Hitler or..
What Dawkins is saying is based on empirical observation and rational justified understanding of psychological cause and effect at the individual and group level.
Cultural construct of Other(Quran)=another cultural construct of Other(Mein Kampf)
Cultural Foundation Text=Ethics=Ideas=Motivation=Action For and Against Other. Psychology 101.
Therefore " lumping all Muslims into one box"=" lumping all Nazis into one box".
Those who argue Islam consistently informs terror and subjugation of women are told they "conflate the actions of a few violent Muslims".
Negative views and positive
Reporting on Islam for the Australian media
Part IIImage and impacts
Media content and intercommunity relations
Why Muslims make headlines
A lapse of reason or Islamophobia at work?
Talking about Muslims