Dear Rep. King: Forget ‘Radical’ — Islam is the Culprit / Amil Imani

Republican Congressman Peter King has strengthened his security in
the wake of “hostile phone calls” and threats from overseas, as he is
getting ready to chair a hearing on Islamic radicalization in the United
States today.

The Congressman’s hearing on this important issue, though much
overdue, is perhaps the first step towards recognizing that Islam is the
culprit, not radical Islam.  Islam by its mere existence is radical.
“There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s
it,” said Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and he’s
absolutely right.

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 the
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 hand, it is able to propagate misinformation and outright

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 overlords of the media
can deceive the public more easily when politi... >>>

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