In my previous article three examples were given on how Islam is featured in the American Media. I am certain that a great many more examples exist, but they are inaccessible to the writer due to their unavailability.
As for the article of Kruthammer we need not say much sine Rev. Speight’s comments in his newsletter are quite sufficient, and we can’t agree with him more. (As for his incentive to defend Islam may be taken in another article)
Speight said, “ The information in that column is badly distorted. The worst thing in it is the statement that Islam is engaged in a concreted movement Worldwide. There is a central authority in Islam, so any political or ideological struggle on a global scale is out of question.”
Then Speight gave his recommendation on the matter by saying that readers must be “ alert to counter such unreasonable attacks as Kruthammer’s with authentic information regarding Islam and the World where Muslim peoples are involved. Here we must thank and appreciate Rev. Speight’s words. Moreover we wish that his newsletter be widely distributed in the US. Where many writers like Kruthammer are spreading their poison.
The case of Professor Lewis is quite different. He is an acclaimed scholar of Islamic History an Islamic currant affairs. What he voices out is taken for granted to be the truth. However, his lecture has drawn wide reaction among Muslims and non-Muslims in the USA. Though I believe that it is too little to counter an influential speaker such as Lewis.
These articles were as follows:
1- An article by Mike Feishllber in the Oak Tribune on May 5th. 1990.
2- Professor T. B. Irving’s article in the Impact International, 27 July –9th. August and reproduced in the Hong Kong Herald in August 1990.
3- Opinions by Mowahid H. Shah in the Christian Science Monitor on July 30th.1990.
4- Editorial of “ Muslim Media Watch Newsletter, May –June 1990.
However, before reviewing the above articles we must say that there are many who support Bernard Lewis. One of these is the article appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on May 7th. 1990 by Rushworth Kidder in which he said:” His theme is (Lewis’s) the revulsion against western values and manners that is spitting from Fundamentalist segments of the Islamic World. He concluded that America as the “heir of European civilization “ has become the focus on which (the Muslim World’s\) pent-up hate and anger coverage” Kidder also said that Lewis’ lecture “ could not have been more timely.”
To turn to Lewis’s critique, we find that T. B. Irving summing up in two sentences as follows:” on May 2, 1990 Lewis read a 26 page diatribe against Islam at the Library of Congress in which he viewed Islam as an enemy of the West, with the United States as its principal adversary.”
Another critique of Lewis and that is the editorial by the Muslim Media Watch Newsletter in which the editor wrote: ” as if all the anti-Islamism shown by the Media was not enough, how a government agency has joined the effort. The National Endowment for the Humanities has paid 10,000 dollars to Bernard Lewis, a retired Professor of History who has been selling stereotypes, oversimplifications and distortions—all carefully packaged ant-Islamism—to gullible audience.
The Newsletter goes onto say about Lewis “ starting with the loaded question “ why Muslims hate America? Lewis has been telling his audience “ resentment and anger of the Muslim masses toward America –is only the latest outbreak in a long struggle between Islam and Christendom.” What the newsletter did not say is why should such an ardent Zionist take the case on behalf of Christens? What is the real attitude of Islam toward the issues raised by Lewis, Kruthammer and the Vice President and many other writes?
Hope to tackle these issues in other articles.