Protect The Children, Don't Let Them Watch The GOP Debates Says Muslim Focus Group
So, does watching the GOP debates constitute a microaggression against American Muslims? Apparently, some think that way. On December 18, Pollster Frank Luntz had an American Muslim focus group on CBS This Morning, where Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour said that she advised Muslim parents not to watch the Republican debates in front of their children because that would subject them to “hateful stereotyping.”
Sarsour alleged that terrorism isn’t an epidemic in the Muslim community, and she wasn’t particularly thrilled by President Obama’s call on Muslim Americans to help root out extremism within their communities.
“We would never ask any other faith community to stand up and condemn acts of violence committed by people within their groups… The fact that this is only directed at the Muslim community is something that I personally can't accept,” she said.
Nevertheless, the fact is that 9/11 wasn’t committed by the Amish. It was radical Muslims. Period. That is beyond dispute. Yet, the issue here is the fact that debates, and the American electoral process, are somehow psychologically damaging is absurd. Both parties understand that ISIS is a threat. Both parties know that radical Islam is a problem. Both parties, though with varying degrees of aggressiveness and tone, are committed to protecting America. I mean there’s not a lot of leeway for how then-Sen. John Edwards felt about al-Qaeda and their terrorist allies during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.