Thursday, April 12, 2007

As pro-Western, pro-democracy voices manage to rise above the angry murmur of rejectionist Arab-Muslim populism, with such fierce speakers as Nonie Darwish and Buthayna Nasser , Ali Hirsi Ali and Irshad Manji, some media outlets will not support their struggle. Why aren't there more liberal thinkers, activists and general palaverers more involved in giving their support to moderate, reasonable, freedom-craving Muslims? Where are they? Instead, what we get is silencing, nixing of programmes as in the following example. I ask, is this not the modern version of book-burning?

Producer Martyn Burke claims that PBS, in order to be
allowed to continue with the project, tried to make him fire some of his
associates on the film because they belong to a Conservative Think Tank and that
they still axed his film anyway when all was said and done.

So, what is all the fuss over with this film?

Burke wrote that his documentary depicts the plight of moderate Muslims
who are silenced by Islamic extremists, adding,

"Now it appears to be PBS and CPB who are silencing them."

Apparently PBS, is so afraid of even appearing to say that some
Muslims' actions are problematic that they would rather suppress the whole show
then deal with the truth.

Subtitled Voices From the Muslim Center, Burke says his film "attempts
to answer the question: 'Where are the moderate Muslims?' The answer is,
'Wherever they are, they are reviled and sometimes attacked' " by extremists.

(Hat tip: NWO)


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