Tuesday, October 03, 2017

What's wrong with this picture...? Part Two.


In Part One, I laid out the overall structure of the problem.  In Part Two, I just want to look at the rhetoric of the Muslim reporter, Hannah Allam, zeroing in on the portions I bolded in my extended quote in Part One.

...the scandal surrounding Muslim preacher Nouman Ali Khan...

Calling him a "preacher" subtly massages in the impression of him being equivalent to an Elmer Gantry type of Christian evangelist.  This in turn hopefully arouses memories in the white Western (especially American) reader of so many Christian evangelists in the past who have been hypocrites and/or fanatics of one flavor or another.

...how difficult it can be for Muslim communities to deal with claims of misconduct by leaders, especially when women are involved.

Implying that "Muslim communities" (by extended implication the majority of Muslims in America) are decent, in contrast to the few bad apples (hypocritical "preachers" like Khan) whom they have to contend with.

Khan is a conservative, Texas-based teacher whose lively Qur’an lectures draw hundreds of thousands of fans to his stories blending modern-day scenarios with strict interpretations of scripture.

Calling a Muslim cleric (and/or rabble-rouser slash demagogue) "a conservative" is to imply that normative mainstream Islam is not itself "conservative" and that only outliers like this Khan fellow are notably so.  This is not to mention, in addition, that "conservative" is way too mild to describe the extremist fanaticism of normative, mainstream Islam (which, as a Muslim, the reporter herself at the very least enables if not countenances).  The same sentence climaxes with Khan's "strict interpretations of scripture" (why not "of the Koran?") -- again, implying that the "strictness" Khan is getting from the Koran are his "interpretations" rather than what's there on the page (and what has been, in fact, interpreted in all the mainstream tafsirs; all quite "strict" and none remotely liberal or modern or secular).

...the accusations ... portrayed him as an undercover ladies’ man who violated the rigid moral code he advocates.

Again, the Muslim reporter Hannah Allam by qualifying this "rigid moral code" as something Khan "advocates", is implying that this "rigid moral code" is not already in the Koran and Hadith and tafsirs, and therefore not already in mainstream, normative Islam.


The real question is, why didn't any of the Jihad Watch Leadership (notably Robert Spencer who introduced the report) nor any of the Jihad Watch Civilians pick up on this implicit Good Cop stealth jihad being retailed by Muslim reporter Hannah Allam?

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