Muslims are protesting -- again -- that radical Islamic terrorists are the bad guys in the hit TV show, "24."
"The overwhelming impression you get is fear and hatred for Muslims," Rabiah Ahmed of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, told the Associated Press. "After watching that show, I was afraid to go to the grocery store because I wasn't sure the person next to me would be able to differentiate between fiction and reality."
Yet, where is the lobby for innocent people everywhere when radical Islamists stand up, as extremist Muslim Omar Brooks did recently in an event at Dublin's Trinity College, and say:
"We are the Muslims. We drink the blood of the enemy, and we can face them anywhere. That is Islam and that is jihad."
Brooks went on to say Prophet Mohammed's message to nonbelievers is: "I come to slaughter all of you."
Sounds like he makes a pretty good bad guy for most Westerners, doesn't it? Sheesh, Muslim moderates wonder why they get suspicious looks on the street. It's unfair stereotyping, whci humans are very good at doing, but radical pronouncements like "I come to slaughter you" don't exactly inspire friendliness.
As media critic Jeff Jarvis once observed, "The cardinal sin today is to offend (and) the clearest badge of victimhood is to be offended." Moderate Muslims must begin to put down the radicals who do more to harm them than the non-Muslims who glance sideways at them ... or they will find themselves in a deadly cultural crossfire.