“Kate and Allah”

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Call it Katie Couric’s “Sarah Palin Moment.”

As pretty much everyone knows by now, during a wrap-up of the events of 2010, CBS anchorwoman Katie Couric expressed concern about what she felt was “seething hatred” she claims faces Muslims in America.“ Her solution? “Maybe we need a Muslim version of  ’The Cosby Show,’” Couric suggested. “I know that sounds crazy. But ‘The Cosby Show’ did so much to change attitudes about African Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don’t understand.” That will change, proposed Couric, “if they [Muslims] became part of the popular culture.”

Popular culture? Like Kareem Abdul-Jabaar? Like Mohammed Ali? Like Ahmad Rashad? Memet Oz, perhaps, named among both Esquire’s and  Time’s “Most Influential” lists? How about  Ice Cube, perhaps, or Mike Tyson, or Jermaine Jackson, or Snoop Dogg – all Muslims?

I also wonder what, exactly, “The Cosby Show” did to “change attitudes” in America.  Were blacks not part of the popular culture before the “Cosby Show”? Was “The Jeffersons” meaningless?  Were Diana Ross and the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder white? For that matter – wasn’t Bill Cosby part of the popular culture long before the show that bore his name?

The irony, of course, is that the so-called “Muslim hate” in America is itself a fiction.  FBI reports show that while there are twice as many Jews as Muslims in the US, nearly ten times as many Jews as Muslims were the targets of hate crimes in 2009.  Ten times.  Where is Ms. Couric on this? Why isn’t she suggesting a Jewish Cosby show?

Moreover, the idea that the Cosby Show itself made a real difference is questionable, at best. While New Yorkers have embraced blacks, America has not – and as a journalist, she should know that. Or has she forgotten the thousands of people who revolted against the idea of a black president? Has she forgotten the cries of those who outwardly stated they “will never vote for a black man”?

But okay. Let’s say that there’s a relationship here: create a fictional sit-com about a fictitious Muslim family living in America, and presumably it will change the way people think about Muslims – even as, in reality, Muslims like the American Faisal Shahzad attempt to bomb Times Square;  or like  the Pakistani-American Farooque Ahmed, plan  mass bombings of Washington Metrorail stations; or like Nidal Malik Hasan, massacre their colleagues and friends in a mass jihadist shootout.

But okay: let’s just say that fiction can override these facts.  How do you put such a show together?

It’s one thing, of course, when you’re dealing with race.  Blacks have continually attacked Cosby – and his eponymous TV show – contending that he is really a white man in a black man’s skin. But suppose you create a show about a Muslim American family in which the 15-year-old daughter dates a non-Muslim boy, and the family has no complaints.  There are indeed many such Muslim families in the USA.  But how would Muslim extremists – in America and abroad – approach that? Answer: they would say “these aren’t Muslims.”  (And then threaten to kill the show’s producers. Remember “South Park”?)

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  • Paul Nim

    I sent this article to CBS News which receives all email sent to Katie Couric.

    Could everyone else please send this article (scroll to Share/Save and click) to evening@cbsnews.com

    Ask for feedback

    • Abigail

      thank you!

    • Findalis

      Sent

  • Amused

    This just further proves the disconnect from reality , that permeates the media in this country , and sadly reflects the general mentality of denial ,in regards to islam . A tv show ?….yea that'll do it !

  • Kristen

    good article, but you almost lost me at "While New Yorkers have embraced blacks, America has not – and as a journalist, she should know that." Huh? I can only assume that you are a New Yorker who, as so many, know nothing of the rest of this nation.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    Apparently, Canada already has a sit-com about a Muslim family. My understanding is that in it, the Canadian neighbors and townsfolk are portrayed as ignorant, backwards and bigoted, while the Muslim family is savvy, hip, witty, and – of course – magnanimous.

    Dhimmitude at its finest.

  • waterwillows

    A muslim version of his courage and faith? That can only mean he is not a muslim because muslims follow the koran. So while the left beat up on the Tea Party for words, they at the same time ignore the words of the koran.
    It is the old story that the white man's words are always hateful, but of any other race, well their words can't be.
    There is no TV program that is going to salvage the Islam agenda. Only a bunch of outright fools would even suggest a support/salvage of the koran is worthwhile. Until they are able to recoginse that a pig's ear really is just a pig's ear, their minds will remain in the fragmented reality of the upside down viewpoint.

  • Tanstaafl

    Quran 9:5 "Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war."

    9:112 "The Believers fight in Allah's cause; they slay and are slain, kill and are killed."

    8:39 "So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world)."

    • American

      Tanstaafl – where are you getting your translations from – this is the correct translation of Quran verse 9:112

      [Such believers are] the repentant, the worshippers, the praisers [of Allah ], the travelers [for His cause], those who bow and prostrate [in prayer], those who enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong, and those who observe the limits [set by] Allah . And give good tidings to the believers.

      See the link for yourself http://quran.com/9/112

      • tanstaafl

        "Show us the straight path, The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray."
        Muslims generally interpret "those whom Allah has favored," "those who earn Allah's anger," and "those who go astray" as Muslims, Jews, and Christians, respectively. 1:6-7
        Don't bother to warn the disbelievers. Allah has blinded them. Theirs will be an awful doom. 2:6

        • tanstaafl

          8:65 "O Prophet, urge the faithful to fight. If there are twenty among you with determination they will vanquish two hundred; if there are a hundred then they will slaughter a thousand unbelievers, for the infidels are a people devoid of understanding."

          • tanstaafl

            9:38 "Believers, what is the matter with you, that when you are asked to go forth and fight in Allah's Cause you cling to the earth? Do you prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? Unless you go forth, He will afflict and punish you with a painful doom, and put others in your place."

          • tanstaafl

            47:4 "When you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle (fighting Jihad in Allah's Cause), smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making (them) captives. Thereafter, either generosity or ransom (them based upon what benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam."

          • tanstaafl

            Allah has sickened their hearts. A painful doom is theirs because they lie. 2:10
            Allah has blinded the disbelievers. 2:17-18
            A fire has been prepared for the disbelievers, whose fuel is men and stones. 2:24
            Disbelievers will be burned with fire. 2:39, 2:90
            Allah stamped wretchedness upon the Jews because they killed the prophets and disbelieved Allah's revelations. 2:61
            Allah turned the Sabbath-breaking Jews into apes. 2:65-66

          • tanstaafl

            If you believe in only part of the Scripture, you will suffer in this life and go to hell in the next. 2:85
            Allah has cursed them for their unbelief. 2:88
            The curse of Allah is on disbelievers. 2:89
            Jews are the greediest of all humankind. They'd like to live 1000 years. But they are going to hell. 2:96
            Allah is an enemy to the disbelievers. 2:98
            Only evil people are disbelievers. 2:99

  • Tanstaafl

    Those quotes from the Qur'an just scream sit-com to me!

  • Robert Pave

    Too true. A Muslim counterpart to Bill Cosby would soon be beheaded by Islamists, which is probably the reason that Muslims and their clergy keep quiet about the ill done by Islamists.

  • tagalog

    I can just picture the Muslim sit-com dealing with the humor of clitoral circumcision and honor killing. Maybe they can find the funny side of tipping over building walls on adulterers, destroying Buddhist statues, and the reaction to those who agitate for religious tolerance a la the First Amendment. I'm waiting for the shows to reveal the knee-slapping humor of those situations as well as, I'm sure, many others.

    Wait, wait, I've got an idea for the plot for the pilot: how's about a show about side-by-side showings of Muslim representative art and Christian representative art, like at the Brooklyn Museum a few years ago? They could call it "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day vs. Piss Christ." A laff riot!

  • logdon

    Chess Records played a huge role in helping black parity.

    The first real crossover record was Chuck Berry's Mabelyne bought in the thousands by whites. Then Bo Diddley repeated the success. Next, soul hit the market with Chess's Etta James followed by the massive Tamla Motown stars defining a musical era.

    The Voice of Young America was the tagline (note, not Black America) and remembering all those great records by Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Supremes, Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, the list goes on and on, who could argue?

    Add in the roster of black sports stars and the mass cultural leisure base is pretty much covered. The mutuality was the decider. True crossover. No Pc. No affirmative action. Just a colourblind fan base, great performers on stage, track and field and a natural progression.

    Now where does a repressive and censorous creed such as Islam fit into all of this?

    Where's the creativity and talent? How can those bedrocks of success even exist in an imageless and musically devoid world?

    Iran's Ayatolah Khominei stated 'There is no fun in Islam'.

    Sums it up really.

  • btilly

    kATIE is a Mamluk and does not know it. A mamluk is a white slave of Islam. Bloomberg is a rat, a pig and an ape according to Islam. Quran 8:60. I wish she would read what sharia really is. She is like the Jews in WW2 who couldnt believe what was happening to them and even joined the Nazi party.

    I wish she knew or expose what Islam really is, an Arabic attempt to use religion to take oveer the world and the atheist and socialist are using Islam to destroy the Judeo-Christian ideology. Islam is a cult created by an Arab in Mecca who plaguarized the Babylonish Talmud and tried to replace Jews with Arabs. Since he failed at that he made the rule of Islam to say all Jews were Muslims. Common sense would tell one that after 4000 years no Arab prophet was found.

    Since allah said he created all women stupid as is Katie, in Tabari 1:20, she will be so happy to know she is so stupidly holy as per allah and seen as such by Muslim scholars. WAKE UP AND READ KATIE.

  • USMCSniper

    I think Katie Couric should volunteer as a comfort lady for a tour in Afghanistan. I am sure she will come to love the Marines. heh heh heh

    • tagalog

      She Numbah One, love you long time, long time! Fi' dollah…

      • kafir4life

        Unbelievable!! FIVE dollars? You gotta be kidding me. TWO at BEST.

        • USMCSniper

          You cheapskate numba 10 binjo ditch, amalican. Plice of rice go up high.

  • dawning

    Poor katie has ALWAYS seemed to me to be a bit vacuous I guess her maladay is simply progressing……I guess you could call it "progressive"

  • shajean

    Katie C and her loved ones should convert to Islam and have cameras follow her journey like, oh say, a reality show. She would surely leave her mark in history………

  • Negro X

    Couric is a buffoon and islam is a pseudo political- religious hate cult. We need neither Couric or islam.

  • Claude

    What I don’t understand is the person that wrote this article called her a reporter, could not be further from the truth, for that is what reporters are supposed to do, I have seen very little truth, and a whole bunch of untruths from her and the News outfit she works for. That is too bad as once they did report the truth, and the truth is: Islam is not misunderstood, and you can not whitewash Islam as a religion of peace, it and it’s followers speak louder than they can.

  • kafir4life

    I found the opening theme music for the show. It sounds remarkably like the Oscar Meyer bologna jingle from the 70's.

    Our moon god has a first name,
    it's a-l-l-a-h.
    Our moon god has no second name,
    it's A-L-L-A-H <visual of prious believers separating an infidels neck from his head>
    We kill kafir most every-day,
    and if you ask to whom we pray……..
    To kill some Jews is a-o-k,
    says a-l-l-a-h, oy vey.

  • http://crimevictimsmediareport.com Tina Trent

    I found that speech really inspirational whenever my job took me to those neighborhoods where all those "righteous" NOI nutjobs did chase people out and verbally threaten blacks and non-blacks . . . . and deal drugs and shoot cops, claims to the contrary notwithstanding, all subsidized by welfare theft schemes, not their famed "entrepreneurship." Everyone knew that they sold more than bean pies — and that they used political connections and idiotic attitudes like Cosby's to protect their turf. Remember when two decent Atlanta cops, black men both, actually protecting those neighborhoods, were mowed down by H. Rap Brown, NOI spiritual leader? The establishment was still trying to get them off, defame those cops' lives, as Cosby was busy making his stupid speech.

    That's what I remember about it. That, and being surrounded by a gang of NOI brats at a downtown rally for Clinton/Gore, and not one man in the audience stood up to defend the elderly woman the thugs had nearly knocked down because she didn't get out of their way fast enough. Secret Service agents, Democratic operatives thick on the ground, and they let a bunch of children, really, in robes and skullcaps, push this elderly woman around, because nobody wanted to say anything to them, because they were so peaceful, you know? And nobody wanted an incident.

    On the 50th anniversary of Brown, Cosby endorsed a dangerous hate group as a solution for endemic social problems, and nobody blinked. That was weird.

    • jacob

      But it pays to remember that the man who for almost 20 years never heard "Rev"
      KNIGHT say " DON'T SAY GOD BLESS AMERICA. SAY GOD DAMN AMERICA"..
      repeated on and on by the now FIRST LADY, assisted to the ONE MILLION MEN
      MARCH on Washington called by this fascist organization leader, Mr. MAD DOG
      "MINISTER" FARRAKHAN and called him a GREAT MAN, is now President by the
      grace of lefties and morons charmed by his mermaid song of CHANGE, same
      one CASTRO sold the Cubans and CHAVEZ the Venezuelans, a jump off the
      frying pan and into the fire….

      And as to "Racial Profiling" …
      How come when police stops an African American driven car, more often than
      not, driver has no license or it is suspended; car has no registration/insurance
      and if inspected, booze, drugs and even guns are found inside….
      Is it still "Racial Profiling " ?????

      AND AS TO "BOB" RANGEL, WHO DID HE HAVE BY THE SHORT HAIR TO HAVE
      BEEN LET OFF WITH JUST A SLAP ON THE WRIST ??

  • jacob

    TO KATY KOURIC :

    Someone long time ago sentenced that "TALENT WITHOUT HONESTY IS A SCOURGE"

    Of course, in the country of consecrated reputations and conceited nullities good
    old USA has been turned into, so called "celebrities" have nothing to worry about
    and therefore, entitled to bray in a way that would put donkeys to shame…..

  • topperj

    Having seen Couric's anemic ratings, I assume her calls for unity fell on deaf ears?

  • Lori

    Couric seems to lack Knowledge Of Islam! The sad thing about this Katie is walking around with A blindfold on her eyes and plugs in her ears, She needs help! Were Is all this nonsense coming from? The Hitler band wagon? America Has It checked out?

  • USMCSniper

    1st Battalion 12th Marines KIA in the last four days:

    Justin Allen, 23,
    Brett Linley, 29,
    Matthew Weikert, 29,
    Justus Bartett, 27,
    Dave Santos, 21,
    Chase Stanley, 21,
    Jesse Reed, 26,
    Matthew Johnson, 21,
    Zachary Fisher, 24,
    Brandon King, 23,
    Christopher Goeke, 23,
    Sheldon Tate, 27,

    But the MSM hardly covers this. Not unbelieveable considering a clandestine Muslim is commander in chief.

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