All-American Muslim: A Programmed Deception

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Ten years after the worst terrorist attack in American history, the Muslim terrorist is almost entirely absent from movies and television shows. He will show up on the evening news, when there’s no way around it, but when it comes to entertainment, the American TV viewer is fed a steady diet of movies and shows featuring positive depictions of Muslims. And that’s not just liberal bias at work.

I have written about Unity Productions in the past and its pernicious PBS propaganda machine, and another UPF project is MOST (Muslims on Screen and Television) which partners with a number of American useful idiot groups to promote positive depictions of Muslims on television. Another force working toward promoting Muslim propaganda on television is the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood bureau, which helped reshape 24 from a show concentrating on the War on Terror into Muslim propaganda. MPAC began life as a Muslim Brotherhood project. Its attempts to control American television programming are in line with the Brotherhood’s mission.

Seen against that backdrop, All-American Muslim, the new unreality show meant to promote the myth that Muslims are just another minority fully integrated into America with the same goals and dreams as the rest of us, is part of a larger agenda. The one that gave us Aliens in America and HBO’s Koran by Heart.

All-American Muslim cuts to the chase pretty quickly with an American undergoing conversion to Islam. While the show tries to present members of its Dearborn Muslim families as individuals and non-conformists, in the final analysis Jeff, an Irish-American who wants to marry in, must conform and submit to Islam. When Jeff pronounces the Shahada, proclaiming that there is no god but Allah and turning his back on his Catholic faith, viewers are supposed to celebrate.

“I am surprised how easy it is to convert to Islam,” Jeff says. What the show neglects to mention is that while it is very easy to convert to Islam, it is quite difficult to leave. Having converted in a nationally televised event, should Jeff leave when the marriage goes south it will be considered apostasy which carries a death sentence. It’s easy to play So You Want to be a Muslim, so long as you don’t mind choosing between losing your freedom of choice… or your life.

The theme of All-American Muslim is that Muslims are just like us. It’s the same message that Hollywood has been blasting at us for ten years as if anyone were under the impression that Muslims are aliens from another planet.

Muslims are like us; that’s the problem. The Nazis were like us too. So were the Communists. They were and are what we are capable of becoming if we fall under the sway of a totalitarian ideology that insists it has the right and duty to enslave the human race. And so we’re treated to endless scenes of normalization. Muslim women care about their looks. Muslim men like sports. Muslims hold down jobs and deal with the same issues that we do.

If reality shows like Jersey Shore and Real Housewives regale us with freaks and orchestrated drama, All-American Muslim goes in the other direction to assure us once again that there’s absolutely nothing freakish about Islam. Just good ordinary people who submit to Allah and wear Hijabs in order to be closer to Allah.

But the effect isn’t really what Shed Media, responsible for such great entertainment as My Transsexual Summer and Basketball Wives, had in mind. The more All-American Muslim tries to reassure us how normal and ordinary it is, the more surreal it becomes. Like the pod people, All-American Muslim only highlights the unnaturalness of the core ideology of Islam by dressing it up in the ordinary everyday minutia of American life.

The more All-American Muslim tries to “defuse stereotypes” with Muslim businesswomen and a tattooed self-proclaimed hillbilly, the more we’re reminded of the true status of women under Islam. Every time All-American Muslim insists on how free and liberated Muslim women are, it’s a lie that takes place under the shadow of a Muslim world where women have few rights.

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  • Jane

    This is another way for the Muslims to sneak their hatred for America into our society ,when you show a Muslim women talking down to an American woman what are you thinking,they are here for no good they are trying to infiltrate their wrong and crazy Hamas and Hezbollah views and more trouble is going to come out of this stunt you at the learning channel have pulled shame on you just another slap in the face of all Americans who were effected by what happened at 9/11 how could you stoop so low?

  • u have a small…..

    you guys are letting the small percentage of extremists or middle eastern conflicts represent Islam. Arabians and middle easterner are only 18 percent of the worlds Muslim population.

  • http://www.genussallee.at Hannes L.

    hope the moderate islam will squeeze out the radical islam idiots!!
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  • http://Www.trixmasta.com Trixmasta

    Talk to an American Muslim. You’re simply an ignorant and sad person who’s stubborn and attached to radical messages from radicals of Islam. You have zero tolerance, and don’t even want to consider the thought of being near Muslims. Open your eyes, get in the real world and meet some American muslims. Westernized Islam is something that is transforming by the day, and I advise others stop becoming so Islamaphobic and become more tolerant without having prejudices.

  • Alexia

    (When Jeff pronounces the Shahada, proclaiming that there is no god but Allah and turning his back on his Catholic faith, viewers are supposed to celebrate. “I am surprised how easy it is to convert to Islam,” Jeff says)

    Can you imagine a TV programme in any muslim country, Pakistan even – a great US ally and friend be made where a muslim woman is shown marrying, converting, celebrating, to Christianity or Hindusim?

    I rest my case, Me Lord.

  • Brian

    I've read enough of the Koran to know that the savage, murderous nature of that religion isn't going away. It professes peace on page, then condones killing my entire family for not converting on another.

  • ahmad

    what kind of drugs are you people on..??? ,, seriously ,, am alittle shocked that i've been living in the US for 11 years and i never noticed this level of hate in this country ??? most of these posts dosent include ONE fact that i can discuss ,,just PURE HATE ,,as if all of u dont care about if what u r saying is true or not,,or if its right or wrong ,,it makes me feel that u WANT/NEED to hate islam regardless ,,most of these posts are almost the same as if u all been fed this msg while sitting in one room ,,lol ,, as a muslim and arab it insults me to think to respond to such low level of ignorance ,,i am a muslim because i love it more than anything in this world ,,dont care if the 6.5 billion people on this earth likes me or not ,,wont make a difference,,blocking the sun with ur hand dosent make the sun disappear ( unless u have a very tiny brain) islam started with one human being and since day one its growing ,,,and there is nothing u can do about it ,,,never will ,,:) thats the amazing thing about it ,,,now u can go back to ur posts and bark all u want …

  • lewis

    @ahmad

    We don't want you here! Practice your stuff on the sand of Pakistan!
    Do not underestimate Americans tolerance and patience!

  • PalomarJack

    It seems the “Americanized Muslims” have been educated well by the progressive liberals in our “Public Schools of Indoctrination”. They are now trying to use the liberal catchphrases against us, things like xyz-phobe/phobia. All this after 3000 of my fellow citizens were killed for no other reason than working for a living. Who are the real ‘phobics here? Oh yeah, there are a few, too few muslims that were outraged by the 9/11 attacks, they have my gratitude. Most however try to wiggle out of having to answer what their true feelings are about it, and many will segue into the racism and islamiphobia territories when pushed for a real answer. So, until I see an overwhelming number of so-called “moderate” muslims speaking out against what has been and is being perpetrated on those not of their faith, my conclusions stand.

    By the way, I am not islamaphobic. That would mean I had a fear of muslims. I don’t “fear” them, not at all. Using their logic, would they not be christaphobic, jewaphobicor or ameriphoboc? Now, just bring some 9/11 jihad crap into this neighborhood and they will have a reason to be phobic after all.

  • Gunner57

    I do not view all Muslims as jihadis since I realize that some of them are only cultural Muslims.We may not be so lucky with their children nor could we ever count on their support against those who follow the commands of Islam and its call for jihad. As a Christian, I would afford them the same considerations as a fellow human being as God would surley desire.

    Dealing with Muslims is more than just "complicated" when currently their favorite weapon against us is invasion through our insane legal immigration policy. Giving up is not the answer. Halting ALL immigration from Islamic countries must be a goal. Anybody that is already here caught trying to, or advocating, the implementation of Muhammad's call to jihad should be deported. If we do not truly seek zero tolerance for this ideology we will not survive.

  • Cynic

    You wrote,
    “When I see a Muslim woman wearing a hijab, I know I’m looking at the enemy of my civilization. Yet, I also recognize her as a human being.”

    but don’t ask the question, “Does she recognize me as a human being?”
    You are aware I suppose that Muslims take it from their religious teachings that Jews are descended from pigs and apes. Not saying that you are Jewish so maybe it won’t affect you in the same way.
    The culture is completely opposed to the Western culture which evolved over 2000 years so maybe now it is time for us to stop with the Cognitive Egocentrism projecting our culture onto others.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Having said that, I support immigration restrictions against Muslims…not because like some here, I view all Muslims as Jihadis, but because it is impossible to tell who is and who isn't (or who will become so down the road). Yet, I recognize that immigration restrictions on Muslims and/or the outlawing of Islam is a political and legal improbability, at least in the foreseeable future. So the last card to play here at home is ideological mobilization; an honest exposition of Islamic supremacism and intolerance.

    You are wrong as usual. So what else is new? For instance, the word Islam in Arabic means “submission” and the word Muslim in Arabic means “one who submits,” as each and every Muslim is required to totally, completely, and unconditionally submit to the will of Allah, in stark contrast to faith-based religions that evolved outside of Islamic civilization.

    Indeed, adherents of faith-based religions as opposed to Islam are not required to submit totally, completely, and unconditionally to the will of Allah or anyone else for that matter. They are also perfectly free to question and even challenge the texts and tenets of their respective religion and to also freely leave their respective religion or convert to another religion altogether if they so desire. Whereas in Islam, on the other hand, because the freedom of conscience is forbidden, those same actions, blasphemy in the first case and apostasy in the second, are capital offenses.

    Hence, what true faith-based religions likewise punishes blasphemy and apostasy under the pain of death? The answer, of course, is none of them. Irrefutably proving that Islam is not a faith-based religion, at least not in the same sense we define faith-based religions here in the West.

    Moreover, per the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, jihad or holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme is an obligatory duty for EVERY MUSLIM. Indeed, the sixth and most important pillar of Islam doesn't make it an obligatory duty only for so-called extremist Muslims to fight jihad in the cause of Allah and the sixth and most important pillar of Islam doesn't make it an obligatory duty only for so-called radical Muslims to fight jihad in the cause of Allah, while at the same time giving an exemption and free pass for so-called moderate Muslims to fight jihad in the cause of Allah. Instead, the sixth and most important pillar of Islam makes it an obligatory duty for ALL MUSLIMS to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme. No exceptions.

    Therefore, I have to rain on your liberal parade again, as ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are jihadists. A few of them are violent jihadists, while most of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed.

    Furthermore, in Islam Sharia (Islamic law), which is the will of Allah, because it is considered to be divine and therefore perfectly just, supersedes all manmade laws. Indeed, in country after country and anywhere and everywhere mass Muslim immigration is occurring in the world today, just like clockwork the vast overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and instead form segregated Muslim enclaves that in time morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia as fifth columns and in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside. Therefore, Muslims obviously never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate, but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate via the imposition of Sharia for the purpose of demographic conquest to make Islam supreme.

    Additionally, Sharia (Islamic law) governs all aspects of Muslims' lives from foreign policy and domestic policy, to the most intimate aspects of personal life, even governing the way that Muslims must all use the bathroom. Hence, what faith-based religions similarly are all encompassing in that they govern and control all aspects of life from the public sphere to the most intimate details of private life? The answer, of course, again is none of them. Only Islam does, further setting it apart from faith-based religions.

    Thus, because Islam is not really a faith-based religion as it purports in the same sense that faith-based religions are understood in the West, it is therefore not protected by the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and because Islam is also totally incompatible with all other adherents of faith-based religions as well, as per the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS are obligated to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, Islam in the US therefore should be abolished and mass Muslim immigration with all its excess baggage should be banned and reversed ASAP.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    I don't blame you since you would have only inevitably made a fool out of yourself once again. Nevertheless, I don't believe you are being truthful when you say you didn't read it. You know you did. Indeed, you couldn't help yourself.

  • A

    @ObamaYoMama: You are wrong. There are only 5 pillars of Islam. And Jihad is not one of them. Check your facts mate before you post