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Uploaded on May 30, 2010
Tavis Smiley, the popular PBS talk show host had Ayaan Hirsi Ali (accustomed to an ignorant American media that usually fawns all over her, and rarely engages her in challenging dialogue) on his show for a classic TV truth moment.
Ayaan was visibly taken a back and unprepared by the facts that Smiley stated to her. I don't know why Ayaan was so surprised, if she had done a bare minimum of research she would have seen the veracity of Smiley's statements.
Americans continue to live in mortal fear of radical Islam, a fear propagated and inflamed by right wing Islamophobes. If one follows the cable news networks, it seems as if all terrorists are Muslims. It has even become axiomatic in some circles to chant: "Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims." Muslims and their "leftist dhimmi allies" respond feebly, mentioning Waco as the one counter example, unwittingly affirming the belief that "nearly all terrorists are Muslims."
But perception is not reality. The data simply does not support such a hasty conclusion. On the FBI's official website, there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from the year 1980 all the way to 2005. That list can be accessed here (scroll down all the way to the bottom).
Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil by Group From 1980 to 2005 According to FBI Database
The right-wing blogosphere has been up in arms over this, Frontpage Mag has dubbed Tavis a "Moron," Greg Hengler of TownHall says Smiley is a "so-called Christian" who,[s]ees the world through a left-wing lens--not a Christian one. This is the only way one can explain such idiocy. If leftists continue to succeed in maligning Christians and excusing or exalting Muslims, we can only hope that American pop culture and education will destroy the character of their people as it has done to ours.
It looks like the truth hurts, I hope that Tavis Smiley can stay strong amidst the flood of hate and calls for retractions and apologies that will be hurled his way by people who are upset that their hero Ayaan Hirsi Ali was so badly given a dose of truth and reality. I would encourage everyone to write or email Tavis and his show, commending him for his strong stance against disinformation and bigotry.