Two Sides to Prejudice?

Last Wednesday the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a weeks-old video of an incident that took place outside a fundraiser held in Yorba Linda, California.  Muslim families who gathered to raise money for the poor, including a women’s shelter, were harassed and taunted by protesters.  The graphic and hate-filled nature of the protesters’ calls and speeches given by participating elected officials — including Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly, who, as Bethany Firnhaber writes at The Scoop, said she knows “quite a few Marines who would be happy to help these terrorists to [an] early meeting in paradise” — are utterly shocking.

Firnhaber goes on to note the misleading nature of the reporting about the event.  She writes, “When Muslims protest something they perceive as a threat to Islam, the coverage often frames them as scary, intolerant and dangerous. Until CAIR widened our perspective [by eventually releasing the video], the ugliness of the protesters at Yorba Linda was simply left out of the frame.” Continue Reading →