This seemingly is the first reaction from the media whenever a Muslim fanatic slaughters innocent people. Don’t concern yourselves with the victims or the next terrorist attack. Worry instead about the backlash that never comes and so-called “Islamophobia.”
In a run-down back street in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, England, less than a mile from the arena where a bomb killed 22 people on Monday, is the Muslim Youth Foundation (MYF), a local mosque and community center that runs programs for young people.
Pinned to a notice board in its lobby is a simple three-paragraph message, welcoming all to pray and attend activities at the center. Below, it includes an addendum: “We do not tolerate any kind of extremism or extremist ideologies inside this center.” And then, in red type: “We urge everybody to stay within the Islamic and the U.K. laws.”
That message has become all the more apt since Monday night, when a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, causing mayhem among the 20,000-strong fans flooding out of the arena.
On Tuesday, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) said a “soldier of the Khilafah [caliphate]” was responsible for the attack. The attacker, who died detonating the device, has been unofficially named as 23-year-old Salman Abedi, though police have not responded to Newsweek’s request for confirmation.
Many of the city’s nearly quarter-million Muslims dread the seemingly inevitable backlash against their community. Mohamed Abdul Malek, an imam and trustee of the MYF, says the aftermath of such attacks is a time marked by fear. “I think with past experience, that fear is there in our [community], especially among women,” says Malek, 61, shuffling in his leather chair in a back room in the MYF’s office.
Oh, there’s “fear” in the community, especially among women? Why would that be? Because women are treated as slaves and forced to cover up? This pathetic garbage isn’t journalism. It’s craven propaganda following the same tired script.
Enough of this nonsense. Meanwhile, fears do continue to grow, especially among the families of the victims of this monster. But let’s not worry about them, let’s concern ourselves with people who may instead be complicit in the attack.
It’s hard to believe the media has zero credibility, isn’t it?