Sunday, September 20, 2009

Islam On Capitol Hill: How Will The MSM Cover It?

This morning, as I was getting caught up on e-mail, I found a weekly update from One of the items it reported on was this week's coming Islam On Capitol Hill prayer service. Scheduled for Friday, September 25th, the event's website boasts "Our time has come."

From the event's website:

The objective of this gathering is to invite the Muslim Communities and friends of Islam to express and illustrate the wonderful diversity of Islam. We intend to manifest Islam's majestic spiritual principles as revealed by Allah to our beloved prophet Muhammad (PEACE BE UPON HIM) of Arabia. Likewise; we intend to inspire a new generation of Muslim to work for the greater good of all people. We shall serve all people, regardless of race, religion or national origin.

• The Athan will be chanted on Capitol Hill, echoing off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and other great edifices that surround Capitol Hill

• Thousands of Muslims from all races, creeds, colors and ethnicities will gather for the sole purpose of prayer

• Bonds of friendship will be formed between those in attendance, both Muslims and Non-Muslims

• Muslim youth will experience tours of the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court

• The peace, beauty and solidarity of Islam will shine through America's capitol.

As you can see in the promotional image of the event, the organizers are hoping for 50,000 attendees. In light of the 9/12 March on Washington event last weekend, I promptly started to wonder how this one will be covered by the mainstream media. It will be interesting to see how favorably or unfavorably the attendees will be portrayed: radicals, whack jobs, or honest folks exercising their freedom of speech? Will numbers of attendees be accurate, suppressed or exaggerated? Will the MSM be shocked and insulted by religious hordes gathering at Capitol Hill, or will the fact that these are Muslims result in being given a "pass" by the press? If it were Christians gathering, let alone Catholics, would the event even be covered or would the people be ridiculed for believing in God?

My prediction: The ongoing wave of Political Correctness will result in the most favorable representation possible of the Muslims and Islam ... and this will be in stark contrast to slanderous, inaccurate reports of tea partiers and the 9/12 movement. Favoritism will reign supreme in the MSM, perhaps with Jimmy Carter resurfacing yet again to fire a few salvos of racism-based accusations against anyone who might not "accurately" report the event.

I will be sure to tune in on Friday to see how the press covers this event.

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