The FFA’s odd beef with All-American Muslim is that the Muslims being featured are not radical enough. One is a high-school football coach. One is expecting her first child. Another goes shopping for the traditional hijab after abandoning it following September 11. With the exception of shopping list items, these folks feel pretty similar to most middle-class Americans. But not according to FFA, which says "the show profiles only Muslims that appear to be ordinary folks while excluding many Islamic believers whose agenda poses a clear and present danger to the liberties and traditional values that the majority of Americans cherish."
FFA’s twisty logic is subtle, so don’t miss it. By using the phrase “appear to be,” FFA is not willing to admit that these Muslim Americans might actually be ordinary folks. Rather, to support the imaginary agenda—and to promote their own—the organization maintains the story that somehow, TLC producers are tricking us by presenting those who “appear” to be ordinary.
Starbuck and many others feel that this is unfair prejudice against American Muslims, and that Christians should be more accepting and less condemning. On the one hand, I see where they're coming from: Christians are indeed called to reach out in love to their neighbors, of whatever background or creed. On the other hand, I fear that "twisty logic" is just a little less twisty and a little more realistic than Starbuck realizes.
Yes, there are many American Muslims who cherish American "liberties and values," as she puts it. But one cannot read extensively about the Islamic belief system without realizing that there are many American Muslims -- even those law-abiding citizens who appreciate the benefits of this country -- who are much more comfortable with the radical branches of their faith than we would like to think.
Just three brief examples:
A woman I know who teaches elementary school was told by a young Muslim student of hers that the Muslims don't like President Obama because he killed Osama bin Laden.
Right here in my own county, as Mark Steyn points out, a prestigious Muslim school is teaching students that the ultimate destiny of Muslims is to kill Jews on Judgment Day.
Christians are indeed called on to show love, kindness, and fairness. But these things can't be based on a lie or a false image. If showing love requires closing our eyes to the truth about what someone else really believes, then it's not love at all. It's naivete.