The Center for American Progress calls itself progressive, which I’d interpret as liberal. Still, I was interested in the article on religious freedom. I noticed an odd focus from the outset:
This weekend, millions of Americans will gather with family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate Independence Day. But the July 4th weekend has long been about more than just barbeques and fireworks. It is also a chance for Americans to reflect on the nation’s fundamental values and celebrate fundamental American freedoms, including what many call the first freedom: religious liberty.
This year, Independence Day coincides with the end of Ramadan—the Islamic holy month when Muslims worldwide fast from dawn to sunset. However, Ramadan includes more than just abstaining from food and drink. During this month, Muslims strive to come closer to God by performing charitable acts, mending broken relationships, and building character while practicing self-discipline. Ramadan can be a challenging month for Muslims to observe, not only because of the long, hot days of fasting but also because of the constant scrutiny, discrimination, and hate crimes that Muslims face today from bigoted individuals in the media, politics, and the general public.
OK. I don’t usually associate one particular faith with Independence Day, though it is interesting that Ramadan this year occurs around the 4th of July.
I did notice the progressive use of minor crimes lumped with major crimes. When liberals frame a ‘hate crime’ argument, they often mix things like scrutiny with the phrase hate crimes to make it appear that there is a bigger problem. Look at the last sentence in the above paragraph. Is there constant scrutiny, discrimination and hate crimes against Muslims? We’ll get to that.
Reading on, the title didn’t quite match the text.
Word counts are not everything, but here we go. Look to the upper right hand side of each of the next three graphics:
The article mentions Christians only in the context of their lack of support for religious liberty protections for Muslims. There is no reference at all to Jewish folks.
According to the most recent FBI hate crime statistics, it is still more dangerous to be Jewish than Muslim in America.
Of the 1,140 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:
56.8 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
16.1 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) bias.
All crimes based upon religion are wrong. Any crime is wrong.
I don’t blame the Center for American Progress for one article skewed toward the supposed bias/hate crimes/backlash against Muslims. As I said, word counts are not everything. One article does not prove a bias toward or against anyone.
It is a demonstrated fact that worldwide, Christians and other religious minorities are being killed. The Middle East is being purged of its Christians. All around the world, Muslims are committing mass murder of others. Did I say all Muslims? Of course not.
When we celebrate religious liberty for all, remember please the entire world. All faiths.