Opinion Brief

The new Muslim PSA: Don't 'hate' us, America

A grassroots organization produces a video message to remind Americans that ordinary Muslims don't actually want to destroy the U.S.A.

The video: "They say you should fear me, suspect me, hate me..." So begins a new public service announcement released by the grassroots American Muslim group, My Faith, My Voice, designed to counter the growing national hostility towards their community provoked by the 'Ground Zero mosque' furor (watch below). A series of Muslim individuals — some in traditional clothing, others conspicuously unremarkable — directly address the camera, reassuring viewers that they "don't want to take over this county," and "don't support terrorism of any form."The reaction: It's a powerful message, says Jon Bershad in Mediaite, but the mere fact that Muslims feel the need to "seriously and without irony" promise not to take over America is rather depressing. Still, says David Gibson in Politics Daily, the group did manage to pull off "a patriotic flourish worthy of Glenn Beck's rally," concluding with the not-so-subtle message that Muslims want what all Americans want: Life, liberty, peace and happiness. Here's the ad:

Recommended

St. Louis couple who waved guns at demonstrators plead guilty to misdemeanors
Patricia and Mark McCloskey.
crime and punishment

St. Louis couple who waved guns at demonstrators plead guilty to misdemeanors

Usher attended the Juneteenth bill signing ceremony
Signing ceremony.
It's official

Usher attended the Juneteenth bill signing ceremony

Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare for 3rd time but 'sidesteps' case's larger questions
Supreme Court
It's alive

Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare for 3rd time but 'sidesteps' case's larger questions

Biden faces big fights over infrastructure, voting rights, Joe Manchin
Joe Biden
Every week is infrastructure week

Biden faces big fights over infrastructure, voting rights, Joe Manchin

Most Popular

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now

Late night hosts pan Marjorie Taylor Greene's Holocaust apology
Trevor Noah
Last Night on Late Night

Late night hosts pan Marjorie Taylor Greene's Holocaust apology

Trump's team tried hard, failed to prove Wuhan lab-leak theory
Wuhan Institute of Virology
no smoking gun

Trump's team tried hard, failed to prove Wuhan lab-leak theory