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Islamizing Journalism: “Islam on Main Street” for reporters – and aspiring reporters – covering Muslim communities in America

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For years now, I have been exposing the islamization and palestinianization of news media and journalism. In January 2010, I wrote about the brainwashing of the Society of Professional Journalists and why we never get the real story.

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) issued this directive a couple of weeks after 9/11; for sheer propaganda, their “Diversity Guidelines” are hard to beat. In fact, the enemy who attacked our country in an attempt to bring it down may just as well have been writing the narrative.

The “guidelines,” adopted at the Society’s national convention on October 6, 2001, urge journalists to “take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of the war on terrorism and to reaffirm their commitment to use language that is informative and not inflammatory.”

Yesterday Robert further exposed the curriculum in a post outlining how two American universities teach journalists how to be even more obsequious and fawning towards Islam and Muslims.

After some digging, reader Kamala found that "in addition to the online course, a version with more readings and analysis called 'Islam on Main Street' is offered through WSU’s Center for Distance Education."

What is Islam on Main Street?

Islam on Main Street is a self-directed course for reporters – and aspiring reporters – covering Muslim communities in America. Veteran international journalist Lawrence Pintak is now dean of The Edward R. Murrow at Washington State University. He joins forces with other experts on Islam to provide fast, accurate and unbiased information about religion, culture and the many issues local reporters encounter when covering Muslim communities in their backyard. The course is divided into short, straightforward modules designed for the generalist on deadline.

This course can be found here. The links have been scrubbed, which is the way they attempt to cover their hoof prints, but the caches are there.

They link to dawah and terror TV links like Soros, "Link TV" — the daily poisoning of millions.

A short film about a Catholic woman in Utah who converts to Islam

A short film about a U.S. woman soldier who converts to Islam

Proselytizing whitewash.

Source: Theislamproject.org

More on Muslim Americans in Modules 8, 9, and 10

100 Questions and Answers about Arab Americans: A Journalists’ Guide from the Detroit Free Press

More proselytizing in Module 4:

Islam is a “revealed” religion, in the tradition of the Biblical prophets. Muslims believe that the Qur’an was transmitted to the Prophet Mohammed by the Angel Gabriel during meditation sessions in a cave outside Mecca in what is now Saudi Arabia.

Qur’an literally means “The Work.” It represents the words of Allah as revealed to Mohammed. This is an important distinction from the Bible, which is a gathering of accounts of events. The Qur’an is said to be God’s own words, not the teaching of the Angel Gabriel or Mohammed.

To get a little more esoteric, the Qur’an is considered to be the earthly manifestation of an “Uncreated” Qur’an that exists in Heaven, in roughly the same way that Christians consider Jesus to be the human incarnation of God. That original transmission occurred in Arabic, which is why translations of the Qur’an are considered mere interpretations, not Allah’s exact words.

Module 10 on the pillars:

Listen to the Call to Prayer

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly video on how Muslims pray

God is most great, God is most great, God is most great, God is most great, I witness that there is no god but God; I witness that there is no god but God. I witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God. I witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God. Come to prayer; come to prayer! Come to prosperity; come to prosperity! God is most great. God is most great. There is no god but God.

  1. To give portion of income as a tax (zakat) and 1/5th of income to the poor (khoums), based on belief a society cannot be pure if there is misery;
  2. A video about zakaat on Channel Thirteen’s Access Islam website

    Fast during month of Ramadan, to cleanse and experience the suffering of the poor;

    A video about how Muslims observe Ramadan from Channel Thirteen’s Access Islam website

  3. Make pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in lifetime, for those who can afford it. This is known as the Hajj.
  4. Visit PBS interactive “Virtual Hajj” webpage

    A description of the Hajj from Google Earth satellite imagery

    Speaking of Faith program about Ramadan

    Fact 11: Anyone may convert to Islam

    One need only recite the Shihada, “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah,” three times in front of witnesses. [end quotes missing, nice grammar from WSU. You have to wonder where they copied and pasted from – Ed]

Whiteashing the sharia:

Fact 12: The teachings that govern Islam are called Sharia

By this point, most Americans have heard some reference to Sharia law. There is even a movement in the U.S. dedicated to fighting what its members claim is the encroachment of Sharia – or Islamic – law in this country.

Sharia literally means the Straight Path. At some level, Sharia governs every aspect of Muslim life. I say at some level because just as some Catholics might ignore strictures on birth control or many Jews eat pork, Muslims also sometimes veer off “the straight path.”

In countries governed by strict adherence to Islam, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, Sharia is the law of the land. But in many other Muslim countries, such as Egypt, there are separate civil and Sharia law courts, with the latter governing issues such as marriage and family law, while civil courts decide the rest.

There are five main sources for Sharia law:

  • The Qur’an
  • The sunna: Oral history of the Prophet
  • The hadith: The Prophet Mohammed’s sayings and teachings;
  • Legal opinions that arise from consensus
  • Legal analogies based on the Qur’an and hadith

Just as the New Testament of the Bible consists of accounts of the life of Jesus Christ, the Hadith is a compilation of the sayings and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, while the sunna is an oral history by those around him. These consist of thousands of accounts documented and reconstructed by Islamic scholars through the centuries. These accounts are only considered authentic if the scholars have traced an uninterrupted chain of connection to the family or entourage of the Prophet.

The legal opinions are the work of Islamic scholars through the centuries, while the analogies represent the effort by Islamic scholars to apply the lessons of Muhammad’s age to modern events and issues.

A presentation on the Hadith by Dr. Jonathan Brown at the Islamic Institute of Orange County

There are thirteen dawah modules:

To navigate the entire course, click on a link and then replace the part in the cached URL above after the %3A with the part of the desired URL after http://. In other words, if you click on "Modules" in the link above, you'll get a dead URL:

http://online.wsu.edu/islam/modules/01/sec01.aspx

Copy the part after the http:// ( online.wsu.edu/islam/modules/01/sec01.aspx ) and inject it into the cached URL above after the %3A and you get:

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=cache%3Aonline.wsu.edu/islam/modules/01/sec01.aspx

Alternatively, for each failed URL you can search google as so to get the cached URL by searching as so: cache:http://online.wsu.edu/islam/modules/01/sec01.aspx

Two American universities teach journalists how to be even more obsequious and fawning towards Islam and Muslims

These courses are predicated on the assumption that Muslims and Islam are getting negative press coverage. That is, of course, howlingly absurd. After every jihad plot and jihad attack, journalists fill their publications with stories about pious, wise Muslims fearing a "backlash" — that never comes. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approached, the mainstream media was full of stories about how wise, pious Muslims were bearing up after a decade of discrimination and harassment — despite the fact that hate crimes against Muslims are much rarer than hate crimes against Jews and others. News reports about Islamic jihad activity routinely characterize the perpetrators as "militants" or "insurgents," or if they're lone-wolf jihadis, as suffering from emotional or psychological problems — never as what they are, Islamic jihadis. Ibrahim Hooper, old "Honest Ibe" himself, and others from Hamas-linked CAIR are routinely quoted in news stories as if they're representatives of a neutral civil rights organization, while those who are trying to stem the advance of Sharia and Islamization in the West are just as routinely demonized in the press, hung with negative labels or undercut in their statements in a way that Hooper or Faisal Abdul Rauf or any of the others would never believe even possible.

And yet after all this, we're told that Americans still have a negative view of Islam? That isn't because of biased media coverage. That's because of Naser Abdo, the would-be second Fort Hood jihad mass murderer; and Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas; and Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; and Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland; and Nidal Hasan, the successful Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer; and Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer; and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; and Naveed Haq, the jihad mass murderer at the Jewish Community Center in Seattle; and Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber; and so many other Islamic jihad murderers and would-be murderers in America.

No number of seminars, no blizzard of fawning press coverage, is going to erase the impression those men and others like them have made upon non-Muslims in America. But I am sure academics and journalists will keep trying.

"USA/Islam-Press: US Journalists Taught How to Cover Islam," from IINA, September 18:

WASHINGTON, 20 Shawwal/18 Sept (IINA)- In a bid to run correct news reporting about Muslims, two American universities have launched a project to teach journalists how to tackle Islam-related issues.

“In our increasingly polarized media landscape, having the facts about any topic is vital to good journalism,” said Howard Finberg, director of interactive learning at the Poynter Institute, reported Ahlul Bayt News Agency.

“And this is especially important when covering topics such as religion.”

Titled “Covering Islam in America”, the project was co-launched earlier this week by Washington State University and the Poynter Institute’s News University.

The course is designed to prepare reporters to run accurate information when reporting about Muslims and Islam-related issues.

“We have no ax to grind, other than a desire to see accurate, balanced reporting of this topic, which has such broad impact on American society today,” said Lawrence Pintak, a former CBS News Middle East correspondent who developed the project.

The course covers a wide range of topics on Islam ranging from the Islamic teachings and the history of Muslim immigration to the role of women in Islam and the relationship between Islam and Christianity.

“Our e-learning module on NewsU is an effective and accessible way for journalists to get the training they need to cover Islam and Muslims in America,” Finberg said.

In addition to the online course, a version with more readings and analysis called “Islam on Main Street” is offered through WSU’s Center for Distance Education.

Sections about the diversity of religious expression, women and Islam, and Islam and the black community are also planned.

Though it is mainly initiated for journalists, bloggers and students, the course is also useful to educators, government officials and anyone involved in the conversation about Islam in America.

Reporters will be instructed by top-notch journalists and academicians, who have a long experience in reporting about Islam and Muslims.

“We turned to the scholars who know this subject inside out and helped them present their knowledge in a way accessible to general assignment reporters on deadline,” Pintak, said.

In addition to Pintak, instructors also include Stephen Franklin, a former Chicago Tribune Middle East correspondent, who spent years covering the Muslim world.

Pintak said the online course offers the kind of education about the Muslim community that he wished he had received before he was assigned by CBS to Beirut 30 years ago.

“I had been reporting on wars in Africa, so I knew how to dodge bullets. Of Islam, the dominant religion in the region, I knew essentially nothing,” Pintak said.

Hostile sentiments against US Muslims, estimated between six to eight million, have been on the rise since the 9/11 attacks.

A US survey has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith….

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, head of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the US largest Jewish movement, had also accused US media and politicians of demonizing Islam and portraying Muslims as “satanic figures”,

A recent British study accused the media and film industry of perpetuating Islamophobia and prejudice by demonizing Muslims and Arabs as violent, dangerous and threatening people.

Module 1

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