‘HOMELAND’ – TV’s most ‘Islamophobic’ show, says the Left

homelandjpg-6aa814f926fb6105Oh, NOES! Showtime’s gigantic hit TV show, ‘Homeland,’ actually focuses on the continuing threat of Islamic terrorism on American soil. I guess that’s why most Americans like it so much, but the left wing loons hate it. “Homeland” warns that Muslims are a hidden danger to fellow Americans.

SALON   I started watching “Homeland” because I was bored. All of my favorite shows were coming to a (season’s) end, and I needed something new to watch. I’m drawn to smart scripted dramas, but I was immediately suspicious of the show when I learned that its creators were also the ones behind “24,” the Fox drama that somehow became the chief piece of evidence for the effectiveness of torture and was a favorite of Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh.

But I kept an open mind and was riveted by the first episode, which laid out the intriguing mystery: Is Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody the POW who’s been turned against his country by al-Qaeda and its leader, the nefarious Abu Nazir? Soon CIA agent Carrie Mathison is seen spying on Brody and family in scenes reminiscent of the Stasi’s voyeurism in the Academy Award-winning film “The Lives of Others.” But as we learn more about Brody’s back story, the plot becomes increasingly absurd and insidiously Islamophobic (Leftspeak for the truth).

All the standard stereotypes about Islam and Muslims are reinforced, and it is demonstrated ad nauseam that anyone marked as “Muslim” by race or creed can never be trusted (also true), all via the deceptively unsophisticated bureau-jargon of the government’s top spies. Here are four major, problematic areas (among many others. I couldn’t even get to the oversexed Saudi prince and his international harem).

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1. What are Brody’s motivations?

The central conceit of the show is that a white, telegenic American Marine hero in the heart of the nation’s capital can really be a Muslim terrorist. Presumably, Brody’s motivations are a key element of this story. But his character is such an awful pastiche of American fears and pseudo-psychology that only an audience conditioned by the Islamophobic, anti-Arab tropes in our media (thank you!) could find him consistent. Why is Brody so committed to carrying out his terrorist mission for deranged mass-killer Abu Nazir? Abu Nazir certainly played good cop to Brody’s Iraqi/Afghan (well they’re all Muslim) torturers, giving him a Ben Hur-like drink of cool water after a ruthless beating. Brody explains that his affections for Abu Nazir emerged because he alone had provided him with kindness during his ordeal, served, of course, with a solid number of mind games when Abu Nazir has Brody beat his American comrade to death. Stockholm syndrome? Check.

Or is he out for justice, committed to avenging the death of young Issa? Entrusted to Brody for his English-language training, Issa apparently won a place in the stoic Marine’s heart. When a U.S. drone strike kills Issa and dozens of other children and, still worse, when the U.S. vice-president denies the incident on TV, Brody realizes that he and Abu Nazir share the same mission: revenge. Are we really supposed to believe that a Marine sniper inured to the brutalities of war would be pushed over the edge by the killing of civilians or a politician’s lie?  The whole war in Iraq was based on political deceptions and defended with denials. Moreover, anywhere between 150,000 to 1 million Iraqis were killed in the war. But I guess Issa was one Muslim boy too far.

Abu Nazir, Iraqi terrorist who turned Brody to Islam and terrorism against America

Abu Nazir, Iraqi terrorist who turned Brody to Islam and terrorism against America

Or, most consistently, is Brody a terrorist because he’s Muslim? (Yes!) When being fitted by his terrorist tailor for his suicide bomb vest, Brody shifts into a morbid trance and reflects on how, when a suicide bomber detonates himself, his head is blown off and up, often remaining unharmed and reflecting his state of spiritual tranquility. “People will see you as you truly are,” the tailor remarks in Arabic. So Brody is truly a Muslim terrorist, despite his character’s conflicts? (Anyone who puts on a suicide vest is a terrorist)

“Homeland” leaves little doubt that, regardless of the other red herring motivations of justice and psychological manipulation, it is being Muslim that makes someone dangerous (Yes, again).  Brody is able to resist Abu Nazir’s machinations when he wants, and his desire to avenge Issa ultimately is overcome by his love for his own daughter.  But nothing can rid him of his Muslimness, and so, like a child molester, he will always be a threat to the audience. (Congrats, 3 in a row)

Brody in his garage so his family won't see him, praying to Allah

Brody in his garage so his family won’t see him, praying to Allah

When his wife discovers Brody is a Muslim who has been praying in that most sinister of man-caves, the garage, she tears through its contents like she is looking for his kiddie-porn stash. When she finds his Quran, she points angrily at it, shouting, “These are the people who tortured you!”  These are the people who, if they found out Brody’s daughter was having sex, “would stone her to death in a soccer stadium!” She thought that Brody had put all the “crazy stuff” behind him, but he can only look sheepish and ashamed. The Quran, the sacred text of billions of people throughout history, is nothing more or less than terrorism and medieval justice embodied. Brody had it all, his wife implies: white, a hero, a family man, but he threw it all away by becoming a Muslim. (Smart woman)

2. Muslims are infiltrating America!

Then there’s Roya Hammad, who was introduced to us in the Season 2 premiere. An Oxford-educated television reporter, she is so successful and well-respected (think Christiane Amanpour) that she’s able to arrange interviews with members of Congress and senior CIA officials at the drop of a hat (not for professional purposes, we find out, but to act as a distraction while Brody carries out a sinister task for Abu Nazir). Sexy, self-assured and thoroughly modern, Hammad is also a loyal lieutenant of the Muslim fanatic leader.

Roya Hammad, Abu Nazir's contact for Brody in America

Roya Hammad, Abu Nazir’s contact for Brody in America

She reveals to Brody that she knows Abu Nazir because “our families have been close since 1947. They were refugees from Palestine together.” Since the show doesn’t bother explaining how they became refugees or what that might have meant for their families (their plight, after all, is irrelevant), viewers are left to believe that Muslims/Arabs participate in terrorist networks like Americans send holiday cards (Right again). The implicit message is that millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants (or all Muslims since they are interchangeable on “Homeland”) can pose a similar threat merely because of their backgrounds (Bingo!). And perhaps the even more insidious implication is one that Michele Bachmann would love: that Muslims, no matter how successful, well-placed and integrated, are a hidden danger to their fellow Americans. (Indeed, they are)

“It does not matter whether they are rich, smart, discreetly enjoying a Western lifestyle or attractive: All are to be suspected,” writes Peter Beaumont in the Guardian (“Homeland” has also attracted a large following in the U.K.).

Roya, of course, was not the first character of this type. Last season, viewers met a quiet, bespectacled professor, Raqim Faisel, and his blond American wife, Aileen. The couple cynically uses the quintessential symbol of patriotism, an American flag, as a secret terrorist code. The message, once again, seems to be that Muslim terrorists are lurking under every stone, especially in places of power and influence, from top television news networks and universities to the halls of Congress and even the presidential ticket. (Yes, they are, especially in the White House)

3. Getting it wrong

Speaking of Raqim Faisel, one of my pet peeves about this show is the many mistakes it makes when it comes to Islam and Arab culture. Where to start? The name Raqim does not actually exist in the Arabic language. Unless the character’s parents were unusually influenced by ’80s hip-hop, I’m not sure where they could have gotten the name.

Terrorist Raqim Faisel and blonde wife

Terrorist Raqim Faisel and blonde wife

Similarly, it’s hard to take the show seriously, as an Arabic speaker, when the name of the boy whose death Brody is so semi-committed to avenging is mangled by everyone from Brody to the boy’s father himself (one Abu Nazir).  Issa, the Arabic name for Jesus, is pronounced Eee-sa, not Eye-sa. And Roya is a name common with Iranians, not Arabs.

Meanwhile, after Jessica throws Brody’s copy of the Quran in a fit, the episode bizarrely ends with Brody burying the holy book, telling his daughter he had to so because it had been “desecrated.”  Thankfully, for Muslim suburban homeowners and urban garden-patch keepers everywhere, a copy of the Quran cannot be so horribly desecrated by touching the floor that it has to be enclosed in clay.

Brody's daughter Dana is upset when she catches him performing Islamic prayer in their home

Brody’s daughter Dana is upset when she catches him performing Islamic prayer in their home

Perhaps this may seem like nitpicking to some, but part of the show’s appeal is that it is supposed to reflect the reality of the world we live in (the opening credits cut between references to 9/11, the Pan Am bombing and footage of Colin Powell testifying before the U.N.). Part of its sell is that we’re supposed to feel like it all really could happen. (It DID happen, and they’ve tried several more times since 9/11) But for anyone who knows anything about the Middle East or even the world outside the U.S., these mistakes are glaring. Given the show’s popularity and presumably generous budget, one would think there could at least be a line item for an Arab cultural consultant. (Only if they want the show to be full of Muslim PC lies)

Another absurd and perhaps much more important mistake the show makes is in conflating the goals and intentions of various Arab, Middle Eastern and Islamist groups from al-Qaida to Hezbollah, without providing any context about their backgrounds or motivations. In the real world, the animosity and mistrust between the Sunni extremist al-Qaida and Shia Hezbollah is so great that it’s highly unlikely they would ever cooperate. But in the world of “Homeland,” Hezbollah, which has never threatened an attack on U.S. soil (The US Marines barracks attack by Hezbollah in Beirut WAS American soil), is not only a close ally of Abu Nazir, but is able to deploy heavily armed commando units to attack a CIA team in rural Pennsylvania.

Brody and his Islamic terrorist mentor, Abu Nazir

Brody and his Islamic terrorist mentor, Abu Nazir

Then there’s the show’s portrayal of the cosmopolitan city of Beirut. The upscale neighborhood of Hamra’s streets are lined with cafes, nightclubs and European clothing stores like H &M. But in “Homeland,” you enter a Taliban den-like place where men in checkered headdresses and women in full hijab shop in ancient souks and machine-gun-wielding thugs roam the streets. While in reality Beirut is the plastic surgery capital of the Middle East and fake (and some real) blondes are a common sight, in “Homeland” Carrie is forced to become a brunette and wear brown contact lenses during her trip there to avoid detection. The portrayal so angered Lebanese officials that they threatened a lawsuit.

Carrie in her dark hair and hijab in Beirut

Carrie in her dark hair and hijab in Beirut

Najla Said, a New York-based Arab American actress, auditioned for the role of Roya months ago. She was troubled enough by the Beirut episode that she emailed her friend,”Homeland” star Mandy Patinkin, who plays veteran CIA agent Saul Berenson. (Yes, her anti-Jew radar started beeping ) “I think I’d actually call it bad research, coupled with orientalist fantasies,” she wrote. “What they have ended up with is just a complete mockery of the ‘culture’ of that city.” She said Patinkin promised to relay her observations to the producers. Said told me that she is concerned that the inaccuracies in “Homeland,” which is based on an Israeli show (“Hatufim” or “Prisoners of War”) and has a number of Israelis on its team including the show’s creator and writer Gideon Raff, will only “foster misunderstanding” and lead Arabs to say, “See everyone hates us.”(They DO!) 

4. Racial profiling is OK (But Islam is not a race)

It wasn’t always this way. Despite its flaws, Season 1 at least attempted to show how Islam could potentially give Brody peace in the form of his secret, nightly prayers in the garage. “Before I accepted the job, I said I’d feel uneasy if there was any lazy association drawn between violence and Islam,” said Damian Lewis, the actor who portrays Brody. “And wouldn’t it be more subversive if Islam actually became something sustaining for him, was a force for good in his life, poetic, even … nurturing for him.”

But that nuance has all but disappeared in the second season, which has instead been overwhelmed by the twists and turns of the plot, one that’s often asked viewers to suspend their disbelief.

Brody putting on his suicide bomber vest

Brody putting on his suicide bomber vest

One of the questions the show likes to tackle is whom do you look out for when tracking terrorists? This came to a head early this season when the CIA gang discovered congressman Brody’s allegiance to Abu Nazir and were trying to figure out who Brody’s contact is among the dozens of people he meets with daily. Saul brusquely explains that they will look at all the Middle Easterners and Africans first (“the dark-skinned ones”). “That’s straight-up racial profiling,” a quiet voice pipes up from the corner. “It’s actual profiling,” Saul retorts. (No, actually, it’s MUSLIM profiling, always the most likely suspects)

Just when you think you’ve found a silver lining in “Homeland” – that you can’t judge evil by the color of its skin (you do it by its religion!) — you’re reminded that racial MUSLIM profiling still saves time.

While some may say these are hypersensitive complaints in a politically correct obsessed era, the reality is that “Homeland” is not just any show. It has racked up Emmys and attracted an enthusiastic audience and it is being exported around the world.

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28 comments on “‘HOMELAND’ – TV’s most ‘Islamophobic’ show, says the Left

  1. Being on Showtime Homeland can get away with what 24 could not. I think the point is Brody and Abu Nazir have a master slave relationship but unknow to Abu Nazir it seems Brody can break free. Brody has chosen Carrie over him or vice president Warden. Brody is so messed up that one reason he did not blow himself up and is not for killing civilians is because of his daughter. However, this show will need islamic terrorist and not just a man that Abu Nazir tried to have control over.

    • Arwen, the most disgusting part of the finale last night was not that Carrie still wanted to be with a terrorist, or even that she helped him escape after the CIA bldg. was blown up, it was Brody kneeling on his prayer rug out in the woods, lifting his ass to Allah in prayer. He chose Islam, not Carrie.

  2. I have been watching this. It is a very good drama but my thoughts on it are that I cannot imagine that the CIA is ‘that’ good since now they get sensitivity training from CAIR.

    In that sense the show is pure fiction.

    How many “Carries” are in the CIA?

    I doubt there are any.

    Many of us have been reading about Islam for years and that is helpful while watching this show. We can pick up things that would go over the head of the average viewer.

  3. “the cosmopolitan city of Beirut!” looks like the “the cosmopolitan city of London”.

    If we profile members of a violent ideology, because they might act out their violent ideology, how is that racist?

    I am glad this is now available in Europe, it needs to be translated into many languages, with French and German high on the list. People who would kill a female atheist (i.e. me!) are high on my enemy list, offended or not.

  4. The fictional “NCIS” holds no bars either. Even though it’s a mere entertainment show, it doesn’t conform to p/c like others do, and tell it like it is.

    • Dear BNI Readers:

      I have heard of the Homeland progam, but I don’t have the channel the show airs on. However, I have seen reviews, clips-on-the-net, and listened to enthusiastic fans of the show. So much to the point where I may view it on DVD.

      This post is to affirm Hadenoughalready’s comment about the CBS show NCIS. The program is patriotic as it promotes that American interests, the lives of our citizens and the men and women in military uniforms are ALL GOOD AND POSITIVE THINGS. Which is very refreshing. I am tired of television shows and films where Americans are hated/despised for simply being American- and the plot lines support this concept as a good thing.

      NCIS had a story arc awhile back that portrayed Somalia as the total moral cesspool it now is- infrastructure destoyed and no central government thanks to their local muslim-jihadist population. Smugglers, murderers and pirates who rape and pillage the Somalia nation were accurately portrayed as the slime they are and were of course Islamadoodles- and as part of the storyline they captured the NCIS agents.

      This story line was broadcast long after it became OBVIOUS what had happened in Somalia. However, it pre-dated a lot of the USA media condemnation of Somalian Islamic murdering pirates. The constant murderous piracy of Somalia finally got so bad that USA media outlets FINALLY had to report on the problem… AND what must have been like garlic to a vampire; the poor, poor USA media had to actually portray the Muslin pirates in a negative light. Though I remember one reporter try to sanitize the situation and inferred the pirates did this out of “poverty.”

      Really? Then why did the muslim-pirates NOT take only food, clothing and medicine when they captured freighters, yachts, scientific research vessels and other types of sea-going craft? “Poverty.” Nope, they instead raped, terrorized or murdered the crew and passengers of these vessels (men, women and children); held them for ransom and more. The vessels would then be ransacked of hi-tech, electronics and luxury items. Seems to me if they were starving they’d grab food and medicine for their starving ill children then leave. The way this was excused was sickening. Of course, even the media outlets that finally reported on this global crisis of Somalian muslim-piracy… left out a big part of all this… that the pirates WERE MUSLIMS. The implosion and total breakdown of Somalia was the result of the muslim jihad and islamic supremacists. Somalia is a cesspool = muslim population cannot be separated.

      If the reporter who felt sorry for muslim-pirates who raped women (and men) amongst passengers and crews of pirate captured vessels, before killing them… would herself be willing to go to Somalia. Lets drop Ms. Politcally-Correct who blames the victims of muslim piracy and feels empathy for poverty stricken muslim-pirates on one of the coastal communities of sunny, happy Somalia. With her white skin, western dress and American accent… how long if she were not herself raped and murdered… she would be sold into sex slavery (AS IN S-O-L-D AS AN ACTUAL SLAVE) to where? Mauriatania? Saudi Arabia? Yemen? Sudan? The ISLAMIC nations that still HAVE SLAVERY is very, very real.

      I wonder if her colleagues back at the news-studio when reporting her death and or disappearnce after a visit to a Somalian slave-market… would start off the story about the “poverty stricken pirates” (who still won’t be mentioned as muslims) and their need to have money for their families (multiple wives, concubines and all their progeny)… sadly, had to sell our colleague, Ms. Politically Correct at a slave auction today… where she will be the cum-guzzling spread-her-legs nightly bitch for an overweight bearded Saudi Arabian businessman who though he owns several slaves and has (unofficially) a harem of a dozen foreign women as his personal prostitutes… is still a NICE MAN because he donates to CAIR charities and follows the teachings of the Koran daily. The news report mentioning the Koran and the fact he is a Saudi will still refrain from saying the word “muslim.”

      Ms. Politically Correct will be missed by her colleagues here at station WKMA (We Kiss Muslim Ass) and she will be replaced by Ms. Islamic Apologist who will read the news wearing a Burhka. Also, on a side note… the studio lunch room will only now serve halal certified meals.

      Sorry for the off-on-the-tangent… but seriously, an American TV show takes on the crisis in Somalia before any news outlets (except for FOX) really begins to criticize the horrors of Somalian MUSLIM war and piracy.

      Back to NCIS- another reason I like this show is the character of Ziva David who is an Israeli (the actress who plays the character is a Latin American/Hispanic). It is refreshing to see an Israeli character on an American television program. There are PLENTY of Israeli characters on TV in muslim nations… where they are portrayed as the most sick and twisted vile of villains.

      As for “Israel” or “Israelis” in other American programs? A soap opera “Days Of Our Lives” had the characters of Mike Horton and Robin Jacobs become Israelis as was the child of these two characters. Horton was a prominent character for years on the program before being written off to “go live in Israel.” He returned for some cameos when the storyline featured a death of a major character (the actress who played that character died in real-life). He is still an Israeli as is his Jewish wife and child. However, they haven’t been mentioned since the cameo.

      The science fiction show “Defying Gravity” that lasted one season a few years back was about astronauts on a voyage throughout the solar system and featured an Israeli Jew as the ship’s physician and psychiatrist. A mysterious force on the ship caused this Israeli Jewish doctor/astronaut to have hallucinations of his guilt over causing the death a Palestinain child in an IDF battle in Ramallah. The Israeli character stated the IDF attacked a school that was “just a school full of children” and had no military connection.

      I didn’t like that part when I watched it. I wondered if the TV producers would have had a muslim character from an Islamadoodle nation make a similar statement… where he felt guilt over the deaths of Israeli Jewish children OR as we have seen so often… rejoiced over the deaths of such children. Also, that the character was an IDF combat veteran and still was chosen for this space mission was surprising. “Defying Gravity” was actually 3 shows in one. The “show’s present” dealt with the crew on their mission and the support staff on Earth’s mission control. Then the show went with every episode back in the past 5 years when the characters were training for the mission and then 5 years before that where part of the cast was on Mars. Perhaps if the show would have survived, maybe it would depicted controversy over the choice of an Israeli combat doctor as part of the space crew. Esepecially, since the show liked to emphasize the “international-ness” and global aspect of this mission. Would future story lines have dealt with this? Who knows.

      What I did like about “Defying Gravity’s” choice of having international characters was that this show was placed in the “future” where space travel is common. In this show taking place in the 2050s(?)… the state of Israel still exists in this show’s future setting.

      Then there is Jeopardy! This game show is one of the few that will have questions every once in awhile with an Israeli theme. Whether geography, history, cities, personalities, etc… there will be “Israel” or “Israelis” somehow connected to the questions/answers and will be done so in a non condemning manner. Even more inspiring the video/visual clip questions have had Israeli locations as part of the question/answer.

      A current crime/drama (NCIS), a soap-opera, a game show hosted by a Canadian and a science fiction show that only lasted one season. These are the only shows I know to have even briefly featured Israelis.

      Sad isn’t it? Many Americans have become Israelis and Israelis have immigated to America. The two nations both being democracies have ties that are economic, cultural, military, educational and much, much more. Israel is our only ally in the middle-east. Yet, there is hardly any Israelis portrayed in American television or film. Considering how popular having a foreign character is on tv shows as part of the casts…. its sad that there are so few Israelis.

      Anyway…. Homeland and NCIS (and NCIS Los Angeles) are among the few shows that even briefly touch the subject of the Islamic threats to America.

      • Arjay, the show ’24’ did a great job of exposing the danger Muslims pose to America, but only until their hands were tied by the PC left and CAIR. After they backed off from Islamic terrorism, the show quickly got cancelled.

      • Dear Bonni:

        I wasn’t able to watch “24” when it initially aired. I’m not remembering what the issue was, but I didn’t watch the program. Thank you, for giving me a heads up about the storyline. It sounds like something to check into.

    • Because if they showed the real NCIS – no one would watch it – BORING!!! The crap that Hollyweird trots out as military reality is just that – CRAP!! Same goes for JAG…. who the hell wants to watch a show about doing wills and powers of attorney!! Oh and throw in some NJPs and occasional courts martials where the service member is guilty til proven innocent!

  5. There is a glimmer of hope in the liberal/leftist entertainment industry. Author/playwright David Mamet gives an interview on becoming conservative, on liberal jews, and at the10 minute mark starts talking about the obamanation and Israel.

  6. The only part I didn’t like is when Carrie told Abu Nazir that he is “perverting” Islam. I screamed at the TV – NO! HE IS DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT ACCORDING TO ISLAM!!! Total ignorance and willful blindness of the producers!

    • KK, yes, there are parts that do reveal their ignorance. But overall, it is nice to see a show again that paints Muslims as the slime they are. It’s a pretty bold accomplishment for a bunch of libs.

      • Agreed… I like the show for the most part…

        and BTW – I served with the Marines for 3 years… they do NOT put their hands in the pockets of their dress blues! (they need a Marine advisor for this show…) Oh, and wives do not call their spouses by their last name… that is so weird to hear… any E-3 could have told them that…

  7. Isn’t this Obama’s favorite television show? I have yet to see it and he is the reason why…not sure what to make of the main star sending Obama the DVD set signed ‘from one Muslim to another’.

      • Ugh, Muslim Obama (and his crocodile tears). If the Muslim US Marine comes to his senses and defends the West or gets killed for being a traitor, I will watch it. I’m sorry but I am done with watching our way of life being hijacked and defeated by the enemy (Islam and democrats). In desperate need of a spoiler alert…

      • When I heard it was Hussein’s favourite show, I thought it was a BS, dhimmi, white washing of Islam kind of show. Glad it isn’t. Will definitely have to watch it now.
        I really liked that guy in Band of Brothers.

    • ” I have yet to see it”, welcome to the reality we call life. Not all is a game, a show, or reasons to believe 100% bull-sheet just because it is available or, just because it offers a little fantasy for relief. I too have avoided to watching this, and I might add, many more of the recent hits, reality is a sure enough occupation hazards in waiting to be concerned with trivia’s and such. I don’t watch much of the television, I avoid it much like I do the libturds and their nonsense, or their realities of their lives, way too much drama for this warrior, way too much. Life takes a much more twisted view of reality and I’d prefere to just leave it at that. I am too busy training others with the reality of this life to be concerned with fantasy, this week I finished processing the bambi creature God put on this earth to feed my family, that’s what’s importent, securing the needs of the family.

      Going GALT, starve this beast now.

  8. We need 50 shows like this on every day on every channel in the world. Maybe then Islam would be run out of every country except the garbage holes that are predominantly Islamic.

    Until this happens, there ill never be any peace for America and the West.

  9. Sounds like the real deal and a good show to watch. You can take the comments of the liberal leftard author with a grain of salt because as a liberal leftard the commentator calls it racial profiling. This begs the question what race is muslim? Pay heed to BNI’s comments and ignore the liberal leftard’s comments.

  10. ‘Homeland’ may be better than most treatments of the war against Islam in the media, but that’s because the bar is set so low. It seldom attacks Islam on principle, It is obvious even from that Salon Moron’s whining that the show’s producers go out of their way to avoid “any lazy association drawn between violence and Islam” in its star’s words. Brody doesn’t leave Islam (assuming he has) because he realized it was evil, instead he “reconnected” with his daughter — though not with his wife.

    I’ll be interested to find out how the finale ends, having lost that channel in a reshuffling of my cable service recently. Whatever else he does, if Brody hangs on to the “peace he finds in Islam” then as Marge Gunderson* would put it, “I just think I’m gonna barf.”

    * “Fargo”, if you’re the only person on earth who hasn’t seen it.

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