In the Sunday edition of the Washington Post, there was a photo of some Palestinian girls walking by a wall covered in Arabic graffiti. It read "Islam is the solution" (as in al-islaam howa al-Haal).
The caption underneath mistranslated it as "Hamas is the solution"!
How fitting. A generic, almost trite, religious slogan that one hears at every turn in the Middle East (and even in places where Muslims do not speak Arabic) gets utterly misinterpreted and transformed into a highly specific and menacing ideological declaration. The ignorance of Islamic culture is quite comical
BTW, what Muslim doesn’t believe "Islam" (read: their understanding of Islam) is
the "solution"? And don’t Christians talk about Christian faith being
the "solution" to modern problems all the time? Does that slogan really mean anything most of the time?
In that simple example you have the essence of what’s wrong with Western and especially American media coverage of Islam and Muslims in a nutshell.
When you’re so terminally uninformed and incapable of considering Muslim perspectives when pontificating on the Muslim world, you’re almost guaranteed to misunderstand the significance of everything you see. Like a frustrated shrink who detects eroticism in everything he encounters, you will misinterpret even the most mundane of events or statements by Muslims as dripping with exoticism and menace.