Spearheading the healing of a slowly crippling nation, ABC News has decided to take it upon itself to play the role of facilitator between American Muslims and the generally more acceptable genre of Americans. ABC has broadcasted an assemblage of insightful (see: inciteful) shows aimed at answering those hard-hitting questions that no one else seems to be asking, as indicated by the aptly-entitled “Holy War: Should Americans be afraid of Islam?“, hosted by the ever identity-complex-laden Christiane Amanpour. Three additional shows/pieces were broadcasted under the guise of Good Morning America as a part of a series, equally objectively titled Faith and Fear: Islam in America.
ABC’s efforts predicate a discussion meant to shed some sort of light and foster an idealistically productive debate on the recent backlash against American Muslims, as indicated by the Park51 fiasco and the subsequent Islamophobiclicious campaign ads. However, these programs fulfill the narrative of Islam as a hateful ideology encroaching on the “American way of life” rather than illustrate how a hateful, homegrown ideology has taken over the minds of millions of Americans. ABC doesn’t examine how this ideology negatively affects and dangerously marginalizes a large group of American citizens with a deep and rich history spanning hundreds of years within the very country that is now continuously restricting their physical and social space.
Amanpour’s Town Hall panelists have included 9/11 victims’ family members, Reverend Franklin Graham, author Irshad Manji, Muslim comedian Aman Ali, a Black-American Muslim environmentalist Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Daisy Khan and the eternally-dreamy Reza Aslan.