Joe Hicks (never heard of him) says this:

Smiley is the host of a nightly PBS TV broadcast which claims to be a “hybrid of news, issues, and entertainment.” But let’s be clear: he is, in all-too-many ways, simply Al Sharpton with an updated hair style and a better sense of fashion. Like the Reverend Al, he’s a political opportunist and a shameless self-promoter with a bad case of “hate America” politics. But up to now, he’s just been another annoying liberal TV host playing the usual game of racial-victim politics.

Tavis Smiley has actually been a left-wing talk show host whose programming has been paid for by American (Conservative, Republican, libertarian, independent, and non-involved) tax dollars and local donations.Tavis Smiley, like Rosie O’Donnell, insists that Christian belief is a direct source of terrorism, and that the faith inspires murderous action from its believers. I do not know what Rosie O’Donnell believes but Tavis Smiley is quite elaborate.Ayaan Hirsi Ali asks about Christians:

Do they blow people up every single day?

Tavis Smiley replies:

Yes, Christians. Every day, people walk into post offices, they walk into schools, that’s what Columbine — I mean I could do this all day long. There’s so many more examples of Christians — and I happen to be a Christian — that’s back to this notion of you idealizing Christianity to my read. There’s so many more examples, Ayaan, of Christians who do that than you could ever give me examples of Muslims who have done that inside this country where you live and work.

Columbine had nothing to do with Christianity except that the two juvenile monsters enjoyed executing Christians and taunting them at gunpoint.Now the fact of the matter is that either proper Islam promotes terror and death in the name of Allah for the purposes of a Jihad theology or proper Islam teaches something entirely different for the Jihad purposes. Now if the first is true than the true Muslims are the Terror Muslims and the peaceful ones are the heretics in the eyes of Allah; if the second is true than peaceful Muslims know what true Islam and true Jihad is the violent ones are extremists; as far as I know both groups are filled with heretics; Islam holds no path to heaven.Now there is a leftist meme

that Islam is always and everywhere “a religion of peace.”

and so there are “those who bend themselves into contortions attempting to portray Islam as a victimized religion” rather than something that with conflicting actors.An interesting but not unpredictable list —

Let’s ignore momentarily the dozens of terror plots — all designed and organized by Muslim-Americans — that have been uncovered and thwarted by this nation’s security forces. I will instead direct Smiley’s attention to these attacks against Americans:

  • 1993: The World Trade Center bombing in New York killed 6 people.
  • 1996: The Khobar Towers bombing killed 20 and wounded 372.
  • 1998: The bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania left 224 dead and 4,000 injured.
  • 2001: On 9/11, 19 hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 perished.
  • 2009: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 at Texas’ Fort Hood.
  • 2010: Faisal Shahzad attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square.

So now who is Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

Hirsi Ali fled a traditional Muslim life in Somalia, a life that included being the victim of female genital mutilation as a child, and eventually made her way to the Netherlands where she rejected Islam and literally underwent an intellectual awakening. She now lives in America. Hirsi Ali’s name made international headlines after her colleague, Theo van Gogh, was butchered by a Muslim assassin in broad daylight in the middle of a busy street in Amsterdam. The Muslim immigrant vowed to kill both van Gogh and Hirsi Ali after the release of Submission, a film they made together that spotlighted the treatment of women under Islam. It’s also important to know that Hirsi Ali lives under the constant watch of security guards, since her life continues to be threatened by Islamic extremists… Nomad calls on key institutions of the West — universities, feminists, and Christian churches — to wage a war of ideas against Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.

Our beliefs against the others’. Works for me.

Tavis Smiley attacks the local “religion” because supposing Christians are a threat is fairly safe. He even takes up a political target of the left and attaches them to wants to project as bad.

Pulling out the tea party movement for one more bashing, he claimed that tea party activists “are being arrested for making threats against elected officials, for calling people ‘nigger’ as they walked into Capital Hill, for spitting on people.” I’ve addressed all of these claims before on The Hicks File — claims which have been shown to be completely false. There was no malicious spitting on anyone, the N-bomb wasn’t dropped on black elected officials, and if arrests were made of people threatening elected officials this had nothing to do with tea party activism — and had no connection whatsoever to Christianity.

The leftist narrative includes a very strong indictment of all sort of bigotry on the part of economic activists. One reason that leftists feel free to vilify the local religion is in large part because it’s easy and again, safe. Eastern religion cannot be faithfully explored because people like Tavis Smiley are afraid to confront certain possibilities. Ayaan Hirsi Ali does not merely desire confrontation with those possibilities she was confronted by the negative aspects of Islam. Mark Steyn explains

She lives under armed guard and was forced to abandon the Netherlands because quite a lot of people want to kill her. And not in the desultory behead-the-enemies-of-Islam you-will-die-infidel pro forma death-threats-R-us way that many of us have perforce gotten used to in recent years: her great friend and professional collaborator was murdered in the streets of Amsterdam by a man who shot him eight times, attempted to decapitate him, and then drove into his chest two knives, pinning to what was left of him a five-page note pledging to do the same to her.

Her perspective is not superstitious or bigoted.

In fact, she wrote a screenplay for a film; Muslim belligerents threatened to kill her and her director; they made good on one half of that threat. This isn’t shtick… At the age of five, Ayaan was forced to undergo “FGM” (female genital mutilation), or, in the new non-judgmental PC euphemism, “cutting.” When she had her first period, her mother beat her. When she was 22, her father arranged for her to marry a cousin in Canada. While in Germany awaiting the visa for her wedded bliss in Her Majesty’s multicultural utopia, she decided to skip out, and fled to the Netherlands.

It is what it is.