Friday, August 31, 2007

Was CNN's "God's Warriors" Fair

I didn't watch all of Christiane Amanpour's CNN "God's Warrior's" series, largely because I find Christiane so thoroughly annoying (even or especially when she's actually saying something worthwhile, which happens). I don't know where she got that accent. But I watched enough to get a pretty good flavor.

This critique, by Timothy Furnish, who teaches Islamic History in Georgia (on the History News Network) seems to me a little overdone but mostly valid. He argues that Amanpour equates Islamic suicide bombing and terrorism with much less violent (though still in some cases extreme) attitudes and actions by Christians and Jews, creating that old debbil, "moral equivalence."The Jewish settlers on the West Bank, for example, are pretty out-there, but they haven't done nearly as much violence as various jihadists.

On Christians, Furnish notes that Amanpour focuses almost exclusively on how Roe v. Wade catalyzed Jerry Falwell, the Morla Majority and evengelicals, wiothout mentioning the effect on Catholics. She came close to equating filing lawsuits with flying airplanes into buildings as examples of what "god's warriors" do.

I wouldn't be quite so critical of Amanpour's series, but there's food for thought here. P.S.: Timothy Furnish wrote a book, "Holiest Wars: Islamic Mahdis, Their Jihads and Osama bin Laden," which I haven't read.

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