Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Sunday, March 11, 2007

More on the Secular Islam Summit from Phyllis Chesler

Phyllis Chesler continues her three-part article series on the Secular Islam Summit. Here's Part II:

An Islamic Enlightenment

What stood out most to me were her comments on the virtual media blackout of the event in the west:
One might think that the western media would have flocked to the summit in droves. It’s not every day, after all, that Muslim reformers and dissidents gather for a forthright discussion about the troubles of Islam and the Islamic world. Such was not the case. Both the Associated Press and NPR promised to come but did not show.

To be sure, there were some notable exceptions to the media blackout--CNN's Glenn Beck devoted an entire hour to interviews with conference speakers; Bret Stephens covered it for the Wall Street Journal as did Jay Tolson for U.S. News and World Report and Christina Hoff-Sommers for The Weekly Standard -- but the various papers of record in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles were, to the best of my knowledge, missing in action.

Curiously, both al-Jazeera and al-Arabiya, not previously known for their support of Islamic reform, covered the conference, which aired live and in Arabic. It is an unhappy irony that these noble dissidents should face ostracism and grave danger in Muslim lands and only to be similarly ignored by the Western intelligentsia and media.
When western liberals (i.e. the western mainstream media) start supporting Muslim liberals (in the true sense of the word), then the battle will be half won. Until then, we still have a long way to go...

Cross-posted at Kesher Talk.


Anonymous Paul said...

One wonders if the average Westerner even cares about reform wihin Islam.

Monday, March 12, 2007 4:32:00 AM  
Blogger MadIvan said...

They have no incentive to support the Muslim liberals; Muslim radicals will give the MSM years of cheap and easy headlines.

Regards, Ivan

Thursday, March 15, 2007 3:55:00 AM  

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