Gold Star parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan are making the best use of their 15 minutes of fame. They are using their newfound prominence to defend Muslims and to accuse Donald Trump of fomenting Islamophobia.
Time Magazine has the story:
The family has continued to criticize Trump, telling USA Today that Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration is responsible for heightened intolerance. “Most Americans are against this kind of nonsense, but there is an element that has gotten voice, has been encouraged by this political rhetoric, and especially this election season has made it worse,” Khizr Khan, 66, told USA Today. “The voices that wouldn’t dare because they were afraid of the decent America to condemn them … have gathered courage to show their ugliness.”
Those who wish to put the issue perspective will note that the world’s attitude toward Islam is most importantly created by the behavior of Muslims. Not by Muslims like the Khan family, of course, but by the behavior of terrorists who act in the name of Islam.
On the Powerline blog John Hinderaker (via Maggie’s Farm) reports the body count from Islamic terrorism… in the last month. He remarks:
The Religion of Peace [blog] has compiled a list of Islamic terrorist attacks during the month of July. As the site notes, the list is probably incomplete, but it is still remarkable. It itemizes 141 attacks in 22 countries, in which 1165 people were killed and 1803 injured. I might not call all of them acts of terrorism; for example, there are a few honor killings on the list. But they all represent Islamic violence of the most unacceptable sort, with nearly 3,000 victims.
Perhaps the Khan family ought to say a word about the actions of the world’s Muslims. No one thinks that members of this family are responsible for terrorism, but the reputation and the good name of their religion has been systematically defamed by terrorists. About that behavior the pious Khan family has nothing to say.