Protesting Time Magazine's Anti-Islam Bias in Top 100 issue sign now

Dear Editors:

I am writing to demand an apology! I am outraged and appalled at the anti-Islam sentiment clearly manifest in your May 8, 2006 issue featuring the worlds 100 most influential people.

Apparently, according to Time Magazine, there are no influential Muslims who make moral contributions to humanity. There is a stark contrast on your 2006 list: everyone outside of Islam is portrayed as a positive, multifaceted human being working for the betterment of humanity. Conversely, all beings Islamic are either: known terrorists, potential terrorists, potential threats to the West, or victims of Islam who believe that Islam is deeply flawed.

Time Magazines choice for the most important hero of Islam says it all: Wafa Sultan, a self-declared Islam-hater cashing in on the new cottage industry of Islam-bashing. Sultan appeared out of nowhere one day on the Al-Jazeera television network with an incoherent and illiterate attack against Islam. She praised Judaism and Christianity and insisted that the Judeo-Christian tradition contributed a great deal to humanity while Islam contributed nothing but hatred, violence and barbarity. Her remarks would have gone totally unnoticed had the New York Times not decided to glorify them and highlight her as the newest reformer of Islam. Sultan has no credentials to speak of: she is not a scholar, writer, or thinker, nor has she read any works by any progressive scholars, writers or thinkers, by her own admission. Her main qualification to speak: her hatred for Islam. Yet Time touts her as a daring voice calling for a new Islam. By this standard, Times message is clear: 1) Everyone who reviles Islam is a hero; 2) Education or credentials are not important; 3) Islam-bashers qualify as reformers; 4) the only good Muslims are self-hating Muslims.

Among the esteemed list of Islamic influentials: Ayman al-Zawahiri (Bin Ladens #1), Muqtada Al-Sadr (Iraqs Shadowy Power Broker), Ismail Haniya (Hamas New Heavy), Pervez Musharraf (The Wests Best Bet for Peace) and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Irans High Stakes Nuclear Gambler). Even the subtext used to describe these men belies the negative, anti-Islam bias and inherent assertion that Islam is a threat to the West. While it is unclear what criteria were used to select these individuals, it is clear that Times choices are neither objective nor neutralthey are politically and religiously motivated.

This treatment of Islam is far more lethal and damaging to Muslims than the Danish cartoons negatively depicting the Prophetand simply unacceptable. Time Magazines subtle message is one of fear and hatredIslam cannot be trusted, it cannot be a force of good, and it must change in order to coexist with the West. Given the power of the media and the desire of most humans to live in a world of peace, I ask that you take this matter seriously. Whether intentional or not, the sentiment communicated by your issue only fuels the fires of hatred, and no one wants to see this sentiment become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I respectfully ask that you issue an apology immediately and publish the apology in the next issue. I will endeavor to spread awareness of Time Magazines religious bigotry and call for a boycott of the magazine by all Muslims until Time apologizes for its anti-Muslim animus. I very much appreciate your attention to this matter.

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