Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Recommended Reading

Conor Friedersdorf on the curious propensity in the media to call Muslim perpetrators of violence "terrorists," but to avoid appending that tag to killers of the non-Muslim variety:
Applying the "terrorism" label to violence perpetrated by Muslims, and almost exclusively to violence perpetrated by Muslims, distorts the relative danger posed by Islamist radicals versus other extremists. The lack of rigor in labels also contributes to the fact that innocent Muslims are subject to greater scrutiny and afforded fewer rights than non-Muslims because the latter group falls outside "counterterrorism," a rubric under which government claims extraconstitutional powers.
More here.

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