Today was a great episode of Linda Vester's DaySide
, which airs on Fox News Channel. First, I learned about an interesting book that's coming out (today, I think) called Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington
, by Paul Sperry. It sounded very interesting.
Then there was a discussion on 24
, the Fox show that has had pressure from some Muslim groups. To discuss it, she had on a guy from MPAC (visit Daniel Pipes
to see what bad news they are) and 24
actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo, who plays Dina Araz, mother of the sleeper cell family. This was a great discussion. Aghdashloo was raised as a moderate Muslim. She grew up being told that no Muslim is to commit suicide. For anyone who wants to believe the best of Islam, they should have this lady front and center -- and many more like her.
MPAC guy said he had a problem with the show, that he feels it's guilty of negligently bolstering hate mongering. Aghdashloo disagreed with this and made an interesting argument. She compared the show to our fascination with James Bond, whose stories were often based on a real event -- the Cold War. Art is inspired by what's really going on. 24 is basically doing that. Aghdashloo added that all societies have good and bad individuals. This is no different, and therefore she has no problem with how <24> has portrayed Muslims. Take that MPAC man!