I am not a viewer of this show, but it seems to me that the protest by CAIR and other muslim groups is both predictable and pathetic:

Story from CNN online:

Muslims protest ’24’POSTED: 10:57 a.m. EST, January 19, 2007

CLIFTON, New Jersey (AP) — Two years ago, Muslim groups protested when the plot of the hit Fox drama ’24’ cast Islamic terrorists as the villains who launched a stolen nuclear missile in an attack on America.

Being portrayed again as the heartless wrongdoers has drawn renewed protests from Muslim groups, including one that had a meeting with Fox executives two years ago over the issue.

“The overwhelming impression you get is fear and hatred for Muslims,” said Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. She said Thursday she was distressed by this season’s premiere. “After watching that show, I was afraid to go to the grocery store because I wasn’t sure the person next to me would be able to differentiate between fiction and reality.”

After a January 2005 meeting with CAIR, Fox aired a commercial in which the show’s star, Kiefer Sutherland, urged viewers to keep in mind that the show’s villains are not representative of all Muslims.

In a written statement issued late Wednesday night, the network said it has not singled out any ethnic or religious group for blame in creating its characters.

“24 is a heightened drama about anti-terrorism,” the statement read. “After five seasons, the audience clearly understands this, and realizes that any individual, family, or group (ethnic or otherwise) that engages in violence is not meant to be typical.

And this part is what gets me:

Watching the show’s characters talk about detonating a nuclear weapon a few blocks from where she works unnerved Sireen Sawaf, an official with the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council, and a self-described “huge ’24’ fan.”

But I’m concerned about the image it ingrains in the minds of the American public and the American government, particularly when you have anti-Muslim statements spewing from the mouths of government officials.”

Well, in my humble opinion, I think that the jihadists are more guilty of the negative images of Muslims ingrained in the minds of the American public than any show could be. I was wondering how long it would take Hollywood to start making the terrorist movies, as we saw wilth Vietnam, Korea, bad old Russians, Germans and Japanese. It amazes me that 5 years after 9-11, that there are so few show and/or movies depicting Islamic terrorists. We are at war with Muslim extremists; shows with Muslim extremsits are inevitable. If the Muslim community wishes to shine its image, perhaps they need to start by refusing to allow the extremist Imams and jihadists to continue to spew their messages of hate.

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