Credulous Journalists Help Islamists Thrive

“An Islamic-run health clinic in Northeast Philly,” writesjournalist Michael Boren, “is stoking fear among people who don’t understand Islam.” On the face of it, Boren’s exasperation appears warranted. But dig a little deeper and it appears that the proposed center is also stoking support from journalists who don’t understand Islamism.

Boren’s article, published at the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports that efforts by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and its charitable arm, ICNA Relief, to establish a free health-care clinic have “evoked hate.” Boren describes angry opposition from local residents, who express general anti-Muslim attitudes. Some even seem to believe that center is a front for terrorism.