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Leaders of Islamophobia Movement Respond with Hate to Marvel’s New Muslim American Superhero

Imagine 2050 Staff • Nov 27, 2013

When the New York Times profiled Marvel’s latest comic superhero, 16-year-old Muslim American Kamala Khan, anti-Muslim activists and writers reacted predictably.

On Marvel’s “pimping you a Muslim superhero,” Debbie Schlussel writes, “No word on how many IEDs she’ll be carrying or how many Jews she’ll kill.”

While Schlussel seems to take pride in writing the most shocking words she can think of, Robert Spencer gets the same Islamophobic message across with his version of reason: “They are only introducing this Muslim superhero because of the hugely successful post-9/11 campaign by Islamic supremacists and their Leftist allies to portray Muslims as victims of ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘hatred.’ “

The character, who is the new Ms. Marvel, lives in New Jersey with her “conservative” Pakistani parents and brother. She is set to debut in January and appear in a monthly series beginning in February.

The writer, G. Willow Wilson, an American writer and Muslim, said the new comic is “for all the geek girls out there, and everybody else who’s ever looked at life on the fringe.”

Anti-Muslim activists have stuck close to the script on their criticism of Marvel. They’ve blamed Kamala’s creation on a pro-Muslim propaganda campaign and asserted that Marvel is promoting “jihad terror and Islamic supremacism.” Their grousing should not distract from the fact that Islamophobia is bearing out in concrete ways in American society. The same script is being used to justify and defend anti-Sharia legislation, employment discrimination, bullying and even violent acts of hatred.

While the creation of Kamala is a light-hearted and fun development toward a more inclusive society, it will take much more than a fictional superhero to fight against the real-life menace that is the Islamophobia movement.

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