Thursday, September 2, 2010

Kill the Mosque

We talked about this video in class on Wednesday. We noticed that from the very beginning, this Political Action Committee seeks to scapegoat all Muslims for international terrorism. At the same time, we noticed the allusion to President Obama's autobiography, thereby tying Obama to Islam. (Ben Tingey mentioned the Pew Forum study that shows how more Americans believe Obama is Muslim than did 18 months ago.) The music, too, creates a juxtaposition: the Muslim call to prayer is underlined with an ominous echo drum, while patriotic images are accompanied by bagpipes playing Amazing Grace, a classical Protestant hymn often played/sung at funerals.

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