PBS is getting ready to air several specials on Islam, and as we previously reported they’ve started using al Jazeera as a news source so this should not be surprising (although public broadcasting is partially tax payer funded). This particular special coming in June is entitled Muslim Cool. Apparently if you mix rap music and Islam that is “cool”.
Other than another glamorization of a convicted drug dealer, rap music, and Islam – in this case converts to Islam – it’s hard to tell what this special offers, if anything. What stood out in the promo however, was a statement around the 1:40 mark of the video:
“We all had a community in Massachussetts, musta’ been more than fifty five (55) people that became Muslim, and then we all moved here to Pittsburgh [Pennsylvania] to create a Muslim community.”
Did he convert in prison? If so, who did he learn about Islam from and what is he teaching his “community”? Will they be embracing sharia law in their Islamic community? Polygamy? Teaching jihad against the unbelievers? Did PBS delve into that in its special? We’ll see.