PBS News tackles serious discrimination: Muslim activist says ‘Star Wars’ needs Muslim Jedi

Screenshot via PBS.
Screenshot via PBS.

Muslim activist and author Haroon Moghul thinks it’s time for Muslims to be represented in outer space.

At least in the world of Hollywood fantasies.

Moghul, who wrote an open letter to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director JJ Abrams for the Washington Post in December that caught the attention of PBS.

In it he declared a Muslim character in Star Wars, namely a Jedi hero, could be used to fight Islamophobia.

This should be a joyous time for me, with the release of both the new “Star Trek Beyond” trailer, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Had you asked me about this a few months ago, I would’ve told you so much happiness in so few days should be banned. But that was before Paris, San Bernardino, before leading presidential candidates began actually talking about people like me being banned. The national climate for Muslims is uglier than I can recall. I’m legitimately afraid folks dressed up as Jedis at the premiere might be confused for Muslims, and attacked.

That’s where we are right now.

In his “PBS NewsHour Essay” he expounded upon his position.

“With tensions between Muslims and our neighbors worse than I had ever known, I asked Abrams to add a positive Muslim character to one of these franchises, maybe, I mused, a Jedi named Mohammed,” he said.

“But many readers were dismissive. One wrote simply that Star Wars was set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, where Islam doesn’t exist.

“By missing my point, he made my point. We can accept a Ben Kenobi, though Ben’s a Hebrew name. We don’t seem to have any trouble with Luke Skywalker, even though Luke was also one of the 12 apostles. Captain Jim Kirk, great, but a Captain Hussein Kirk, that made some readers think I wanted Sharia law on the bridge,” he continued.

What he doesn’t mention is that no religion is ever mentioned in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Moghul believes a movie character fighting evil forces would help quell anti-Muslim.

In the piece he acknowledged that some Muslims commit bad acts in the name of Islam and states the same line all liberals tout about it not being reflective of all Muslims.

But any reasonable person already knows that.

If Moghul really wants to confront anti-Muslim sentiment perhaps his time would be better spent more vehemently denouncing those bad acts rather than worry about characters in a movie.

Watch his diatribe below.

Carmine Sabia


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