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Muslims protest reprised role as terrorists in Fox series '

CLIFTON - Two years ago, Muslim groups protested when the plot of the hit Fox drama '24' cast Islamic terrorists as the villains who launched a stolen nuclear missile in an attack on America.

Now, after a one-year respite during which Russian separatists played the bad guys on the critically acclaimed series, Muslims are back in the evil spotlight. Unlike last time, when agent Jack Bauer saved the day, the terrorists this time have already succeeded in detonating a nuclear bomb in a Los Angeles suburb.

Being portrayed again as the heartless wrongdoers has drawn renewed protests from Muslim groups, including one that had a meeting with Fox executives two years ago over the issue.

"The overwhelming impression you get is fear and hatred for Muslims," said Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. She said Thursday she was distressed by this season's premiere. "After watching that show, I was afraid to go to the grocery store because I wasn't sure the person next to me would be able to differentiate between fiction and reality."

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I'll have to take the Muslims' side on this one

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But I can hardly blame Fox. Their programming is so bad they need to prey on people's fear and insecurity with trash like 24 for profit and it's kinda tough to do that when you can't have that which they fear pop up and say "boo" once in a while.

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I'm afraid that the Muslims will

In reply to: I'll have to take the Muslims' side on this one

have to 'get over it'. Cases in point, every war movie ever made showing Indians, Japanese, Russians, Germans, etc. as the bad guys. When history shows 'who started what' and the results that happened, SOME group or country will always be the current bad guy and movies will depict that. Since radical Muslims were, and are in fact, the current world-wide bad guys, it stands to reason that they will be foremost in the movie world at this time. Once the 'good' Muslims get their radicals under control, this will become history until the next group or country goes berserk upon the world.

I would think that "Blood Diamond" could also give cause to have groups complaining about how they are being depicted, just as an example.

I think the Muslims who are complaining are 'feeling the heat' that other groups/countries have felt in the past when movies came out, and this, too, shall pass.

TONI

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