Mandy Patinkin never gives us any details, just a lot of emoting.
“Muslim communities” have made “contributions to the world of a monumental nature.”
He certainly is vague about what he apparently feels so strongly about.
Often when we hear these claims, they turn out to be false, or actually the appropriated work of the civilizations that Islam has conquered. It’s too bad Patinkin could not lay his cards out on the table, but that would not serve to help “these people.”
There are also no specifics when he says:
“White men in government, and the military establishment are the bad guys, and not the Muslim community.”
Who is Mandy Patinkin speaking about? Which community are we talking about? Is he speaking for the Sunni community? Is it the Muslim Brotherhood community? Is he speaking for the “white men” community?
When he does get specific, he is quite wrong. Patinkin says:
“Since 911, over 900,000 [immigrated to America]. Not a single terrorist incident has taken place by a refugee.”
Mandy Patinkin tells us, at some length, that he got this from former CIA Director Michael Hydan. However, this is not a fact, and is absolutely false. This is a partial list of refugees, or migrants recently involved in terror incidents.
In 2016 alone, Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry, who in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant who in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant who in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall in Burlington, Washington; Dahir Adan, another Somali Muslim migrant who in October 2016 stabbed mall shoppers in St. Cloud while screaming “Allahu akbar”; and Abdul Razak Artan, yet another Somali Muslim migrant who in November 2016 injured nine people with car and knife attacks at Ohio State University.
In the light of statements like this by Mandy Patinkin, an extreme position as taking the side of the “bad guys” against the US military certainly needs a lot more fleshing out.
With this new direction, “Homeland” might gain some traction in Saudi Arabia, or with former CIA Directors, but it will be losing the informed viewer demographic.
“Actor Mandy Patinkin: Maybe ‘White Men in Military and Government’ Are the ‘Bad Guys,’ Not Muslims,” by Ben Kew, Breitbart, April 17, 2017:
Homeland star Mandy Patinkin says this season of the acclaimed Showtime television drama shows that it is perhaps “the white men in government and the military establishment that are the bad guys,” rather than the Muslim community.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd this week, Patinkin said that society had “chosen the Muslim community” as a threat, despite the community making “contributions to the world of a monumental nature.”
Patinkin also said the show, which has been criticized by the left as “Islamophobic” for linking Islam with terrorism, has taken responsibility for this portrayal and has changed its content so they become “part of the cure rather than part of the problem.”
“[Homeland has introduced] a storyline that shows in this case, in this era, in this season, that maybe it is the white men in government and the military establishment that are the bad guys, not the Muslim community,” he continued.
Patinkin, who plays the role of CIA operative Saul Berenson, has previously discussed the need for America to open up its doors to refugees from the Islamic world, as well as Homeland needing to take responsibility for its negative depictions of Muslims.
“In all kinds of entertainment – movies, television – there are always the bad guys; the cowboys and Indians, then the Russians were the bad guys, the Nazis were the bad guys. Now it seems like Muslim ‘terrorists’ are the bad guys,” he told the Associated Press in an interview this month. “So, inadvertently, because it’s an action show, it’s an on-the-edge-of-your-seat political drama that Homeland is, unintentionally we were not helping the Muslim community and we take responsibility for it. And I know I can speak for the writers when they want to right that error that happened because of storytelling.”
In a 2015 interview with Variety, the actor advised people to take in refugees and “bring them to your home for dinner,” adding that he simply wants “other people to know the kind of joy that I have in my life.”…