Hollywood’s problems portraying religion go way beyond Islam and Muslims

February 4, 2016 6:53 PM

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Hollywood’s problems portraying religion go way beyond Islam and Muslims

“Part of what we have to do is to lift up the contributions of the Muslim-American community not when there’s a problem, but all the time,” Obama said. “Our television shows should have some Muslim characters that are unrelated to national security. It’s not that hard to do. There was a time when there were no black people on television and you can tell good stories while still representing the realities of our communities.”

I’m with Obama in believing that it’s long past time that Hollywood moved beyond its tired Muslim terrorist plots and into a broader representation of people who practice Islam both at home and abroad. But I think he’s making a tactical mistake in comparing the representation of Muslims to that of A...

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