Fox News host Bob Beckel, who is considered to be much more liberal-minded than his FOX News colleagues, recommended on Tuesday that the United States discontinue Muslim student visas and construction of new mosques.
In the wake of September 21 Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya by Somali Islamist group Al-Shabaab, Beckel declared that Islam is not the religion of peace and all Muslims ought to condemn the act of terrorism.
The siege lasted for almost four days, killing at least 61 civilians, six security officers and five extremists. Around 175 people were reported to be injured in the mass shooting.
“No Muslim students coming here with visas. No more mosques being built here until you stand up and denounce what's happened in the name of your prophet,” Beckel said.
Al-Shabaab militants reportedly asked the mall hostages questions on Islam in order to single out non-Muslims and kill them. An Indian man was allegedly shot after he failed to name the mother of Islamic Prophet Muhammad. “It is not what your prophet meant as soon as I know. I don't know his mother's name and I don't care. The point is, that the time has come for Muslims in this country and other people in the world to stand up and be counted, and if you can't, you're cowards,” concluded the Fox News host.
This is not the first time Bob Beckel went on an anti-Muslim rant. Earlier in July, he recommended the government to ban new mosques in the U.S.
However, what Beckel said wasn’t shocking or surprising because whenever acts of terrorism are carried out by Muslim extremists, Islamophobia triggers in various forms in the U.S. especially in the form of anti-Muslim rhetoric in news media.
To shed more light on the relationship between Islamophobia and terrorism, Carbonated.TV recently spoke to Corey Saylor, Director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia for Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization.
“[Islamophobia] It tends to come in cycles. Right after Osama bin Laden was killed, there were seven anti-mosque acts in a very short period of time. Right after the Oak Creek massacre in which a white supremacist went into a Sikh temple and murdered six worshippers we tracked ten anti-mosque incidents. So, something will give an opening for prejudice and you’ll see a wave of it [Islamophobia].”