June 26, 2013

Bill Cosby: We Should Be More Like Muslims

This actually came out a couple weeks ago in the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post (no less).  Bill Cosby had written an op-ed that didn't seem to gather much notice (at least from what I could observe here in Singapore); however, Bill wrote two paragraphs near the very bottom of his essay that I thought were very interesting.  He wrote:

I’m a Christian. But Muslims are misunderstood. Intentionally misunderstood. We should all be more like them. They make sense, especially with their children. There is no other group like the Black Muslims, who put so much effort into teaching children the right things, they don’t smoke, they don’t drink or overindulge in alcohol, they protect their women, they command respect. And what do these other people do?

They complain about them, they criticize them. We’d be a better world if we emulated them. We don’t have to become black Muslims, but we can embrace the things that work.

Spot on, Bill!  (Although I do think it'd be better if more Americans embraced Islam anyway.)  But had more conservatives read these two paragraphs, I think we'd have seen more heads exploding. ;)


George Carty said...

I'm a bit curious about his use of "black Muslims". To many Americans that would be sure to conjure up images of Farrakhan and the NOI rather than "real" Islam...

JDsg said...

That's quite possible, and the same thought also had occurred to me, especially with the phrase, "they command respect." (Images of stern-looking black men in dark suits crossed my mind.) But Cosby might also have been referring to orthodox black Muslims (eg, WD Muhammad) or both groups together.