Watch five minutes of Toddlers & Tiaras, TLC's controversial reality show featuring virtual infants learning all the wrong life lessons in the guise of a beauty pageant, and tell me the world isn't coming to an end.
If viewers have not yet been convinced that this show is about being American as much as it is about being Muslim, this episode clinches it. The characters' words and actions constantly speak to their deep sense of patriotism.
Maybe what prime time television needs right now isn't a showcase of Muslims being as ultra-American as possible, but a conscientious exploration of why our image of the "All American" is actually a complete fiction.
That a group of extremists from Florida would exercise their First Amendment right to carry out bigoted campaigns is unfortunate ... For that reason, it ought to catch the attention of Americans who, for far too long, have stayed on the sidelines.