Deep thinker Katie Couric believes that "a seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims" is such a major problem that we need a Muslim version of The Cosby Show to give Americans the warm-and-fuzzies about Islam. Ms. Couric, who lives and works in New York, should examine the data on hate crimes in her state (which may be too much to ask from a woman who earns 8 figures yearly for reading a teleprompter summary of the news). Richards Baehr points out:
11 hate crimes against Muslims, 251 hate crimes against Jews in 2010. Not much evidence of any growth in Islamophobia.But there may be evidence of big growth in hate crimes by Muslims against Jews, once data on individual crimes is released. Maybe what Katie Couric really meant to say was that there was a need for a new Cosby show with a Jewish family.
For my part, I think there are many comic opportunities for a sitcom about a Muslim family dealing with the dilemmas of living in the Great Satan. Clitorectomies, honor killings, shunning infidelas as unclean, and following the prophet's great example in killing Jews all have great potential for heart-warming comedy.