*Sigh* As if forcibly turning the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, into a homosexual wasn't enough, now DC has apparently killed off Hal Jordan and Sinestro in order to pave the way for a new hero, an Arab-American Muslim, that will take Jordan's place on the Justice League from what I've heard. Of course there have been plenty of people outraged by this, since there are plenty of comics bloggers, including myself, who can recognize a politically-correct publicity stunt where they see it, and I expect the usual "Just Stories" idiots (who I described in that previous post of mine) to call people"racist" (never mind that there's a distinction between someone's religion and their race) for objecting to such a stunt.
If DC really wanted to be unique, they'd make an Arab-American character who was a Coptic Christian and dispel the stereotype that all Arabs are Muslims. That would be interesting since to my knowledge there's never been such a superhero at all.
Personally, I don't care that the Green Lantern is a Muslim. I don't care what religion/race/sexual orientation characters are as long as they're interesting. Just like I don't care what a writer's politics are if the story in question is a good read. What I don't like is politically correctness shoved down my throat by today's comics writers. Plus, isn't it more than a little stereotypical to have an Arab character being portrayed as a thief, or as a criminal in general? I don't think anyone, other than this site, has brought that particular aspect up. You'd think the PC left would be on Johns in a minute, since they had no problem going after him when he had Aquaman and Mera go after Somali pirates in Brightest Day or accusing him of "racism" by having the Silver Age characters come back. I mean, to me it does sound a little stereotypical; for someone who wishes to excise stereotypes, Johns is making himself look like a hypocrite for tying the character's past in with 9-11 and having him be a thief/involved in a terror plot.
UPDATE: Four Color Media Monitor has more on this story, and how it may feature allusions to 9-11 Trutherism, which of course has been thoroughly debunked. It's not surprising that Johns would sink that low, considering he also wrote the "Red Zone' storyline in Avengers about 10 years ago featuring Red Skull disguising himself as the U.S. Secretary of Defense, "Dell Rusk," which was an obvious potshot at then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield.
UPDATE 2: Here is Hube's take on the subject. He also notes how even though Johns claims he wants to excise Muslims stereotypes, he gives this one a criminal background (which some would argue is pretty stereotypical, including this site) even though Green Lanterns regardless of what race/religion/gender are supposed to be pure of heart; like Hube, I don't care who wields the ring because of that reason. Hube also notes that these ultra-PC writers like Johns love to "lecture" us against stereotyping, but they do they exact same thing when it comes to conservatives, Mitt Romney, the Tea Party, Sarah Palin and others. They're only "tolerant...." until you disagree with them.
UPDATE 3: Here is Douglas Ernst's take on the subject.