A few days ago I wrote some commentary here at Jihad Watch on an article about a Muslim professor in Australia, Anne Aly. I showed with quotes from the Qur’an and other Islamic sources that the article was filled with half-truths, distortions, and outright falsehoods about Islam. Apparently someone posted her email address in the comments field here, and now there is an article in The West Australian about how poor Professor Aly has received…hate mail.
She got hate mail? And this is a news story? If receiving hate mail is newsworthy, I should be on the front page of the New York Times every day. Here’s one I got on the same day I wrote the post about Aly:
hey filthy animal. today we won in gaza thanks to god. we support god so he supports us back. we resist, unlike the coward zionist jews. they are affraid of little rockets. as we celebrate in the streets of gaza and in the middleast netenyahu the coward refused to meet the media, he must feel anger,shame and deceit. like u felt after ur defeats in afganistan and iraq. when u left those 2 countries with ur head between ur legs
Alert the media! If getting hate mail is news, all the major networks will be writing feature stories about me. If getting hate mail is news, watch for me on Jon Stewart and Bill Maher this week. At this link is just a sampling of the hate mail I receive on a regular basis.
But of course, getting hate mail is not news, unless you’re part of a protected group that the media is determined to present in a favorable light no matter what. The mainstream media really, really wishes that Aly’s deceptions and distortions about Islam were true, and so is determined to run interference for her and others like her. The usual suspects were thrilled, of course: Hamas-linked CAIR tweeted gleefully that Aly had received hate mail after her email address appeared on “Islamophpobe [sic] Robert Spencer’s blog,” and I’m told that Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding attack dog and stalker Nathan Lean, who has repeatedly published what he thinks is my home address and whereabouts in a naked attempt to menace me physically or intimidate me into silence, tweeted about it also. It’s laughably ironic that a gutter thug and bottom feeder like Lean would try to claim the high ground, and shows the cynicism of the entire effort to demonize and smear foes of jihad terror.
Anyway, here’s the thing: no one should have sent Aly any hate mail. I do not condone that at all. Whenever I’ve published anyone’s email address and called for people to write, I have emphasized that the emails should be courteous and polite. Hate mail only serves the spurious campaign of Islamic supremacists and their Leftist enablers to portray any opposition to jihad terror as a victimization of the Muslim community: they claim that Muslims are being unfairly victimized by counter-terror efforts, in an attempt to end those counter-terror efforts and enable jihad terror to advance unopposed. Anyone who wrote to Aly should have focused upon the falsehoods she was propagating, and not included any personal insults or, indeed, anything personal at all.
It’s noteworthy also that this article in The West Australian doesn’t contain any quotations of the alleged hate mail Aly received. The implication is that it was all so ugly, so beastly, as to preclude reproduction of even the slightest except. But this omission raises the possibility that the “hate mail” was really just calling her on her false statements. The focus on “hate mail” in this article frees Aly from having to respond to the substantive problems I pointed out about her claims about Islam — it’s all just “hate mail” from an “anti-Islamic hate group” that is, moreover, “right-wing.”
This is typical of Islamic supremacists and Leftists. No discussion. No debate. Not even any acknowledgement of the substantive issues. Just demonization of the opposition.
If you want to write to Anne Aly now, or to Grant Taylor, be polite. Be courteous. Be respectful. Ask them nicely to respond to what I wrote here about how what Aly was saying about Islam was false. Ask them sweetly why some hate mail is newsworthy, and some isn’t — and if it is really responsible for a mainstream media reporter to allow only one point of view ever to have a hearing.
In the meantime, here is yet another example of how the mainstream media aids and abets the propagation of falsehoods about Islam that foster complacency about the jihad threat, and energetically furthers the smear campaign against foes of jihad terror.
“Muslim academic draws hate fire,” by Grant Taylor, The West Australian, September 1, 2014:
As a proud and outspoken Muslim, Anne Aly has also become a target for anti-Islamic hate groups.
The Curtin University lecturer – who chooses not to wear a hijab and denounces Muslim extremists – has been bombarded with hate mail after a recent interview in which she defended Islam as a religion of peace.
Her quotes were republished on a right-wing website called Jihad Watch, along with her work email address.
“I was just really speaking out against some of the false assumptions about my religion,” Dr Aly said. “But what they (the hate groups) really want is for me to denounce my religion.
“By saying that Islam is not about terrorism and Islam is not about beheadings or female genital mutilation, they can’t cope with that because it shatters the basis for their arguments.”
Dr Aly said some of the messages she had received had been unnerving, while others had sought to “educate” her about her own religion.
“It is upsetting and, yeah, it is worrying, but in some ways I get where they are coming from because a lot of these people just assume what they see on the news is typical of all Muslims,” she said.