D. C. Watson offers some interesting quotes related to the recent CAIR/JW controversy:
Bigot: One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.
On November 8, 2005, the Council on American Islamic Relations posted a column on their website entitled: “CA Synagogue That Hosted Islamophobe Urged to Invite Muslim Speaker,” which included the following footnote: “Hate-filled comments on speaker’s website compare Muslims to animals and Nazis.”
The so-called “Islamophobe”: Robert Spencer
The website: Jihad Watch
Is this supposed to be their big idea of challenging critics, as they proposed doing at the Islamic Society of North America’s 42nd annual convention? The one that I addressed here: http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/008033.php
That’s it? Name calling? Predictably anemic, but par for the course.
Phobia: “A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous.”
Question: At what point exactly, do Islamic scholars become “Islamophobes”? How does someone who has studied Islam for more than two, and in some cases three decades, become afraid of it?
Answer: They don’t. Unfortunately for CAIR and their ilk, the speeches and writings of authors like Spencer, Pipes, Ye”or, Sina, Fitzgerald, Emerson, and many others have no sugar-coating. What is spoken and written is raw, and unprocessed.
If they are incorrect about what they say and write, what is stopping the Council on American Islamic Relations from stepping on stage with them and presenting their points?
Regarding their complaint about the “hate filled comments” at Jihad Watch that “compare Muslims to animals and Nazis”: Tell them once, tell them a thousand times. This is America, and Americans are free to like and dislike whatever they damn well please. Free to talk about it, free to write about it, free to draw cartoons about it, and free to sing about it.
Americans are aware that not every Muslim in the world possesses the desire to be the ruler of the world. If this were not the case, Muslims wouldn’t kill other Muslims in the large volumes that they do.
Are there similarities between the mindsets of Nazis and Islamic jihadists?
Review of some of the words of Islamic leaders and words of Adolph Hitler. What shakes out is — well, you decide.
Adolph Hitler: “Was there any form of filth or crime…without at least one Jew involved in it. If you cut even cautiously into such a sore, you find like a maggot in a rotting body, often dazzled by the sudden light – a Jew.”
Al-Azhar Sheikh Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, top-ranking cleric in the Sunni Muslim world: Jews: “The enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs.”
Adolph Hitler: “The Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end…….spying on the unsuspicious German girl he plans to seduce……….He wants to contaminate her blood and remove her from the bosom of her own people.”
Saudi Sheikh Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sudayyis: Jews: “The scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs.”
It appears that these comparisons have also taken care of distinguishing who compares whom to animals.
On the topic of bigotry and “hate speech”, here are some examples of prominent Muslims doing exactly what they continually accuse their critics of:
Sheikh Omar Bakri: “We don’t make a distinction between civilians and non-civilians”¦Only between Muslims and unbelievers. And the life of an unbeliever has no value.” “We will use your democracy to destroy your democracy.”
Omar Ahmad, Former Chairman of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR): “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran”¦should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.”
Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris: “We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain.” “Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew.”
Abu Hamza al-Masri, Islamic Cleric: “The real weapons of mass destruction are the desire for martyrdom. Millions of you are ready to be shaheed. Half a million martyrdom shaheed is enough for Muslims to control the whole of earth forever. In the end of the day, Islam must control earth, whether we like it or not.”
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President, on Israel: “a disgraceful blot” that should be “wiped off the face of the earth”. “Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury, while any Islamic leader who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world.”
Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR: “I wouldn’t want to create the impression that I wouldn’t like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future.”
Abu Bakr, Muslim Cleric: “I am telling you that my religion doesn’t tolerate other religion. It doesn’t tolerate. The only one law which needs to spread, it can be here or anywhere else, has to be Islam”
With all this evidence, does CAIR actually think that Americans and the West are supposed to read the trash being spewed by leading Muslims and act as if they have never read it? If they are the spokespersons for Islam, and this is what comes out of their mouths, are free societies supposed to roll out the red carpet for Islam? If this is what they truly believe, then it would appear that they have greatly underestimated the backbone of freedom, and those who live in it.