D.C. Watson keeps Dennis Prager’s debate going, telling C.A.I.R., “The purpose of this column is certainly not to berate every Muslim in the world, as many of them have been intimidated and threatened by their militant fellow believers. Nevertheless, many of these radical Islamic problem children are in the United States, and you’re not helping matters. Until every one of you at C.A.I.R. understands that not everyone has been fooled, and you become part of the solution instead of part of the problem, the American people will continue to make sure that the road you’re presently traveling down will be one that is cold and unforgiving.”
On November 17th, 2005, Hussam Ayloush of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) responded to radio talk show host Dennis Prager’s “Five questions non-Muslims would like answered” with a column entitled “A Muslim response to Prager’s five questions.”
The full text of both articles can be viewed here:
Mr. Ayloush, I have provided separate rebuttals, which are located below each of your answers to Prager’s five questions.
From the column, Mr. Ayloush remarked: “Prager said his questions were prompted in part by recent rioting in France “by primarily Muslim youths,” despite the fact that neutral experts say the violence had little to do with Islam and it was Muslim leaders who ultimately helped quell the violence.” “Faulty premise aside, here are answers to Prager’s questions”:
Faulty premise? So, Mr. Ayloush, can you provide for us a legitimate explanation for the rioting Muslims shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they burned churches, set fire to thousands of cars, and doused a handicapped woman with petrol, and then set her ablaze? And by the way, it was a substantial police crackdown and curfew that helped “quell the violence.”
1) Prager: “Why are you so quiet”? (About condemning terrorism)
Ayloush: “One might argue that Muslims could do more to get their anti-terror message out. But to say Muslims have been quiet about their unequivocal condemnation of terrorism is a gross misrepresentation of the facts and reeks of Islamophobia.” (See the provided link above for more of Ayloush’s answer to this question.)
Islamophobia? There’s that ridiculous word again. That fake, improvable description that you Truthophobes at CAIR throw out whenever anyone criticizes followers of the Islamic faith. Mr. Ayloush, buying ads in newspapers, issuing generalized condemnations, and facilitating useless “fatwas” aren’t getting the job done. Muslims in the West should be turning their fanatic Muslim brothers, including Imams and clerics, in to the authorities. Where can we read that any of this is happening? What we do read, is that when Muslims are arrested, your organization questions the motives of the authorities, not the motives of those who are brought into custody.
2) Prager: “Why are none of the Palestinian terrorists Christian”?
Ayloush: “Robert Pape in his book, “Dying to Win – The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” shows that between 1982 and 1986, 71 percent of the Lebanese suicide attackers were Christians and 21 percent Communists/Socialists. Suicide terrorism is not overwhelmingly a religious phenomenon. It is a response to occupation.”
In that case, Mr. Ayloush, you may want to relay that to Omar Ahmad, who worked for CAIR when he said that suicide bombers “kill themselves for Islam.”
Mr. Ayloush, is it not true that the detached heads of suicide bombers that have rolled down the streets in Israel after detonation, and in London for that matter, belonged to Muslims, not Christians?
3) Prager: “Why is only one of the 47 Muslim-majority countries a free country”?
Ayloush: “Muslim majority countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and Turkey among many others having held free elections and being governed by popularly elected governments will dispute the charge that they are not “free.”
“Moreover, only in the past 50 years, have more than half of the Muslim-majority nations been freed from their European colonizers. Despite winning this freedom, most continued to be client states of their former colonizers who through the imposition of dictatorial regimes maintained control, some even to this day. Opposition to such lack of freedom is generally Islamically-oriented. Lack of freedom in Muslim nations is in spite of Islam, not because of it.”
Mr. Ayloush, first you said they “will dispute the charge that they are not free,” then as part of the same answer, you said the “lack of freedom in Muslim countries is in spite of Islam, not because of it.” Which is it? Are they free? Or are they not free?
4) Prager: “Why are so many atrocities committed and threatened by Muslims in the name of Islam”?
Ayloush: “All major faiths have people who commit, or have committed atrocities in the name of their religion. But no faith should be held responsible for the crimes of a few individuals. It seems Prager believes that any act by Muslims should be blamed on Islam. Just as we do not blame the Crusades or the Israeli atrocities on the faiths of Christianity and Judaism, we ask others to offer the same respect for our faith.”
The Israeli atrocities, huh? At what point did the desire to survive and to live life become an atrocity? Mr. Ayloush, the Crusades, no matter what type of spin some historical revisionists attempt to put on them, were a defensive measure against violent Islamic expansion. Besides, they occurred nearly a millennium ago, so why are you even bringing them up?
Since you have, I would like to invite you to read Robert Spencer’s “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, and the Crusades,” which will better explain the facts on this issue. And where are all of these cut throat, machete swinging non-Muslim terrorists strapping on bomb belts and sawing off the heads of bound, outnumbered, innocent people? Are they doing this on some other planet? Whatever audience you’re playing to, do you deny that Muslim leaders to this day call for the destruction of Israel, and also to this day, refer to the Jews as descendants of apes and pigs?
Here, let me help you along. I wrote about this subject just days ago here:
5) Prager: “Why do countries governed by religious Muslims persecute other religions”?
Ayloush: “While there are areas of the Muslim world in which religious freedom is not granted to all citizens, it is unfair to claim that this phenomenon as a problem unique to Islam.”
Really? Monograph Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society
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”.
Sheikh Omar Bakri, Muslim Cleric: “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.”
Qur’an 48.29 “Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.”
“We need a Khalifa who would chop hands, cut throat, stone people. In the same way that the messenger of God used to chop hands, cut throats, and stone people. Quran says; kill, imprison!” – Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 1981
Dennis Prager raised these issues, and you have supplied your answers, which have failed to accomplish anything, with the exception of labeling yet another American/non-Muslim an “Islamophobe.”
Let’s get this straight. We lost approximately 3000 unsuspecting brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons on September 11th, 2001. Since that gutless Muslim sneak attack on the innocent, Muslims have gone on to carry out more than 3200 terrorist attacks around the world, which does not include the more than 25,000 attacks that have been carried out against Israel.
Mr. Ayloush, in one of your responses, you stated that “no faith should be held responsible for the crimes of a few individuals.” Although that looks like a nice, secure curtain to stand behind, when the faith itself calls for the attacking of non-Muslims, or the “unbelievers” (Qur’an 9:5, 9:29), and calls for the refusal to befriend Christians and Jews (Qur’an 5:51), then yes, in the 21st century, it certainly can be held accountable, and it certainly should be.
The purpose of this column is certainly not to berate every Muslim in the world, as many of them have been intimidated and threatened by their militant fellow believers. Nevertheless, many of these radical Islamic problem children are in the United States, and you’re not helping matters. Until every one of you at the C.A.I.R. understands that not everyone has been fooled, and you become part of the solution instead of part of the problem, the American people will continue to make sure that the road you’re presently traveling down will be one that is cold and unforgiving.