D. C. Watson discusses the recent dhimmitude displayed by America’s beloved bookstore chain.
Should Muslim organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations be proud? Or should they be ashamed?
Borders and Waldenbooks have made headlines for choosing not to carry the April-May issue of “Free Inquiry” magazine because this particular issue contains cartoons of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad.
CAIR had no trouble posting this Associated Press article on their website, either.
Shouldn’t this story fall under the CAIR website’s “Incitement Watch” instead? Since Islam is a “religion of peace,” shouldn’t CAIR be adding Borders and Waldenbooks to its long list of “Islamophobes”?
From the column: Beth Bingham, Borders spokesperson: “For us, the safety and security of our customers and employees is a top priority, and we believe that carrying this issue could challenge that priority.”
Has CAIR viewed this as some sort of a victory? In truth, it is a defeat.
It is a defeat for this organization and others like it because Borders and Waldenbooks didn’t choose not to carry “Free Inquiry” out of respect for Islam, but out of the fear of repercussions being carried out by Muslims against the bookstores’ customers, property, and personnel.
If CAIR were anything close to a legitimate civil rights group operating in the United States, they would be encouraging two things:
1) That Borders and Waldenbooks feel free to carry any publication of their choosing, no matter the content, or whom it may offend.
2) That all Muslims living in America should respect free speech and expression, as it is guaranteed to all Americans by the U.S. Constitution, and that there should never be the slightest hint of retaliation against anyone for exercising this Constitutional right.
What a shame it is that right here in our own nation, there has to be a fear of Islamic retaliation over such trivial matters. It should come as little surprise, however, after Americans have learned about Mohammedans like Ali Warrayat, a student at Arizona State, who had a Qur’an and a Palestinian flag in his trunk as he rammed his car through the doors of an Arizona Home Depot store, drove his car through the store to the section that stocks the flammable liquids, and then set it ablaze.
Or about Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, a Mohammedan born in Iran, a current resident of Chapel Hill, NC, and recent UNC graduate. He plowed a rented SUV into a crowd of pedestrians at the UNC at Chapel Hill, injuring nine people, stating that he was “seeking retribution for the treatment of Muslims around the world,” and that he wanted “to spread the will of Allah.”
Yes, Americans, winners like these are here in our neighborhoods. The “Islamophobia” that groups like CAIR whine about doesn’t exist: the discomfort that people have with Islam has continually been demonstrated to be for good reason. These two men are prime examples and living proof that Islam, as it is practiced by all too many Muslims today, and freedom are incompatible, and that immigration from Islamic states should be stopped. Islam is not a religion of peace or tolerance. It could be, maybe, if it jumped forward about fourteen centuries. Until it does, through badly needed reform, Islam will handle its business as it has from its beginning: with violence, and with the additional strategy of playing the poor, oppressed, innocent victim.
If our friends at the Council on American Islamic Relations would like to refute this, they are free to do so. We’re all ears, Ibrahim. What we see all over the world, however, is not a figment of our imagination; it is sadly, all too real.
Back to Borders and Waldenbooks: A letter from a Borders employee was recently published at Little Green Footballs. The letter describes Borders receiving past complaints from Muslims that the Qur’an was stocked on the bottom shelf, and that it is now the Borders policy to stock the Qur’an only on the top shelf. If I owned a bookstore, I surely know where I’d stock them.
Fear, not respect, has created this policy at the bookstore. Is this the message that CAIR wants to see being sent?
This is a defeat for any Islamist puppet whose job it is to push Islam as a peaceful, benign faith. When it comes to winning Americans over with Islam, CAIR and groups like it are batting .000.