It’s party time tonight in the Jihad Watch offices here in Secure Undisclosed Locationville: the far Left organization known as Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting has issued a list of twelve “America’s Leading Islamophobes” (whom they term, with numbing predictability, “Islamophobia’s Dirty Dozen”). The list includes David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes, Michael Savage, Pat Robertson, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Mark Steyn, Steve Emerson, Glenn Beck — and me.
If you move your cursor over my picture at their site, you’ll see this quote:
Unfortunately, however, jihad as warfare against non-believers in order to institute “Sharia” worldwide is not propaganda or ignorance, or a heretical doctrine held by a tiny minority of extremists. Instead, it is a constant element of mainstream Islamic theology.
Horror of horrors! A true statement! How hateful! How racist! How quintessentially Islamophobic!
Their full report section on me is even better. It cites such paragons of truthfulness and honest dealing as Robert Crane, Louay Safi (of the unindicted co-conspirator ISNA), and Khaleel (not “Khalil,” fellows — remember, accuracy in reporting and all that) Mohammed to establish my wickedness, along with those unimpeachable authorities on Islam Dinesh D’Souza and Stephen Suleyman Schwartz.
Aside from the manifest dishonesty and/or inaccuracy of what they say about Islam, jihad, and my work (click on the links for details), these men are not impartial observers. With the exception of Louay Safi, I’ve had public disputes with all of them, sometimes in high profile public venues. To cite them as authorities on the question of the accuracy of my work is like asking Aaron Burr to write a biography of Alexander Hamilton.
Anyway, the main rap is that I am “selectively ignoring inconvenient Islamic texts and commentaries.” Of course no examples are produced, and none can be. I’ve asked at this site many, many times in the past for anyone to send me evidence of a mainstream Islamic jurisprudential tradition that did not ever or at very least does not now teach — to refer again to the pull quote above — jihad as warfare (be it hot war or warfare by other means) against non-believers in order to institute Sharia worldwide. I’m right here, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although I will spend much of tomorrow hurtling through the air in a sardine can, I will check my email as frequently as I can, and I invite especially Crane, Louay Safi, Khaleel Mohammed, D’Souza or Schwartz to send me the names of those texts and commentaries that I am supposedly ignoring. Specific citations would be good, too. But they would be well advised to take a good long look at my Jihad Watch Blogging the Qur’an series first — for after doing so, it will be very hard for any honest observer to claim that I am ignoring any Qur’anic text, or any of the commentaries that Muslims consider authoritative.
The only question is whether we are dealing here with any actual honest observers.