Muslims For Liberty sounds like just what everyone is waiting for: the latest Great Moderate Hope. There’s just one catch: they don’t seem to care very much for the truth. “Tea Party Muslims shatter all preconceptions,” by Davi Barker for the Libertarian Examiner, August 24:
Muslims are terrorists that hate America’s freedom… right?
Straw man, of course. I have never said such a thing, and no one I know has, either.
And the Tea Party are right-wing Christian extremists that hate Muslims… right?
Opposing jihad and Islamic supremacism is not hating Muslims. Those who contend that it is are invariably people who want to destroy opposition to jihad and Islamic supremacism.
So, “Tea Party Muslim” must be a contradiction in terms, like “military intelligence” or “honest politician.” Well, that may be what the mainstream media would have you believe. After all, conflict sells. But one group is proving that Muslims and the Tea Party may have more in common than you think.
William Coley describes himself as “your average camo wearing, bow hunting, East Tennessee redneck,” except… he’s also the director of Muslims for Liberty, a group of Muslims and non Muslims of a liberty minded ideology fighting to change the perception of Islam in America, and offer tools to conservatives and libertarians who want the facts about Islam without all the sensationalized rhetoric we get in the mainstream media. […]
Muslims for Liberty is currently focused on confronting the most vociferous anti Muslim voices in America, like Pam Geller, Zuhdi Jasser, Robert Spencer and others, and demanding that they prove what they claim.
I can easily prove what I claim. My books are extensively footnoted, sourced from Islamic texts and spokesmen. And I am not “anti Muslim”: again, opposing jihad and Islamic supremacism is not hating Muslims. Those who contend that it is are invariably people who want to destroy opposition to jihad and Islamic supremacism.
“We have people on our staff with knowledge of Islam, knowledge of fiqh, knowledge of Sharia… We want an opportunity to expose these people for the fraud that they are, and show that they are spreading anti Muslim hysteria for profit in our society.”
So far, most of these so called “Sharia experts” have rejected his invitations which he believes is because they know that if they debate anyone with credentials it will expose them as charlatans.
You can find Muslims for Liberty on facebook, or email William Coley directly at email@example.com
I am not in touch with Jasser, but I contacted Pamela Geller and asked her if she had ever heard from a William Coley or anyone else from a group called Muslims For Liberty, challenging her to debate. She hadn’t. And I haven’t, either. So “most” of “these so called ‘Sharia experts'” have not rejected his invitation to debate at all. He hasn’t actually issued an invitation to debate to at least two of the three people he mentioned. He is, in short, lying.
If he does have the guts to debate me and suffer the fate of Zayed, I will happily debate him.