Several people informed me that Georgetown University Jonathan A. C. Brown delivered a lecture at Gonzaga University on January 30, in which Brown said that he would debate me anytime and boasted that he would mop the floor with me. On Twitter, I accepted his challenge. Here’s what happened:
Brown’s tactic here is clear. There are certain groups — neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, etc. — that are generally considered beyond the bounds of acceptable discourse. The Leftist/Islamic supremacist strategy is to behave as if those who speak honestly about the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat are on par with the KKK, neo-Nazis, etc., and consequently are not to be engaged on a rational basis, but dismissed rudely and contemptuously, in an attempt to convince people that those being treated with hatred and contempt are indeed hateful and contemptible.
This also frees them from any obligation to defend their views, and hides the fact that Brown, a convert to Islam and son-in-law of admitted jihad terror leader Sami al-Arian, and others like him are utterly intellectually bereft.
Such behavior is very common among Leftists and their Muslim allies. Islamic supremacist spokesmen in the U.S., including many who claim to be “moderate” and are lauded by the intelligentsia as wise, broad-minded, tolerant people who are busy building bridges of understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, are all too often immature, arrogant, foul-mouthed creeps whose idea of a discussion is to hurl insults. The hate fairly oozes from their pores. There are many, many examples of this; Reza Aslan and Omid Safi stand out.
In this, Brown and his coreligionists are also imitating Muhammad, the man they believe to be an “excellent example” of conduct, as the Qur’an calls him (33:21).
Consider these hadiths (thanks to Sam Shamoun):
Ubayy b. Ka’b told that he heard God’s messenger say, “If anyone proudly asserts his descent in the manner of the pre-Islamic people, tell him to bite his father’s penis, and do not use a euphemism.” It is transmitted in Sarah [sic] as-sunna. (Mishkat Al Masabih, English Translation With Explanatory Notes By Dr. James Robson [Sh. Muhammad Ashraf Publishers, Booksellers & Exporters, Lahore, Pakistan, Reprinted 1994], Volume II, Book XXIV — General Behaviour, Chapter XIII. Boasting and Party-Spirit, p. 1021)
“Then Urwah said: “Muhammad, tell me: if you extirpate your tribesmen, have you ever heard of any of the Arabs who destroyed his own race before you? And if the contrary comes to pass, by God I see both prominent people and rabble who are likely to flee and leave you.” Abu Bakr said, “Go suck the clitoris of al-Lat!” — al-Lat was the idol of Thaqif, which they used to worship — “Would we flee and leave him?” (The History of al-Tabari — The Victory of Islam, translated by Michael Fishbein [State University of New York Press (SUNY), Albany 1997], Volume VIII (8), p. 76)
And in the words of Abu Bakr As-Sideeq to ‘Urwah: “Suck Al-Lat’s clitoris!” — there is a permissibility of speaking plainly the name of the private parts if there is some benefit to be gained thereby, just as he [Muhammad] permitted a plain response to the one who made the claims of the Jahiliyyah (i.e. claims of tribal superiority), by saying: “Bite your father’s penis!” And for every situation there is a (fitting) saying. (Provisions for the Hereafter (Mukhtasar Zad Al-Ma’ad), by Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah, summarized by Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab At-Tamimi [Darussalam Publishers & Distributors, First Edition: September 2003], Chapter. Regarding the Story of Al-Hudaibiyyah, p. 383; source; words within brackets ours)
Today, Jonathan A. C. Brown’s sixth-grade-playground behavior is what passes for academic discourse, at least at Georgetown University.