Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A reply to Eugene Robinson on his article "Force behind Norway massacre lives here, too"

Published in the local Register-Guard newspaper here in Eugene, Oregon today, July 27, 2011

Anders Breivik; no one to blame but himself

The mass murders in Norway by Anders Breivik illustrates the actions of a
sick mind based not in what others urge him to do, but what he believes is
the right thing to do, given the circumstances he saw. The only
responsibile party in this tragedy is Breivik himself. Yes he was pushed
to action by a "blend of paranoia, xenophobia and alienation" which gave
fuel to his anti-Muslim sentiments, but Breiviks decision to take his
anger and disgust from just writing about it to shooting and bombing those
who he saw as the enemy of Norway culture is not to be blamed on
anti-Muslima rhetoric. Eugene Robinson believes that those who ask tough
questions about Islam and speak freely about the problems therein are to
be blamed for the deaths of dozens. This is nonsense, and with a little
research one can find example after example of what Islamic scholars,
imams, clerics and Sheikhs say about Islam, and then hopefully understand
how Breivik may have gotten these "crazy" ideas about immigration, jihad,
sharia and Islamic hegemony.

The co-founder of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR), Omar Ahmad said this in 1998 "Islam isn't in America to be equal
to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the
highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on
earth." CAIR says it is a civil rights organization to protect the rights
and liberties of Muslims in America. It appears Ahmad and CAIR believe
that civil rights of Muslims will be protected once Islam is the only
accepted religion on earth. If this is the kind of Islam Mr. Robinson is
supporting then he is sadly misinformed. Ibrahim Hooper, Communications
Director of Hamas-linked CAIR had this to say back in 1993, and which he
has not retracted when called on it "I wouldn't want to create the
impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be
Islamic sometime in the future." That certainly makes me feel so much
better about the non-existent threat of Islam to the US. There are many
who would poo-poo these statements, and dismiss them as so much sound and
fury, signifying nothing. I ask; what about these words do you find so
appalling that you cannot admit that they are true?

In 2002, prominent Islamic leader in America Siraj Wahhaj made this
ominous statement "If only Muslims were clever politically, they could
take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with
a caliphate." As it stands today there are more than 40 Muslims in top
administration positions, including Karen Armstrong, who along with John
Esposito from Georgetown University cooked the statistics at Gallup a few
years ago to show there are many more "moderate" Muslims in the world than
there actually are. There is also Dalia Mogahed, Muslim Outreach
coordinator for the White House and practicing taqiyya expert, there is
Harold Koh, Asst Attorney-General who has publicly advocated for sharia
law courts in the US. We have Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota who
took his Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca at the expense of Islamic lobbying
groups and has accused the US of waging war against Islam.

The goal of Islam, as stated in the Qur'an is to either convert,
subjugate or go to war with non-Believers (9-29). Those who define and
explain Islam know this, and those who follow believe this is the word of
Muhammad and Allah, and so they must do what their prophet and God tell
them to do. It is not up to Mr. Robinson to define what he thinks Islam
is, it is his responsibility to listen to what the leaders of Islam say,
and take to heart the words spoken. To do otherwise is disingenuous and

We who question Islam are called "...prejudiced purveyors of anti-Islam
vitriol...". There is never mention of the anti-Western vitriol spoken
constantly by Islam or those "useful idiots" who carry the water for
Islamic supremacists by claiming that Islam is a religion of peace. The
Muslim Brotherhood, which the WH is now courting as a partner in peace
said this in 1991; “(the brotherhood)must understand that their work in
America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western
civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their
hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s
religion is made victorious over all other religions.” This was spoken by
Mohamed Akram in “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal
for the Group in North America.” With 20 states now pursuing anti-sharia
legislation and 26 states using sharia law to rule in place of American
civil law, it appears the Muslim Brotherhood's goal for America is right
on track.

There are many of us who are called "anti-Muslim bloggers", but that term
is misleading. Not one of the vast collection of bloggers I am aware of
advocate the taking away of anyone's rights. We are not "anti-Muslim".
There is a vast difference between being bigoted against Muslims as a
whole, and having serious questions about Islamic doctrine and how that
doctrine is defined by the recognized leaders of Islam and practiced by
some Muslims.

Anders Breivik is an anomaly and his behavior reflects on him alone.
Islam as defined and practiced today reflects the entirety of the Islamic
experience, all Muslims included. Not all Muslims are jihadists, some
are moderate but all jihadists are Muslim as Islam itself is not

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