Friday, December 16, 2011

Islamophobia in the State department

Poor Hillary, how will she explain this one?  To criticize our Muslim "frenemies" in a public venue should land her in hot hummus.  How dare she say that Islam is afraid of debate on religion; she must know Islam promotes peace. tolerance and human rights and is not afraid of open discussions on the more unpleasant aspects of the religion of Muhammad.

Or not.

From The Daily Caller December 15 by Neil Munro

Hillary Clinton suggests Islamic governments fear religious debate

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used an international conference on religious freedom Wednesday as a platform to suggest that Islamic governments which suppress Christianity are secretly afraid Islam will lose out in a public debate.
“Every one of us who is a religious person knows there are some who may not support or approve of our religion, but is our religion so weak that statements of disapproval cause us to lose our faith?” she asked the attendees, who included national representatives from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
“Especially when one person’s speech seems to challenge another person’s religion’s belief, or maybe even offends that person’s religious beliefs … we defend our beliefs best by defending free speech for everyone,” she said, while citing her own experience as a Methodist — a Christian movement made up of many Protestant denominations, and where debate is common.
If Hillary wasn't such a *itch I could applaude her more for this statement, however in this instance she is exactly correct.
Clinton’s senior aide, the Saudi-born Huma Abedin, said the speech was largely unscripted. “Mostly, it was off-the-cuff,” Abedin told The Daily Caller.
Among the attendees were representatives of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Clinton did not mention any country by name, nor did she specifically mention Islam.
But her diplomatic rebuke of Islamic governments was daring and novel, partly because it may prompt a violent response, or even a careful counterargument, from advocates of Islam in the Arab world.
And if it does spark a violent reprisal, the MSM will pillory Hillary for disparaging Islam. 
However, Clinton’s speech did not address similar sensitivities in the United States, where cooperating progressives and Islamists frequently say Islam’s critics are mentally ill, and typically refuse to debate the context and meaning of their own religious texts.
In my neck of the woods (Oregon) no one in my town will accept an invitation to debate me on Islam, not even the local imam.  No professor at the University of Oregon whom I have contacted about Islam and the Middle East will debate me, no local anti-semites or progressives/lefties will accept my invitation, and I have been called many things, including crazy so I understand when this happens.  It is unfortunate, but common within Islam and the useful idiots. 
In August, for example, the liberal Center for American Progress issued a report titled “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America.” The report was aimed at several critics of Islam, including Robert Spencer, a best-selling author whose repeated requests for debates have been ignored by allied progressive and Islamic advocates in the United States.
Similarly, Department of  Justice officials have described American critics of Islam as mentally unstable, a danger to national security, or similar to the Ku Klux Klan, whose history includes frequent murders of black and Republican legislators and activists.
Materials that portray Islam as a religion of violence or with a tendency towards violence are wrong, they are offensive … will not be tolerated,” and are a threat to national security, Dwight Holten, a top DOJ official, said on Oct. 19 at a Washington, D.C. event scheduled by the department.
Then the Qur'an must also "...not be tolerated," eh Holten?
Later, when questioned on the assimilation of immigrants, Islamophobia and racism towards Muslims, Holten slammed the door in the reporters face.  Nothing says respect more than a faceful of door.
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