December 30, 2011

Why I Won't Join The Campaign Of Condemnation

I don't like CAIR -- the Council on American-Islamic Relations -- because of its history of having terrorists in its senior leadership and its documented connection to terrorist fundraising. That the organization has been allowed to continue to operate openly, rather than being shut down as a criminal conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism, continues to amaze me.

But I can't condemn one recent action by CAIR -- its campaign to shut down a blog that clearly crossed the line. That site is "Bare Naked Islam", which was shut down by Word press after complaints from CAIR and warnings to its site-owner regarding violent, threatening posts and comments.

And let's be honest -- when you are praising the desecration of houses of worship and advocating for attacks on individuals purely because of their religion, you've crossed the line that separates legitimate criticism of Islam and the evils that have been too often associated with that faith from advocacy of and support for terrorism. I would certainly condemn a blog that advocated such things towards Christians or Jews and their houses of worship if it came to my attention, so I will hold to the standard that standard in this instance -- what was said on BNI was beyond the pale. I'm not sure that I agree with CAIR's contention that the site crossed the line into illegal incitement, but I do agree that WordPress was well within its rights to take the site down. After all, would you want your brand associated with posts like these, which CAIR has preserved for posterity? I was ready to vomit when I read them.

My dear friend Rob from over at JoshuaPundit gave voice to my sentiments quite well.

There is plenty to be said about Islamist infiltration in America, about jihad, about creeping sharia, about the threat of Islamists and Salafists to our civilization, and I've said it here more than once. But to call for the butchering of innocent people praying in a mosque is simply evil. In fact, it's exactly how jihadis treat churches in places like Nigeria, Pakistan and Indonesia.

And speaking just for myself,I consider that not only irresponsible but morally reprehensible.

It's also stupid, because it plays right into the Islamist's hands.

It's not well known, but the majority of domestic jihad terrorist attacks here in America have been thwarted because an American Muslim saw or heard something in a mosque, overheard a conversation, saw something that didn't look or feel right and reported it to the authorities, often at risk to themselves.

They did it out of simple decency, which is the frame where the majority of people operate ordinarily. But they also did it because they realized that every jihad attack here in America reflected on them as Muslims and threatened their continued existence as free citizens in a free country.

It's exactly the same for the sort of material I saw on that Bare Naked Islam page. It allows Islamists like CAIR to use it to shut down legitimate criticism of Islamism and jihad, it gives credence to the constant whining about Islamophobia and most importantly, it allows them to go to Muslims who may not support CAIR's agenda and raise money and support from them, saying: 'You see why you need us? You see now how we were right all along?'

A friend asks 'do you really think it's worth losing their site over?' That's not my decision to make. But if what CAIR linked to was what was actually appearing on Bare Naked Islam and not manufactured, then as far as I'm concerned, Wordpress was well within their rights to decide that they didn't want to be associated with that kind of material, and to invite the owners of Bare Naked Islam to take their content elsewhere.

It's a decision I would have made myself, CAIR or no CAIR. There's real danger in getting so blinded by hatred that you become what you despise without realizing it.

Want to take issue with the tenets of Islam? Feel free. Want to condemn the extremism that expresses itself in jihadism? Go for it. Want to make observations about the evils committed in the name of Islam, the incompatibility of sharia law with the US Constitution, and the backwards nature of what passes for "civilization" in the Muslim world? You are welcome to do so. I think all of those are legitimate issues for discussion and debate. But when you start cheering the destruction of houses of worship and supporting the murder of innocents, you have become what you profess to hate -- and have adopted the methods used by the Third Reich. I might not support the government prosecuting you for those words, but I'll support the right of any individual, group, or business to cut their ties with you.

So sorry, folks, I won't be joining in the hue and cry of some of my friends and fellows who are outraged by the actions by CAIR and WordPress -- what was done was righteous in my book.

Now if only Twitter will do the right thing in this case. After all, Hezbollah is a real terrorist group, unlike the big talkers from Bare Naked Islam. Will CAIR do the right thing and join in this call? I'm not holding my breath.

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