Donald Trump sparks a much needed debate about Islam

CJR: Hey Donald, you need to start using  precise terminology like “Islamic doctrine” or “Sharia” and differentiate between what Islamic doctrine says and what different Muslims believe like your own surrogate has. And it would be a good idea to point to reform movement Muslims like Zuhdi Jasser as moderate Muslims the government should be listening to instead of Muslim Brotherhood front groups like CAIR. Where do you stand on Ted Cruz’s bill to designate the MB an FTO anyway?

Trump Spokeswoman Cites Shapiro To Defend Boss’s ‘Islam Hates Us’ Comments

Daily Wire, by Robert Kraychik, March 10, 2016:

Asked to comment on her boss’s statement about hostility towards America among Muslims, Donald Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson cited a 2014 article written by Ben Shapiro entitled, “The Myth of the Tiny Muslim Minority.” An accompanying video was also produced.

Joining CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday, Pierson clarified Trump’s position by highlighting widely-held mindsets among Muslims in both Western and Muslim-majority countries that paint a picture contrary to left-wing narratives of Islamic extremism and radicalism being fringe attitudes among said demographic.

Asked if Trump regrets comments he made on Wednesday night with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Pierson critiqued the freezing effect of “political correctness” on honest political discussion about Islam and Muslims.

“We also have hundreds of millions of Muslims in the world who agree with these terrorist sentiments and acts,” said Pierson.

“I’ll point to an article written by Ben Shapiro in 2014 titled ‘The Myth of the Tiny Radical Muslim Minority.’ There’s tons of statistics in there, particularly noting in 2013 a Pew Research Poll of Muslims here in the United States where 13% approve of using violence to defend Jihad and 19% approve of Al-Qaeda. So we have a problem, particularly in the United States when you have 250,000 to 570,000 Muslims here in the United States that sympathize with terrorism even though they may not be themselves the ones to engage,” added Pierson.

The comments in question by Trump connected Islam to hatred of America.

“I think Islam hates us,” said Trump. “There’s something there, there’s a tremendous hatred there. We have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.”

“In Islam itself?” interjected Cooper.

You’re gonna have to figure that out,” replied Trump.

(comments begin at approximately 9:30 in the video below)


Does “Islam” Hate the West?

By Counter Jihad, March 10, 2016:

Donald Trump made a claim during an interview with CNN that he thinks “Islam hates us,” meaning by “us” the West.

COOPER: Do you think Islam is at war with the west?

TRUIMP: I think Islam hates us. There is something — there is something there that is a tremendous hatred there. There’s a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There’s an unbelievable hatred of us.

The claim is in a way obviously absurd, since a religion is not a living thing with feelings of its own.  A religion is a collection of doctrines, and doctrines do not feel hate.  At the most a religion might be said to be a collection of the people who structure their lives around the doctrines, and it is certainly true that not all Muslims hate the United States.  Some, as members of the media have been quick to point out, have died in the service of the United States.

If the claim is read generously, however, it does point to something important about the clash between Islam and the West.  It is not the feelings of Muslims but the structure of Islam itself that is the root of the clash.  It is in a strange way more correct to say the absurdthing, that “Islam hates us,” than it would be to say the obvious thing, that “Muslims hate us.”

As Jim Hanson, Executive Vice President for the Center for Security Policy said at the recent CPAC conference’s panel on radical Islam, Muslims are not at war with the West.  “The problem is Muslims who believe that sharia, the Islamic totalitarian ideology… is their calling, and they must spread it around the world.”  Sharia, the religious law that governs all aspects of life in the name of Islam, is what roots the conflict with the West.  Sharia argues that democracy is fundamentally invalid because it is a form of man-made law, when sharia adherents believe that only God can make laws.  That is another way of saying that only the revealed laws of sharia may be applied as laws to human beings.  The West’s democratic forms of government are anathema to this understanding of legal legitimacy.  As Hanson says, this same legal tradition requires its adherents to attempt to spread this form of government across the world.

Front Page Magazine recently did an interview with eight leading figures in the Counter Jihad movement.  The author points out that many Muslims of her acquaintance ignore Ramadan or drink alcohol.  Americans, she documents, have not traditionally had any concerns about Islam.  “It is primarily terrorists and Islam-apologists, people like Obama, Zuckerberg, Moore and Hawkins, who are in fact responsible for the current tension. Politically Correct speech codes suppress and demonize necessary conversations about Islam.”  As Ayaan Hirsi Ali pointed out at the same CPAC panel mentioned above, refusals to have those conversations in Holland prevented the assimilation of Islamic immigrants and the addressing of the problematic aspects of Islam itself — of Islam, not of Muslims.

We have to address the fact that Islam, not all Muslims but Islam itself, insists in its legal code that equality under the law is forbidden and sinful.  Women are degraded.  Sexual minorities, and some religious minorities, face the death penalty.  Freedom of conscience is outlawed, and former Muslims who exercise it by conversion must be killed if the law is to be satisfied.  It is not all Muslims who hate us, but Islam has a conflict with the West that can readily spring into hate built into its core.

Mainstream Media Rips Obama Over Foreign Policy Deceit in State of the Union


Washington Free Beacon, by David Rutz, January 21, 2015 

NBC and CNN correspondents took down false claims President Obama made on foreign policy during his State of the Union on Tuesday, calling it “not close to reality” and a depiction of a world that doesn’t exist.

Obama drew criticism even before the address, when a leaked excerpt showed he would praise American leadership for “stopping ISIL,” another name for the Islamic State, terrorizing the Middle East. NBC’s Richard Engel outlined how that was an absurd claim during special coverage of the address Tuesday, saying the Obama administration’s strategy was “disjointed” and that selling it as a success was “disingenuous.”

“It sounded like the president was outlining a world that he wishes we were all living in, but which is very different than the world that you just described with terror raids taking place across Europe, ISIS very much on the move,” he said. “One thing the president said is that ‘American leadership, including our military power, is stopping ISIL’s advance.’ That just isn’t the case, according to military officials that I’ve been speaking to.”

Engel also debunked a claim Obama made about “supporting moderate Syrian opposition” to help in the effort against the Islamic State.

“That effectively isn’t happening,” Engel said. “There is no real support for the moderate Syrian opposition. In fact, one military official told me that they are calling the moderate Syrian opposition the unicorn because they have not been able to find it.”

Bottom line, Engel said, was “there’s not a lot of success stories to be talking about in foreign policy right now … The rose-colored glasses through which he was viewing the foreign policy were so rose-colored that I think they don’t even reflect the world that we’re living in.”

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell expressed similar points about Obama’s deceit on his record.

“His projection of success against terrorism and against ISIL in particular is not close to reality,” she said. “It’s hard to see the progress that the president talked about.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said such claims put Obama on “questionable ground.”

Even MSNBC’s Chris Matthews pondered about the “real world” that “he didn’t really talk about.”

Morsi Promises to Ask Obama for ‘Blind Sheik’ Release

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman

Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman

IPT: by John Rossomando

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi promised to lobby President Obama to release 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Omar Abdel Rahman, aka “The Blind Sheik,” the next time he sees the president.

“When I meet with him I will talk to him about this issue,” Morsi said during a Monday interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

The Egyptian president repeatedly reaffirmed the commitment he made last June to free the cleric, who is serving a life sentence for his role in the bombing and subsequent plans to target New York City landmarks. Abdel Rahman also issued a fatwa justifying the murder of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and was tied to Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led by al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.

His release was also demanded by the Salafist protesters who stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sept. 11, 2012.

“I want him to be free, but I respect the law and the rule of law in Egypt and the United States. What I am talking about isn’t a violation. I don’t want a violation of the rule of law, but there are also many humane aspects,” Morsi told Blitzer. “There can be things like visitation, assistance, his children, his family assisting him. He is an old sheik and sick and blind. We need to respect that.

“Because he is a man, an old man, and he deserves full care,” Morsi continued. “I wish that there could be a big possibility for the American administration to look into this matter about this sheikh who is very old.”

Morsi’s statement was rebuffed on Capitol Hill by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Tex.

“I urge the Obama administration to stand firm against pleas from Egypt to free Omar Abdel Rahman. Releasing a terrorist who plotted against the United States and has American blood on his hands would be seen as a sign of weakness throughout the Muslim extremist world and will only serve to embolden our enemies who continue to plot against us,” McCaul said Tuesday in a statement.

Spokesmen for the National Security Council and the Justice Department vowed that Abdel Rahman will serve out his full life sentence despite any Egyptian requests.

Well, Whaddya know? Huma Abedin was a Muslim Students Association Board Member

Walid Shoebat:




Well, well, well… In addition to Huma Abedin returning to the United States circa 1996 and landing a job with both Hillary Clinton and the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA), she also joined the Muslim Students Association (MSA) Executive Board at George Washington University.

The following screen shot is courtesy of Wayback Machine and shows that in 1997, Huma Abedin served on the MSA Executive Board as the Head of Social Committee.

We now know that while Huma was serving on the IMMA Board with al-Qaeda financier Abdullah Omar Naseef, she was also serving on the Board of a Muslim Brotherhood front group – the MSA – as identified by the 1991 document introduced into evidence during the Holy Land Foundation trial. In 1997, that document was only six years old.

Remember, both Wolf Blitzer and Dana Milbank said that arguing Muslim Brotherhood infiltration has merit; Huma Abedin was a Board member of the MSA, a Muslim Brotherhood organization.

Wolf? Dana?