In “Tennessee Mosque Plans to Open After Many Hurdles,” by Cameron McWhirter in the Wall Street Journal, August 9, we’re told that the Muslim community in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, just wants to “build bridges” with the non-Muslims there, and that these poor bridge-builders have received bomb threats, and that one lawsuit against the mosque said that “residents would be ‘irreparably harmed by the risk of terrorism generated by proselytizing for Islam’ if the mosque opened.”
“The risk of terrorism generated by proselytizing for Islam”? That just sounds nutty to the average American, and Cameron McWhirter does nothing to dispel the impression: no statistical or anecdotal evidence about the many, many converts to Islam in America who have gotten involved in jihad terror activity, including John Walker Lindh, who was found fighting alongside the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; Adam Gadahn, who rose high in al-Qaeda and became the first American charged with treason since World War II; Carlos Bledsoe, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; and so many others.
But it is clear that McWhirter isn’t interested in offering facts at all, but only in convincing you that the Murfreesboro mega-mosque planners are innocent victims of “bigotry.” He identifies the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) as “a Washington-based Muslim civil liberties group.” He doesn’t tell you that CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case — so named by the Justice Department. Nor does he mention that CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. He says nothing about how several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. Nor does he mention that CAIR’s cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar Ahmad), as well as its chief spokesman (Ibrahim Hooper), have made Islamic supremacist statements, or that its California chapter distributed posters telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI.
He also interviewed me:
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, a blog critical of Islam, condemned the mosque’s opening. He said in an email that most mosques in America teach “Islamic supremacism, and hatred and contempt for Jews and Christians.”Mr. Spencer and others who attack Islam are misrepresenting the religion and trying to frighten people with “manufactured issues like Murfreesboro,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a CAIR spokesman. Mosque leaders in Murfreesboro say they only wish to practice their faith in peace.
An unsupported assertion, batted down by none other than Honest Ibe Hooper of Hamas-linked CAIR, an unimpeachable authority if there ever was one. But this is what I actually wrote to Cameron McWhirter:
The problems with the Murfreesboro mosque are chiefly the Muslim Brotherhood ties of mosque leaders, and their manifest dishonesty throughout this process. As far as the doubling in the number of mosques, four separate studies conducted in 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2011 all found that 80% of U.S. mosques were teaching jihad, Islamic supremacism, and hatred and contempt for Jews and Christians. There are no countervailing studies that challenge these results. Yet U.S. officials continue to ignore this and to fail to call upon U.S. Muslim leaders to reform and teach against the elements of Islam that are incompatible with Constitutional values and freedoms. This bodes extremely ill for the future.
Here is more detail on those studies (not that Cameron McWhirter asked):
In 1998, Sheikh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, a Sufi leader, visited 114 mosques in the United States. Then he gave testimony before a State Department Open Forum in January 1999, and asserted that 80% of American mosques taught the “extremist ideology.”
Then there was the Center for Religious Freedom’s 2005 study, and the Mapping Sharia Project’s 2008 study. Each independently showed that upwards of 80% of mosques in America were preaching hatred of Jews and Christians and the necessity ultimately to impose Islamic rule.
And in the summer of 2011 came another study showing that only 19% of mosques in U.S. don’t teach jihad violence and/or Islamic supremacism.
Maybe he didn’t quote me mentioning these studies specifically because Hooper was unable to offer any evidence to refute them.
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