DEFENDING THE WEST
Seattle bowing to Islamic supremacists
Exclusive: Pamela Geller asks, ‘Why isn’t Muslim community trying to reform Islam?’
Last Thursday, my law firm, the American Freedom Law Center, or AFLC, on behalf of my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, filed a motion asking the federal court in Seattle, Wash., to order the King County transit authorities to run our anti-terrorism advertisement featuring photos of 16 of the world’s Most Wanted Terrorists. The link to the motion is here.
Yes, 12 years after Sept. 11, it has come to this: We have to file suit to fight against jihad terrorism. As Walid Shoebat put it, “posting the images of wanted terrorists is now the business of hatemongers and those who defend said terrorists are freedom’s champions.”
It all started last July, when the FBI ran a terrorism awareness campaign featuring bus ads depicting photos of 16 wanted terrorists, all of whom were Muslim. This was a publicity campaign sponsored by the Joint Terrorism Task Force for the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, or RFJ. But then the leftists and Islamic supremacists complained that the ads were “Islamophobic,” and they came down – and unbelievably, Seattle is refusing to allow my group, the AFDI, to put them back up.
We have asked that the ads be put up forthwith, as the county’s refusal to run them is an unconstitutional restriction on our freedom of speech. Moreover, the RFJ program has been successful: Through it, the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has paid more than $125 million to more than 80 people who offered genuine information that led to jihadis being jailed and prevented acts of jihadist terror. This program was instrumental in leading to the arrest of jihadist Ramzi Yousef, who is now in prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center jihad bombing. In short, this program has saved lives.
That may be why Islamic supremacists hate it so much. Jafar Siddiqui, founder of American Muslims of Puget Sound, claimed that Seattle-area Muslims called him, saying the Most Wanted Terrorists ad campaign made them “concerned for their safety.” Why? Were the Most Wanted Terrorists calling Siddiqui? Do they have his number on speed dial? Anyway, the FBI caved to this Shariah demand (do not offend Muslims).
The FBI is putting Americans at risk by submitting to the outrageous demands of Islamic supremacists. It is not the fault of the FBI that the world’s most dangerous terrorists are jihadists. That is the reality. You cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Capturing these mass murderers is significantly more important than propping up the fictional narrative of victimhood and the nonsensical hurt feelings. People are being slaughtered every day in jihad attacks.
But the enemedia don’t care about that. Their coverage of this controversy has been biased, libelous and full of the same name-calling we have become familiar with in the war of ideas. Seattle-area KIRO-TV’s report started out by saying that “a group often labeled anti-Muslim” wanted to rerun the FBI ads.
So now opposing jihad terror is “anti-Muslim.” Opposing Sept. 11 (New York), July 7 (London), March 11 (Madrid), Mumbai, Bali, Boston, Fort Hood, Kenya’s Westgate mall, Nigeria et al is “anti-Muslim.”
And labeled by whom, exactly? Islamic supremacists and their leftist bag men. Scurrilous, unsubstantiated charges, but the battlefield is ugly and never level in any war.
The money quote in this piece comes from Siddiqui: “Freedom of expression is the fig leaf that most hatemongers hide behind these days.” Actually, restriction of freedom of speech and freedom of conscience is the club that tyrants wield to enslave and destroy the people.
Siffiqui is the hater. He hates truth and freedom.
We can’t run faces of the world’s worst terrorists because Muslims will get offended? Rational folks will see through this, no matter how slickly packaged the propaganda.
Levi Pulkkinen’s story in the Seattle PI was even worse. Check out the unqualified smear in the headline: “‘Hate group’ sues to re-run controversial FBI ads on Metro buses.”
Are news organizations incapable of reporting a news story without inserting their agenda-driven bias and propaganda? My organization is running the exact same ad as the FBI ran last month. Is the FBI a “hate group,” too? Did this vicious troll who fancies himself a “journalist” call me for comment? Of course not. And his entire article regurgitates the same libel and defamation provided to tools in the media by Hamas-linked/Muslim Brotherhood groups who work feverishly to destroy any and all opposition to jihad and sharia.
No research, no balance, no reportage. Just poison. According to the mainstream media, it’s “hate” to fight against jihad terrorism. That is the road to national suicide. On Friday, Muslim convert Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum was taken off a terror-bound bus in California and arrested for aiding and abetting the jihadi group, al-Qaida. Another Muslim busted for jihad in America. This is hardly new or unique. We see these reports daily. Muslims and converts to Islam wage jihad in the cause of Islam. They cite the Quran, chapter and verse. Muslims worldwide continue the 1,400-year-old war to impose Islam across the world – all citing the same Islamic texts and teachings.
There is a problem in Islam.
So what is the response of the Muslim community? Is it to call for the expunging of the Quran of the violent texts that call for jihad? No.
What we do see is the Islamic pattern of stealth jihad. Muslim Brotherhood groups issue pro-forma, fill-in-the-blank condemnations after jihadi attacks or arrests (i.e., the Boston bombing), but they never address the Islamic texts that inspire jihad; nor do they attempt to organize programs that intervene in the recruitment of young Muslims or Muslim converts to jihad. What are the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, CAIR, ICNA ISNA, et al, doing to stop the mosques preaching and teaching jihad? Nothing. Instead, these Muslim groups urge Muslims not to talk to law enforcement (as with the notorious CAIR poster telling Muslims not to talk to the FBI), and they seek to dismantle counter-terror programs in the U.S.
Why isn’t the Muslim community trying to reform Islam? Why aren’t Muslim groups shutting down mosques that teach and preach jihad? What mosque did Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum attend?
The Muslim response to the arrest of California Muslim convert Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum is obfuscation, cover-up and deceit. The bottom line is that they know exactly what Ghannoum is doing and why. And it needs to stop – but it never will until we speak honestly about it. Help us fund this fight. Donate here.
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