The New York Daily News reported Friday that professional victim and dishonest Islamic apologist Haroon Moghul is set to speak at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan.
Haroon Moghul is one of the most ridiculous exponents of the “Islamophobia” victimhood propaganda industry, as he has shown himself to be many times. Obsessed with victimhood, poor Haroon cowers in fear of “Islamophobic” coffee servers: his Starbucks name is not Haroon but “Dwayne” (my Starbucks name, meanwhile, is “Haroon”).
When he gets behind a keyboard, however, he is suddenly full of bravado, trafficking in malicious defamation (likening Pamela Geller and me to jihad mass murder mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, blithely ignoring the inconvenient facts that I have never called for violence, approved of violence, exhorted anyone to commit terror acts, or assisted in the planning of any terror acts) and dishonesty (discounting the reality of jihad terror while magnifying the fiction of “Islamophobia”) and taking advantage of his audience’s ignorance about Islam to invert reality, portraying Muslims as victims of a cruel “Islamophobic” machine, instead of non-Muslims threatened by the global jihad.
Why has this disingenuous huckster been invited to speak at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum? Because the Leftist establishment thinks that it is one of the first priorities, in the aftermath of any jihad terror attack, to make sure that no one thinks ill of Islam or jihad. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum wouldn’t dream of hosting a speaker who explained the motives and goals of the 9/11 hijackers, and the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat. That would be “Islamophobic,” and there would be shrill (and likely violent) protests until such an event was canceled.
The 9/11 museum authorities likely did not, however, anticipate any protests over Moghul’s appearance, because Muslim spokesmen assuring us that jihad terrorism has nothing to do with Islam have become so familiar a feature of our cultural landscape. But this time, they’re hearing from first responders who have maintained clarity of vision even after 16 years of an ever-thickening fog of disinformation and lies. Kudos to them.
The Daily News reported: “Former constructor worker TJ Gilmartin, 57, who toiled through the toxic rubble at Ground Zero and developed cancer — has no interest in hearing Moghul’s story. ‘It wasn’t a priest that flew those planes into the Twin Towers,’ Gilmartin said. ‘It wasn’t a minister. It wasn’t a rabbi. It was Muslims. I understand I’m not being politically correct, but Muslims ruined my life.’”
Indeed. And the Daily News adds: “Joe Zadroga, whose son James, an NYPD detective who died of breathing problems after getting sick during the Ground Zero rescue effort says the invite to Moghul is ‘disrespectful’ to those who died that day and every day after.”
That is true as well, although “Zadroga, 70, said he believes life has been difficult for Moghul since 9/11. ‘But it probably was nowhere near the suffering of the families those who died, or those that died on that day,’ he said. ‘What about what happened to the first responders? How about how their lives have changed? That’s what upset me the most.’”
Life has been difficult for Moghul since 9/11? Nonsense. Life was never so good for Moghul before 9/11 as it has been after. 9/11 gave him his calling: to become a professional whiner, a public victim, a propagandist of “Islamophobia.”
In response to the controversy caused by his appearance, Dwayne the Victim himself offered some of his patented soothing lies: “My hope is if people are critical — and they have every right to be critical — that they would be willing to come out and hear what I have to say and have a conversation.”
Have a conversation? Really? I guarantee you: if I showed up at Moghul’s Muslim pityfest at the 9/11 Museum on October 4, he would refuse to take any questions from me, or would answer with ad hominem abuse – if he didn’t have me removed from the event altogether. I would be happy to debate him – we could have a good debate on, say, the motivating ideology of the 9/11 hijackers – but given his past behavior, it seems likely that propagandists such as Moghul aren’t interested in debate. They appear interested only in misleading well-intentioned but uninformed people.
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum should show some respect for the first responders and pull this invitation. But another first responder, Chuckie Diaz, hit the nail on the head when he said: “Who’s asking us about our opinion? Nobody.”
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies). Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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