By Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch
Hamas-linked CAIR was a co-sponsor of this event, but it doesn’t really want to end “Islamophobia” at all. “Islamophobia” is its bread and butter. The organization even has a new “Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia,” directed by Corey Saylor, who has already begun attempting to harass and intimidate pro-freedom groups. Hamas-linked CAIR wants and needs “Islamophobia,” because its entire modus operandi is to portray Muslims as victims, unjustly discriminated against and singled out in counter-terror efforts, as a means to bring an end to those counter-terror efforts and allow jihadists to work unopposed and unimpeded. Victimhood is Hamas-linked CAIR’s path to money, power, and influence: it is the single organization that has the most to gain from any acts that can be characterized, however unfairly, as “Islamophobic.”
If Corey Saylor, Director of the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, and the rest of the thugs at Hamas-linked CAIR, including those in its Dallas chapter, really want to end “Islamophobia,” here is how they can accomplish it. They can call upon Muslim individuals and groups to:
1. Focus their indignation on Muslims committing violent acts in the name of Islam, not on non-Muslims reporting on those acts.
2. Renounce definitively, sincerely, honestly, and in deeds, not just in comforting words, not just “terrorism,” but any intention to replace Western constitutions (or the constitutions of any non-Muslim state) with Sharia even by peaceful means. In line with this, clarify what is meant by their condemnations of the killing of innocent people by stating unequivocally that non-Muslim civilians, including Israelis, are innocent people, teaching accordingly in mosques and Islamic schools, and behaving in accord with these new teachings.
3. Teach, again sincerely and honestly, in transparent and verifiable ways in mosques and Islamic schools, the imperative of Muslims coexisting peacefully as equals with non-Muslims on an indefinite basis, and act accordingly.
4. Begin comprehensive international programs in mosques all over the world to teach sincerely against the ideas of violent jihad and Islamic supremacism.
5. Actively and honestly work with Western law enforcement officials to identify and apprehend jihadists within Western Muslim communities.
If Muslims did those five things, voila! “Islamophobia” would vanish! But it ain’t gonna happen.
“Muslim activists walk in Dallas to raise awareness,” by Hannah DeClerk, Dallas Morning News, May 31, 2014:
More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks inspired widespread animosity toward the Islamic faith, many Muslims say they continue to experience bias, hate and misunderstanding.
On Saturday, a group of about 80 Muslim activists gathered at Reverchon Park in Dallas’ Oak Lawn area for a walk to raise awareness about the issue.
Walk Against Islamophobia was hosted by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and a group of young Muslim activists called Enlightened Generations.
Yvonne Munoz, a lawyer with a Christian upbringing, converted to Islam in 2008. Proudly wearing a black head scarf, she said she regularly said she faces discrimination at work.
“I deal with Islamophobia on a regular basis with clients all the time,” Munoz said. “Automatically my clients will not want to meet with me and want somebody else. Once they meet with me and find that I am kind and helpful and … they change their idea.”
Munoz took part in the walk with the group American Muslim Professionals.
Although the 9/11 attacks were carried out by Islamic extremists loyal to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, some people associate all Muslims with terrorism. Munoz and others hope events like Saturday’s walk might help break that connection in people’s minds.
“Islam brought peace in my life,” Munoz said. “I was able to put myself through a lot of struggles I would not have been able to do if I didn’t find a peace.”
Before the walk began, participants heard speakers share personal experiences of discrimination. One speaker, Dallas activist Nicole Queen, said that during a recent lunch with a friend, someone put bacon in her drink as a joke.
“They were hoping I would slurp it or eat something I am not supposed to eat,” Queen said. “I did not have anything like that happen before until I chose to be a Muslim. It was eye-opening to me,” Queen said.
Wes Magruder, senior pastor at Kessler Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, said he began advocating for Muslim rights after attending an anti-Muslim rally in downtown Dallas.
“I went to the rally, and I have to say I was absolutely shocked,” Magruder said. “I was not prepared for what I heard or what I saw. I heard and I saw the reality our Muslim brothers and sisters live with all the time.”
Magruder should go to Syria, Egypt, Nigeria or Pakistan, and see the reality his Christian brothers and sisters live with all the time.
Many activists that day, including Christian pastors, chastised him for advocating for Muslim rights, he said.
“That scared me. The things I heard were shocking. I heard Muslims described as ‘Third World Neanderthals.’ I heard all about the Muslim plot to take over the world,” he said. “Christian pastors told us we were not Christian pastors — that we were the enemy and a disgrace to our churches.”
Alia Salem, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, said she was pleased by the diversity among groups that chose to take part Saturday.
“We want to promote activism in our youth, and so I am very happy and excited about the turnout,” she said.