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Allen West Practicing Taqiyya?

8 March 2011 13 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Allen West Practicing Taqiyya?

We have done our fair share of coverage of the loony House representative from Florida, Allen West, but this guy is just amazing sometimes in the nonsense he spits out. West has made some seriously Islamophobic remarks in the past, arguing in point blank statements that Islam is not a religion, but an ideology:

“We already have a 5th column that is already infiltrating into our colleges, into our universities, into our high schools, into our religious aspect, our cultural aspect, our financial, our political systems in this country. And that enemy represents something called Islam and Islam is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology, it is not a religion. It has not been a religion since 622 AD, and we need to have individuals that stand up and say that.”

So said West back then, in the company of other right-wing loons, that “Islam is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology, it is not a religion.” It seems pretty clear to anyone with half a brain that he was not trying to say “radical Islam” is wrong, or that he is against “extremist” versions of Islam, or “Islamism” or anything else. He makes it very clear in that speech he is against Islam, period. He also makes it clear that he does not think Islam is a religion.

In early February 2011, West was contacted by religious leaders who became aware of West’s rhetoric against Rep. Keith Ellison, one of two Muslim Congressmen in the House of Representatives. West said that Ellison represented “the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established”:

Several religious leaders told South Florida Congressman Allen West on Wednesday they have “deep concern” over his recent comments about a Muslim colleague in Congress and about “your tendency to offer intemperate comments about Islam.”

In contrast to the blunt comments about Islam he made during the right-wing program mentioned above, West changed his tune:

“It is the extremist, radical element that has hijacked Islam that presents a dangerous threat to both our country and our allies throughout the world,” West said in a return letter. “This radical jihadist movement has no place in the United States of America or anywhere on earth.”

So now it was the “extremist, radical element” that had “hijacked Islam” that West was concerned about. I would like to offer a more cogent and intellectual analysis of West’s statements, but let’s be real here folks. It isn’t required. He is changing his tune because he does not want to appear to be the bigot that he clearly is. West was speaking from his heart to his like minded loons last year at that right-wing program where he said that “Islam is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology.” But when respected religious leaders contacted him after his verbal attack on Rep. Ellison, West backtracked to save face. West, it could be argued, is practicing the definition of “taqiyya” that so many anti-Muslim loons claim that Muslims practice. West is hiding his true beliefs about Islam from civil society because he knows it can only serve to make him look like a bigot. Meanwhile, the Congressman ramps up the anti-Islam rhetoric once he’s in front of his fellow Muslim-bashing compatriots.

However, West’s true face was shown once again when he felt pushed into a corner about his views on Islam. On Monday, Feb. 21, West got into a heated exchange with the director of CAIR Florida, Nezar Hamze. Hamze had the audacity to question West’s knowledge about Islam. How dare he! It’s quite obvious that someone of West’s stature, being a Congressman and all, would have the requisite knowledge to speak about Islamic theology and history. I mean, don’t most U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen know a whole lot about Islamic theology and history? Isn’t that why they are elected to Congress – because they know a lot about Islam?

Well, of course not. But, Hamze stood before the bigoted Congressman and asked West to point out where in the Qur’an it says to attack Americans or innocent people. This gave West the opportunity to show how prolific his knowledge of Islamic history was (and how big of a wise guy he is). West told the lowly Muslim that of course there’s no mention of attacking Americans in the Qur’an because America was not even around when the Qur’an was written.

Duh, you stupid Muslim!

West then made mention of certain battles in early Islamic history. LoonWatch is currently working on a lengthy response to West’s dubious claims, one that he and other Islamophobes constantly refer to in order to argue that Islam is violent. Stay tuned for that response – it will be posted soon. However, make no mistake that West’s alleged understanding of Islamic law and history is way off base, as is his understanding of the Muslim American community today.

In response to the question Hamze asked, West alleged that Maj. Nidal Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar” when he killed those innocent people at Fort Hood and that the 9-11 hijackers also yelled “Allahu Akbar” when they flew planes into the Twin Towers, as if to show that these people represent Islam. Of course, West is attempting to link all Muslims to what Nidal Hasan and the 9-11 terrorists did through the use of common Islamic terms. Just because some extremists shouted out a religious term when committing acts of violence against innocent people does not mean that others who also use those religious terms share in the guilt of those atrocities or that Islam somehow would condone these actions because these murderers attempted to “Islamicize” these heinous actions. West is treading on a slippery slope. One that will make him fall on his face. Which brings us to his final statement at the town hall event that fateful evening.

Hamze told West that he was ashamed that West was attacking his religion, whereupon West burst out and yelled “You attacked us! You attacked us!”


This is a United States Congressman? This is not only an absurd statement to make, because for one Hamze obviously had nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks, but two, West is essentially laying guilt for 9-11 on every single Muslim American. By saying “You attacked us,” West is telling us what he truly believes. That Muslim Americans, like Nezar Hamze, are co-conspirators in the 9-11 attacks. That Muslim Americans are guilty people (sounds like West is applying Robert Spencer’s definition of dhimmi on Muslim Americans).

And you know what that means. It means West’s followers will associate every Muslim living in America with terrorism and make them worthy of ridicule, contempt, distrust, and then eventually this type of thinking will lead to violence against innocent Muslims in America. You can already see the type of vitriol that is being practiced against Muslim Americans when viewing the anti-Muslim protestin Orange County, CA.

This is disgusting behavior on the part of a U.S. Congressman. West is not clever. He’s not smart. He doesn’t know squat about Islam or Islamic history. He’s the worst of what America has to offer. He is a disgrace to his constituents and a danger to law-abiding Muslim Americans who simply want to live a normal life in America. He is simply an un-American fake tough guy who loses his temper when questioned about things he knows nothing about. The fact that this jerk is a U.S. Congressman speaks volumes about the state of Islamophobia in America today. He’s also clearly practicing“taqiyya” by saying one thing to his right-wing constituents about Islam and then saying another thing to religious leadership in order to hide his bigoted views of Islam and Muslims. But never fear, Loon Watch is here – to expose loony frauds like Allen West and put them in their rightful place of shame.


  1. the writer of this article summed it up nicely!”The fact that this jerk is a U.S. Congressman speaks volumes about the state of Islamophobia in America today”……..the only thing i’d like to add is this question…what does that say about the voting (and by proxy nonvoting) citizens in this country?

  2. the koran does not say to kill innocent people, but it does say to kill those who murder or make mischief. so who difines mischief? is america’s support for isreali not “making mischief in the land” of palestine? this website currently has an article (why do they hate us)asking how many muslims has america killed in the last 30 years? so does it not make sense to say that muslims view america as they would the meccans (in the battle of badr) or the jews siding with the meccans (i can’t remember the tribe’s name quayrash?) in the battle of ditch? should america not be treated as god (sending angels to “cut off their heads”) and muhammad treated those who fought against islam? where not the jews executed after surrending in the battle of trench?

  3. Please do not insult the Islamic concept that is taqiyya (denial of faith under coercion, as prescribed in Sura an-Nahl ayat 106: [Yusufali 16:106] Any one who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters Unbelief,- except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith – but such as open their breast to Unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty.) T

    this man is a flat out LIAR.

  4. Both the Bible and Quran came about in repressive societies based on slavery or feudalism. Yes, Prophet Muhammad’s followers may indeed have done some things that we cannot justify today. But so did Joshua and his followers commit the same systematic genocide against the Canaanite people that Hitler attempted against Jews. And God Himself is depicted as ordering the mass murder.

    The Bible is a NAZI DOCUMENT. West cannot condemn things done by Muhammad’s companions unless he equally insults the Bible, but the hypocrite won’t do that. He depends on the votes of the Halleluljah Brigade.

  5. [QUOTE=+Vivek Golikeri]”Yes, Prophet Muhammad’s followers may indeed have done some things that we cannot justify today. But so did Joshua…”[/QUOTE]

    The difference is:
    Christians and Jews don’t hold Joshua up on a pedestal, as the perfect man, to be emulated for all time… as Muslims do Muhammed.

  6. [QUOTE]West is essentially laying guilt for 9-11 on every single Muslim American.”[/QUOTE]

    That is a blatantly FALSE statement. This entire “article” is skewed. I don’t know if it is intentional dishonesty or innocent ignorance… but either way, most of your comments are absurdly incorrect.

    [QUOTE]West is not clever. He’s not smart. He doesn’t know squat about Islam or Islamic history. “[/QUOTE]

    Oh contraire’. West knows a heck-of-lot about Islam, Islamic history, current Islamic events, and the current Islamic Supremacy agenda. He is one of the few Congressmen who is well-informed. There is a small handful of other knowledgeable politicians but they tiptoe around the truth, afraid of offending the delicate sensibilities of people who can’t handle the truth. They let CAIR and others bully them into silence.

    Why is it that so many so-called “conservatives” are afraid of the truth… and so many so-called “liberals” hold such contempt for the truth?

  7. angel:

    Just because that back-peddling clown b.k.a. Allen West knows more about Islam (rating: 30) than you (rating: 11), that doesn’t make him knowledgeable about Islam! Btw, those rating are on a 1 – 100 scale (i.e. you’d both be considered EPIC FAILURES)!!

    Allen is practicing his version of “taqiyya” (in his mind, that just mean “lying to defame” or just plain lying). OR…..he doing something that he & I both learned in the military: “If you can’t bedazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshyt!” And he’s proving to be excellent in doing the latter with his deficient knowledge of Islam!

    To your chagrin, CAIR is not the only entity that is standing up to those with “bully pulpits” like Allen West. There are individuals with the most basic knowledge of Islam who see West for who he really is: a liar who has jumbled partial factoids on Islam. Sadly, those in his constituency have voted him into office are deceived by his Also, you ought not refer to CAIR as “bullies“. Ask “your boy West why he was stripped of his command and got bounced out of the military! He REALLY knows what it means to be a bully….!

    Ladies & gentlemen, brothers & sisters, all others, I’ve presented to you, Allen West, summed-up!!

  8. mike:

    At least you do acknowledge the fact that the Qur’an does teach to not kill innocent people.

    The rest of your later speculating, however, is far, far off-base.

    But celebrate in the fact that you, at least, got the first part right…. ☺

  9. There are only TWO types of people who don’t like Allen West. These are the same TWO types who oppose the King hearings:

    1) Those who are sadly misinformed about the very serious issues and have no clue what is going on

    2) Those who are very much in-the-know and don’t want YOU to know what they know.

  10. Allen West represents a new phenomenon in American life. African-Americans overcompensating for generations of being left out by becoming carbon copies of white bigots and fascists who tormented their ancestors. There may indeed be some limited truth in some of what west says. But his overall approach is that of a Senator Joseph McCarthy ——– remember him?

    The year is 2011, not 1937, and it is categorically no longer just the white people who play the role of bully, poser, or bigot. Stupidity has become an equal opportunity employer. Allen West is a close friend of Joyce Kaufman, whose extremist comments about ballots and bullets came close to sedition. In some western democracies, she would have been arrested.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Allen West likes Ann Coulter, too. Kooks of a feather flock together.

  11. deuceprez said “At least you do acknowledge the fact that the Qur’an does teach to not kill innocent people.”

    Only problem for you and other Islamic apologists is those nice peaceful verses have been abrogated by verses of the sword 9.5

    Ibn Warraq, page 115,Why I am Not a Muslim: “Now we see how useful and convenient the doctrine of abrogation is in bailing scholars out of difficulties. Of course, it does pose a problem for apologists of Islam, since all the passages preaching tolerance are found in the Meccan, i.e., early suras, and all the passages recommending killing, decapitating, and maiming are Median, i.e., later: “tolerance” has been abrogated by “intolerance.” For example, the famous verse at Sura 9.5, “Slay the idolaters wherever you find them,” is said to have canceled 124 verses that dictate tolerance and patience.”


  12. To those of you on this site defending Islam and castigating West, my only hope or wish is that you get to live in a Muslim society as infidels. I can think of no worse hell for you. The religion/ideology is evil and has been aggressive against the West off and on for 1400 years. The second worse fate for you would be to live in a Muslim country as a Muslim. The reason most Muslim countries have so few non Muslim is that the descrimination against non Muslims forces them to eventually convert. Islam is evil and violent and your grand children will live under it if you do not wake up.

  13. Allen West repeats those hackneyed cliches right-wingers love to spout about “founding fathers” and “principles our countries was founded on.” That was how he attacked Keith Ellison, Muslim member of Congress. Well guess what? West himself is not harmonized with the original values of the Republic in 1789, because as a black person he was considered three-fifths of a person.

    Do you cast three-fifths of a vote when you vote, Westie baby? You talk of what this country was at founding. Well at founding you would have been sold away from your mother like a bloody cow! This country was founded on both many good as well as many EVIL principles that have since been abrogated. Slavery, denial of the vote to women, child labor….

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