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Robert Spencer’s Attacks on #MyJihad Campaign Debunked

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Robert Spencer’s Attacks on #MyJihad Campaign Debunked

Garibaldi of Loonwatch wrote about a recent twitter exchange between terrorist inspirer and pseudo-scholar Robert Spencer and Civil Rights activist Ahmed Rehab. Spencer was forced into undermining his career long effort to demonize Islam and Muslims, reluctantly conceding that the term Jihad means more than “terrorism” and “violence,” a position he is loathe to share on a daily basis with his readers since it doesn’t fit his scheme of evil Muslim hordes Islamizing the universe.

This fits a pattern of doublespeak on Spencer’s part: on the one hand he tells his audience that there are “no distinctions between peaceful and violent Muslims” and that the “only good Muslim is a bad Muslim,” yet when pressed in public about his positions he backtracks, and says things like, “Islam makes a lot of people be very moral and upright and live fine lives.”

This brings us to Spencer’s recent double speak, in which he tells his fans that the “true meaning” of Jihad is the one that is forwarded by radical Muslim preachers. Intriguingly, Spencer finds himself in the unenviable company of agreeing with extremists such as Omar Bakri, Anjum Chaudhry, Osama Bin Laden and others who believe that the targeted killing of innocents is a legitimate expression of Jihad in Islam.

Spencer’s article begins by first trying to delegitimize the #MyJihad campaign, he writes,

“The deceptive and misleading #MyJihad campaign…”

Off the bat one can see that Spencer has already made up his mind, for him anything that runs counter to the “Jihad is evil” mantra is unacceptable. That is why he is eager to hide the true import of the campaign: giving voice to how millions of Muslims relate to Jihad in their daily lives. The #MyJihad campaign also clearly states on both its website and Facebookpage that its goal is, “taking back Jihad from anti-Muslim and Muslim extremists alike.”

One would think that if Spencer was honest about promoting peace and justice (words he bandies about meaninglessly), and not being anti-Muslim he would welcome such an initiative. Of course Spencer would be out of a David Horowitz Subsidized job if he welcomed the campaign. Spencer goes on to write,

This campaign is designed to foster complacency among Americans, and to blind them to the fact that Islamic jihadists are committing violence in the name of jihad around the world every day.

Spencer is worried by the educational potentiality of the #MyJihad campaign and attempts once again to obfuscate its message. Clearly Spencer missed the memo about what this whole campaign actually is about, let’s repeat it for him,

“taking back Jihad from anti-Muslim and Muslim extremists alike.”

Robert Spencer’s many faulty claims regarding Jihad have been directly debunked in Danios’ Understanding Jihad series. In this series Danios tackles Spencer’s assertions one by one, adding context and facts and also criticizing the enormous falsities Spencer forwards about Jihad, thereby putting “Jihad” in proper perspective. This may be the reason why to this day Robert Spencer refuses to reply to Danios’ rebuttals in the series and has also ran away from Loonwatch’s open invitation to debate.

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9 Comments »

  1. it’s cool that jihad causes no harm to anyone

  2. “no distinctions between peaceful and violent Muslims” that’s fucking hilarious. that’s not the quote. so loonwatch misquotes someone and then puts a link to the actual quote. i quess they count on the, what is the word the muslims us for followers of spencer and geller, sheepeople.

    the actual quote: “there is no distinction in the American Muslim community between peaceful Muslims and jihadists.”

    as for his quote “the only good muslim is a bad muslim.” that’s pretty clever. and if you believe you have to impose sharia to be a good muslim, then acurate. i guess bin laden might have said: the good muslim is a bad american. or if you believe you have to interpret the koran litterally to be a good muslim, then the only good american muslim would have to be a bad muslim. if you believe islam is both a religion and a form of governance then the only good american muslim would have to be a bad muslim.

    and the spin goes on. “yet when pressed in public about his positions he backtracks, and says things like, “Islam makes a lot of people be very moral and upright and live fine lives.”” why would he duck a debate with loonwatch. i don’t claim to be an islamic sholar. but i’ll debate loonwatch anyday.

    bagus,

    what do you think about their dropping “in the american muslim community”? kid of like dropping spreading corruption, except the spreading corruption part makes 5:33 less worrisome?

    so do you think the hudud is “divine law”?

  3. mike: but i’ll debate loonwatch anyday.

    Despite your bravado, how come you don’t post on LoonWatch?

  4. IbnAbuTalib,

    i’ll give it a shot again. but i did post a couple of times on loonwatch. but i was blocked after my third post. maybe i’ll see you there. or maybe you can post here.

    jumping over right now. i’ll look for ya.

  5. IbnAbuTalib,

    i see corey who used to comment on this site. the dutch chick espalate, and critialdragon1177. were are you at?

    from the article of the candy cab.

    mike Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    October 16th, 2012 at 9:24 pm
    allah is in control of all things. he chose to kill this child. allah is clearly a bastard.

    mike Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    October 16th, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    IbnAbuTalib,

    so what do you think? allah is the most merciful?

  6. jd, you are apearently a moron,

    ” Where are the calls Freedom of speech for the Westboro Baptist Church” well they are straight out of the supreme court

    the westboro ruling

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-751.pdf

    there is no double standard. and fuck muhammad and his bullshit.

  7. let’s see if those make it through moderation?

    mike Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    October 16th, 2012 at 9:36 pm
    jd, you are apearently a moron,

    ” Where are the calls Freedom of speech for the Westboro Baptist Church” well they are straight out of the supreme court

    the westboro ruling

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-751.pdf

    there is no double standard. and fuck muhammad and his bullshit.

  8. so your link is to loonwatch? i hope i got you paid a few cents?

  9. IbnAbuTalib,

    i tried to post a couple of comments on the “prophet” kamal saleem article on loonwatch. looks like it didn’t make it through moderation. big suprise. you have any pull on loonwatch? they appearently have no bravado.

    interesting. i just checked and my one comment on the candy cab article made it through. maybe my bbc links are the problem. does loonwatch lnot like real news? i’ll repost my comment without the bbclink to creativity and mental illness being linked.

    we’ll see if this makes it,

    mike Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    October 17th, 2012 at 8:40 am
    anyone who claims prophethood is probably mentally unstable. those who think they speak to angels are delusional. or maybe they are smart enogh to know some will follow them. the fear of eternal damnation is a powerful motivator.

    IbnAbuTalib, here i posted a link to a bbc story on a study about creative peoples minds being similar to bi-polar and schizophrenic minds.

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