Criticize Islam: Hate Speech – Insult Jews and Christians: Freedom of Speech
A couple of months ago, Omar Suleiman, founder and president of the Dallas-based Yaqeen Institute—an organization that describes itself as a resource about Islam—led the invocation at the House of Representatives. Controversy spurred because Suleiman has a long record of incendiary social media statements about Israel, calling on multiple occasions for a third Palestinian Intifada, or violent uprising, likened Israeli troops to Nazis, and calling them “the enemies of God.” Despite this, he has not been likened to hate speech by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi or most lawmakers. While the West is preoccupied with fighting hate speech, Islamophobia, and white supremacist groups, it seems to have willfully ignored the cultivation of Muslim hate speech and supremacist attitudes toward non-Muslims. This discriminatory movement on the part of Muslims is not a dissent from Islamic teaching but part Quranic doctrine.
The Quran states that “the disbelievers among the People of the Book [Jews and Christians] and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding therein; it is they who are the worst of creatures.” As Dr. Bill Warner, founder for the Study of Political Islam said: “When I’m called the worst of creatures, does this qualify for hate speech?” Another verse of the Quran: “Indeed, the vilest of animals in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved [kafirs: Jews and Christians].” The same Warner says: “So I’m the lowest of animals according to Allah. Hate speech?”
Just a few days ago, the United Kingdom refused “to adopt a working definition of ‘Islamophobia’ proposed by an all-party Parliamentary group (APPG). The definition, as put forward by the British Muslims APPG in December of last year, determined that Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.” In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, the leader of Britain’s police chiefs, Martin Hewitt, warned that “anti-terrorist operations would be hampered if Theresa May bows to pressure to create an official definition of Islamophobia.” Hewitt further warned that the definition “risked exacerbating community tensions and undermining counter-terrorist policing powers and tactics.”— a risk that would certainly be expedient for Islamic supremacists.
Most neo-conservative and liberal politicians and Christian leaders (of all denominations), whether they are well-informed about Islam or not, almost instantly either downplay or flatly reject that the hate speech or violent acts committed by Muslims have anything to do with the Islamic texts or their interpretation. They thereby isolate and accuse anyone who raises a concern that there may be a connection between the two as a racist or Islamophobe, to say nothing of those who wholeheartedly say that they are inherently related.
At a joint news conference with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in February 2017, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in an apparent effort to appease his Muslim guests, stated: “One of the things that fuel terrorism is the expression in some parts of the world of Islamophobic feelings and Islamophobic policies and Islamophobic speeches.” This type of talk has only aided protagonists, such as Linda Sarsour and Ilhan Omar who have personified themselves in the media as victims of religious hatred. With the help of philanthropists, such as George Soros, and organizations like the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Council of American-Islamic Relations, and the American Civil Liberties Union they have orchestrated conditions through public communications utilizing defensive terminology, thereby classifying Islamophobia as a crime.
According to many Western governments and journalists, such aforementioned Islamists have every right to say and promote hate speech, even if it advocates violence. The ultimate concern, as already highlighted, is that questioning, let alone pointing out, some of the hatred and the call for violence against non-Muslims found in the texts Muslim hold sacred: the Quran and the hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad is automatically identified as unwarranted prejudice against Muslims. Yet avowed Islamists can openly, and for the most part without any liability, expound their hate speech and incite violence against Jews and Christians, or anyone who does not submit to their sharia-based global campaign. This is not freedom of speech or freedom of religion, as guaranteed to us under the First Amendment. It is, rather, and abuse and exploitation of it, which they consequently forfeit since such exercise seeks to undermine and eventually eradicate our pursuit to life, liberty, and happiness that has been endowed onto us by our Creator.
N.B. This article was originally published on May 17, 2019, on my blog
Mario Alexis Portella is author of Islam: Religion of Peace? – The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up
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