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The Uselessness of Distinction of “Moderate” Muslims & Islamic Jihad in Combating Terrorism

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Published on: September 15, 2014

Why is it that “moderates” never protest against the Islamic terrorism they supposedly reject and oppose? Why are there never any mass Muslim protests against this savagery? The uselessness of the “moderate/extremist” distinction is the focus of a new ad campaign sponsored by my organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI. We are planning to roll it out on subways, buses and billboards across the country.

Why aren’t those “moderate” Muslims who just recently were violently demonstrating against Israel in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, etc., protesting the Islamic persecution of Christians in Egypt? Nigeria? Syria? The Muslim starving of Christians in Mosul? The Muslims’ kidnapping of hundreds of Christian girls in Nigeria? Why aren’t Muslims protesting the more 175,000 dead in jihadi wars in Syria? The jihad in Iraq? Honor killings? Clitordectomies? Why is it that only Jews defending themselves set them off?

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Approximately 28,000 pro-Islamic State twitter accounts were created in the aftermath of the jihad beheadings of two American reporters. The beheading of British hostage David Haines on Saturday is sure to lead to the creation of even more.

Finally, after years of silence, the mainstream media are now reporting on the growing number of Muslims from the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia who are flocking to the Middle East to wage jihad (exhorted to go by recruiters, such as this German Muslim), but in none of the coverage do they discuss why these young Muslims are leaving their homes to wage war in the cause of Islam.

According to three separate studies over the past decade, 80 percent of the mosques in America are teaching and promoting jihad. Jihad recruitment in the mosques is not new. Mosques should be monitored.

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Every article covering Muslims flocking to the Middle East to wage jihad avoids the story, and instead waxes poetic about how peaceful Muslims are and how Muslim leaders condemn “the actions of ISIS.” But they never ask these Muslim leaders what they are doing to reform Islam and expunge the Quran of its violent teachings. Their disingenuous condemnations are of a particular savage action (i.e., a beheading) but never the motive behind it.

The mainstream media are still much more concerned with “Islamophobia” than with jihad savagery. But in reality, the only people spreading Islamophobia are the Muslims who are slaughtering, beheading and violently converting non-Muslims in the cause of Islam.

In a PR stunt, the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, claims to condemn the beheadings, but it does not condemn the Quranic verses and Islamic texts and teachings that call for such slaughter. So their condemnation is empty, transparent rhetoric. Why aren’t American Muslim groups running programs across the U.S. to stop Muslims from going to the Middle East to wage jihad? Where are the Muslim initiatives to expunge the Quran of the violent texts that teach and preach jihad?

Our new ad campaign is designed to point out all this, and the uselessness of the distinction between “moderate” and “extremist” Muslims – and to show law-enforcement agencies such as the New York Police Department why they should drop plans to discontinue controversial programs of surveillance in Muslim communities.

The ad depicts two photos of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, a London-based Muslim who pursued a career as a rap artist until he turned to jihad and went to Syria to join the Islamic State. The first photo shows Abdel Bary as a rapper, and the second is just before he beheaded American journalist James Foley. Abdel Bary’s face is masked in the second photo, but British intelligence has identified him as the murderer of Foley. The ad bears the legend, “Yesterday’s moderate is today’s headline.”

Another example of this is Amira Karroum, the “sweet and caring” Muslim private-school girl from Sydney, Australia, who was waging jihad in Syria when she was shot and dismembered.

At the risk of repeating myself for the umpteenth time, this war is ideological. It’s religious and political – because Islam is political. Nationality, race, sex, ethnicity, borders, hair color, shoe size are irrelevant. It is Islamic jihad. That is the common thread. Holy war. Period.

The leftist/Islamic lie that is rammed down our throats by Islamic supremacists like Hamas-CAIR and Islamic apologists like President Obama, John Kerry, the media and academics across the world that this has nothing to do with Islam is absurd on its face. It is outrageous, false and fatal. They will attribute jihad to poverty, illiteracy, culture – anything but its true origins. Amina grew up in an affluent neighborhood and attended a prestigious private school. This is further refutation of the lie (as if we needed more) that poverty, disaffection and illiteracy are the motivators behind Muslims going to wage jihad.

Thousands of Muslims from Europe and North America who are flocking to the Middle East to wage jihad grew up in the West, went to good schools and came from affluent homes.

Friends say that Amira Karroum never wore Islamic garb during her time at St Hilda’s School in Southport. It wasn’t until after she and her sister, Rose, graduated that they became “more devout.”

Amina Karroum was one of the 60 British Muslimas who are now waging jihad for Islamic State, according to the Jerusalem Post. These include Aqsa Mahmood, whose parents, Muzaffar and Khalida Mahmood, said they were shocked at their daughter’s actions and described themselves as moderate Muslims. But then they also marveled at how “brave” Aqsa had shown herself to be.

These women join the thousands of British Muslim men who make up 25 percent of the Islamic State’s foreign jihadist army.

American girls are going as well, such as Halima (nee Shannon) Conley from Colorado, who just pleaded guilty to trying to join the Islamic State.

But Obama and Hamas-CAIR say this has nothing to do with Islam. That’s like saying Christianity has nothing to do with Christ.

The United States and other Western nations have based numerous foreign and domestic policies on the assumption that moderate Muslims all reject and abhor jihad terror and favor secular government, democracy and pluralism. They have paid insufficient attention to the fact that Muslim communities in the West have not made any concerted effort to expel supporters of jihad terror from their midst, and They’ve done nothing at all to teach against the jihadist understanding of Islam, even though they ostensibly reject it.

This has the effect that we see illustrated by the trajectory of Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary: People taken as “moderate” turn out to be “extremist.”

As the Islamic State draws increasing numbers of recruits from Muslims in the West – Muslims like Abdel Bary – the NYPD and other law-enforcement agencies are winding down surveillance programs in Muslim communities, under pressure from Islamic supremacist groups with ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is unconscionable and endangers Americans.

Our ad calls for common sense and a return to reality on this issue. It is part of our large efforts to defend the freedom of speech – as opposed to Islamic prohibitions of “blasphemy” and “slander,” which are used effectively to quash honest discussion of jihad and Islamic supremacism; the freedom of conscience – as opposed to the Islamic death penalty for apostasy; and the equality of rights of all people before the law – as opposed to Shariah’s institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims.

We must educate the American people to the nature of the threat. The president of the United States is busy proselytizing for Islam, conflicted between his duty to this country and his desire to be the hero of the Muslim world. We are doing a crowdfunder at to enable us to buy these ads for hundreds of buses. How many? It depends on how much we can raise. It depends on you.

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