Monday 20 February 2012

Keith Ellison's take on the "Third Jihad"

Keith Ellison took his oath of office on Thomas Jefferson's copy of the Koran. 
Jefferson was wary of Islamic supremacism and wrote about it at length.
You wouldn't guess what his take is, would you?  Naaah.  Well, it's simply this: that a video identifying the enemy, clearly objectively is making the US "less safe".  That's right, less safe because it is, in some unspecified way "anti Muslim" and leaves the impression -- according to Ellison, but not on my viewing of the video -- that "American Muslims are the enemy".
His take on the Third Jihad is here.
Basically, he's at it again: deception, which I noted in The case against Keith Ellison.
I'm just going to touch on a few issues where he's wrong, or gives a misleading impression:
          Para 2: "... a religion that has been part of this country since its founding."
Now that may be technically true.  No doubt there were some Muslims around the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, just as there were likely Buddhists, Jains, Atheists, and probably a Zorastrian or two.  But they were vanishingly small in number.  All the statistics show that Muslims were only a meaningful part of the demographic from the middle of the 20th century.  And of course the numbers have increased sharply in recent years.  It's only in recent years that the problem of Sharia-supremacism has become more acute, drawing inspiration since the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928.  So reference to being part of the US since its founding is not only misleading but irrelevant.
Para 6: "Another Clarion board member has said that 'Most mosques in the United States are actually engaged in -- or at least supportive of -- a totalitarian, seditious agenda they call Sharia.'  Americans of all political stripes, including former Bush Administration officials, have dismissed these extreme claims."
But, far from being "extreme", these claims are consistent with the findings of at least five reports on mosques in the US, which include one by a senior Muslim Sheikh and the New York Police Department itself.  They find that in around 80% of mosques, radical written and video materials are distributed and imams regularly call for Islam to be dominant in the US, for the imposition of Sharia law (a view held by a slight majority of all Muslims in the US) and for the overthrow of the US Constitution.  These views are not "extreme" and "seditious"?

Mind you, not all Ellison's readers are taken in by his tendentious twaddle.  Take this one, for example:
If you were to watch "The Third Jihad" the very first point made is that only a tiny minority of Muslims are "dangerous". But there are significant numbers of people who do want to convert humans everywhere to Islam, and also bring Sharia law to every corner of the globe. Many of these folks claim they want to do it peacefully, no matter how long it takes. As a journalist, I've spoken to a number of young Muslims who speak with pride about this mission - they say things like the Statue of Liberty will one day wear a burka.... and they mean it! In Europe this kind of in-your-face declaration of future domination is rampant. The question becomes - should non-Muslims be really worried? And if so, how should we respond? My answer is education - make sure that as many people as possible understand what Islam really is. It's the only way it can be defeated. [Emphasis added]
February 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm