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And yet the PFAW “playbook” repeatedly hammers away at the lie that the Right is simply targeting all Muslim-Americans. “With sweeping and cutting rhetoric,” the report asserts, “anti-Muslim activists claim that all or nearly all Muslim-Americans support terrorism, violence, the abuse of women and the abrogation of American law and ideals.” This complete falsehood is typical of the “sweeping and cutting rhetoric” the PFAW itself uses throughout its imaginary “playbook.” There is no conspiratorial movement afoot to curtail the rights of law-abiding Americans who simply happen to be Muslim; what’s at issue is identifying the demonstrable threat of Islamic terrorism, radicalization, and the stealth jihad in this country and eradicating it, for the safety of all Americans.
But this report does not take seriously the notion that any such threat exists. There is no discussion of Islamic terror attacks carried out or thwarted, no discussion of the Muslim Brotherhood’s subversive presence here (except when dismissed as conservative fear-mongering), no acknowledgment of the radical Wahhabi lobby and its funding of the majority of the mosques in America (except, again, when dismissed out of hand). The stealth jihad likewise is treated as a loony conspiracy concocted in the fevered imagination of Islamophobes – even though it is straight out of the “playbook” of the Muslim Brotherhood (which actually refers to it as “civilizational jihad”).
And thus, despite the mounting numbers of terrorist recruits among American Islamic youth, the “playbook” attacks Peter King’s congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization: “King and his allies claim that Muslim-Americans are using both peaceful and violent means to destroy America and curtail the nation’s freedoms, and argue that Americans must curtail Muslims’ liberties and freedoms in order to stop them.” Again, no authoritative critic of jihad, including King, labels all Muslim-Americans as a threat or claims that those innocents are not allowed to enjoy the liberties that other Americans enjoy. The “playbook” simply pretends that Islamic extremism in its various forms, violent and otherwise, does not exist here, and instead presents the Right as the real subversive threat to freedom in America.
Muslims themselves are the most numerous victims of Islamic supremacists. In turning a blind eye to the threat of worldwide jihad, it is actually the Left, not the Right, that is endangering all Muslim-Americans. If the PFAW were truly committed to protecting the religious freedoms of all and to “promoting the American Way and defending it from attack,” as its mission statement claims, it would turn its spotlight on the clear and present danger of jihad in America, and cease smearing as racists, bigots and purveyors of hate speech the courageous figures on the Right who are truly working to protect the American way.
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