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As for my being “anti-Muslim,” to oppose a radically repressive and intolerant ideology is not to oppose a people. If to defend the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people is “anti-Muslim,” I leave it to Tharoor to explain why his Religion of Peace ends up on the wrong side of such principles so often. And as for my being “routinely accused of hate speech,” that is only evidence of how indefatigably and tirelessly the Islamic supremacists and their stooges in the mainstream media try to discredit freedom fighters by charging them with “hate.” Anyone and everyone who dares to oppose the jihad and Islamic supremacism is tarred with the “hate speech” label. As Pamela Geller says, truth is the new hate speech. I will stick with the truth, thank you.
It’s wrong to suggest that Breivik is wholly a product of these politics. But it’s equally wrong to disregard them altogether. Standing at Ground Zero, I would never have considered even the most foulmouthed Islamophobe there to be capable of what Breivik did, or of inciting it. Yet Islam seems forever on trial, especially in the eyes of the Robert Spencers and Geert Wilders of the world. Why shouldn’t they now also be held to account for the terrors incubated by their own appalling ideology?
Tharoor does not and cannot quote anything that Wilders or I or any “foulmouthed Islamophobe” said that actually could be reasonably seen as inciting Breivik. In reality, an examination of his manifesto shows that I did not and could not have incited Breivik to commit any acts of violence.
There is a key distinction here that Tharoor, in his mad fury to demonize us, is glossing over: Islam is not “forever on trial” because of Wilders and me. Islam is “forever on trial,” at least for people who are paying attention to this issue, because of people like bin Laden, and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and Feisal Shahzad, and Abdulhakim Muhammad, Khalid Aldawsari, Baitullah Mehsud, and Roshonara Choudhry. Click on each link and you will see devout Muslims referencing Islamic teachings to justify violence against unbelievers.
By contrast, neither Wilders nor I nor anyone else who spoke at last year’s 9/11 Rally justified violence against Muslims or anyone. We have never called for it, never excused it, never contemplated it. But Tharoor has to ignore this, and hope the luckless remaining readers of Time Magazine don’t know it, in order to make his demonization stick.
Justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. — Isaiah 59:14-15 (Thanks to Ron Morgen)
Join us again this September 11 at Ground Zero for our 9/11 Freedom Rally.
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