When Opposing Jihad Is ‘Racist’

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


30172155ff9272ceae50b49222b1eebf“Islamophobia” has broken out at Washington University of St. Louis, sparking outrage, grief, an “open solidarity forum,” and an avalanche of groveling apologies from university administrators.

It all started, according to the university’s independent student paper Student Life, with a “controversial Halloween photograph” that went “viral” and became an “emotional trigger” for Muslim students, “bringing back memories of personal experiences with racism.”

The offending photo featured a group of students apparently dressed as soldiers pointing waterguns at a student dressed as Osama bin Laden, or perhaps as a generic Islamic terrorist.

Oh, the hatred! The racism! The “Islamophobia”! A Muslim student, Mahroh Jahangiri, posted a screenshot of the horrific photo on her Facebook page, with its original caption, which showed that the students in the photo themselves approached the idea of fighting against jihad terror with a certain irony: “Halloween ‘13. Amurrica!!” But the irony was lost on Jahangiri, who added a seven-paragraph caption of her own, fulminating that the photo represented “a broader, more aggressive (and apparently violent) Islamophobia rampant here at WashU and in the United States.”

Jahangiri, who has served as an intern with the Department of Homeland Security, claimed that as a Muslim she had been discriminated against at the university, called om students to “RAISE HELL ABOUT THIS,” and complained: “I find it hard to believe that if this was a black man or a gay man or a Latino man with guns aimed at his face, that black students or queer students or Latino students would not have been up in arms. But because this costume did not represent my friends’ communities, it did not warrant a response.”

Of course, a black man or a gay man or a Latino man didn’t murder 3,000 people on September 11, 2001 in the name of being black or gay or Latino. Black men and gay men and Latino men have not declared their determination of “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions,” as has the Muslim Brotherhood, of which the Muslim Students Association is an affiliate.

Nonetheless, Washington University Vice Chancellor Sharon Stahl, her eyes no doubt still stinging from being subjected to the visual assault of having to view this photo, appeared at the Muslim Students Association’s “open solidarity forum,” at which she issued an abject apology to Muslim students and took the fall for other administrators: “I am the person, the only person, to whom this posting was sent on Halloween,” she said, “I made a grave mistake in not responding sooner than I did. I deeply regret that. If I could go back and undo this, I would, but I can’t, so I have to accept the responsibility of my mistake. I apologize, and I hope that moving forward you will be able to find it in your hearts to give me that grace.”

Despite Stahl’s willingness to fall on her sword alone, however, she was joined by Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Provost Holden Thorp in a joint statement on what is clearly the worst thing ever to have happened at Washington University of St. Louis: “As a community,” the bemused triumvirate wrote, “one of our highest priorities is to maintain an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome. Images like the one that was posted on a social media site by students on Halloween and the impact it has had reminds us that we all must be united in this effort and it must be on-going. Whatever the intention, the image has offended and hurt members of our community. The image also is entirely inconsistent with who we are as an institution, our values and the way in which we engage in the world around us. “We are deeply disappointed and saddened that this has occurred. We must expect better of ourselves and of each other.”

MSA president Ishaq Winters was scarcely mollified, huffing that “the gravity of this matter extends much beyond the photo itself. The ensuing, oftentimes hateful comments of fellow students expose wider concerns…the silence on the part of the administration and majority of our student body speaks to the systemic nature of the challenges to our university’s principles of inclusion and equality, challenges that we must address moving forward.”

Another Muslim student, Imran Mumtaz, was more magnanimous: “I strongly believe that the people involved in the image are college students just like us, and we’ll consider that they made a mistake. At the end of all of this, we need to accept that we need to forgive them.” However, he added that “what we need to take away from this is that we need to not just have one event and say, ‘I recognize these issues exist. I tried to commit to change by going to a solidarity forum.’ Yeah, great. But we need to realize that we need to have these discussions every day.”

Indeed we do. And at them, we need to be allowed to ask the real questions, such as: Are there Islamic jihadis waging war against the United States? Yes, there are. Isn’t the claim of Muslim organizations in the U.S. that they condemn and abhor terrorism? Yes, it is. So if that is the case, then why would the MSA object to a Halloween photograph of “soldiers” pointing guns at a “terrorist”? Shouldn’t they be applauding the capture of a “terrorist” who is “hijacking” their religion, even in a Halloween spoof? Instead, the Muslim students made the same false claim that Islamic supremacists always make regarding counter-jihadists and counter-terror efforts in general: that the fight against jihad terror somehow targets all Muslims and falsely holds them responsible for the crimes of the jihadis. Yet the only ones saying that “all Muslims” are somehow defamed by this Halloween photo, or by counter-terror efforts, are those Islamic supremacists, not foes of jihad.

Apparently absent, conspicuously so, from the MSA’s Muslim victimhood orgy was any discussion of whether Islamic jihad against non-Muslims is a reality, and of whether or not it is permissible under any circumstances to resist it. The MSA and other groups like it have been working for years to stigmatize any and all resistance to jihad terror as “racism,” and this ridiculous episode is just the latest example of how successful they have been.

In a sane world, the MSA would never have made a big deal about the photo, and if asked for comment about it, would have said that there were Islamic jihadists waging war against the U.S., and that it was perfectly reasonable and acceptable for these boys to stage a Halloween photo based on that fact.

But at Washington University of St. Louis, it is not a sane world. Noting that Islamic jihadis are at war with the U.S., and determining to defend the U.S., is “racism” and “hatred.” But the only real hatred here is the self-hatred of university administrators, who hate their country and its principles so deeply that they have allowed the defense of that nation and principles to be thoroughly demonized.

The way things are going, they will probably get the world they want. Then and only then, it will probably dawn on some of them that there was a time when they could have helped stop all this in its tracks and turned it back, and that instead, they invited it and enabled it. The world of horrors that engulfs them will be the world they so yearned for, wished for, and worked for.

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  • ohyehbelievit

    Muslim is a race?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Islam has become a religion of hate.

      That’s why Muslims are at war with Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Bahais and the wrong kind of Muslim.

      • ohyehbelievit

        It’s always been a cult of death and conquest; Mo only had success spreading his insanity at the point of a sword.

      • defcon 4

        Don’t forget the Zoroastrians, who have all but ceased to exist in their former homeland and birthplace of their faith: Iran.

  • defcon 4

    I don’t remember any muslimes condemning the USC MSA when they had, on their university sponsored homepage (paid for by student tuition), a hadith that called for the worldwide extermination of Jews.

  • Hallgard Vormann

    “The offending photo featured a group of students apparently dressed as soldiers pointing waterguns at a student dressed as Osama bin Laden, or perhaps as a generic Islamic terrorist.”

    I’ll bet that Mahroh Jahangiri didn’t get nearly as angry when real terrorists cut off real heads in videos similar to that image, which makes her a hypocrite not to be taken seriously.

  • Bamaguje

    These nitwit Muslim propagandists and grievance mongers don’t seem to realize they are shooting themselves in the foot with their thoughtless whining.
    By unduly making such a huge a fuss about a Halloween photo of soldiers shooting at Bin laden; Ms Jahangiri and other such mindless Muslim whiners tacitly imply that Bin Laden represents all Muslims… in essence all Muslims are terrorists.

    That Washington university would even take the inane Muslim complaints seriously is even more disturbing. If the Pope or some other Christian figure were the object of a Halloween joke, would the University bend over backwards to accommodate Christian complaints?
    Is academia no longer the ivory tower of intellectual freedom, where students & professors can honestly express an opinion about a topical issue?

    • Hallgard Vormann

      “Is academia no longer the ivory tower of intellectual freedom, where students & professors can honestly express an opinion about a topical issue?”

      As long as you don’t insult the Muslim Brotherhood or any leftist bedwetters by telling the truth, all doors are open.

    • m4253y

      “Is academia no longer the ivory tower of intellectual freedom, where students & professors can honestly express an opinion about a topical issue?”

      …sure, only if the opinion suits their leftist collective

      • Julie A

        This is a Marxist tactic being used on campuses. It’s called Liberating Tolerance. It is total intolerance of any viewpoint but it’s own, and free thought and free speech are repressed.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          All the left is doing is Liberating INTOLERANCE.

          That explains the Red/Green Axis of EVIL.

        • Michael__Durham

          The commie-Leftists, “multiculturalists” and Greens worldwide have sprung this trap well…they waited until Gen-Y was into their late 30′s / early 40s, and the next upcoming generation (“Gen-Z?”) is rife with public indoctrination (“schooling”)…and they waited ’til the last of the baby boomers died off or are too tired or infirm to do anything about it. Nothing will be done. It is only going to get worse. All very well-timed, indeed.

    • Cyborg3K

      Bin Laden does represent all muslims. Islam divides the world into the ‘house of islam’ and the ‘house of war’, or those that the house of islam is at war with. All muslims are either actively engaged in jihad, or support it through monetary donations. The myth of the ‘peaceful’ muslim is as false as that of a ‘good’ Nazi.

  • Hass

    “I apologize, and I hope that moving forward you will be able to find it in your hearts to give me that grace”

    Yeah sure, all is forgiven. Not!.
    Please, excuse me whilst I vomit violently!!…

  • Robert Lande

    Muslims are easily offended because they have an inferiority complex and they are afraid of being mocked. That is understandable when you read the Qur’an and the hadiths. While Muslims are outraged at any perceived slight (real, imagined or fabricated), they feel free to mock and insult Christians and Jews in ways that are as intentionally offensive as possible.

    • Race_Dissident

      I’m not sure they’re actually offended. Rather, they feign offense–very convincingly, in many cases–because they know that doing so allows them to jerk the strings of the sorts of PC puppets who rule most sectors of Western society, academia chief among them.

      • Robert Lande

        Good point.

    • defcon 4

      Muhammad had no problems ordering his detractors murdered and even authorized his followers to lie (i.e. about renouncing islam) in order to carry out the hit.

      • Robert Lande

        Yes, I noticed the Qur’an instructs Muslims to be peaceful when in the minority, but when they are in the majority the instructions are to convert, subdue or kill non-Muslims.

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    Opposing jihad is racist when opposing Israel’s building in the West Bank is racist.

  • cecil91

    Saccharine, sniveling liberals make me ill. Lumps of guilt-ridden sobmeisters reeling from the shame of simply existing on the planet.

  • De Doc

    Lampooning terrorists is now deemed derogatory to peaceful Muslims? It makes one wonder if these non-violent Muslims are secretly admiring the gun and bomb toting thugs within their religion. If not that, then its nothing more than shameless grievance mongering.

    • Race_Dissident

      Many times, they not so secretly admire the terrorists. But nobody in academia is about to bring them to book for it or call them on their hypocrisy.

    • Drakken

      We should be lampooning them and the left even more, for the more they scream and whine, you know your being effective.

  • arishsahani

    New war is on , its great war plan manuals are in the hand of the locals ,Enemy has handed over to all poor and uneducated class a war manual these new local converts to islam will be used by enemy to destroy the nations using locals convert to islam.

    • Drakken

      That just means we put a few more up against the wall when the time comes.

      • defcon 4

        Before they do it to us first.

  • celador2

    During cold war there were strong restriction on Soviet block nations people from entering US. They could not get out of their home nations easily but visits and contacts were monitored when they occurred.
    Islamic nations visa should not be allowed open and free entry into US as terrorism drives jihadists no matter how misguided. All residents of US are at risk. Terrorism is the primary threat and limiting those who commit it mainly Islamic visitors should be out visa policy.

    • defcon 4

      The enemy is already within the gates.

  • steve b

    IT IS TIME PARENTS STOP SENDING THEIR KIDS TO THESE MORONIC SCHOOLS. BOYCOTT THESE PLACES.

  • Walter Sieruk

    If Islam is repsented as a tree then tree then the fruit of this tree are the many different Islamic terror groups. Such as al Qaeda, al Shababa, Anser al Islam, Hamas ,Hezbollah, PIJ, etc. many members of these groups put into practice the murderous violence of Islam’s militant jihadism, Sura 9:112. 47:4.. In the light of this the teachings of Jesus very much apply. For Jesus taught “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles ? Even so every good tree bringth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringth forth evil fruit. A good tree bring forth good fruit.” After saying this Jesus told them what He told them when He said “By their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:16,17,18,20. [KJV] In conclusion, Islam is a corrupt tree and also a false religion.

    • defcon 4

      Jews and Christians found hospitals to heal the sick and comfort the dying, muslimes found terrorist groups to kill people.

  • afanaglenn

    Tragic and almost ironic how muslims are against a U S jihad while at the same time are against terrorists even though are virtually afraid to say so in either case. You never see where they have openly taken a position against terrorists, as opposed to applauding terrorist activities. Muslims have to be kicked out of the US as subversives, which they are, albeit some being closet subversives.

  • afanaglenn

    Ask WWII Germans how all of a sudden they found themselves to be Nazis. They slowly took over the country while everyone slept thinking that everything was going ok, and then…. bang, they were Nazis, or dead.

  • drthomasedavis

    Extreme jihadist actions are those of everyday muslims. Extreme is the attitude du jour for islam and ALL its adherents. There are NO moderates or temperate muslims… This great republic of ours is in great danger so long as we permit these everyday murderous muslims to remain in this country. They preach and practice TREASON under the guise of reaction to perceived slurs by good honest Americans. Wake up Ms. Stahl, you have been had. Your position must be, “If you muslims are unhappy in America; get the hell out and take your Shariah Law with you.

  • Well Done

    BZZZZZZZZZT! WRONG! The correct response to this woman’s extremely silly complaints would be “shut. up.” followed by “if you don’t like it go back to your inbred, hate-filled third world backwater”.

  • cheechakos

    Muslim students claimed because the Bin Laden costume had a “beard” it represented all muslim men, and this photo encouraged hate and violence against all muslims because the “Americans” were holding “guns” on what is obviously supposed to be A muslim.

    Never mind no one talked to the actual offenders.Never mind it can’t be racism because all those photographed are white and islam isn’t a race. When you are a professional victim,grievance propagandandist and islamic supremacist ; the truth doesn’t matter.

    And you can’t expect much from Wash U. This is the school that had white students prosecuted for hates crimes , for throwing cotton balls on the ground.

  • Mileaway

    There is NO place for Islam in America! BAN Islam in America! There are thousands of reasons why, start with 9/11 and GET INFORMED. Islamophobia is JUSTIFIED and NECESSARY to a FREE country!

    What is a Moderate Muslim?

    There are apologists that attempt to obfuscate the truth but the truth speaks for itself.
    There is no such thing as a “Moderate Muslim”.
    There are only those that don’t have the courage of their convictions.
    Too afraid to stand against the barbarism, tyranny and oppression of Islam, yet knowing full well Islam requires them to follow without question.
    The Moderate Muslim walks in shadows of duplicity silently supporting Islams reign of terror from inside the Mosques, while all the while, lying to non-Muslims to cover their shameless deceit.
    This is the Moderate Muslim.
    A liar and a fool, they can not find the inner conscience to denounce a lifetime of psychological propaganda and abuses nor the courage to break free from the atrocious debauchery and death of Islam.
    Let one not be fooled, there is but one Muslim, one carrier of the faith, one Islam and only one way for all Muslims.
    It is not the person that calls them self a Muslim that is the danger, it is the practice of Islam that teaches hatred, murder, mutilation, pedophilia, slavery and oppression.
    The true follower of Islam can never be a “Moderate Muslim” and remain a “Muslim”.
    To be what is called a “Moderate Muslim” is to be a “Radical Muslim” and to be what is called a “Radical Muslim” is nothing more than a true practicing Muslim. A very real conundrum of faith and death.
    There is NO place for Islam in America.
    Islam is a cancer that must be cut out and eradicated.
    Islam IS the enemy to our society.
    ANY immigration “amnesty” will allow thousands of Islamic insurgents to roam our country freely with ill intent towards the American people!
    This is a fact.
    According to the DHS and the Border Patrol office reports OTM (other than Mexican) illegal immigrants from countries on the list of suspected terrorist countries has reached over 100,000 a year.
    We MUST secure our borders and protect our citizens.
    It’s not about mowing lawns,picking crops and hotel workers, it’s about our National Security!
    This is the dangerous path our Muslim President is leading us on.
    This is the path we must stop!

  • S.L. Rachford’s Ire

    The number one reason most Americans get so upset with Muslims in the United States is they do not take responsibility for radical elements. If Muslims stood up and became one with the rest of Americans they would be excepted. Their choice. Otherwise they will never have a voice with the general public. Just that simple.

  • glpage

    Getting one’s knickers in a twist about some silly photograph displays a level of immaturity that one should have outgrown by the early teens. Then again, we are talking about adherents to a religion/ideology that has yet to outgrown the 7th century.

    • defcon 4

      I imagine in any islamic state the people in the photograph would all be in fear for their lives. In Pakistain, a group of men and women were murdered for listening to music (together) and dancing (separately).

      • glpage

        Another example that Islam has not outgrown the 7th century. There are some Muslims who seem to be enlightened; I’ve met and worked with some, one of whom is from Pakistan. I have a feeling the situation you described is why he now lives here.

        • defcon 4

          Pakistain is a hellhole of islam0barbarism, and the only reason it is a hellhole is because of islam, because India is leagues more civilised.

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    What a bunch of humorless frumps. I remember when college was fun, even too fun perhaps. Where’s Delta House when you need them?

  • Seek

    As a St. Louis native and someone very familiar with the Washington University campus, I can tell you none of this surprises me. For decades Wash U. has been run by weak-kneed administrators ready to capitulate to black, Hispanic, Muslim and other radical identity politicians masquerading as “students.”

    This video was innocent both in intent and result. Nobody honestly can say they were “hurt” by it. Yet a false affection of victimhood by certain individuals has triggered a campus-wide witch hunt. It’s just another example of silencing spontaneity in the name of high moral principle.

  • ansik

    Would anyone notice if the soldiers had “captured” someone who looked like Adolf Hitler? Would the German students be up in arms? What’s the difference?

  • millerstwo

    What hypocrisy…oh my God, racism? Well then call me a racist! I can remember when a bunch of towel headed, pig hoof licking, Camel jockey Muslims flew our jets into our buildings killing thousands of innocent Americans and it really pissed me off!
    Islam is a religion of cowards who use their so called religion as an excuse to gain political power and nothing more. Oh by the way, I don’t remember any of the so called “Good Muslims” condemn the 9/11 murders, do you? It’s ironic that for the first time in Americas history a Presidential candidate wasn’t vetted properly and the SOB just happens to be a Muslim… he wasn’t even born in America, ironic huh? Oh, our illustrious leader also conceived “political correctness” (censorship) and openly supports The Muslim Brotherhood. I think that all this stuff is some how interrelated resulting in a full blown assault on Christianity the religion America was founded upon.
    So yes, I guess I’m a racist !

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The sooner we outlaw, ban, and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage because it is really stealth and deceptive non-violent jihad for the strategic purpose of demographic conquest, the sooner it will end jihad (holy war) in America and the sooner the remainder of the infidel world will catch on and also follow us by doing the same thing, that is if it expects to survive. We could also dump the humongous Department of Homeland Security and the TSA as well. Indeed, multiculturalism is really anti-Americanism, but nevertheless it is welcomed by both major leftwing political parties in America today, i.e., the Republican Party and the Dhimmicrat Party that are really just two sides of the same incompetent leftwing coin.

    • defcon 4

      I wouldn’t say “leftwing coin” as much as corrupt coin. The fat bastage from Joisy is just as corrupt as shrillery and just as much a willing collaborator of islam0fascism.

  • US ARMY 88

    The only OFFENSE that is demonstrated by this is that of the humans calling themselves Muslims who don’t stop the perversion of the Koran by militants. If your offended by any of this then stop the sharia bull.

  • roccolore

    Again, what race is Islam?

  • Ganesha_akbar

    Wash-U Administrators and MSA owe these creative satirists a MONETARY apology for trampling on their 1st Amendment rights of free expression and creating a hostile educational environment.

    Advice to Satirists: Lawyer up and sue these University administrators.
    http://thefire.org/cases/submit/

  • Ganesha_akbar

    Cluebat to Wacademia: How long before Salvador Dali’s “Islamophobic” caricature of Mohammed burning in hell is expunged from Washington University art history classes? How about Auguste Rodin? or Gustave Dore?

    Each of these “Islamophobic” artists caricatured Mohammed roasting in Hell– as related in Dante’s trilogy “The Divine Comedy” [Inferno XXVIII, 19-42].

    Artistic caricatures of Muslim villainy are protected free speech.

    And if academia is unwilling to fight this battle, what’s to stop the local Taliban from silencing any and every expression Islamo-supremacists deem “offensive”?

    Archived depictions of Mohammed serve as a poignant reminder that such imagery has been part of Western AND ISLAMIC culture since the Middle Ages— and serve as a resource for those interested in defending candor and free expression.

  • Ganesha_akbar

    Update: MSA goons blackmail U-Wash dhimmis for jizya “resources”

    Last Thursday, MSA hosted a solidarity forum during which Muslim students were given a platform to relate their experiences with Islamophobia on campus and discuss the ways in which they were triggered by this recent incident… insights from the forum have made it strikingly clear that there is a woeful lack of resources and support services for Muslim students to utilize during times of need. The need for a Muslim chaplain, a religious authority figure who can serve as a spiritual resource and to whom students can turn to in times of need, is highly evident. In a similar vein, it appears fitting to establish a space on main campus in which Muslims students can not only congregate to pray and fulfill their daily religious duties, but also seek refuge and build community.

    Qur’an (9:29) – “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”