9/11 Museum Refuses to Censor Al-Qaeda Film

sr-2Amidst a barrage of controversy and criticism, the 9/11 museum officials stand firm in their decision to air a documentary on Al-Qaeda without censorship of Islam-related language.

The 911 Museum will open to the public on May 21, 2014, with a preview period for 9/11 families and survivors from May 15, 2014 to May 20, 2014.

Included is a 7-minute documentary titled, “[T]he Rise of Al-Qaeda.” It shows footage of Al-Qaeda’s journey over the prior several years on the way to 9/11, from its training camps to a series of terrorist attacks.  The film will be adjacent to a room displaying photos of the 9/11 hijackers.

The film portrays the 9/11 hijackers as “Islamists” who viewed their mission as a “deadly jihad.” After all, in the words of the hijackers: “[M]any thanks to Allah for his kind gesture and choosing us to perform the act of jihad for his cause and to defend Islam and Muslims.”  So, it was the hijackers themselves that believed they were on a jihadi mission for the cause of Islam.

The film has been thoroughly vetted and its accuracy is not in dispute.  But an advisory panel of interfaith clergy who previewed the film is complaining about the use of the words “Islamist” and “jihad,” insisting that the jihadists should be shown in a greater “context” that portrays most Muslims as peaceful.

Reverend Chloe Breyer (Justice Breyer’s daughter), who preaches at Saint Philips Church in Harlem, wants the video to show Islam as a peace-loving religion where only a few outliers like the 9/11 hijackers are violent.  She believes that the word “jihad” is an Islamic struggle to do good and that the film in its current form may justify bigotry or violence unless accompanied by a disclaimer.

Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the only Imam on the advisory panel, made a splash when he quit the panel in response to the film, stating that “unsophisticated visitors who don’t understand the difference between Al-Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading toward antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”  He went on to say that “the screening of the film in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum.”

Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, protested that most museum visitors will assume that the language refers to all Muslims. He argues that one shouldn’t associate the terrorists with their religion because doing so implicates 1.5 billion Muslims by association.

John Esposito, an apologist for Islam at the Saudi-funded Prince Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, generally prefers the phrase “Muslim terrorism” to “Islamic terrorism” in order to dissociate the motivating ideology from the terrorist behavior, and instead give the impression that the terrorist conduct is just coincidently committed by Muslims.

Others want the museum to go out of its way to show Muslims mourning over the 9/11 attacks to “balance out” images of Islam.  Ibrahim Hooper, spokesperson for CAIR, a group which holds itself out as a Muslim civil rights organization but which in reality has many terrorist ties of its own, insisted that the film will reinforce “stereotypes” of Muslims as terrorists.  He emphasized: “it’s very important how Islam is portrayed.”

But the film is not about Islam.  The purpose of the museum is to educate the public on the events of 9/11, including who committed it and what their motivation was.  The focus should be on the atrocity that murdered almost 3000 people in cold blood, not a PC version of feel-good Islam.

Joseph Daniels, the museum’s Executive Director, said that museum officials “stand by the scholarship that underlies the creation of this video.”  NBC News Anchor, Brian Williams, who narrates the film explained, “[w]e have a heavy responsibility to be true to the facts, to be objective.”  He asserted that the film in no way smears a whole religion, but instead talks about Al-Qaeda, a terrorist group.  And, the film clearly acknowledges that Muslims were among the 9/11 victims, mourners, and recovery workers.

So the issue is how the terrorists are characterized and whether the public can discern the difference between Al-Qaeda and those who identify themselves as Muslim but are peaceful and law-abiding.

First, it is a fact that Al-Qaeda’s interpretation of Islam motivated the 9/11 attacks.  To say that acknowledging Al-Qaeda’s motivational ideology indicts 1.5 billion Muslims is to say that all 1.5 billion Muslims agree with Al-Qaeda’s interpretation of Islam.  If they do, they should be indicted. If they don’t, they shouldn’t be offended because the statements don’t apply to them.

Second, it’s unlikely that the Imam on the advisory panel speaks for all local and foreign Muslims, whom he claims to know will all be offended.  If all Muslims should be painted with this broad brush, then the offense is deserved.  If they are not a monolith, they shouldn’t be offended. On the contrary, they should be insulted that some unknown Imam thinks they can’t handle the truth.

Third, to claim that 9/11 or any other Islamic terrorist attack was just terrorism that incidentally was committed by Muslims is just a lie.  It is the terrorists, not the reporters, who assert that they are motivated by their faith.  Those who disagree with the terrorists’ interpretation of their faith should take it up with the terrorists, not those observing and reporting the facts.  The same goes for terrorists who are members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram, Hezbollah and others.

Fourth, CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror financing trial in the history of the United States and has many terrorism ties.  It is on a mission to stamp out all criticism of anything Islam-related, even if it’s true.  Indeed, there’s nary a terrorist that CAIR doesn’t defend.  Asserting that the 9/11 hijackers were Islamic terrorists is factual reporting, not “stereotyping.”  But CAIR wants the public to believe that anybody except for Muslims can be terrorists.  Besides, CAIR has no credibility and should not be given legitimacy by accommodating its gripes.

Fifth, the film is not a theological documentary about Islam; it’s about the events of 9/11. The documentary needn’t endorse or oppose Islam, nor evaluate the theological accuracy of the hijackers’ beliefs.  It merely reports what their beliefs were; how the hijackers viewed themselves.

Sixth, it is not the museum’s job to soothe the feelings of hypersensitive Muslims. The museum should not go out of its way to portray a disproportionate number of Muslim mourners or recovery workers to “balance” things out.

Seventh, it’s ludicrous to believe that the general public is so stupid that it can’t distinguish between Al-Qaeda members and law-abiding Muslims.  There is no reason to believe that learning about Al-Qaeda will lead the general citizenry to become bigots.

But even if it did, it is a falsity to claim that this bigotry would necessarily lead to actual violence.  There is no evidence whatsoever that so-called anti-Islam sentiment leads to violence.  This argument is disingenuously used to stifle criticism of Islam and shut down the debate.  On the contrary, it is primarily in the Muslim world where offense leads to violence.  It is “blasphemy” or insults to Islam that Muslims use to justify their violence, blaming the victims and evading personal responsibility.  But in the West, one can have an emotion, even hatred, without acting on it.  When someone does act violently, it’s illegal.  So, there is no basis to conclude that Islam-hating infidels will assault and batter Muslims at the 9/11 memorial site, which will also be heavily policed.

Most importantly, it’s critical that the motivation of the hijackers be accurately conveyed.  Their ideology must not be whitewashed, for fear of deleting history altogether, depriving future generations of an education regarding the largest terrorist attack on US soil, and increasing the likelihood that history will repeat itself.

Some 9/11 families and survivors believe that the truth should take priority over “sensitivity.”  The museum officials should be saluted for standing firm under a storm of criticism and for holding to the facts.

After all, only the truth shall set us free.

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  • wileyvet

    Very good article. First The Reverand Chloe Breyer doesn’t know the first thing about Islam. There is nothing in the Koran or Hadith or Ishaq’s Sira, that shows Jihad as anything but Holy War in Allah’s cause. Second, only “Good” Muslims are those that KILL and DIE for Allah. So called “peaceful” Muslims are actually “Bad” Muslims because they are either Hypocrites or Renegades to the faith, and are destined to roast in Hell for all eternity for Allah hates them. The only way in Islam for a Muslim to assure himself a place in the Perverted Paradise is to Die waging Jihad against infidels. Rev. Breyer is an infidel as defined by Allah and the prophet and thus a legitimate target for Jihad.
    Ishaq:395 “Practice your religion as they did, and be not renegades, turning back on your heels, retreating. Those who retreat and turn away from the battle are losers in this world and in the next.”

    Q003.150 “Nay! Allah is your Patron and He is the best of the helpers. Soon We shall strike terror into the hearts of the Infidels, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority: their abode will be in the Fire. And evil is the home of the wrong-doers!”

    Ishaq:414 “If you kill us, the true religion is ours. And to be killed for the truth
    is to find favor with Allah. If you think that we are fools, know that the opinion of those who oppose Islam is misleading. We are men of war who get the utmost from it. We inflict painful punishment on those who oppose us…. If you insult Allah’s Apostle, Allah will slay you. You are a cursed, rude fellow! You utter filth, and then throw it at the clean-robed, godly, and faithful One.”

  • wileyvet

    Another comment stating the truth about Islam, including quotes from the Koran and Ishaq to support the above article, gets deleted. Same thing happened at Breitbart. I guess the truth is just too scary to print. Except it is in print. It is called the Koran, Ahadith or Sunnah, and Sira.

  • El Cid

    I remember videos from all over Arab Muslim world showing people celebrating including handing out candy to children. Where did they find footage of Muslims in mourning? In Manhattan? If the film shows Muslims in mourning then it is already pro-Islamic propaganda.

    Does the film show the celebrations? Does the film show the celebrations on the anniversary of the event?

    What about comments from Muslim leaders in the press including the absurd conspiracy theories aimed at creating doubt or blaming ‘the Jews’?

    This too is part of the history and part of the legacy.

    • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

      Here is how Benjamin and Simon describe the response of Muslims in their 2002 book, “The Age of Sacred Terror.” p167:

      “Bin Laden’s popularity is remarkable. The Arab street exulted in the September 11 attacks and acclaimed him a hero in the mold of Saladin. The mood was encapsulated by Radwa Abdallah, a university student who, sitting in a McDonald’s in Cairo, told a Wall Street Journal reporter that when she heard about the carnage at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, ‘Everyone celebrated. People honked in the streets, cheering that finally America got what it truly deserved.’ Op-eds in regional newspapers reflected Radwa’s sentiments. … Public opinion in Saudi Arabia, where polling is difficult to conduct because political self-expression can be dangerous, matched the Egyptian reaction to the attacks in one survey, where 94 percent of the respondents applauded bin Laden’s actions.”

      • http://batman-news.com chuckie2u

        Yup and maybe God has a sense of humor and will use the Muslims to bring down the godless secular humanism in America.

        • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

          You’re on the Muslim’s side!


      OBL was given a safe haven in Pakistan.

      Which of the Pakistani government or were of the Good Muslim majority?


      The 9/11 museum should also mention the backers of al qada and CAIR.

      Saudi Arabia.

  • DaCoachK

    “We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them all to Christianity.”
    –Ann Coulter

    • StanleyT

      what is your source for this quote? Provide the context. I have no doubt that Ms. Coulter was being ironic.

      • DaCoachK

        It was in her column right after 9-11, the column that caused National Review to drop her.

        • StanleyT

          Exactly. Now that you have provided the context, it is perfectly clear why Ms. Coulter made that comment. She is angry, furious, enraged at what has happened. She was writing a mere three days after one of the most horrific acts ever perpetrated in the name of a religion. She is standing up against those who could carry out such a monstrous act and calling not for their annihilation, as they called for ours then, and continue to call for ours now, but their conversion. That’s a heck of a lot better than their aims, don’t you think?

          If you can’t understand that, you are either misguided or wilfully blind to reality.

          • DaCoachK

            What in the world is your point? I understand Muslims very well. They blow stuff up when they are mad. They kill those who disagree with them. Not that difficult to grasp.

          • StanleyT

            What exactly is your problem? Ms. Coulter was furious about the fact that Muslims had just “blown stuff up” killing somebody she admired immensely, along with thousands of other innocents. And yet despite your “understanding”, you choose to point a finger at her for saying something perfectly understandable.

          • DaCoachK

            I think we agree. I put the quote down because it is the only way to deal with Islam. Ann Coulter is the only one who has proposed a workable solution to the Muslim problem.

          • StanleyT

            Thanks DaCoach – I apologize for thinking you were on the other team!

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            I agree with what you say, but why are you taking it out on DaCoach?

          • StanleyT

            Because I don’t understand why he felt the need to provide this quote. Or perhaps I have misunderstood. Does he approve of the quote? If that’s the case, perhaps he should have should said so. Just putting it there implies the opposite (at least to me).

          • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

            He approves, you misunderstood. You’re on the same team :)

          • StanleyT

            Thanks – see my apology to him above.

      • Harry_the_Horrible

        She was serious, and, personally, I think it would have been a good policy.

    • jerseychris

      Or crash camels into their mud huts then make them take baths.

    • http://batman-news.com chuckie2u

      How can you do such when this is now a secular humanist government.

    • Reason

      Haha, what an idiot. Christianity, such a loving and tolerant religion. Let’s not forget the Crusades shall we? And why are you quoting what may be one of the most stupid people in America? Oh, I bet she only plays a stupid woman so you conservatives will mindlessly agree with her.

      • DaCoachK

        What an emotion-driven fool you are. The Crusades ended centuries ago. Muslim terrorism ended–oh wait, it’s never ended and still goes on as I type this response to this idiot on the website. Ann Coulter is an accomplished author who angers the emotion-driven fools like you with fact after fact of your own idiocy, but also the so-called beliefs of your ideology. Of course, the Left stands for nothing. It takes no guts to be a Left-Wing-Kook–just emotion. Simply stand for anything. Don’t you have some pride rally to march in or something. Quit bothering the normal folks with your lunatic ways.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I want to wear a suicide belt to the opening.

  • Microaggressive

    I’ll bet this fact is not in the museum.


    Yamasaki received the World Trade Center commission the year after the Dhahran Airport was completed. Yamasaki described its plaza as “a mecca, a great relief from the narrow streets and sidewalks of the surrounding Wall Street area.” True to his word, Yamasaki replicated the plan of Mecca’s courtyard by creating a vast delineated square, isolated from the city’s bustle by low colonnaded structures and capped by two enormous, perfectly square towers—minarets, really. Yamasaki’s courtyard mimicked Mecca’s assemblage of holy sites—the Qa’ba (a cube) containing the sacred stone, what some believe is the burial site of Hagar and Ishmael, and the holy spring—by including several sculptural features, including a fountain, and he anchored the composition in a radial circular pattern, similar to Mecca’s.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Excellent and well-argued article. After the 7 points in summation, I’d vote to convict the critics of hypersensitivity.

  • moraywatson

    It takes a wide variety of muslims to achieve the totalitarian and supremacist ambitions of islam; they don’t all have to be terrorists. Just like in freedom loving western nations, we don’t all have to be policemen.

    • WhiteHunter

      Correct. It takes the moslem hijackers/bomb-makers; the clandestine moslem collaborators who harbor them here and give them camouflage; the moslem “silent majority” who agree with them but are usually careful not to say so in public; the other moslems who might disagree with their methods, if not necessarily with their goals (are there many of those?) but are afraid to say so…plus our own domestic, America-hating Brownshirts on university campuses and in the media…combined with our own elected quislings, all the way to the White House…plus a majority of uninformed, brainwashed ordinary American citizens who are too busy tweeting one another and watching NFL football to pay attention.

      It’s a witch’s brew, and a recipe for civilizational suicide. And it’s coming to a simmer right now.

      • Ethan D.A.

        It also takes the U.S. backing al-Qaeda, but if you point that out you’re a “traitor” and “not a patriot,” when Teddy Roosevelt said, “”Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country.” It doesn’t surprise me that people incapable of distinguishing between Muslims and terrorists are also incapable of distinguishing between American ideals and American foreign policy.

        • realclearconservative

          Blame Cain, apologist. Unless you can go further back in time to afix blame to someone or something else.

          • Ethan D.A.

            Right. That’s exactly what I said. Real “astute,” realclearconservative. Try finding a distinction between justification and analysis. Did I say hijackers should be “apologized for”? or “forgiven?” Did I say Bin Laden didn’t deserve to die, or that innocent Americans did deserve to die? No, but in your insular world-view, simply pointing out the geopolitical motivations of terrorism ALONGSIDE–not AT THE EXPENSE of–(pay attention, here) the ideological ones is tantamount to supporting that terrorism.

          • Drakken

            You really are tying yourself up in knots trying to explain things in such a convoluted way as to confuse the facts. Here let me help you our since you seem a tad distressed about the whole islam and so called extreme narrative. It is islam that is the bloody problem, end of story.

        • Rob Hobart

          We didn’t back Al-Qaeda, liar.

  • Gorzabozo

    How about some film clips of the Islamist’s celebrations in the streets to ‘enjoy’ the carnage and destruction? Those are pertinent historical facts as well. Puts into context the hard feelings many Americans have for the Islamists.

    • WhiteHunter

      You Islamophobe, you! [SARC OFF]

    • Lanna

      The Left…United with Islam are fighting so hard to remove the rugged cross from the Trade Center artifacts…WHICH IS HISTORY, and have a mosque close to Ground Zero….Sign of destruction and victory by Islam!

  • http://Dimseatshyte.com/ Unc Remus

    If it walks like a Duck, Quacks like a Duck…its a Cat…

  • pennant8

    On September 9, 2001, as we watched in stunned horror as the Twin Towers imploded, and we learned about the carnage at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA, who amongst us would have believed that we would be having this discussion today?

    Who amongst us would have believed that a significant percent of our population would see nothing wrong in converting one of the buildings adjacent to the WTC that was damaged on that day into a large garish mosque?

    Who amongst us would have believed that we would create a cabinet level Department of Homeland Security that would effectively ban the use of any terminology that connected Islam to the numerous terrorist incidents post 9/11?

    Who amongst us would have believed that we would have an administration that would effectively elevate Islamic sharia above our 1st Amendment as they did with the Benghazi/YouTube deadly fiasco?

    • Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

      I wouldn’t have, and can hardly believe it now, even though we are living it. We’ve come so far, yet sunk so low.

    • http://batman-news.com chuckie2u

      Welcome to the wonderful world of godless American secular humanism. Remember this is a post constitutional Christian America.

  • Michael Madison

    I believe just about everyone knows the difference between Islamofacism and Islam. Islamofacism seeks to destroy us — Islam sits by quietly and watches. How many of you can name five Muslims who vocally stand against Islamofascism anywhere in the world? How many protests against Islamofascism have American Imams lead in the streets of New York? What does it say that American Muslims are driven to mutism every time world events suggest it might be a good idea to speak out against the usurpers of their religion?

    I have an idea of what says. Perhaps it says that the real differences between Ismamofascism and Islam are semantic.

  • ChrisLA

    9/11 attack leader Mohamed Atta gave instructions to his fellow hijackers that included 24 quotations from the Quran and four from reliable hadith. See: http://www.annaqed.com/en/content/show.aspx?aid=16536


    GREAT article.


  • Steve Gregg

    There is nothing the Sep 11 skyjackers did that is not supported by the Koran and Hadith. That’s why Muslims celebrated the Sep 11 attacks:


  • Elana Rose Starr

    I am thrilled to hear this.

  • Elana Rose Starr


  • ObamaYoMoma

    Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the only Imam on the advisory panel, made a splash when he quit the panel in response to the film, stating that “unsophisticated visitors who don’t understand the difference between Al-Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading toward antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”

    The only difference between AQ members and the Muslims the good Sheikh is talking about is AQ is dedicated to waging jihad violently and the Muslims the good Sheikh are talking about are committed to waging jihad non-violently via stealth and deception. However, they both nonetheless share the same exact ultimate goal, a world where Islam has been made supreme via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. In other words, an Islamic totalitarian world where Islam is supreme.

  • Ethan D.A.

    The article is as proudly ignorant of nuance as the film is itself. I agree, the attacker’s religious motivations shouldn’t be whitewashed. That would leave the story incomplete, but it still IS incomplete: why is it no more important to include the history of the U.S. PROVIDING THE FINANCIAL AND MILITARISTIC FOUNDATION OF AL-QAEDA than it is to include their theology? How about their geopolitical or tribalistic histories (the U.S. killing of innocent civilians in the Middle East, e.g. 1998 bombings)? It’s not about whether the Qu’ran should be left “off the hook” or not, because the book doesn’t have arms and legs or brains; it’s that no human beings who helped make this happen should be left off the hook, and in this contextless film, which makes it seem like Al-Qaeda’s and the Mujahadeen’s funding just fell out of the sky, lets the American government off the hook: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/sleeping-with-the-devil-how-u-s-and-saudi-backing-of-al-qaeda-led-to-911.html

    • realclearconservative

      Your concept of context would include the entire history of mankind, as some people always have someone or something else they wish to push the blame onto.

      • Ethan D.A.

        Once again, I encounter black-and-white views. I specifically stated that the context required is that of the U.S.-backing of Al-Qaeda over the two decades preceding 9/11, not “the entire history of mankind.” I also made clear that the blame doesn’t go so wide, and that yes, it does include the perversion of Islam. I’m so sick of the mischaracterization and straw-man building, really.

        • Drakken

          There is no perversion of islam, there is only islam period. No more muslims means no more problems.

        • Rob Hobart

          We never backed Al-Qaeda.

    • Drakken

      Let me break this down for you since you seem to have a serious case of all cultures, people and religions are all equal moment.
      Islam is islam no matter the bloody stripe, and where ever islam goes, the blood always flows, without exception.
      As for your problem of so called innocents in muslims countries? There are no innocents and if we kill 1 or 100,000 or more, I frankly don’t give a rats azz. As long as it saves western lives, I’ll sleep like a baby over it.

      • Reason

        Without a doubt you’re an ignorant conservative. Conservatives don’t have the moral high ground here, most of them want Muslims dead. I bet you’re “Pro-Life” too, huh? You can’t be “Pro-War” and be “Pro-Life” at the same time, idiot.

    • Rob Hobart

      “Tell that to the people who were beaten and murdered in American streets post-9/11 purely because they were wearing headscarfs.”

      How many of those people were there? Can you cite sources? How many instances were there, in a country of 350 million people?
      You’re just trying to create a false moral equivalency. The usual Leftist cr*p.

      • Softly Bob

        There weren’t any and even if there were, his argument is about as valid as claiming that Nazis were murdered in the streets after World War 2 broke out. If Nazis had been murdered they would have deserved it for being members of such a vile cult. Likewise, Muslims are Muslims because they believe in the words of a murderous tome. They are all guilty.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Sheikh Mostafa Elazabawy, the only Imam on the advisory panel, made a splash when he quit the panel in response to the film, stating that “unsophisticated visitors who don’t understand the difference between Al-Qaeda and Muslims may come away with a prejudiced view of Islam, leading toward antagonism and even confrontation toward Muslim believers near the site.”

    The only difference between AQ members and the Muslims the good Sheikh is talking about is AQ is dedicated to waging jihad violently and the Muslims the good Sheikh are talking about are committed to waging jihad non-violently via stealth and deception. However, they both nonetheless share the same exact ultimate goal, a world where Islam has been made supreme via the imposition of Sharia, which is Islamic totalitarian law. In other words, an Islamic totalitarian world where Islam is supreme.

    The film portrays the 9/11 hijackers as “Islamists” who viewed their mission as a “deadly jihad.”

    In the context the word “Islamists” is used, all Muslims in the world are Islamists. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates that must be executed per the dictates of Islam. In other words, there is no such thing as Islamists, except for infidels that were previously Islamists, i.e., scholars dedicated to the study of Islam before the word was hijacked by the PC police to sensationalize the threat emanating from Islam. In other words, thanks to the twin curses of death for apostasy and death for blasphemy in Islam, there is no freedom of conscience in Islam, as the minds and actions of Muslims are strictly regulated within Islam via the threat of death for noncompliance. Indeed, no one kills more Muslims than other Muslims

  • Ethan D.A.

    “Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a “cowardly” attack on “civilization” or “liberty” or “humanity” or “the free world” but an attack on the world’s self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?” ~Susan Sontag, 17 September 2001, The New Yorker.

    I don’t think acknowledging Al-Qaeda’s ideological motivations (the proper way to phrase it–not “motivational ideology”) is indicting 1.5 billion Muslims, and neither does Elazabawy. To imply that anyone who opposes the film in its final edit DOES think that is to engage in sophistry and straw-man-building. What I DO think is that to focus on the ideological motivations at the EXPENSE of facts about the U.S. essentially creating Al-Qaeda and engaging in foreign policy decisions that directly motivated the hijackers is just as much a disservice to the victims as it would be to ignore the ideological motivations. It is a glaring sin of omission of context, and to imply that this is acceptable because Americans can’t distinguish between a.) calling out the American government for its hand in building the road to 9/11, and b.) justifying the attack is as patronizing as you claim the detractors of the film are being.

    • Rob Hobart

      Opening your post by quoting the Leftist radical Sontag is not going to impress anyone here. Move along, Lefty.

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      Susan Sontag is a damn lunatic like Louis Farrakhan, Adolf Hitler and Charles Manson.

  • quillerm

    What purpose does it serve Americans to suppress the real hatred Muslims have for Western Culture and our religions? Leftists prefer to heap guilt on Americans in the form of charges of Islamophobia. No matter what we do, they will hate us for being non-Muslims, either we convert or die.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The film has been thoroughly vetted and its accuracy is not in dispute.

    It kinds of depends on who did the vetting. If it was the PC police, then it presents a fictional version of events whereby there are two Islam’s, one that is moderate and one that is radical. However, that is false because there is only one version of Islam, since the words contained in the Koran are the direct verbatim text of Allah (God) as dictated to Muhammad by the archangel of Gabriel. Hence, since the words contained in the Koran are divine, any mere mortal man perceived as changing just one word of it would be immediately executed for blasphemy.

    While there may be differences between Muslims in who should be the heir to Muhammad, which led to the split between the Sunnis and the Shiites, on the divine text of the Koran, there are no differences whatsoever. Thus, in reality, there is only mainstream orthodox Islam and mainstream orthodox Muslims, and all Muslims in the world are jihadists in one form or another, either violent jihadists (luckily only a tiny minority) or non-violent jihadists (the vast overwhelming majority of Muslims today).

    Indeed, if the film truly depicts an accurate reality of Islam, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage would be banned and reversed ASAP because it is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the nefarious purposes of mass Muslim infiltration and eventual demographic conquest. As Muslims never ever assimilate and integrate into infidel societies, as that would be extremely blasphemous and blasphemy in Islam, like apostasy, is a capital offense. Hence, it couldn’t be any more obvious, mass Muslim immigration is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, and jihad is a holy war waged by any and all means to ultimately make Islam supreme throughout the world. Indeed, waging jihad is a fundamental holy obligation incumbent upon all Muslims in the world in one form or another, and all Muslims in the world are also jihadists in one form or another. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates in which case they must be executed.

  • nomoretraitors

    Finally someone with a spine

  • catherineinpvb

    (Hope there is no room, for the Mayor to step in.) Hope too, that they are prepared to exercise their resolve until each member draws last breath – because these people know ‘relentless’.

  • righteousreverenddynamite

    JihadWatch.com just had an article that looked back at Sheihk Elazabawy’s prior sermons, including one in which he said that that “Jews are a ‘cancer'”. Maybe he is not the touchy-feely person he purports to be.

    • Reason

      JihadWatch is bullshit, and not a reliable source. It’s more fake than Faux News, and that’s saying something.

  • Race_Dissident

    Well, there’s still a week for the museum to capitulate. Let’s not pat it on the back until they actually show the film to the public.

  • Libslayer

    If they make it the museum of blameless Muslims, they will get only Muslim visitors. They won’t last long.
    I’ll be in NYC thus summer.
    If the exhibit soft pedals the worlds most violent “religion”,
    My family and friends won’t be visiting and paying admission.

    9/11 = Murder by Islam.

  • antioli

    If C A I R wants to separate them selves from Islamic terrorists then they should claim that the terrorists are not acting as real Muslims should. In fact C A I R should should claim terrorism is Anti Islamic. Therefor C A I R could label the terrorists are Apostate Muslims.
    In so doing they might incur the wrath of the apostates .
    The apostates might issue a fatwah against C A I R.

    If Muslim fights Muslim which one is the Apostate?

  • Ethan D.A.

    “But in the West, one can have an emotion, even hatred, without acting on it.” Right, no American has ever beaten someone to death because that someone was black, or Muslim, or Asian, or gay, or female.

    • Rob Hobart

      Deflection and straw man. Move along, troll.

      • Ethan D.A.

        If you define anyone with a differing opinion as a troll then I hope you enjoy life in the black-and-white bubble.

        • Rob Hobart

          The usual false claim of “nuance” that Lefties try to assert. Boring lies are boring. Take it elsewhere, troll.

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      You keep bringing up the notion that the US may have financed Al Qaeda. Why isn’t it going to be mentioned in the film? Because it is irrelevant and if anything it makes Al Quaeda look even worse. The US may have at one time been allied with Al Quaeda fighting against Russia. After the war Al Quaeda attacked USA. That would be like Britain attacking the US after WWII. It’s embarassing is what it is. And about muslims being offended… Who cares??? I mean if Buddhists attacked India then India wouldn’t be a good place to be Buddhist. Maybe America isn’t a good place to be a muslim and it’s just that simple.

  • http://batman-news.com chuckie2u

    I know Democrats in Washington sign stuff they never read so signing on to Islam without reading their Holy script is no different. I dare say 90 % of Muslims are under educated like most Democrats,can’t read, only know what they are told to believe and respond accordingly by wanting to eradicate those who disagree with them.

  • InfidelCrusader

    Some honesty about this subject is refreshing and long overdue. The first step in coming to grips with a problem is acknowledging that you have a problem. Only by being realistic about the nature of the problem can you have any hope of successfully dealing with the problem.

  • John Sampson

    Deborah Weiss wrote “There is no evidence whatsoever that so-called anti-Islam sentiment leads to violence. This argument is disingenuously used to stifle
    criticism of Islam and shut down the debate.”

    You should ask the Sikh Coalition about that, as they have plenty of documentary evidence of Sikhs who have been injured and sometimes killed in hate crimes involving perpetrators who mistakenly associate Sikhs with Muslims.

    Imagine how Sikhs will feel to see this film juxtaposing Islam with terrorism while showing images of people in beards and turbans. The film needs clear language in order to avoid creating confusion that could result in violence.

  • stewart hayes

    Glad the museum is not kowtowing to the MB affiliated interest groups in the us. Now PLEASE put the unidentified remains above ground in a memorial with a perpetual flame so we don’t have to pay to pay our respects. I want it above ground where all visitors to the plaza can see it.

  • Lanna

    Islam is NOT, and NEVER will be a religion of peace!

  • Kenny Exseven

    Funny, I don’t see the holocaust museum holding a sympathy corner for german soldiers who died in the war. Why should they sugar coat this museum?

    • liberalism is a mental illness

      Good point

  • barack obama

    It’s so unfair to believe all Muslims are Al Qaida. At least 2 or 3 are not. Maybe 4. Let’s not leap to wide generalizations. When was the last time you hear a Muslim condemn Al Qaida? We must avoid racial and religious profiling, and have TSA strip search disabled elderly white women, before they touch a Muslim in a veil. To suspect anything might be hidden behind the veil is very racist and bigoted. After all, this woman might be one of the 2 or 3 Muslims who do not support Al Qaida.

  • garyfouse

    Given Imam Elazabawy’s recently disclosed rants against Jews, he has no right to complain about anything.

  • Harvey Garod

    Aw, hurts their feelings? They want to rewrite history to improve their “image”? Let’s give a cheer to the museum. But rest assured that the Muslims will be back. Stand ever vigillent.

  • revoltman

    Wake up Americans !!!
    Take your country back.
    Fight for freedom, before it is lost.

  • revoltman

    Mention SAUDI ARABIA & PAKISTAN in the museum.

  • USARetired

    What happened to the effort to run CAIR out of this country? Big bad joke, right? The bad part is the ‘Vermin are still here, where they absolutely have no right to be!

  • Reason

    “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12)

    “This is what the Lord Almighty says… ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3)

    “Do not allow a sorceress to live.” (Exodus 22:18)

    “In the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:27)

    ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2)

    “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

    “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18)

    All taken from the Bible. And are you really going to accept a small minorities’ opinion on what’s good Islam and bad Islam? That’s some nice logic you got there bro.

  • Reason

    Honestly not surprised at all the stupidity on the FrontPageMag comment sections.