"Every Muslim should be a terrorist."
There have been some cynical fake hashtags designed to whitewash Muslim terrorism before, #IllRideWithYou and #YouAintNoMuslimBruv come to mind. #IWillProtectYou though takes the case.
Melissa Chance Yassini, a Muslim convert in Texas, generated the #IWillProtectYou by exploiting her daughter, who she claimed was afraid of Donald Trump. #IWillProtectYou was promoted by the social justice social media scammers at Upworthy.
It goes without saying that people who exploit their kids to attack people whose views they oppose are despicable. But it's also instructive to look at who Melissa Chance Yassini is and what she believes. Melissa Chance Yassini promotes the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT), a controversial organization with an even more controversial past.
IANT is also known as the Dallas Central Mosque (DCM). The DCM has been described in a 1999 article in a Counterterrorism Journal as:
… considered to be one of the most active centers of Hamas activity in the United States and hosts the leadership and members of both the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) and the Holy Land Foundation (HLF). Both organizations are the primary conduits for Hamas activity and fundraising in the United States. (See Note 2)
While Melissa Chance Yassini claims to be progressive, her Facebook page is full of "likes" for Salafi and Wahhabi clerics.
She liked Imam Zakir Naik. Naik is known as "the world's leading Salafi evangelist". Salafism is essentially Jihadism. Naik has been quoted as saying, "If [Bin Laden] is terrorizing America the terrorist, the biggest terrorist, I am with him. Every Muslim should be a terrorist."
He states "Jews are our staunchest enemy" claims that women get raped because of the clothes they wear and said that, the "Quran allows Muslims to have sex with female slaves".
His ideas have been linked to terrorist attacks. And he supports killing gays.
None of this is very "progressive" or in tune with Melissa Chance Yassini's supposed interest in social justice. And it's not an isolated incident. Other controversial Muslim clerics liked by Melissa Chance Yassini include Mufti Ismail Menk, Hamza Yusuf, Zaid Shakir and Yasir Qadhi.
Qadhi used to promote Holocaust denial before he retracted. Hamza Yusuf had defended the Blind Sheikh and claims that Muslim terrorism is caused by pornography. Mufti Menk claimed that gays are worse than animals. His message was the final retweet of one of the Boston Marathon bombers.
Radical Islamic cleric Zaid Shakir, a frequent guest speaker at CAIR events, tells his Muslim audiences: “Jihad is physically fighting the enemies of Islam to protect and advance the religion of Islam. This is jihad.”
Acceptable targets of jihad, he says, include U.S. military aircraft.
“Islam doesn’t permit us to hijack airplanes filled with civilian people,” Shakir once told a Muslim audience. However, “If you hijack an airplane filled with the 82nd Airborne, that’s something else.”
Civilians can be a legitimate target, he says, if “there’s a benefit in that,” according to “Muslim Mafia,” co-authored by former federal agent P. David Gaubatz and investigative journalist Paul Sperry, author of “Infiltration.”
Even “old elderly men” and “women who are conscripted” – including Israeli and American women in uniform – are eligible enemy combatants in jihad. “This is Shariah,” Shakir asserts in a CD recording of one of his lectures in 2001, which the authors obtained from a radical mosque bookstore in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The current media pitch for #IWillProtectYou is getting members of the US military to "protect" Melissa Chance Yassini's daughter from Trump. Meanwhile Yassini is a fan of a Muslim cleric who claims that American soldiers are targets for terror.
One thing here is not like the other.
Zaid Shakir has said, "As Christians and Jews of this country have rejected the divine law and created their own secular system of a rule, the legal and political system of America is sinful and constitutes open rebellion against Allah. For a Muslim to join with the Jews and Christians in this system is to join them in their rebellion against Allah. Allah explicitly orders against this.”
Melissa Chance Yassini's social media profile also includes a like for the Shaam Relief Foundation. The Shaam Relief Foundation promoted a visit by Mohamad Rateb Al-Nabulsi who endorsed terrorism, called Jews the “most inferior and most evil of peoples and the greatest enemies of Allah and of Islam and its people” and called for the murder of gays.
Also he supports exterminating Jews, saying, “All the Jewish people are combatants.”
I could go on... but we would be here all day.
The bottom line is that #IWillProtectYou has nothing to do with "protecting" Yassini's daughter and everything to do with a passive aggressive effort to protect this kind of hate by preemptively attacking critics of Islamic Supremacism and bigotry.
The question is who will protect Americans from the terrorists and killers inspired in their hate by some of Yassini's favorite Islamic haters and bigots?