D.C. Watson: Is the Religion of Peace Being Defamed?

03 March 2009

Jihad Watch 03 March 2009

D. C. Watson, a longtime friend of Jihad Watch, considers the question that so preoccupies the United Nations these days: the "defamation" of Islam.

Defame: to damage the reputation, character, or good name of by slander or libel.

The United Nations, a number of American and European politicians, public and private educators, and elements inside the American and Western mainstream press would likely best serve the civilized world by familiarizing themselves with this definition and stop applying the term to where it does not fit.

While jihadists wage their “holy war” around the world, innocent lives, non-Muslim and Muslim, continue to be lost or damaged. Sometimes it’s tough to spot these “brave mujahadeen” in a crowd, other times it isn't. They’re the ones who tend to carry severed human limbs up and down the streets like trophies and duck down behind women and children once the gunfights break out.

Is the R.O.P. being unfairly evaluated? Is it “defamatory,” “discriminatory” or “abusive” to be critical of its 1400-year-old doctrines of violence and intimidation, or its long record of treating women and those who hold different beliefs with disdain? Maybe it is in the eyes of the boors with their stuck-in-reverse mentality who engage in this inhumanity, and their mouthpieces who use “religion” as a political shield while they continually demand special treatment and hurl unfounded accusations of “injustice.”

In the present day, when good will, good health, prosperity and equality for all should be at the forefront of our aims, many prominent people who hold to this belief system, and all too many of its adherents, have demonstrated with their words and behavior -- in our societies and their own -- that their collective temperament is a drag on mankind’s progression.

The following list of examples is incomplete.

United Nations tries to outlaw criticism of Islam.

International Islamic organization wants criticism of Islam criminalized.

Saudi-published literature containing anti-American hate as well as jihad ideology has been found in many mosques sitting on American soil.

Female Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer is denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates, keeping her from participating in competition in the Dubai Tennis Championships, a stop on the World Tennis Association tour.

Iranian judo champion refuses to compete against his Israeli opponent in the 2004 Olympic games, choosing instead to withdraw from competition. This also happened in Munich, Germany at the 2001 world judo championships when two Iranian competitors refused to face Israeli opponents.

Saudi Arabian official says mosques can be the only places of worship in his country.

October 1985: Palestinian terrorists hijack the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair bound American tourist and his wife were on the ship, celebrating their thirty-sixth wedding anniversary. The terrorists shot Klinghoffer in the forehead and chest, and then ordered his body and wheelchair thrown overboard.

Islamic terrorists overrun Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, tear up Bibles and use the pages for toilet paper, seize the food bank and in fifteen days eat six months worth of food that was reserved for the needy. They left empty bottles of whiskey, champagne, vodka, cognac and wine on the floor, along with hundreds of cigarette butts.

Saudis sentence a gang-rape victim, who became pregnant by one of her attackers, to a year in prison and 100 lashes for committing adultery, although she was not married.

Saudis shred tourists’ Bibles found during customs checks at their airport. If anyone is found with more than one Bible, he is taken into custody.

The Council on American Islamic Relations distributes an edition of the Qur’an that was permanently removed from the Los Angeles public school system for having anti-Jewish statements within its commentaries, stating that the intent was to “turn a negative image of America into a positive one.”

Flying imams removed from U.S. Airways Flight 300 in November 2006 because their behavior became a concern to fellow passengers who then alerted the crew. The imams file a lawsuit against the airline, the Minneapolis Metropolitan Airports Commission, and the passengers who reported their actions, who were listed as anonymous “John Does” in the suit.

Pakistan: Christian man beaten by crowd for drinking from public fountain. Beaten, and then pushed off a ledge, he suffered a dislocated shoulder and a broken collarbone, and was knocked unconscious.

A Christian teacher in Nigeria was clubbed and stoned to death. Then her corpse was burned. She was accused of touching a Qur’an.

2005 riots in France: Muslim rioters yelled “Allahu Akbar,” and assaulted innocent civilians. They poured petrol on a disabled woman and setting her on fire. They also caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage.

Instead of telling the truth to their viewers, listeners, and readers, some of the headlines in the mainstream media labeled the rioters not as Muslims, jihadists, or Islamists, but simply as “youths.”

Teenage Christian girls in Indonesia, while on their way to school, were ambushed by Muslim males and beheaded.

Western women raped by Muslim males; Muslim preacher in Australia defends the raping of “unveiled” women.

Muslim preacher writes a book advising readers on how to attack women without leaving any marks.

New York Muslim male pleads guilty to repeatedly stabbing his sister because she was a "bad Muslim girl."

Buddhist ice cream vendor beheaded by Muslims in Thailand.

British teacher arrested in Sudan for letting the children in her class name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Michigan Muslim male beats up his sister, breaking her back over her relationship with a non-Muslim boy. The parents didn’t seek medical attention for the girl because they believed the beating was justified.

Muslim preacher in Pennsylvania discusses Dutch author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who denounced her Muslim upbringing, and who had made an appearance at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown: "She has been identified as one who has defamed the faith. If you come into the faith, you must abide by the laws, and when you decide to defame it deliberately, the sentence is death."

Deadly riots ensue over cartoon images of Islam’s founder, Muhammad. Images of Muhammad are not prohibited in the Qur’an. The rioting didn’t take place until months after the Muhammad cartoons were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Was additional time needed for this to be orchestrated? Was this the reason for such a delayed, yet synchronized reaction?

The answer to this may lie with a delegation of Danish Imams, who presented a booklet while touring the Middle East that contained fabricated images of Islam’s founder, Muhammad, that were never published in Jyllands-Posten.

Islamic schools (Madrassas) in the United States, ones like the Islamic Saudi Academy in Alexandria, Virginia and others, are taught that "the Day of Judgment can't come until Jesus Christ returns to Earth, breaks the cross and converts everyone to Islam, and until Muslims start attacking Jews." And that "all religions, other than Islam, are false, including that of the Jews and Christians." They are taught that Osama bin Laden "may be not a villain but a victim of Americans' biased views toward great Islamic leaders," and that it is "better to shun and even to dislike Christians, Jews and Shiite Muslims." They're taught that it is "okay to steal from or hurt whoever is non-Muslim (kuffar)."

Minnesota: Somali attacker says he doesn't like white Americans.

Tennessee: A Muslim driver refuses to haul beer, and then sues his former employer.

Florida: Two Muslim firemen stationed in Florida, their salaries paid for by Florida taxpayers, refuse to ride on a fire engine decorated with the Stars and Stripes.

Minnesota: Somali Muslim cab drivers at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport have refused to transport passenger presumed to be carrying alcohol, and blind passengers accompanied by seeing-eye dogs.

Louisiana: A Muslim cab driver named Mahmoud Awad physically pulled his female passenger out of the taxi he was driving because she had had her dog with her. Awad, as he was manhandling the female passenger, managed to damage her already broken wrist. He pleaded guilty to battery, and was told by the judge that his actions were “a total disgrace.”

Ohio: A Muslim cab driver named Hassan Taher refused to allow the guide dog of Annie McEachrin, a passenger who has been blind since birth, into his taxi, citing religious beliefs.

California: The Council on American Islamic Relations calls for billboards in deeming Osama bin Laden "the Sworn Enemy" to be removed, for “being offensive to Muslims.”

Florida: A female convert to Islam sues the Florida Highway Department for not permitting her to keep her face covered in her driver license photo.

Ohio: Muslim cab drivers ignore posted signs prohibiting anyone from exiting their vehicles in restricted areas, lay out their prayer mats and pray, are fined, and then complain about being ticketed.

Tennessee: A Muslim sues Whirlpool over prayer time -- and loses.

California: A Muslim, and company Vice-President files, and loses a wrongful termination" lawsuit against Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Florida: A Non-Muslim woman named Lina Morales, an administrative assistant at a Florida company with Muslim ties, was fired for eating a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich in the company’s lunchroom.

Fox network's television series "24" scripts Muslims as terrorists, upsetting the Council on American Islamic Relations.

Colorado & Nebraska: Hundreds of Muslims walk off the job at JBS Swift & Co. plants over a prayer dispute. Management attempted to accommodate them, but their efforts left non-Muslim employees (who protested against what they felt was preferential treatment) to handle the extra workload, as well as suffer a cut in their work schedules and pay unless they came in to work on Saturdays to make up the time. Ultimately, for many of the Muslim employees, mostly Somali, their employment was terminated for repeatedly leaving work without authorization.

Minnesota: A Muslim family visited a Long John Silver's restaurant at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., and ordered a children's meal for their three-year-old son. They noticed that the toy that came with the meal was a small notepad with the phrase "Build with Jesus" written at the top along with a quote from the Bible. Although Jesus is considered a prophet in the Islamic belief system, the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Minnesota asked Yum! Brands, parent company of Long John Silver’s, to investigate the incident, offer the Muslim family a formal written apology, review the toy distribution policy for all restaurants, and ensure that such incidents are not repeated -- and to participate in CAIR's sensitivity and diversity training.

Britain: Muslim traffic warden resigns over the St. Edward’s crown on the police badge.

Islamic fundamentalists applaud the lives lost and destruction caused by the Victoria fires in Australia.

Spain: Muslims claim to be offended by a statue of St. James, the Moor slayer.

Britain: Muslims offended by the St. George’s Cross tie-pin worn by prison guards.

Australia: Attack by Muslim males on lifeguards sparks race riots.

Britain: Muslims angered by plan to bring back historic statue of Florentine Boar.

Denmark: Muslims offended by 'Jewish' cookies.

France: Police shut down soup kitchens that serve pork soup, to avoid tension with Muslims.

Austria: Three Muslim soldiers refuse to salute the flag because it is “incompatible with their faith.”

Germany: Police called to help control a school in Berlin.

Norway: Muslim man jailed for beating his daughter with straps and a metal rod.

Founder and CEO of Muslim TV channel Muzzammil Hassan charged with beheading his wife. (New York).

Don’t associate Islam with terrorism?

- What Does Freedom of the Press Mean to the OIC?

- Don’t Say a Word: A U.N. resolution seeks to criminalize opinions that differ with the Islamic faith
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Urgent appeal: Support freedom of expression, oppose "defamation of religions"

Joint NGO Statement on Danger of U.N. “Defamation of Religions” Campaign

IFPS Launches Urgent Mission: Save Free Speech from Worldwide Threats

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- D.C. Watson: Is the “Religion of Peace” Being Defamed?

- UN Considers Proposal to Criminalize Defamation of Islam

UN Human Rights Council banned Discussion of religious questions

Incredulous UN Bans Criticism of Islam

Jihad Against Free Speech

- Islamic states draw new battle lines over Freedom of Expression

- Petition for defence of individual rights at the UN Human Rights Council

- Growing opposition to the concept of "defamation of religion"

- How Some Europeans and the UN Are Helping Islamists Undermine Freedom

- The UN must not give in to Islamic criticism - In the name of Islamophobia, will the OIC soon ‘Rule the Waves’ at the UN General Assembly and the UN Human Rights Council?

- Religion and Freedom of Expression in the Human Rights Council

- Criticism of religion is not blasphemy

- An Islamic Blasphemy Law? Let’s Call Their Bluff

- Islamic states draw new battle lines over Freedom of Expression

- Creeping Dhimmitude at the United Nations

- World’s Press Criticises UN Human Rights Council

- IHEU "ambushed" at Human Rights Council

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Islamic Law vs Human Rights

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam - Diverges from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in key respects

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Islam and Democracy: The theory - and the practice...

ALGERIA: Political killings, Censorship, Harassment & Intimidation

BAHRAIN: Executions, Abuses of detainees & Censorship

EGYPT: Censorship, Limited Judicial Independence & Police Tortures

IRAN: Torture, Repressed Minorities, Discriminated Women, Unfair Trials, Censorship & Executions

LYBIA: Censorship, Killings of Demonstrators & Prisoners

MOROCCO: Discriminated Women, Abused Prisoners, Migrants & Refugees

OMAN: Discriminated Migrants, Abused Woman & Domestic Workers, Trafficking in Human Beings

IRAQ: Violence against women, Thousands of killed Civilians & Executions

KUWAIT: Torture, Abuse of Migrant Workers & Executions

QUATAR: Violence against Women, Human Trafficking, Torture & ill-Treatment

TUNISIA: Censorship, Limited Judicial Independence, Torture & ill-Treatment

SAUDI ARABIA: Violence against Women, Migrant worker Abuse, Torture, Unfair Trials, Censorship & Executions

SYRIA: Censorship, Torture, Arbitrary Detention, Discrimination of Woman & Minorities

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Stoning, Flogging, Death Penalties & Cruel Judicial Punishments

YEMEN: Executions, Censorship, Political Prisoners & Unfair Trials