The Hamas-affiliated Council on American Islamic Relations, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, has released an “Enemies of Islam” list.
If ISIS did the same, we would be frightened, of course. But CAIR is ostensibly doing this to fight “Islamophobia,” so we have to pretend that it’s done in pure good faith — even though numerous members of CAIR have been charged with terror-related crimes in the past.
“This is a hit list,” said Nonie Darwish, a former Egyptian Muslim, now living in America. CAIR “should be held legally responsible for inciting violence against us,” she said, after citing several Muslims and non-Muslims who have been personally targeted by Muslims sharing CAIR’s Islamic ideology.
“They want to shut us up by putting us in a position of fear,” said Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which is pushing for modernization of Islam in the United States. “Not only does their list put our lives at risk, but it is full of false information [and] they’ve never called us.”At least two of the people cited in the report have been targeted for murder by jihadis. Pam Geller, who is described by the new report as “Islamophobe Pamela Geller,” has survived two plots. Similarly, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim and a former legislator in Holland, has a security detail to protect her from attacks.
Other people and organizations on the list include Bill Maher, Mark Levin, and FOX News.So will this be used to invite violence against Islam’s critics? I (Matt Palumbo) believe so.
Something similar from the Southern Poverty Law Center comes to mind. The SPLC has categorized so many organizations as “hate groups” you’d think they’ll eventually add themselves to that list. Back in 2013, an armed man attempted an attack on the Family Research Council on the basis that the SPLC categorized them as an “anti-gay” hate group. And let’s be honest, Muslims tend to be a bit more sensitive to criticism than the gay community.
A “draw Mohammad” contest in Texas attracted two Jihadis who planned on killing everyone involved — yet apparently didn’t consider the gun culture of Texas and were promptly shot dead in just moments. Not everyone who winds up on this list can afford private security, however.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]