Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Media Matters Bootlicker of Islamic Imperialism

Comment on Zombie Lie: Right Still Clinging To Decade-Old Fabrication About Radicalized Mosques
Media Matters, February 2, 2011, by Justin Berrier, Julie Millican & Eric Schroeck

This is a comprehensive chronicle of news items relating to the often-repeated claim that some 80% of US  mosques are dominated by extremist Wahhabi Islam.

Media Matters brusquely rejects the claim in the crudest terms, calling it a “zombie lie”, a “debunked” and “unsubstantiated” “fabrication” with “absolutely no evidence” to back it up.

The cumulative effect of such a plethora of harsh epithets is jarring. So much so, indeed, that my suspicions were aroused. And sure enough, the actual content of the press clippings gathered under that dismissive title, totaling 10 thousand words,  did little to confirm such a harsh judgment.

The  Media Matters chronicle quotes the words of a Soofy Moose-leem preacher, xxx Kabbani: “In a December 2004 interview with Singapore's Straits Times, Kabbani noted that

‘[b]ack in 1990, arriving for his first Friday prayers in an American mosque in Jersey City, he was shocked to hear Wahhabism being preached. 'What I heard there, I had never heard in my native Lebanon. I asked myself: Is Wahhabism active in America? So I started my research. Whichever mosque I went to, it was Wahhabi, Wahhabi, Wahhabi, Wahhabi.' "

In view of Kabbani’s  outwardly plausible account, Media Matters seems to be stretching the meaning of the term “evidence” when it denies the existence  of any “evidence”. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed., “evidence”, among other things, means: “3. Law The documentary or oral statements and the material objects admissible as testimony in a court of law.”

According to this definition, an “oral statement”, e.g. an eyewitness account given by an undisputed authority on the relevant subject matter, as in Kabbani’s case, is ITSELF evidence.  Since when must a witness giving testimony quote a third party in support of his own statement? In trials, do lawyers ever ask witnesses “Well, yes, so you claim, but do you have any EVIDENCE that what you saw with your own eyes actually happened?”  After all, Media Matters itself records that Kabbani had personally visited 114 US mosques.   

If Kabbani’s claim is a “zombie lie”, as Media Matters proclaims, then Kabbani must be a zombie liar. However  Media Matters refrains from actually calling him that.

On the other hand, Media Matters actually cites evidence that contradicts Kabbani‘s claim.

“Other American Muslim leaders say Kabbani's estimate of Wahhabi influence in U.S. mosques is exaggerated. ‘I don't know where he came up with that,’ says Ingrid Mattson, a Hartford Seminary professor and vice president of the Islamic Society of North America. ‘African-Americans alone account for a third of the mosques', she notes, 'and they clearly are not Wahhabis.’ Mattson thus adroitly changes the subject matter from how many American MOSQUES are run by Wahhabi imams (at least 230) to how many MUSLIMS are Wahhabi. The CAIR-Hartford study found that about 20 percent of mosques say they interpret the Koran literally, but 7 in 10 follow a more nuanced, non-fundamentalist approach.”  [U.S. News & World Report, October 29, 2001, accessed via Nexis]
Ingrid Mattson is a prolific liar. She once claimed in an interview with a journalist that Islam permits apostasy, if only grudgingly. That is a colossal lie, since all schools of Islamic law agree that the only fit punishment for an apostate is the death penalty. She is a Wahhabi apparatchik, a tool of Riyadh´s foreign policy.  

The CAIR-Hartford study is here cited by Prof. Mattson as evidence to rebut Kabbani’s account. However, if it is considered  “evidence”, it turns out to be of the hearsay variety, unlike Kabbani’s eyewitness account. For according to the report itself, officially named The Mosque in America: A National Portrait, “The telephone interviews of a mosque representative (usually an Imam, board member or President) were conducted from March to September, 2000.”[1]

From this we can fairly conclude firstly, that this supposedly authoritative report is merely the transcript of unverified telephone palavers with faceless strangers; and secondly that  it is almost as ancient as what Media Matters calls a “decade-old fabrication“, namely Imam Kabbani’s testimony at the State Department, which he had uttered only one year before, in January 1999.

In its “Zombie Liechronicle, Media Matters cites Robert Spencer, of the Jihad Watch blog, who wrote a note in Human Events on March 3, 2005, in which  Robert Spencer announced a study by  Freedom House according to which “American mosques are filled with jihadist material”.[2]

The Freedom House report provides some choice insights into the Saudi concept of jihad, taken from a book for third-year high school students published by the Saudi Ministry of Education that was collected from the Islamic Center of Oakland in California:

“To be true Muslims, we must prepare and be ready for jihad in Allah’s way. It is the duty of the citizen and the government. The military education is glued to faith and its meaning, and the duty to follow it.”[3]

Later on it gets more nitty-gritty:

“Preparing the weapons for war and possessing them; even better than that is building special factories for manufacturing military vehicles, tanks, rockets, planes, and other things needed in modern warfare.”

Wahhabi thirst for world domination is poignantly expressed:

"Until the nations of the world have functionally Islamic governments, every individual who is careless or lazy in working for Islam is sinful.”  

“Functionally Islamic governments” presumably means that they needn’t call themselves Muslims, it suffices for them to pursue Islamic goals.  For example, try to discourage criticism of Islam, support Islamist takeovers in the Middle East, portray Islam as a harmless, peaceful religion, etc.

But Media Matters makes no effort to read Saudi publications on hate ideology, which  confirm Kabbani’s claim, i.e. confirms the so-called “zombie lie”. In  2011, six years after the report was published, Media Matters continues to proclaim that Kabbani’s claim is a “zombie lie” and that there is absolutely “no evidence” to support it.   

In the interim, several additional studies were published that reached astonishingly similar conclusions.  On 10 August 2012 Robert Spencer wrote in Jihad Watch: “… four separate studies conducted in 1998, 2004, 2007 and 2011 all found that 80% of U.S. mosques were teaching jihad, Islamic supremacism, and hatred and contempt for Jews and Christians. … “

I am not claiming that they are accurate evidence, merely that they are evidence that should be taken into account and evaluated, which Media Matters flatly refuses to do.

These are the studies:

  1. Kabbani’s testimony before a State Department Open Forum in January 1999
  2. Center for Religious Freedom's 2005 study
  3. Mapping Sharia Project's 2008 sfighting imperialism includes fighting islamis imperialismtudy
  4. In the summer of 2011 another study Shari'a and Violence in American Mosques, showing that only 19% of mosques in U.S. DON'T teach jihad violence and/or Islamic supremacism.  http://www.jihadwatch.org/2011/06/mordechai-kedar-and-david-yerushalmi-new-study-shows-that-only-19-of-mosques-in-us-dont-teach-jihad.html
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[1] The Mosque in America: A National Portrait, p. 1.
[2] Saudi publications on hate ideology invade American mosques, Freedom House, Center for Religious Freedom, Washington, DC,  2005. Website: www.freedomhouse.org/religion
[3]  Saudi publications on hate ideology, p. 57 [pdf p. 62]

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