Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Muslim Media Guide

The November 19, 2007, issue of PR Week ( reports that CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations) has created a media guide for journalists intended to “disabuse journalists of misinformation about the religion.”

What kind of “misinformation”? That the Quran teaches violence and that Islam does not respect women’s rights are two of the notable examples of “misinformation” the guide wants to address.

Why is CAIR putting money and effort into releasing a media guide entitled American Muslims: A Journalist’s Guide to Understanding Islam and Muslims?

Clearly, CAIR is concerned.

You see, up until the past few years very little accurate information was readily available to the public about what the Quran and the Hadith really say and what the life of Muhammed was really like. Colleges and universities that had Middle Eastern studies departments typically taught a sanitized, whitewashed version of Islam that ignored, rationalized or hid the truth about doctrinal and historical Islam.

Today, however, organizations like ACT for America, American Congress for Truth, and many others, are providing the American public with a clear understanding of the violence, bigotry, hatred and subjugation that is at the heart of doctrinal and historic Islam. Americans are beginning to understand that Islam is as much a political ideology of force and conquest as it is a religious belief.

CAIR will succeed in its efforts to repackage Islam only if Americans fail to look past CAIR’s public relations efforts. CAIR will fail if Americans (and American journalists) simply do a little research for themselves.

If it’s “misinformation” to assert that the Quran, the Hadith, and the words of Muhammed advocate violence and the subjugation of “infidels,” how does one explain the following?

“Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war." Qur’an:9:5

"Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission." Qur’an:9:29

"Fight them until all opposition ends and all submit to Allah." Qur’an:8:39

"So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief [non-Muslims]) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world)." Qur’an:8:39

"He said, ‘Fight them so that there is no more rebellion, and religion, all of it, is for Allah only. Allah must have no rivals.'” Ishaq:324

"Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you." Qur’an:9:123

These are but a handful of the hundreds of passages that exhort Muslims to kill and conquer infidels in the name of Allah. These are not words that have been fabricated by those intent on misrepresenting Islam and Muslims. Among the major religions of the world, Islam stands alone in its call to conquer “unbelievers” with the objective to forcefully convert or subjugate the entire world. Islam stands alone as a religion that commands forced conversion, submission or death in the name of its god.

To read more passages, sorted by topic, go to

The “perception problem” that CAIR is so concerned about is not the result of ill will from non-Muslims or stereotyping by those intent on misrepresenting Islam. The perception problem is rooted in the truth and history of Islam.

• The over 9,000 terrorist acts committed in the name of Islam since 9/11...

• The deadly worldwide riots protesting political caricature cartoons of Muhammed...

• The 26% of American Muslims under the age of 30 who approve of suicide bombings...

• The exhortations by Muslim clerics in America that American constitutional law must be overthrown and replaced by Islamic sharia law...

• The literature in American mosques that depict Jews as “apes” and “pigs”...

...are not some wild deviation from a religion that has, through its doctrines and history, advocated peace and tolerance. They are the inevitable fruit emanating from a root that advocates advancing the will of Allah through violence, terror, and conquest.

Are there peaceful Muslims? Of course – millions and millions of them. That there are doesn’t alter the truth of what Islam’s doctrines propagate.

CAIR and its allies have their work cut out for them. For years they have made progress, foisting a whitewashed version of Islam on America. But as the truth reaches more and more people, groups like CAIR must resort to propaganda techniques, such as calling people “Islamophobes” and “bigots,” and the publication of “media guides” intended to mislead journalists who report the news.

But they will succeed in their efforts if we sit back and do nothing. One of our ACT for America objectives is to counter political correctness and disinformation, from whatever its source, that misleads people about the true nature of political Islam.

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