Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Anti-Terrorism Protest Organizer Threatend With Terror

Islam is the ultimate practitioner of identity politics.

Over the past several years there has been much well deserved criticism of Muslims for their relative silence in speaking out against terrorism. Certainly millions of Muslims do not believe in a violent jihad against the larger infidel world, yet this group tends to sit quietly in the background in the face of a more aggressive counterpart of the religion of peace.

Indeed, most of the protest coming from the Muslim community as it relates to terrorism has been in cautioning against anti-Islamist reprisals for its obvious connection with terrorism, rather than against terrorism itself.

This past week has seen two slight breaks from the norm.

First, several Canadian imams issued a fatwa against terrorism aimed at the US and Canada. Their religious directive was based on the belief that such attacks, because the US and Canada are home to many Muslims, are an attack against Muslims. While some positives can be taken from this, it was in part a renunciation of the violence because potential victims could happen to be Muslims, not because terrorist violence at its foundation is evil.

Also last week there was a anti-terrorism protest outside the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse organized by Majed Moughni, a Detroit area Muslim attorney. The protest was organized to take place while the undiebomber was being arraigned within the courthouse.

The protest turned out to be much smaller than hoped with perhaps a dozen or so Muslims renouncing the terrorist attack. For a well advertised protest to have such a small turnout in a city with such a large Muslim population is troubling.

But it doesn't end there.

As if on cue, Moughni has received a death threat by a man with an Arabic accent.

“I want to congratulate you for your place in hellfire, Inshallah,” the caller said, using an Arabic phrase that means "God willing." "If you’re in front of me, I will shoot you. I will put a bullet in your head. This is the consequence of a hypocrite.”
Moughni replied that his cause was a worthy cause for which to die.

Standing up against terrorism by a handful of Muslims is perhaps the first baby step in a journey that must encircle the Earth. We non-Muslims have to notice that the step took place and we have to encourage more such steps, but we must also demand that moderate Muslims, a group that Moughni obviously believes exists, takes back its religion from those willing to blow innocent civilians out of the sky in pursuit of the jihad.

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