From The Back Burner: Muslims Against Hate

Here is a back-burner story from September that didn’t make the national news.
Tulsa Muslims Denounce Hate

Tulsa Muslims are protesting ISIS and condemning the anti-Muslim comments of an Oklahoma lawmaker.

They say both promote hate and do not reflect Islam, or any religion for that matter.

The Islamic Society of Tulsa invited the media on Saturday to honor journalist colleagues beheaded by ISIS.

They have denounced ISIS because not only are they killing innocent people, they’re doing it in the name of their religion.

There is a verse in the Quaran that says, “If anyone slays a person, it would be as if he slew the whole people.”

The Islamic Society of Tulsa is using that verse to show that its religion is different from that of ISIS.

“They’re not Muslims,” Houssam Elsoueissi said. “They don’t represent Islam, and we hate their actions.”

About 1,500 Muslims pray at Tulsa’s only mosque.

Mosque members are now protesting ISIS, the terrorist group they say is hijacking their religion, performing sins in the name of Islam.

“You get people [who] keep pushing you away, saying, ‘No! You’re a terrorist.’ Or, ‘You don’t belong.’ Because somebody in Iraq or Syria did something,” Houssam said.

Oklahoma Muslims also are feeling persecuted at home.

Oklahoma State Rep. John Bennett says he has no plans to apologize after posting an anti-Muslim comment on his Facebook page.

Saying, “be wary of the individuals who claim to be Muslim-American.”

“When a person like him makes a statement, it echoes and people hear it,” Houssam said. “And it does a disservice to Muslims, American-Muslims and humanity. Period. It promotes hate, basically.”

Safa Elsoueissi added, “I feel the need to go out and explain to people that, no we’re not about this, and it’s sad that we have to do that.”

The Islamic Society of Tulsa led a protest Friday, which resulted in some positive feedback.

“People were honking, telling us great job. Some people came and recorded it to post on Facebook, so really we felt, you know, like these people understand and they know that we’re not the same as what ISIS is doing,” Abdelmonen said.

What that Oklahoma lawmaker said about Muslims is tame in comparison to what one particular American said about them. Back last April, Christopher Zara of the International Business Times reported the following:

Patrick Dollard, a conservative filmmaker and former Breitbart contributor, is Twitter’s public enemy du jour following a tweet in which he called on Americans to “start slaughtering Muslims in the streets.”

In that particular tweet of his, Dollard writes, “If there is even one more act of Muslim terrorism, it is then time for Americans to start slaughtering Muslims in the streets, all of them.”

It is one thing to verbally criticize the teachings of Islam or the teachings of a mosque. It is another thing to encourage acts of violence against all Muslims. The former is an exercise in freedom of speech. The latter is an exercise in rabid behavior.

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Side Note: For the record, I am not a Muslim, and I am not defending Islam. I am merely sharing stories pertaining to American Muslims. Sometimes, being fair and balanced means reporting what other parties are saying even if one disagrees with those parties.

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Quote Sources:

NewsOn6.com, Tulsa Muslims Denounce ISIS Attacks, Hate In Name Of Religion, http://www.newson6.com/story/26530096/tulsa-muslims-denounce-isis-attacks-hate-in-name-of-religion

International Business Times, Pat Dollard Twitter Backlash: ‘Slaughter Muslims’ Tweet Called Hate Speech, Or Was It A Joke?, http://www.ibtimes.com/pat-dollard-twitter-backlash-slaughter-muslims-tweet-called-hate-speech-or-was-it-joke-1567081

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  • jim_m

    I think you would see less of idiots like Dollard if the government would start taking islamic terrorism seriously. The knee jerk reaction to deny that the Oklahoma beheading was muslim terrorism and that Nidal Hassan’s actions were merely “workplace violence” show that the government is not serious about this issue and will do nothing to protect the public from it.

    If people felt that something were being done they would be less likely to shoot their mouths off. It is when the government appears to be unconcerned about the problem that people start talking about taking things into their own hands. If we want to suppress anti-muslim rhetoric the way to do that is to get serious about muslim terrorists here at home. That is not to say that we need to violate people’s rights or create interment camps like in WWII, but it does mean that we should be monitoring them and considering them as a threat until proven otherwise.

    • Commander_Chico

      Where are these “Muslim terrorists” not being monitored? The whole country’s being “monitored” as Snowden has taught us.

      A lot of the “Muslim terrorists” prosecuted since 9/11 have been retards sucked into plotting by FBI informants.

      Your own prejudices are betrayed by your persistent refusal to capitalize “Muslim” and “Islam,” which are proper nouns and adjectives.

      • jim_m

        The Tsarnaev brothers. Nuf said.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Unfortunately, our feckless leader refuses to recognize that Islamic terrorism exists – just as Jim m says. Thus, we have situations like the following. Your belief in your government’s use of “monitoring” to ferret out terrorists, instead of using it to punish those who disagree with its policies, is, at best, naïve:

        “American suicide bomber’s travels in U.S., Middle East went unmonitored”

        “There were no U.S. air marshals watching the newly clean-shaven passenger on the transatlantic­ flight, no FBI agents waiting for him as he landed in Newark in May 2013 after returning from Syria’s civil war.

        “As the 22-year-old Florida native made his way through a U.S. border inspection, officers pulled him aside for additional screening and searched his belongings. They called his mother in Vero Beach to check on his claim that he had merely been visiting relatives in the Middle East. But when she vouched for him, U.S. officials said, Moner Mohammad Abusalha was waved through without any further scrutiny or perceived need to notify the FBI that he was back in the United States.

        Earlier this year, after returning to Syria, Abusalha became the first American to carry out a suicide attack in that country, blowing up a restaurant frequented by Syrian soldiers on behalf of an al-Qaeda affiliate. His death May 25 was accompanied by the release of a menacing video. “You think you are safe where you are in America,” he said, threatening his own country and a half-dozen others. “You are not safe.”

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/american-suicide-bombers-travels-in-us-middle-east-went-unmonitored/2014/10/11/38a3228e-4fe8-11e4-aa5e-7153e466a02d_story.html

        • Commander_Chico

          I’m glad they let him go back to Syria.

  • Ettore Greco

    Post deleted for being off-topic.

    • jim_m

      bigot alert.

  • Commander_Chico

    The predominant MSM narrative is to promote fear. It’s not limited to Muslims, it’s Ebola, Bird Flu, drugs, rape, and meteors.

    In the case of Muslims, promoting fear of them also promotes the war on Islam agenda, which benefits defense contractors and the foreign policy of Israel.

    • jim_m

      You’re right. It’s not like we have Muslims going around cutting people’s throats. Oh wait, we do.

    • Retired military

      a. The MSM will barely mention the words Muslim and terrorists together.
      b. The MSM is definitely against anything Israel
      c. The MSM doesn’t believe any war should be waged must less one on Islam.
      Your ignorance shows every time you open your mouth. or umm do anything else.

  • Shein Ariely

    Jingle bell converted to Jihad bells

    One of Islam tradition is to impose Islamic meaning to other religion holy sites.
    The modern Islamists adapted the Christian christmas traditional song Jingle bell to their anthem.
    Moderate Muslims (where are you hiding?) are invited to propose a different anthem.

    Dashing through the sand
    In a one- camel
    O’ér the deserts we go
    Praying all the way
    Bells on camels ring
    Making spirits bright
    What a fun is to ride and pray
    A convert all pray tonight!

    Jihad bells, Jihad bells
    Jihad everywhere

    Oh what fun is forever to fight than all
    Jihad bells, Jihad bells
    Jihad all the way

    Oh! what fun it is to slaughter
    In a one shot video clip

    Jihad bells, Jihad bells
    Terror every where

    We lie to all and made them blinds
    From Kenya ,London, Madrid, Moscow, Beijing to L.A.

    Jihad bells, Jihad bells
    Jihad every were

    All the Buddhists, Christians, Jews and Hindu
    Your time will come, you should know.

    Jihad bells, Jihad bells
    Jihad every were

    But- if you resist
    The terror for ever will persist,
    Your life will be in risk
    Unless you submit to the religion of peace

    Jihad Bells!
    Terror every were

    • jim_m

      It’s times like these that I wish disqus still showed the count of down votes

      • Brucehenry

        This guy can’t even get the pentameter right.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Safa Elsoueissi added, “I feel the need to go out and explain to people that, no we’re not about this, and it’s sad that we have to do that.”

    Plenty of people say plenty of bad things about the Jonesboro Baptist Church – and rightly so. They’re a hateful band of lunatics who have twisted the Bible into a hateful message. But they have a total of about 80 members, have killed no one, and have been so shunned by American Christians [and just about everyone else] that they have been completely marginalized, serving no purpose other than being the butt of jokes.

    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Muslims. There are well over 1b Muslims. When you start multiplying the percentages of Muslims who support terrorism times 1b, you come up with a lot of terrorists – and they’ve killed hundreds of thousands worldwide in the last decade.

    Here are the latest stats [2007 Pew Poll] I could find after a quick perusal of the innertubes about Muslims attitudes towards terrorism. With the current fad of young, western asshats traveling to the ME to fight with ISIS, I suspect these statistics are overly optimistic about the “peacefulness” of Muslims.

    Safa, I’m sorry you’re sad, but you’ve still got a shitload of explaining to do:

    In a 2007 Pew Research poll in response to a question on whether suicide bombing and other forms of violence against civilian targets to defend Islam could be justified
    19% of Muslims in France believed it could be justified rarely, and 6% thought it could be justified often.
    25% of Muslims in Egypt believed it could be justified rarely, and 8% thought it could be justified often.
    9% of Muslims in Britain believed it could be justified rarely, and 3% thought it could be justified often.
    6% of Muslims in Germany believed it could be justified rarely, and 1% thought it could be justified often.
    9% of Muslims in Spain believed it could be justified rarely, and 6% thought it could be justified often.
    9% of Muslims in Turkey believed it could be justified rarely, and 3% thought it could be justified often.
    28% of Muslims in Jordan believed it could be justified rarely, and 5% thought it could be justified often.
    23% of Muslims in Nigeria believed it could be justified rarely, and 8% thought it could be justified often.
    8% of Muslims in Pakistan believed it could be justified rarely, and 7% thought it could be justified often.
    18% of Muslims in Indonesia believed it could be justified rarely, and 2% thought it could be justified often.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_attitudes_towards_terrorism

    • jim_m

      It’s less sad that they have to speak up and more sad that they haven’t.

    • Commander_Chico
    • Commander_Chico

      Why talk about the mote in their eye, and ignore them beam in your own?

      Those Mormons are bloodthirsty mo-fos.

      http://www.fair.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/civiliansmilitary.gif

      • Paul Hooson

        Despite my Jewish ancestry, I was raised as a Catholic, because I’m also a large part Irish as well. I used to take my religion very seriously, and attend mass every week and never miss Holy Days Of Obligation. One day in church I was outraged that an Irish newspaper was being distributed that was almost entirely a mouthpiece for the IRA. In Hyde Park in London, there was a horse soldier parade which was a beautiful event with many bystanders, and an IRA terrorist blew up a nail bomb killing seven horses, killing eleven soldiers and wounding nearly 50 civilians. – I decided that any church that distributes terrorist newspapers is not a church I belong in, and stopped going to church for years after that. The IRA were supposed to be Catholics, but the intent of this nail bomb was to kill animals, civilians and soldiers by having nails explode and shoot through and kill and injure as many as possible. It was a pure work of the Devil, and very evil.

        • Commander_Chico

          Yes, I was a frequent traveler to London in those years, and there were a lot of bombs and bomb scares.

          • Paul Hooson

            I think it was right before the start of the Falklands War that this was the big news story.