The Islamophobe’s favourite Muslims

Following on from Saraji’s exposé of “Muslims for Bush” and the Hasan clan behind it a few weeks back, has anyone seen the grovelling “apology” for 9/11 posted on the “Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism” website? The organisation, which was founded by Kamal Nawash, a Palestinian Republican immigration lawyer from Virginia, declares:

As to apologizing, we will no longer wait for our religious leaders and “intellectuals” to do the right thing. Instead, we will start by apologizing for 9-11. We are so sorry that 3000 people were murdered in our name. We will never forget the sight of people jumping from two of the highest buildings in the world hoping against hope that if they moved their arms fast enough that they may fly and survive a certain death from burning. We are sorry for blaming 9-11 on a Jewish or right wing conspiracy. We are so sorry for the murder of more than three hundred school children and adults in Russia. We are so sorry for the murder of train passengers in Spain. We are so sorry for all the victims of suicide bombings. We are so sorry for the beheadings, abductions, rapes, violent Jihad and all the atrocities committed by Muslims around the world. We are so sorry for a religious education that raised killers rather than train people to do good in the world. We are sorry that we did not take the time to teach our children tolerance and respect for other people. We are so sorry for not rising up against the dictators who have ruled the Muslim world for decades. We are so sorry for allowing corruption to spread so fast and so deep in the Muslim world that many of our youth lost hope. We are so sorry for allowing our religious leaders to relegate women to the status of forth class citizens at best and sub-humans at worse.

We are so sorry.

Well, Kamal, you don’t speak for me. I don’t have time to go through every minor point in this ridiculous article (or “fisk” it as the right-wing bloggers say). As a community, we have nothing to apologise to America for - we were not consulted over any of the acts committed “in our name”, did not ask for them nor did we want them. Sorry for not rising up against the dictators? These groups, for the most part, would not exist without these dictators, and the people responsible for “relegating women to the status of fourth class citizens” etc are the Saudis (American allies) and the Taliban, who were only in power for a few years anyway.

And who is Hawash to apologise “on our behalf” anyway? Who elected him? He couldn’t even get the people of one district of Virginia to elect him (as a Republican state senator)!

The website, which I found linked off a blog by someone with a thorough hostility to Muslims who called Hawash’s group “Muslims I can get behind”, insists that “the Qur’an demands a SECULAR” state, and while supposedly in favour of democracy, insists that

If fair and free elections were held tomorrow, the majority of Arab countries would probably elect totalitarian leaders with an intolerant pro-Islamist agenda. The election of extremists would spell death to democracy. We must first expel Islamic extremists and terrorists from Arab and Muslim societies before democracy sweeps the region.

One wonders what this man approves of in order to “expel” such extremists and terrorists (where to?). In many Muslim countries even moderate Muslim parties are not allowed to operate, at least openly. And of course, no Muslim would elect a secular socialist with an obvious distaste for Islam and its law, over an Islamist, however conservative.

His website also repeats slanders from others (non-Muslims) against Muslims. For example, he syndicates a piece from “GLOBAL JIHAD” entitled “Islamic leader hails Chechen attack Says similar operation would be justified in UK”. The leader is of course Omar Bakri Muhammad, who is not an “Islamic leader” but the leader of a small group of young people who go round making inflammatory statements. Bakri was interviewed on the Jon Gaunt show the following day and it seemed to me that he was claiming to have been misquoted, but even so, he represents only his small group.

Two points before I sign off: their coalition “welcomes all, whether Muslim, Christian or Jewish”; how many of them are indeed Christian or Jewish? And as candidate for the Virginia senate seat, he called himself “Pro-Choice, Progressive, and Independent”, and claimed that under the watch of the female, Democrat incumbent, “Conservatives have chipped away at a woman’s right to choose”. Doesn’t this say it all?

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