Robert Spencer, Michelle Malkin and Charles Johnson are among the many names in the blogopehere who have received negative comments due to their articles. It is my opinion that while bloggers such as Wolf Pangloss, World Ware, Haganah, Daniel Henninger and Pastorius report on the spread of jihadist propaganda and instructional videos on the internet, their only real success is in helping to misrepresent the true meaning of Islam.
He may not be a Muslim, but if Salman Rushdie can be the target of a fatwa for writing The Satanic Verses, then Robert Spencer may also be on the fatwa nominee list for writing what could be considered a propaganda attempt against Islam; 'Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn't'.
Does Robert Spencer really expect us to pay attention to his deliberations of whether Christians are more of a threat to free societies than so-called 'Islamic jihadists', whether the Bible and the Q'ran contain violence, to consider whether the history of Christianity or Islam is more 'bloodstained', and why he believes Christianity is a religion of peace, but Islam is not. I suspect that Robert Spencer's writings on such issues will only serve to fuel Islamophobia and increase the segregation of communities and the isolation of Muslims.
In Robert Spencer's own words he's already been listed alongside Daniel Pipes, Michael Scheuer, Steven Emerson, and 'the crusader-in-chief' George W. Bush as one of the "Zionist crusader missionaries of hate and counter-Islam consultants". Robert Spencer responded to this categorisation by 'inviting' his accuser to accept the Bill of Rights on a "framework within which people of differing faiths can live in peace, harmony, and mutual respect – provided that none of the groups involved cherishes supremacist ambitions to subjugate the others". Robert Spencer's hypocrisy is not just shown by the fact that he now fails to adhere to this by slandering Islam, but also because he has transgressed the bounds of his own disclaimer by seeking to elevate his own views, ambitions and religion (Christianity) over Islam. Therefore can it now be argued that he is no different from his enemy he accuses of similar deeds, al Qaeda spokesman, Adam Yahiye Gadahn?
It maybe argued that Robert Spencer's only success here is conning his followers into paying $18.45 to read what may be found to be misrepresentations of Islam, distortions of Islamic text and use of fallible hadiths to argue a flawed concept. No matter how much he tries to put his arguments across, his ideas appear contradictory because we all know that Christianity has it's own problems with radicalism, fundamentalism, terrorism and rogue affiliates; just as we know that the bible makes reference to war and uses violent parables. Then there's the history of Christian atrocities to be considered!
What Robert Spencer and his supporters (found here, here and here) fail to report on is the fact that the assimilation of Muslims in America is positive, the threat by Muslims in Europe is very limited, and that it is increasingly becoming evident that Muslims say no to violence, terrorism & bin Laden. Therefore one would be wrong to argue that Islam is not a religion of peace.
Let’s be clear about a few things; I HAVE recently returned from the Middle-East and I AM promoting Jihad. However, the Jihad I promote is not the Jihad of twisted lunatics whose life ambition is to strap on bombs to kill innocent people on trains and planes, or of those who seek to distort religious teachings to encourage such behaviour. We only need to read the opinions of mainstream Islamic scholars to understand the true meaning of Jihad and Islam.
The Jihad of us all is to teach ourselves and our communities in order to improve ourselves and communities. Jihad comes from the root word “al-jahd” (meaning exertion or struggle) and means that one fully exerts himself and struggles with himself to serve his Lord, as well as to perfect his interaction with others. This is the general and comprehensive meaning of jihad. Islam is the faith of peace and harmony and requires submission to the Will of Allah. As these meanings have been distorted by media pundits and politicians alike, the challenge of the Muslim commnunity is to develop a new vision of Islam, which includes continuing to educate ourselves to understand and promote the idea that the crimes of others are no justification for indiscriminate violence by non-Muslims or Muslims. Maybe then the long line of candidates seeking to secure fame and fortune through slandering Muslims, misrepresenting Islamic texts and serving disunity will end. Britain's new Prime Minister Gordon Brown is a leader in the way forward by banning ministers from using the term "Muslim" in connection with the terrorism crisis.