Thursday, June 06, 2013

False Claim That Only Muslims Commit Terror In The Name Of Religion

By Sheila Musaji

Pamela Geller and other Islamophobes often claim that Muslims are unique.  For example, Geller said:Jews and Christians are simply not murdering people and justifying the murders by quoting their Scriptures.     Never do we see Jews slaughtering in the name of HaShem or Christians in the name of Jesus Christ.  This is just one of the many false claims that are endlessly repeated.  See Resources for dealing with Islamophobes & Islamophobia for responses to these claims.

Once again Islamophobes are using a terrible crime, the murder of Lee Rigby in London to spread their own extremist poison.  Pamela Geller published an article about possible radicalization of the criminal perpetrators of this crime at a British University.  In that article, she again made the false claim that“Rupert Sutton, from Student Rights, an organisation aimed at preventing extremism at universities, said he hoped chancellors would draw up lists of speakers liable to preach hatred or violence. He said: ‘There is a problem with Prevent at many universities, partly because it comes from government and partly because it is seen as anti-Muslim. It needs to be refocused much more clearly as being opposed to extremism of both right and left.”  Very dangerous—the right aren’t beheading people in the streets or blowing themselves up on buses.”

Actually, this terrible murder carried out by Muslim political extremists using a specious argument that the crime was “Islamic” has been addressed quite fully by Muslims.
See these articles many of which have lengthy article collections with links to sources;  Woolwich, Britain Attack Condemned by Muslims ** — Could Woolwich attack have been foreseen? ** — New British extremism task force targets only Muslim extremists ** — Woolwich and the Muslim Response, Assed Baig **— Muslims and the War on Terror, Faisal Kutty **
Most importantly, the Islamophobes should be aware that in the past few weeks, there were TWO brutal machete/knife murders in London. They have been treated and characterized very differently. In the first brutal murder, Mohamed Saleem, a 75 year old man was brutally stabbed to death by strangers as he returned home on a public street from his local mosque at night.  In the second brutal murder, Lee Rigby, an off-duty British soldier was attacked and killed on a public street in broad daylight by two strangers.  

See Mohammed Saleem and Lee Rigby both victims of senseless, extremist violence   for details about both of these crimes carried out by extremists - one by Muslim extremists, and one by right-wing extremists.

Here are just a few more examples that prove that these statements are propaganda and lies:
— In Uganda,  American Evangelical Christians have pressed for the death penalty for homosexuality on the basis of Leviticus 20:13.  **  This law was endorsed by Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, which is a Christian lobbying group in the U.S. **
— In Uganda, The Lord’s Resistance Army, is a Christian terrorist guerrilla army engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government.  It forces children to be child soldiers and has carried out crimes against humanity; including massacres, abductions, mutilation, torture, rape, and forced child labor as soldiers, porters, and sex slaves.  A quasi-religious movement that mixes some aspects of Christian beliefs with its own brand of spiritualism, it is led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, primarily of the “Holy Spirit” which the Acholi believe can represent itself in many manifestations.  LRA fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle.  **  The NYT reports that “...  Mr. Kony’s fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle.  Kony says he is fighting to impose the Ten Commandments on Uganda.” 
— The terrorist group, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in India has the motto ‘Nagaland for Christ’.  ** 
— The terrorist group, the National Liberation Front of Tripura is an explicitly Christian terrorist group in India, forcibly converting people.  They want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura **   The BBC has reported that the Baptist Church of Tripura is supporting them financially and ... The NLFT is accused of forcing Tripura’s indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control, and they have issued a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja. 
— Anders Behring Breivik who carried out a terrible terrorist act in which 77 were killed and over 200 injured identified himself as a “Christian Crusader who was defending Norway’s traditional Christian values. **  [Pamela Geller Shamelessly Attacking the Memory of Norway Terror Victims and Debbie Schlussel “out-hated” Geller.]
— The Hutaree was a Christian militia group plotting terrorist acts, and they were not an isolated phenomenon.  **
— On the FBI’s official website, there is a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from 1980 to 2005.  That study concludes that of all acts of terrorism within the U.S. during that period 7% were committed by Jewish extremist and 6% by Muslim extremists.  
— In the U.S., the Army of God has carried out a number of terrorist attacks against abortion clinics and doctors in the U.S. including bombings, arson, and murder.  They regularly justify their criminal actions by their “Christian” beliefs. 
— The goals of the KKK included, from an early time on, an intent to “reestablish Protestant Christian values in America by any means possible,” and believe that “Jesus was the first Klansman.   Their cross-burnings were conducted not only to intimidate targets, but to demonstrate their respect and reverence for Jesus Christ, and the lighting ritual was steeped in Christian symbolism, including the saying of prayers and singing of Christian hymns **
— In Ireland during the “troubles”, numerous acts of terrorism were carried out by Protestants and Catholics claiming a religious justification.  For example, a Grand Protestant Rally in Ballymena started with a prayer, and the event was followed with a murder of a Catholic “enemy”. **
— An academic paper Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda by Timothy Longman prepared for Conference on Genocide, Religion, and Modernity of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum notes that
My own research in Rwanda in 1992-93 and 1995-96 confirms these conclusions. According to my findings, church personnel and institutions were actively involved in the program of resistance to popular pressures for political reform that culminated in the 1994 genocide, and numerous priests, pastors, nuns, brothers, catechists, and Catholic and Protestant lay leaders supported, participated in, or helped to organize the killings.(4)  ...  The church was implicated in the genocide in numerous ways. People who sought sanctuary in church buildings were instead slaughtered there. According to some estimates, more people were killed in church buildings than anywhere else.(30) At one parish where I researched, the communal mayor reports that 17,000 bodies were unearthed from one set of latrines alongside the church. Numerous Tutsi priests, pastors, brothers, and nuns were killed, often by their own parishioners, sometimes by their fellow clergy. While the failure of the population to respect the principle of sanctuary cannot be blamed on the churches, the failure of the church leadership to condemn massacres on church property and attacks on church personnel in the years preceding the genocide clearly undermined the principle of sanctuary in Rwanda ...  There are numerous examples of clergy who turned people over to be killed. In one incident in May, the Catholic archbishop himself turned over to a death squad a number of nuns and priests gathered at the cathedral at Kabgayi.(32) In several cases I investigated, clergy participated in death squads. In some cases, clergy helped to locate parishioners who were in hiding.(33)
— James Kopp murdered Dr. Barnett Slepian quoting Chistian beliefs
— John Salvi killed two receptionists in two abortion clinic attacks in Brookline, MA
— Cody Crawford was arrested for firebombing the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Mosque in Corvallis, Oregon. He called himself a “Christian warrior”.
—Justin Carl Moose plotted to bomb abortion clinics. The FBI alleges he referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden” 
— On October 1, 2005, Joel Henry Hinrichs III, a Christian college student at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK detonated a large bomb made of TATP outside of a packed football stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. 
— Actor Michael Brea (of Ugly Betty program) arrested for murdering his own mother with a samurai sword while reciting Biblical passages.
— A number of terrorist attacks were attributed to individuals and groups with ties to the Christian Identity and Christian Patriot movements, including the Lambs of Christ 
— The motive for anti-abortionist Scott Roeder murdering Wichita doctor George Tiller on May 31, 2009 was a belief that abortion is criminal and immoral, and that this belief went “hand in hand” with his religious beliefs
— Christian Identity is a loosely affiliated global group of churches and individuals devoted to a racialized theology that asserts that North European whites are the direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, God’s chosen people. It has been associated with groups such as the Aryan Nations, Aryan Republican Army, Army of God, Phineas Priesthood, and The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord. It has been cited as an influence in a number of terrorist attacks around the world, including the 2002 Soweto bombings in South Africa
—  Roberto Sandalo arrested in Italy, allegedly the leader of a Christian anti-Islamic terrorist movement called Fronte Combattente Cristiano or ‘Fighting Christian Front’.The mysterious group has been responsible for bomb attacks against Islamic centres and mosques as well as death threats to Muslims.  Sandalo has justified his actions as a fight in the name of Jesus against ‘Islamofascism’. **
— Yigal Amir who murdered Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin proclaimed after his arrest that this was justified, even commanded, by the rulings of Din Mosser and Din Rodef, as described in the Jewish religious law, or halacha** 
— At a Batyam rally in Israel, protestors shouted ““Any Jewish woman who goes with an Arab should be killed; any Jew who sells his home to an Arab should be killed.” **
— Rabbi Saadya Grama, an alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha Yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J. has published a book that attempts to employ classical Jewish sources in defense of a race-based theory of Jewish supremacy. In this book he argues that gentiles are “completely evil” and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species. ** 
— Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu said “According to Jewish war ethics, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets.” **  He also proposed “hanging the children of the terrorist who carried out the attack in the Mercaz Harav yeshiva from a tree.” **.  He also said that according to Jewish law there is no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Gaza.** 
— Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu delivered a eulogy for the terrorist Meir Kahane and said that “there was absolutely no moral prohibition against the indiscriminate killing of civilians during a potential massive military offensive on Gaza” because “all citizens are collectively guilty,” based on readings of Genesis 34 and Kings 9,14. ** 
— Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu on the Moriah site (which posts Rabbis responses to questions said that the members of the Jewish terror underground were “completely righteous.” He also said, “I don’t think they are lowly murderers. Heaven forbid! They have already paid their price to society. They sacrificed many years for the people of Israel. Among us, in Judaism, there is justifiable murder. Killing a murderer is justified.”  He based this on Jewish law. **
— Rabbi Yousuf Falay called for the extermination of all Palestinian males over 13 years old. “We have to make sure that no Palestinian individual remains under our occupation. If they (Palestinians) escape then it is good; but if anyone of them remains, then he should be exterminated”. **
— Five Towns Jewish Times, a Long Island, NY newspaper published an article that defended killing Muslims ** 
— Fountains of Salvation, an Israeli Orthodox “family magazine,” suggested that Israel will create death camps for Palestinians in order to wipe them out like Amalek - “It will be interesting to see whether they leave the assembly of the Amalekites [Palestinians] in extermination camps to others, or whether they will declare that wiping out Amalek is no longer [historically] relevant. Only time will tell…”  This refers to 1 Samuel 15:3. This is basically saying Palestinians to the ovens.  **
— Rabbi Manis Friedman, of Chabad of Minnesota said he “doesn’t believe in Western morality” and “The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle).” Again referring to Biblical verses.  ** and ** 
— Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg, author of a book ( Baruch the man ) glorifying Hebron terrorist mass murderer Baruch Goldstein said that revenge and terrorism are purifying. Jews are encouraged to take revenge against those who harm them to recover their inner power after centuries of humiliation. Revenge, he argues, “is stressing my positive essence, the truth in my being. . . . It is like a law of nature. He who takes revenge joins the ‘ecological currents of reality.’ . . . Revenge is the return of the individual and the nation to believe in themselves, in their power and in the fact that they have a place under the sun and are no longer stepped on by everybody.” ** -
He also said “If you saw two people drowning, a Jew and a non-Jew, the Torah says you save the Jewish life first,” - and “If every simple cell in a Jewish body entails divinity, is a part of God, then every strand of DNA is part of God. Therefore, something is special about Jewish DNA…If a Jew needs a liver, can you take the liver of an innocent non-Jew passing by to save him? The Torah would probably permit that. Jewish life has an infinite value.” ** 
— Shmuel Hacohen, a teacher in a Jerusalem college, said: “Baruch Goldstein was the greatest Jew alive, not in one way but in every way…There are no innocent Arabs here…He was no crazy…Killing isn’t nice, but sometimes it is necessary.” ** 
— A group of Rabbis declared that the Halacha (Jewish religious law) commands the killing of innocent Palestinian civilians if this helps to save Jews. The declaration is signed by the heads of the “Arrangement Yeshivot”, the West Bank settlement rabbis and other religious leaders. They were later joined by one of the two chief rabbis (the Sephardic one).**  
— Rabbis connected with a movement to resurrect the Sanhedrin have issued a halachic opinion implying that OC Central Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh deserves to be killed. They said in their halachic ruling that Naveh was guilty of being a moser, a Hebrew word that can be roughly translated as an informant or traitor. The rabbis see the Olmert government as the equivalent of a gentile enemy that “evilly and violently expels and causes mental and physical damage to Jews.” Maimonides ruled in his Mishneh Torah: “It is permitted to kill a Jewish moser anywhere, even today when rabbinic courts are not permitted to decide on capital punishment matters.” **  
— Rabbi Avraham Hecht (chief rabbi of Congregation Sh’are Zion in Brooklyn and at the same time president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, a national organization of 540 Orthodox rabbis) said that surrendering any of the Land of Israel violated halakah (Jewish law), and anyone who did so could be killed as a rodef, “one who pursues a Jew trying to kill him.” “All I said was that according to Jewish law, any one person—you can apply it to whoever you want—any one person who willfully, consciously, intentionally hands over human bodies or human property or the human wealth of the Jewish people to an alien people is guilty of the sin for which the penalty is death. And according to Maimonides—you can quote me—it says very clearly, if a man kills him, he has done a good deed.” ** 
— Jewish underground group set off car bombs that crippled two Palstinian mayors, and plannned to bomb five Arab commuter buses and and blow up Al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem, partly in hopes of provoking a war so cataclysmic that it would hasten the arrival of the Messiah** 
...  Rabbi Colonel Eyal Karim of the Israeli IDF implied that rape is allowed in war. When asked a question about this he said “The wars of Israel […] are mitzvah wars, in which they differ from the rest of the wars the nations wage among themselves. **  
— Rabbis at Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem granted rabbinical approval to avenge Jerusalem yeshiva attack by an attack on a senior official at the Temple Mount mosque (who had nothing to do with the yeshiva murders). ** 
Mercaz Harav extremist Yeshiva teaches that “non-Jews living under Jewish law in Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) must either be enslaved as water carriers and wood hewers, or banished, or exterminated.” ** 
— Rabbi Marzel, leader of the Jewish National Front party and was affiliated with Meir Kahane & acting spokesman for Kach terrorist organization for 10 years. He called on his supporters to kill journalist Uri Avnery, and called for a religious war against homosexuals. 
— Rabbi Jaacov Perrin said during his eulogy of the terrorist Baruch Goldstein “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail” ((New York Daily News, Feb. 28, 1994, p.6) ** 
— Purim party in Israel 2010 praises Baruch Goldstein ** - Militant Jews gathered at the grave of Baruch Goldstein to celebrate the sixth anniversary of his massacre of Muslim worshippers in Hebron. ** 
— Rabbi Itzhak Shapira was arrested for firebombing a mosque. Rabbi Shapira published a book entitled The King’s Torah in which he claimed that it was permissible under Jewish law for a Jew to kill a non-Jewish civilian (including a child)** 
The book, called Torat ha-Melekh (“the Teaching of the King”) deals with the killing of Goyim. It says that in peacetime, Goyim should generally not be killed – not because of the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” which, according to the book, applies to Jews only, but because of God’s command after the Deluge
(Genesis 9:6): “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God made he man.” This applies to all Goyim who fulfill some basic commandments. However, the situation is totally different in wartime. And according to the rabbis, Israel has been at war since its foundation, and probably will be for ever more. In war, in every place where the presence of a Goy endangers a Jew, it is permitted to kill him, even though he be a righteous goy who bears no responsibility for the situation. It is permitted – indeed, recommended – to kill not only enemy fighters, but also those who “support” or “encourage” them. It is permitted to kill enemy civilians if this is helpful for the conduct of the war. **   He also advocated the expulsion or genocide of all male Palestinians above the age of thirteen. **  
He also said “It is permissible to kill the Righteous among Nations even if they are not responsible for the threatening situation,” he wrote, adding: “If we kill a Gentile who has sinned or has violated one of the seven commandments - because we care about the commandments - there is nothing wrong with the murder.” **  He also encouraged the use of Palestinians as human shields ** and preaches slaughter of gentile babies **
This was taken from a longer article The big lie about Muslim exceptionalism which was updated today after the Woolrich murder.  I decided that the information needed to also be broken down by category to take away any excuse that Islamophobes might have for endlessly repeating the same lies and mischaracterisations.


For actual incidents and terrorists acts committed by non-Muslims see Claim that all terrorists are Muslims ignores history andChristian Extremism and Terrorism - article collection, Sheila Musaji

- Actually, Many Muslim Terrorists Are as Unbalanced as Jared Loughner, Cord Jefferson
- America’s own terror group?, Glenn Greenwald
- Are the MEK’s U.S. friends its worst enemies?, Josh Rogin
- Are MEK Politicos Like Rendell Taking Saddam Hussein’s Blood Money?
- Boston Marathon blasts: Is terrorism Muslim?, Areeba Kamal
- Claim that all or most terrorists are Muslims ignores history (with lengthy TAM article collection)
- 17,000+ “Islamic terrorist” attacks exist only in fevered Islamophobic brains, Sheila Musaji
- Colorado Shooting Highlights Double Standards on Defining Terrorism, Sheila Musaji
- Council on Foreign Relations Backgrounder on Mujahadeen-e-Khalq (MEK) (aka People’s Mujahedin of Iran or PMOI)
- Does Rep. King’s IRA/Terrorist Connection Matter?, Sheila Musaji
- The Folly of American Pro-MEK Advocates, Daniel Larison
- Interview with Juan Cole on America’s Terrorism Double Standard
Iranian group’s big-money push to get off US terrorist list, Scott Peterson
- Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News, Richard Engel & Robert Windrem
- It’s official. There is a Muslim exemption to the First Amendment, Carol Rose
- It’s Only Terrorism When Muslims Do It, Danios
- It’s Only Terrorism If Muslims Do It?, Britni Danielle
- Justice Department Investigating Whether MEK Speakers Accepted Illegal Fees from Terror Group, Richard Silverstein
- Tarek Mehanna, Hutaree, MEK, & Kevin Forts: One of these is not like the others?, Sheila Musaji (with lengthy TAM article collection on these cases)
- Militia Movement: Extremism in America, ADL
- Militias Seen as Gaining Strength
- Money vs. Facts: The Mujahedin-e Khalq Is a Terrorist Organization, Reza Marashi
- Muslims and the War on Terror, Faisal Kutty
- Muslims can be crazy, criminal, or perverted too!, Sheila Musaji
- The Mujahedeen Khalq M.E.K and terrorism double standards
- National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (at University of Maryland) backgrounder on the M.E.K.
- Officials See Rise In Militia Groups Across US, Eileen Sullivan
- One of these bomb threats is not like the others (EDL bomb plot), Sheila Musaji
- Oklahoma City bombing: Is 1995 repeating itself today?, Peter Grier
- Sarah Palin, Blame, and Responsibility, Sheila Musaji (Arizona shooting)
- Perceptions of terrorism, post 9/11, Erin McIver
- Personalizing civil liberties abuses, Glenn Greenwald
- The real criminals in the Tarek Mehanna case, Glenn Greenwald full text of Mehanna’s sentencing statement)
- Rendell, Investigated In Mujahideen-e Khalq Speaker Fees, Backs ‘Terrorist’ Group, Christina Wilkie
- Rendell under investigation for speaking fees earned stumping for terrorist group, Steven Nelson
- Report: U.S. Muslim Terrorism Was Practically Nil in 2012, Spencer Ackerman
- Bill Richardson speaker fees linked to known terror group
- Romney On The MEK Last December: ‘I’m Not Familiar With That Group’, Ali Gharib
- SPLC Urges DHS to Reassess Resources After Key Analyst Reveals Unit on Domestic Terror was Scaled Back in Wake of Right-Wing Criticism
- SPLC Report: “Patriot” Groups, Militias Surge in Number in Past Year
- Selective Counterterrorism Practices Threaten Social Mobility of American Muslims, Sahar Aziz
- Robert Spencer and the Big Lie About “Islamic” Terrorism Threat, Sheila Musaji
- Joseph Stack: Since when is attempting to blow up a federal building NOT an act of domestic terrorism?, David Neiwert
- Terrorism Expert: Since 9/11, Only 33 Deaths From Muslim Terrorism Vs. 150,000 Deaths From Murders, Faiz Shakir
- ‘There was no Muslim terrorism in the UK until Iraq’ – Oxford imam Dr. Taj Hargey
- Terrorism: the most meaningless and manipulated word: The reluctance to apply the term “Terrorism” to Joseph Stack demonstrates how cynically it is used, Glenn Greenwald
- The terrorist as public relations expert (Breivik), Sheila Musaji
- Todays Eerie Similarities to Oklahoma City, Aitan Goelman
- The “War on Terror” Creates “Islamic” Terrorism, Danios
- Washington’s high-powered terrorist supporters, Glenn Greenwald
- The West Has a Double Standard in Terrorism Cases (Breivik case), Ivan Eland
- What Americans Can Do to Discourage Future McVeighs, Kathleen Parker
- What if they were Muslim
- What’s Up With All the MEK Ads?, Clare Malone
- When is a terrorist group not a terrorist group?, Ed Drum
- White House Releases “New” Counter-terrorism Strategy, Sheila Musaji
- Who Will Convict the US Government for “Material Support of Terrorism”?
- Why Can’t Terrorists Be Mentally Ill, Too?, Cord Jefferson
- Why is no one calling Jared Loughner a terrorist


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