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‘Islamophobia’ and the Latest New York Jihad Plot

Why Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis tried to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank.

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Robert Spencer

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October 24, 2012 - 2:15 am
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As the mainstream media and Leftist activists continue their campaign to convince Americans that “Islamophobia” is a greater threat than jihad terror and Islamic supremacism, the jihad continues. Charles C. Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, did his bit to convince Americans that there is some massively funded, insidious anti-Muslim campaign going on when he wrote in the Washington Post last Tuesday that “groups involved in the ‘stop Islamization of America’ campaign have spent more than $40 million attempting to convince the public that American Muslims practice an inherently violent and oppressive faith that seeks to subvert the Constitution.”

Haynes was well over 99% off regarding the current operating budget of the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s Stop Islamization of America project, of which I am associate director. But even that howling inaccuracy and flagrant disregard for the facts was not the worst of the problems with Haynes’ article. Unfortunately for Haynes, the day after his article appeared, a young Muslim named Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was arrested after trying to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb in front of the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City – which he wanted to do, he said, “for the Muslims,” to “make us one step closer to run the whole world.”

Nafis’s action demonstrated vividly that no “Islamophobe” need spend a dime to convince Americans that “Muslims practice an inherently violent and oppressive faith that seeks to subvert the Constitution,” even if anyone actually wanted to do so. Plenty of Muslims are doing just fine convincing Americans of that, without any outside help at all.

For if many Muslims themselves didn’t think that Islam is an inherently violent and oppressive faith that seeks to subvert the Constitution, it is hard to imagine where Nafis could have gotten the idea that he needed to carry out a terror attack that would “shake the whole country” and constitute “one step ahead, for the Muslims … that will make us one step closer to run the whole world.” And it’s true: the subjugation of the world under the rule of Islamic law is indeed a traditional Islamic imperative, delineated in Islamic law.

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