There was no holiday reprieve from the Islamic supremacists at the Puff Ho. No, on Christmas day, Sarah Sayeed of the “Interfaith” Center of New York wrote: “A new set of ads by Pamela Geller show the Twin Towers in flames next to a passage from the Quran warning that ‘fear that shall strike the hearts of unbelievers.’ Many see the message as Islamophobic and intended to provoke fear about Islam in America.”
Sayeed’s timing was unfortunate, to say the least. On the same day her article appeared, Nigerian Muslims murdered six Christians who were attending Christmas services. And in Indonesia, a savage mob of 200 Muslims, including hijab-wearing women, pelted Christian worshippers with rotten eggs and bags of urine and dung. Both of these Muslim groups were motivated by Quranic teachings like the one quoted in my ad, making it harder for Sayeed to convince anyone who is informed about current events that my ads are “Islamophobic and intended to provoke fear of Islam in America.”
If anyone is promoting fear of Islam in America, it is the Muslims worldwide who kill people in the name of Islam and jihad. Sayeed should be challenging them, not me.
In her article, Sayeed attempted to teach us about freedom, explaining what’s wrong with it, and how we can adhere to the Shariah so that Islamic supremacists won’t get all angry and violent and kill people – which, of course, is their right in the event that we say something that violates the Shariah and upsets them. Sayeed explains “that individual freedom need not compromise collective well-being,” and that freedom of speech should be “responsible.”
Responsible? According to whom? Shariah advocates? She goes on to preach to us that each one of us is “not truly independent.” Not under Islam, Sayeed, but under the Constitution I am.
It pains me that Sayeed is not railing against the oppression, subjugation and slaughter of non-Muslims living in Muslim countries. Nor is she battling the influence among Muslims of the Quranic verses that inspire jihad, such as the one depicted in my ad, or calling for a reform of these Quranic teachings. Instead, she perverts the murder of 3,000 Americans on 9/11. Sayeed contends that by pointing out the ideology behind the over 20,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11, I am “boost[ing] their message and potency.” As if the slaughter of hundreds of thousands wasn’t “potent” enough. Does she condemn that? Uh, no.
Sarah Sayeed should be fighting for the rights of non-Muslims under the Shariah. She should be fighting for the rights of women under the Shariah. She should be fighting against forced marriage, female genital mutilation and child marriage. Contrary to the claims of Islamic apologists at the Huffington Post and elsewhere, Islamic clerics justify all of those things by pointing to Islamic texts and teachings. Instead, Sarah Sayeed is fighting … me.
And it’s not just Sayeed: No Muslim group anywhere has any program or initiative for teaching against the ideology that inspires jihad. There is no large-scale or serious attempt at reform going on, despite the fact that Muslims worldwide commit violence in the name of the Quran and Islam on a more or less daily basis. This month Robert Spencer has been running a daily series at his website Jihad Watch, “Hatred and Violence in the Quran Awareness Month.” Seeing it, it’s easy to understand why this violence is happening: The Quran is full of vitriol and contempt for non-Muslims and calls to wage war against them.
Sarah Sayeed should be fighting against that. By fighting against me instead, she reveals her real agenda: to front and cover for those violent jihadists and deflect attention from the root causes of their actions.
Our Quran ads are going up on every clock in the New York City subway system the first week of January. The ads are imperative in light of the unending deception about the reason why we were attacked and continue to be the target of jihadists across the country and the world.