New York-based Muslims who desecrated the U.S. flag on a street corner issued a threat against Islam scholar Robert Spencer for publicizing their video of the event along with accusations of ties to foreign jihadists.
Image from video of Muslim group desecrating U.S. flag in street demonstration
The group, with alleged links to the British jihadist organization Al-Muhajiroun, said the demonstration was “in response to the desecration of the holy Quran by the Crusaders & Zionists at Guantanamo Bay,” an allegation based on a retracted Newsweek story.
A posting on the Islamic Thinkers Society website says:
May Allah s.w.t. help those who expose the Crusaders & Zionists and their dirty schemes. And may Allah s.w.t. continue to humiliate the enemies of Islam & Muslims. May Allah s.w.t. give painful torment to Robert Spencer and Grayson Levy who are waging an e-Crusade on us by publishing false information about us.”
Grayson Levy facilitates websites for Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes and his Philadephia-based Middle East Forum.
The Islamic group’s message continues:
DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT ROBERT SPENCER AND GRAYSON LEVY WRITES ABOUT US. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO ARE PRODUCING HATRED AMONGST INNOCENT AND GULLIBLE AMERICAN PUBLIC TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE DESECRATION OF THE QUR’AN. SO WE SAY THIS AGAIN:
WE THE MUSLIMS OF Islamic Thinkers Society ARE AN INTELLECTUAL & POLITICAL NON-VIOLENT ORGANIZATION . AND WE DO NOT HAVE ANY CONNECTIONS WITH FOREIGN ORGANIZATIONS WHATSOEVER.
Spencer said in a posting on his weblog Jihad Watch that if the group has no connection to foreign organizations then it simply makes them “100 percent American jihadists.”
“They have made their loyalties abundantly clear by trampling on the flag while talking about Islam conquering America,” Spencer writes.
“They spoke eloquently, without a trace of irony, about how America, unlike Muslim countries, allows them freedom of speech, so that they can do things like show how much they consider America the enemy and want to destroy it without fear of legal repercussions,” he continues. “Very well: now we know where they stand. I hope that law enforcement authorities are paying very, very close attention to this ‘less than a handfull of Muslims’ as they continue to engage in ‘public da’wah’ [spreading Islam].”
The five-minute video begins with a man speaking in clear English: “Just to show where our loyalty belongs to – you see this flag here? It’s going to go on the floor [sic]. And to us, our loyalty does not belong to this flag, our loyalty belongs to Allah … .”
Later, after noting he has a legal permit for the demonstration, the speaker shouts, “You Muslims who are hiding in your houses, don’t be afraid. Come and join us. Join us in the revival of all Islam. … Join us to revive the Muslims from darkness into light.”
Another speaker refers to the mandate for “Islam to dominate over all other religions, to dominate the world, even though the non-Muslims may hate it.”
Earlier this month, a contributor to the website RevivingIslam.com posted a threat to Spencer that read, “May Allah rip out his spine from his back and split his brains in two, and then put them both back, and then do it over and over again.”