The Film Vs. The Faith
After months of controversy, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders was finally able to release his film critical of Islam called “Fitma.” In the 15-minute movie, Wilders argues that the jihadists attacking free societies are not distorting Islamic teachings. In fact, Wilders says, they are inspired by the Quran’s many verses that justify violence against non-believers. Wilders says the Quran is a “fascist” book.
The reaction has been predictable and depressing. Islamic websites have called for Wilders to be killed—threats that can’t be ignored. In 2004, another Dutch filmmaker, Theo van Gough, was murdered by a jihadist in Amsterdam after he released a film about the mistreatment of women in Islamic societies. Muslim demonstrators in a number of countries have demanded that western nations pass laws forbidding criticism of Islam, and Wilder’s film has been condemned by European officials and the Secretary General of the U.N., who said “incitement” against a religious faith should never be allowed.
It is hard to take the Secretary General or the European Union seriously in their outrage over this “insult” to Islam. Everyday in the Palestinian territories—on T.V., in movies and in music—there is a steady diet of incitements against Jews, who are routinely compared to apes and monkeys. Palestinian students are taught that Jews use the blood of kidnapped Muslim children in Jewish religious ceremonies. Where are the condemnations from Europe or the U.N. for this incitement? In fact, the exact opposite has happened—Europe and the U.S. are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars of subsidies into a new Muslim Palestinian State being built on a foundation of hate and incitement.
The reaction of European politicians to Geert Wilders’ film is proof that radical Islam has already cowered too many Western leaders into silence. Many people are so worried about literally losing their heads that they are willing to lose their democratic values of free speech and open debate. Certainly radical Islam is a threat, but long-term, the greater danger to our liberty may be internal—the lack of resolve to defend western values against the demands of the new fascism.
The Stealth Jihad of the MSA
Established in January 1963 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada, or MSA (also known as MSA National) currently has chapters on nearly 600 college campuses across North America.) The relationship between MSA National and the individual university chapters is not a fixed hierarchy, but rather a loose connection. Thus the policies and views of the national organization may differ from those of some of the local chapters.) Stating that its mission is “to serve the best interest of Islam and Muslims in the United States and Canada so as to enable them to practice Islam as a complete way of life,”MSA is by far the most influential Islamic student organization in North America.
Founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, MSA was named in Mohammed Akram’s 1991 memorandum as one of the Brotherhood’s likeminded “organizations of our friends” who shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were described by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands ... so that ... God’s religion Islam is made victorious over all other religions.”
From its inception, MSA had close links with the extremist Muslim World League, whose chapters’ websites have featured not only Osama bin Laden’s propaganda, but also publicity-recruiting campaigns for Wahhabi involvement with the Chechen insurgents in Russia. According to author and Islam expert Stephen Schwartz, MSA is a key lobbying organization for the Wahhabi sect of Islam.
MSA solicited donations for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, whose assets the U.S. government seized in December 2001 because that organization was giving financial support to the terrorist group Hamas. MSA also has strong ties to the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.
Charging that U.S. foreign policy is driven by militaristic imperialism, MSA steadfastly opposes the American military incursions into both Afghanistan and Iraq. The organization also follows the Arab propaganda line in the Middle East conflict and has condemned the anti-terrorist security fence that Israel has built in the West Bank as an illegal “apartheid wall” that violates the civil and human rights of Palestinians.
An influential member of the International ANSWER steering committee, MSA maintains a large presence at ANSWER-sponsored anti-war demonstrations. The pro-North Korea, pro-Saddam Hussein ANSWER is a front organization of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party.
Local chapters of MSA signed a February 20, 2002 document, composed by the radical group Refuse & Resist (a creation of the Revolutionary Communist Party’s) condemning military tribunals and the detention of immigrants apprehended in connection with post-9/11 terrorism investigations. The document read, in part: “They the U.S. government are coming for the Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants. … The recent ‘disappearances,’ indefinite detention, the round-ups, the secret military tribunals, the denial of legal representation, evidence kept a secret from the accused, the denial of any due process for Arab, Muslim, South Asians and others, have chilling similarities to a police state.”
MSA has strongly opposed the Patriot Act, which it describes as an “infamous” piece of legislation. The organization’s chapters across the United States have similarly denounced virtually every other national security initiative implemented by the U.S. government since the 9/11 attacks.
MSA chose not to endorse or participate in the May 14, 2005 “Free Muslims March Against Terror,” an event whose stated purpose was to “send a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered ... and to send a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them.”
(Editors note): Make sure everyone you know in college gets this information, otherwise they might unwittingly join this radical jihadist group.