by Robert Spencer
The FBI reports that anti-Jewish hate crimes are nearly eight times more common than anti-Muslim attacks—yet Sen. Richard Durbin (D.-Ill.) announced last week that he was going to hold a Senate hearing not on the resurgence of anti-Semitism, but on “anti-Muslim bigotry.”
For the truth-adverse Left, it was just another day at the office.
Compounding the irony was the fact that as Durbin announced his plans for this orgy of Muslim victimhood posturing, Islamic jihadists set off a bomb at a bus stop in Jerusalem, murdering at least one woman and wounding 30, while other Islamic jihadists opened fire on and killed two Christians who had committed the crime of attending a church in Pakistan. And don’t ask Egyptian Christian Ayman Anwar Mitri what he heard about this: Muslims in Egypt cut off his ear last week for the crime of having an affair with a Muslim woman (which he denies). Islamic law forbids Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, and so as his Muslim attackers severed Mitri’s ear, they told him: “We have applied the law of Allah, now come and apply your law.”
No doubt Durbin’s Islamic supremacist puppet masters told him nothing about any of this. They were intent on making sure he retaliated for the hearings recently conducted by Rep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.), who himself bowed to politically correct pressure and dropped several witnesses that he had originally announced his intention to call, including ex-Muslim human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and terror analyst Walid Phares.
Durbin’s retaliatory hearings were unnecessary in the first place. King, after all, gave a prime platform at his hearings to the weepy Rep. Keith Ellison (D.-Minn.), whose pilgrimage to Mecca was paid for with $13,350 from the Muslim American Society, the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief operating arm in the U.S. Ellison used the bully pulpit King gave him to paint a lurid picture of Muslim victimhood, all the while saying nothing (of course) about the sharp increase in jihad terror plots in this country during the last two years.
Durbin can’t top Ellison, no matter which Muslim leader he brings in and coaches on how to shed crocodile tears.
The crocodile tears flow copiously: The Muslim victimhood industry is big business. The Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Muslims have cornered the market on saline, not hesitating even to fabricate hate crimes, including attacks on mosques. CAIR wants and needs hate crimes against Muslims, because it can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.
In the same vein, Durbin’s hearings are almost certain to be an orgy of Muslim claims of victimhood and demonization of freedom fighters trying to defend Constitutional freedoms against Islamic supremacism.
If Durbin really wants to know the cause of what “anti-Muslim bigotry” may actually exist, he need look no farther than Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Tex., Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore, Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland, Ore., Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer, Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber, and so many other jihad murderers and would-be murderers.
If anyone in the United States today is suspicious of Muslims in general, it is because of those jihadis and others like them—and because of Muslim spokesmen such as Keith Ellison and CAIR’s Ibrahim “Honest Ibe” Hooper, who never acknowledge that the Muslim community in the U.S. has any responsibility whatsoever to teach against the jihadist view of Islam that they supposedly reject.
Instead, Ellison, Hooper, and others like them contrive the picture of Muslim victimhood that snares dupes and useful idiots such as Durbin—and in doing so, end up increasing the “anti-Muslim bigotry” they decry. Americans aren’t fools, and they can spot liars and deceivers when they see them. The complete lack of Muslim spokesmen who will acknowledge jihad activity honestly and forthrightly and stand against it in both word and deed has not gone unnoticed. The “anti-Muslim bigotry” industry is generated by Muslims and perpetuated by Muslims. And only Muslims have the power to end that bigotry.
But they can only do that by dropping their manipulative self-pity act and coming clean about jihadist and Islamic supremacist activity in American mosques. Don’t hold your breath.
Mr. Spencer is director of Jihad Watch and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad, Stealth Jihad and The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran (all from Regnery-a HUMAN EVENTS sister company).