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Rev. Deacon Robert Spencer backs ban on Islam


Robert Spencer backs ban on Islam

Reports that the government of Angola has “banned Islam” have been welcomed by Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch.

Beneath a photograph of an Angolan minaret being demolished, Spencer writes:

This is extraordinarily strange news, given that the world is racing in the other direction, to accommodate and appease Islam. It will be interesting to see, if these reports turn out to be accurate, how the mainstream media and Islamic supremacist groups will find a way to accuse the Angolans of “racism.” In any case, clearly this is a national security issue, with Islamic supremacists and jihadists wreaking havoc in Nigeria and spreading elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa. There is no way in Angola any more than there is anywhere else to distinguish jihadis in Angola from the peaceful Muslims among whom they move, organize and recruit, and clearly this measure is designed to stop that activity. However, censure from the UN and the world “human rights” community will probably soon compel Angola to change its stance, and allow the jihadis free rein.

Spencer’s usual claim is that he is opposed to Islam and those it inspires to violence, not to Muslims as such, and on occasion he will even say that he welcomes attempts by Muslim reformers to reframe their faith in non-violent terms. He also presents himself as a champion of free speech and equal rights. When he and his friend Pamela Geller were banned from the UK earlier this year, Spencer indignantly declared that “our work is dedicated to the defense of the freedom of speech and equality of rights for all”.

His response to the news from Angola provides a useful refutation of all those fraudulent claims. Spencer holds that there “no way in Angola any more than there is anywhere else to distinguish jihadis … from the peaceful Muslims among whom they move, organize and recruit” (emphasis added). So, in his view, not only is a ban on Muslims practising their religion entirely legitimate but the circumstances that justify that ban apply everywhere.

Spencer, it should be remembered, is currently supporting former English Defence League leader Stephen Lennon in his efforts to build a new organisation in the UK that has supposedly broken from the extremism of the EDL.

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  • Lithium2006

    Islam is not a cult. It’s a religion with 1.5 billion adherents, with different schools of jurisprudence, that has been around for 1400 years, people leave and people convert.
    Also, I seem to recall that not so long ago another country decided a group was giving it too much trouble so they decided to round up all the people of that group and put them in gas chambers, where the country ended up exterminating 6 million of them.

  • Serapio

    What rights? Islam is not registered in Angola, as well as some 200 other cults, maybe cults like Scientology or born-again Christians. It´s their right, especially when some aggression comes from some of those sects. Angola is saving it´s country from such influences to preserve it´s own culture.

  • Chameleon_X

    Then you are on the wrong web site. You sound like a loon making that argument here. Moreover, I know MANY Muslims, and I can’t think of even ONE who supports banning of churches in Saudi Arabia.

  • Lithium2006

    So according to you, the rights of a group in one country being determined by the actions of some backwater, western backed regime against minorities in a different country is fair?

  • Serapio

    It´s easy to find Muslims defending Saudi Arabia for not allowing any churches. I just wanted to send them a little sign.

  • Chameleon_X

    If you are trying to make a tu quoque argument, then it is failing miserably. I am not sure if you would find even one regular contributor on this site who supports Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory religious practices, particularly against non-Muslims. Those practices are not based on the Quran or the sunnah of the Prophet. Religious discrimination is wrong in any country.

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  • El Cid

    Make up my own between braggadocio and booze. Most would never know.

    They never check the primary source for the definition and meaning.

    Everything goes when circuitous reasoning, ignorance is the order of the day.

  • Stoned Gremlin

    “Well then, Demosthenes, if everything a Muslim says is taqqiyah then where do you get your information on Islam from?”

  • Cengiz_K

    Of course they wouldn’t! 8D

    It takes a loon, to follow talking heads with funding (-> PR) like Geller, Spencer.. The latter tho could do about any job, as long as the money is there.. That’s my impression..

  • Suada

    Exactly, that was my point 🙂

  • Talking_fish_head

    “They are after the money, or so it appears to me.”

    If there was money in defending Islam or Muslims, the loons would tripover them selves to be the first ones to defend it.

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