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Walid Zafar: Newt Gingrich Joins anti-Muslim Bandwagon

Newt Gingrich Joins Muslim-Baiting Movement

by Walid Zafar

Early this week, disgraced former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich warned that “a commitment to religious freedom and God-given rights is being replaced by a secular oppression…”  Just hours after those words appeared on Human Events, Gingrich issued a statement forcefully opposing the construction of a community center and mosque in downtown Manhattan, two blocks from Ground Zero.

Gingrich’s affinity for religious freedom and his belief in God-given rights it would seem, doesn’t extend to Americans who are Muslim.  Such outright bigotry and blatant hypocrisy from Gingrich, an avid historian and former college professor, is even more repulsive when you consider his reasoning.

“There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York,” he writes, “so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia.”  Gingrich, who has been railing against the so-called secular socialist machine for trying to take religion out of the public square, and who, like most conservatives, decries the influence of foreign law, wants the U.S. to apply the same standards on Muslims that Saudi Arabia applies to those who are not Muslim.

That’s rich.

As the Washington Monthly‘s Steve Benen, after noting that conservatives continually justify despicable acts of torture on the premise that other nations and non-state actors employ such tactics, points out, “We’re not supposed to lower ourselves to the levels of those we find offensive.”

Gingrich’s clarion call continues: “Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for ‘religious toleration’ are arrogantly dishonest.”  What makes them Islamists, apologists or even dishonest? Gingrich doesn’t say but if you ask him, he’ll likely tell you about the Katusha rockets that Hamas has fired into Sderot or how Iran is hell-bent on acquiring nuclear weapons.  Anything and everything to take the subject away from the “religious freedom and God-given rights” to which American Muslims are entitled.

To understand Gingrich’s paranoia that “America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization,” one must delve deeply into the polarizing, overzealous and paranoid minds of professional Muslim-baiters and the politicians who depend on their support and cater to their illiberal demands.

Many of them are monomaniacs who have made it their life’s mission to defeat Islam and “expose” all Muslims as radical Islamofascists.  If one asks them for evidence to support their claim that no Muslim can be trusted, they will likely mention a purported plot by Muslim Brotherhood operatives to destroy America from within.  The Council on American Islamic Relations and their intern/spies are routinely placed at the epicenter of the evil conspiracy.

Among these folks, any and all Muslims who “refudiate” such insane theories — who denounce violence and terror, profess their loyalty to the American system, take part in the democratic process and who have assimilated into the American landscape — are cleverly employing taqiyya, which, as any Muslim-baiter would tell you, is religiously sanctioned deception.  The same was said about Jews decades ago and anti-Semites once evoked the specter of “Judeo-Bolshevism” the way that Muslim-baiters and politicians like Gingrich today warn of “Islamofascism.” But none of those awful facts really matter, even to a historian such as Gingrich, because facts have long been accused of being part of the secular-socialist machine.

Gingrich’s stand against the mosque project and his attempt to smear its backers as “Islamists” and apologists earns him his anti-Jihad bona fides, and with that, the support of an increasingly mistrustful and hateful electorate which lives off of tying American Muslims to every heinous act that occurs anywhere that remotely sounds Islamic.  In this world, if the media fails to make the connection, they are clearly part of the soft-jihad.

Here is the key: The connection rarely has to be solid.  In fact, the more specious the connection, the more the Muslim-baiter will be seen by others as a patriot and an enterprising investigative reporter.  For instance, the New York TimesRobert Wright highlights one smear that has been contrived to defame the man leading the effort to bring the project to fruition.  The imam behind the project is not to be trusted because conservatives say that “[his] wife has an uncle who used to be ‘a leader’ of a mosque that now has a Web site that links to the Web site of an allegedly radical organization.”  If you can’t keep up with all of that nonsense, then you’re complacent about the Jihad.

Any and all statements against violence made by Muslims must always be placed in the right conservative context: scare quotes.  Gingrich does this masterfully.  That simple act in effect says that Muslims who preach peace are actually jihadists.

As Gingrich and his buddies believe, either you are with them or you are, through your dhimmitude, a proto-Jihadist.  No, you’re worse since you probably support a second genocide against Jews.  (Prominent Muslim-baiters have argued that Muslims instigated the Nazi holocaust!)  Now that you’ve learned all of these made up facts, you simply do not have an excuse to not fight! Wake up and oppose the “Ground Zero Mosque” the “Islamization of America” and prove to those who hate the freedom in America that those freedoms, as Newt argues, don’t actually apply to all Americans.

Cross-posted on PoliticalCorrection.org

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  • Mike M

    I have no problem with Newt G being labeled a loon. But here’s what I would like to know.

    Is what Newt says about the Saudis not allowing any churches or synagogues true? Does this intolerance represent Islam in any way, or is it a Saudi religio-political aberration?

    Do Muslim countries and individual Muslims across the broad spectrum denounce and reject the lack of religious freedom in Saudi Arabia?

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  • Rhea

    During the time of Cordoba, Jews Christinas and Muslims did not live in harmony and prosperity. Only Muslims had any of that. Jews and Christians lived in Dhimitude.
    They say they want to recreate those times. I believe that is exactly what they want. The Imam has said that he wants to see America under Sharia law. is that what all of you would like to see? Are you so blinded by your pretense of multiculturalism that you thnk Sharia would be kewl?

  • Les Smith

    I wonder how much he got paid for his comments…

  • Biz

    Not only is he a hypocrite for pursuing Bill Clinton but now he is also a bigot.

    He is probably hoping that this will bring him back into a good light with his fellow bigots.

  • JD0032

    I RECOMMEND THAT ALL MUSLIMS WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL PAPERS OPINION PAGE GET THE WORD OUT WITH MAYBE SOME OF THESE KEY POINTS BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW NOONE WILL GIVE US A VOICE IN THE MEDIA AND EXPLAIN …

    1.THIS IS NOT A MOSQUE BUT A COMMUNITY CENTER( WITH A MOSQUE FOR LOCAL MUSLIMS TO PRAY IN LIKE MANY JEWISH AND CHRISTIAN CENTERS) AND IS FEW BLOCKS FROM THE WTC AND NOT ON THE WTC SITE

    2.THIS MOSQUE IS BEIND BUILD BY AMERICAN MUSLIMS FOR FELLOW AMERICANS WITH NO LINKS TO TERRORISM AND A “LINK TO TERRORISM ” IS A KEYWORD USE AS A WAY TO STOP MOSQUES ALL OVER AMERICA FROM lower Manhattan , Staten Island , Tennessee ,Southern California, Jacksonville, Florida.

    3.OVER 200 PEOPLE THAT DIED ON 911 IN THE WTC BUILDINGS WERE
    MUSLIMS AND SINCE THEN WE ARE DOING OUR PART LIKE THE MUSLIM VENDER WHO TOLD ANOTHER VENDER ABOUT THE CAR THAT HAD SMOKEING COMEING OUT OF IT TURN OUT TO BE A TERRORIST ATTEMPT (TIME SQURE ATTEMPT)

    4. PROTESTS ARE BEING ORGINIZED BY PEOPLE LIKE Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) AND THE TEAPARTY MOVEMENT WHO REALLY DONT CARE ABOUT THE MOSQUE BEING BY GROUND ZERO OR BEING BUILT 100 MILES AWAY THEY HATE MUSLIMS AND ISLAM AND CAN BE PROVEN BY SIMPLYING GOING TO THERE SITES AND LOOKING AT THE CONTEXT AND PICTURE OF THE PROTESTERS
    …EXAMPLE
    http://www.lookingattheleft.com/2010/06/stop-the-mosque-at-ground-zero-part-ii/comment-page-1/#comment-9626

    5.mUSLIMS HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE A MOSQUE ANYPLACE THEY WANT THAT THEY BUY ITS FUNNY HOW ANYONE SAYING ISLAM TAKE AWAY RIGHT ARE TTRYING TO TAKE AWAY SOMONES RIGHT TO WORSHIP……………

    (ITS A SHAME THAT I SEE OPNIONS AND ARTICLES FROM ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE NON MUSLIM ABOUT THIS SUBJECT SO PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AND DO YOUR PART… )

    AND ADD A COMMENT WITH ANYTHING I MISSED

  • Les

    Great response Amina. Newt is full of it.

  • froger29

    Hey Gnut! I have a message for you…..the mosque is going up!!!

    I have nothing to do with Saudi Arabia, I am a muslim and it is my AMERICAN right to build a place of worship wherever the heck I want

  • Amina Arraf

    My comments on Newt’s statement:

    > “Newt Gingrich Statement on the Proposed “Cordoba House” Mosque near Ground Zero” July 21, 2010 6pm

    There should be no mosque near Ground Zero in New York so long as there are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia. The time for double

    —– an interesting collapse of ‘american values'; only reciprocal relations to the worst offender of a group are to be allowed.
    of course, the fact that saudi arabia, america’s key arab ally, is an autocratic and constitutionless monarchy …

    (now, there are laws against christian missions to jews in israel and
    discrimination agst christians in israel. logically, gingrich should also be demanding persecution of US jews.)

    the equivalent for saudis would be to say that, so long as one state has laws discriminating agst muslims (as _many_ do; ie, the UK won’t allow a non-protestant as head of state … no mosques can be built in china … etc), why do anything?

    and this isn’t even a saudi project anyway so why is that relevant?

    “standards that allow Islamists to behave aggressively toward us while they demand our weakness and submission is over.

    — what islamists?

    > > The proposed “Cordoba House” overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.

    —- except that is almost the inverse of reality. ‘cordoba’ as a name is used to -celebrate- muslims christians and jews living together and that is what the name implies (and that message is all over their own material — but ole newt probably couldn’t be bothered to do two seconds of research)
    http://www.cordobainitiative.org/?q=content/about-muslim-west-engagement

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Convivencia

    and the great mosque of cordoba? the insult is again almost the exact opposite of what he implies.
    a parish church (not a cathedral) was built on the site c 600 AD and a church of St Vincent was built, at a time when the Visigothic monarchy was persecuting Jews and heretics. the muslims conquered spain in 711. forty years later, the islamic state _purchased_ the church from the christians (not seized, purchased;
    this is documented, you could look it up) and a mosque was built on the site.

    and that mosque, which was the ‘royal’ mosque of the emirate (and later
    caliphate) of al andalus was, when the christians conquered, seized and
    converted into a church; not the other way around! (a gothic spire pierces the mosque to this day):
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Mosque_of_C%C3%B3rdoba

    if anything, a negative implication is that jews and muslims should be wary of christians … not the otehr way around

    > > Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to “symbolize interfaith cooperation” when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a sign of

    —– or a look of utter mystification; _no one_ makes such references

    > > their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way. Those Islamists and their apologists who argue for “religious toleration” are arrogantly dishonest. They ignore the fact that more than 100 mosques already exist in New York City. Meanwhile, there are no churches or synagogues in all of Saudi Arabia. In fact no Christian or Jew can even enter Mecca. And they lecture us about tolerance.

    — umm, newt dear, the saudis aren’t lecturing anyone in this situation.
    actually, it’s the neocons and your friends lecturing muslims abt how they need a ‘reformation’ and liberalization and so on ….

    > > If the people behind the Cordoba House were serious about religious toleration, they would be imploring the Saudis, as fellow Muslims, to immediately open up Mecca to all and immediately announce their intention to allow non-Muslim houses of worship in the Kingdom. They should be asked by the news media if they would be willing to lead such a campaign.

    —- why? they are americans. saudi arabia is a foreign country. why aren’t you imploring uganda (for instance) to liberalize?

    > > We have not been able to rebuild the World Trade Center in nine years. Now we are being told a 13 story, $100 million megamosque will be built within a year overlooking the site of the most devastating surprise attack in American history.

    —- which says something abt private initiative being better than government at getting things done …
    and it ain’t a mega mosque (sigh)

    > > Finally where is the money coming from? The people behind the Cordoba House refuse to reveal all their funding sources.

    —- religious institutions that collected money with a promise of privacy might want to keep their word. and there are plenty of well off muslim americans (the CEOs of coke and PIMCO, for instance, are both muslims …).
    congressman peter king, the cheif fundraiser for the provos, has raised this question; i suppose he knows something abt supporting terrorism but he should look in the mirror first

    > > America is experiencing an Islamist cultural-political offensive designed to undermine and destroy our civilization. Sadly, too many of our elites are the willing apologists for those who would destroy them if they could.

    — except that this is pretty much the exact opposite. not a mosque, not at ground zero … and not islamists. this is a group (go look at their website)of ‘liberal reformist’ muslims _opposed_ to wahhabism and the like

    when demonizing _them_, you actually make clear the sort of point al qaeda claims: your problem isn’t terrorism or extremism or anything of the sort. you want no muslims, no liberal muslims, no reformed muslims, no westernized muslims, no tolerant ‘let’s get along with jews and christians’ muslims

    and that makes you, newt, the extremist threatening _american_ freedom and american civilization. you, not they, are the one who wants to end freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, religious pluralism and freedom of speech (as well as curtailing private property rights)

    > > No mosque. No self deception. No surrender.

  • mindy1

    Bwahahaha irony

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  • Dmoloney

    By opposing the building of the mosque there providing extremists with propaganda, let it be built theres already a number of mosques not so far from where this one is going to be built.

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    Newt is a Turd

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