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A Speech By Don Feder To
”The Constitution or Sharia: A Freedom Conference”
At The Cornerstone Church, Nashville, November 11, 2011

         In politics, as in other forms of mortal combat, the best defense is often an offense. If someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, respond with another question.

         You ask a proponent of Islam “Why does carnage follow your religion wherever it goes?” And he asks why you hate him. You ask him to renounce terrorism, and he wants to know why you’re spreading lies about Islam. Hence, the anti-Islamophobia campaign.

         According to Muslim activists and their leftist allies, America is in the midst of an epidemic of bigotry. The hilariously misnamed Center for American Progress recently published “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America.”

         The 138-page report alleges that Islamophobes - funded by “a flood of cash” (the charge is ironic, coming as it does from a Soros operation) - have manufactured conspiracy theories to spread fear and hatred of, and incite violence against, American Muslims. This Vast Islamophobic Network supposedly is directed by the likes of Frank Gaffney and David Yerushalmi (two of our speakers today), scholarly Daniel Pipes and intrepid investigator Steven Emerson.


        If the allegations are true, Islamophobes are about as successful as an Obama jobs programs. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, in 2008, there were 1,606 hate crimes motivated by religious bias in this country - 65.7% against Jews, and only 7.7% against Muslims.

         Since 9/11, exactly one American Muslim has been murdered for his faith – by a skinhead with a long criminal history. At the same time, dozens of American Muslim women and girls have been murdered by their Muslim fathers for such heinous offenses as wearing lipstick, dressing like Americans and having infidel boyfriends – homicides which Muslim religious authorities have done nothing to deter.

         Still the agitated cry is heard in the night, “The Islamophobes are coming!”

         In an August commentary, the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman (a useful meshugeneh) urged defenders of the First Amendment to “Shout down the Sharia Myth Makers.” Foxman wrote that in America “concerns about a ‘creeping Sharia law’ are the stuff of pure paranoid fantasy. If the hysteria over Sharia … continues … even more political candidates may be tempted to invoke this mythological threat in an effort to pander to bigotry and fear.”

         If our views are the stuff of pure paranoid fantasy – and thus easily demolished – why are they so desperately afraid of having them heard?

         We Islamophobes are indeed an odious lot, making myths, pandering to bigotry and fear - and asking uncomfortable questions. But – you know what we don’t do?

•  We don’t try to blow up the offices of the National Endowment for the Arts for funding a photo of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

•  We don’t attempt to storm the cockpit of a 747 shouting “Jesus loves you!” or “Hear O’ Israel.”

•  There are no recorded cases of Baptist preachers arrested for raising funds for foreign terrorists.

•  Rabbis don’t put out hits on anti-Israel politicians.

•  And we don’t kill our daughters for listening to Justin Bieber.

         In a nation of many faiths, Islam is the only religion you’re not allowed to criticize.

         You can say the Vatican condones pedophilia, and MSNBC will applaud. You can compare Christians to Nazis and the establishment smirks. You can claim Jews are responsible for all of our economic ills, and the media will refuse to report it (as they have anti-Semitic outbursts in the Occupy Wall Street Movement).

         Like the son of the late theologian Francis Schaeffer, you can write in a blog posting, “The source of the empowering of the top 1 percent super wealthy and the economic rape of the rest is the religion of Evangelical fundamentalism,” and no one in the coexist crowd gets bent out of shape.

         But Islam is strictly off limits. To suggest – even to hint – that there’s a connection between the teachings of the Koran and its interpretation by Muslim authorities and a worldwide bloodbath, is to mark one indelibly as an uber-bigot.

         I have a newsflash for the Center for American Progress, Abraham Foxman, Barack Obama and the rest of the defenders of Jihad, Inc: The worst Islamophobes in the world are the imams, sheikhs, muftis, ayatollahs and activists who tell us repeatedly – by word and deed – that Islam mandates acts of terror, the murder of apostates and blasphemers, the annihilation of Christians and a repeat of the Holocaust. To wit:

         “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon them (Jews), people who would punish them for their corruption. The last was Hitler …. Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of believers (Muslims).” – Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chief theologian of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. (Doesn’t he know that Islam is the religion of peace?)

         “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those (who say this) are witless. Islam says: kill all of the unbelievers as they would kill you all.” – Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Uranium Enriched Iran.

         Asked if Hamas is a terrorist group, Imam Rauf (former flack for the Ground Zero Mosque and Holy War Support Center) replied: “I’m not a politician. I try to avoid complex issues. The issue of terrorism is very complex” – unlike, say, the bombing of Hiroshima, which Imam Rauf has no trouble condemning as a war crime.

         When Pope Benedict XVI recently called attention to “non-Muslims being oppressed by Muslim states in the Middle East” (in response to the Christmas bombing of Coptic churches in Egypt) a group of prominent Islamic scholars told the Pope to shut up and mind his own business – that in the Islamic world, the slaughter of infidels is an “internal affair.”

         This drew the following retort from William Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and another notorious Islamophobe: “We are constantly being told that Islam is just like every other world religion…. Yet daily we read about unprovoked violence, or threats of it, against Christians and Jews, and just as often we read about how it is justified by leading Muslim clerics in the name of their religion.”

         In the past decade, Christians have been hacked to death in Nigeria, bombed in Iraq, sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, beheaded in Indonesia, crucified in the Sudan, assassinated in the Philippines and lynched throughout the wide, wonderful world of Islam. In most cases, these atrocities are ongoing.

         The Egyptian army recently massacred 25 Coptic Christians, who were protesting an earlier massacre by street mobs.

         Around the time of Passover, a Jewish family was murdered in an Israeli community North of Jerusalem. The victims included an 11-year-old, a 4-year-old and an infant (age three months) who were repeatedly stabbed through the heart. Needless to say, this was met with joy and jubilation in Ramallah and Gaza. Imam Rauf is right: Whether or not stabbing a three-month-old through the heart repeatedly is a terrorist act is a very complex issue.

         All of these atrocities were committed in the name of Islam by devout Muslims who cite the Koran to justify their crimes. Many are condoned by eminent Islamic scholars. Yet when you and I acknowledge this reality, we are compared to the Nazis.

         In the past decade, Oslo has experienced a surge of rapes – which just happens to coincide with an influx of Muslim immigrants.

         In 2010, there were a total of 86 cases of forcible rape in Norway’s capital. In 83 of them, the victim was able to identify her assailant. In every one of those, the perpetrator was described as having a “non-Western appearance,” a euphemism for an immigrant from Religion-Of-Peace Land. Norwegian television reported that one victim said her attacker told her his religion permitted him to violate her – curious, given Islam’s well-known regard for women.

         Closer to home, almost exactly two years ago, at Ft. Hood, Texas, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an American-born Palestinian Muslim and an Army psychiatrist, shot and killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded 29 others.

         The establishment professed to be mystified by what triggered Major Mayhem. At a memorial service for the victims, President Islam-Is-Just-So-Doggone-Cute called the tragedy “incomprehensible.” The Pentagon released an 86-page report on the Ft. Hood massacre which managed to avoid any mention of “Islam,” “Muslims,” the Koran or “Jihad.”

         Perhaps Major Hasan was a Tea-Partier protesting Obama Care. Then again, he did shout “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic) as he pumped round after round into our soldiers. He attended a radical mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, had business cards identifying himself as a “Soldier of Allah,” and became an Internet pen-pal of the late Yemeni imam Anwar al-Awlaki, who preached killing U.S. soldiers.

         Hasan told colleagues that “Muslims have a right to rise up against the U.S. military.” In a power-point presentation to help fellow officers better understand the religion of extreme grooviness, he spoke glowingly of Muslims who “strap bombs on themselves and go into Times Square.” But suggest a connection between the Army shrink and the faith in whose name he acted, and you’re a vile Islamophobe.

         About the time Major Hasan was engaged in a "spiritual struggle" (jihad) at Ft. Hood, in an e-mail, the Muslim chaplain at Harvard suggested that there was – in his own words – “great wisdom” in the “established and preserved position” that those who leave Islam should die.

         And in September, an Arab poet was stopped in traffic at gunpoint in St. Louis. His assailants carved a Star of David on his back. This was Alaa Alsaegh’s punishment for a poem he wrote expressing sympathy for Jews over the Holocaust.

         Thankfully, no Islamophobes were involved in any of these incidents.

         We’re told that another manifestation of Islamophobia is opposition to the construction of mosques. In the case of the Ground Zero Mosque and Jihad Super Store, that makes 65% of the American people and 55% of New York City’s Jews Islamophobes.

         When the Center for Security Policy’s Mapping Sharia in America Project sent retired intelligence agents fluent in Arabic or Urdu into 100 randomly selected U.S. mosques, they found 80% contained literature advocating violence (aside from the Koran itself, that is), while 85% of imams recommended such educational material.

         Approximately 80% of U.S. mosques were built in the past 14 years, with $70 billion to $80 billion from the tolerance-loving, human-rights friendly Saudis. The imams are mainly from Oil Arabia and Egypt, where justice and equality have reached truly dizzying heights. Yet if you dare to speak of such things, you’ll be attacked as a cadre of the sinister Islamophobic network.

         The objective of anti-Islamophobia crusaders is to win by intimidation.

         There is a deliberate and, I believe, coordinated effort to shut us out of public forums. As most of you know, we were supposed to have this conference at the Hutton Hotel, which breached its contract with us three weeks out from the event. Cutting through its lame and often contradictory excuses, it’s likely the hotel bowed to pressure.

         There is a pattern emerging here. In October, the Hyatt Palace Hotel in Houston cancelled a Tea Party event where Pamela Geller was scheduled to speak. The hotel cited “security concerns” which sounds less gutless than “We caved to pressure.”

         The reality is this – if you say, write or indicate that you believe certain things about Islam, the thought police will do their best to shut you down, close you out, gag you, marginalize you and smear you. Can Canadian-style human rights tribunals be far behind?

         I have a message for our critics: We will not be intimidated.

         Today is Veterans Day.

         December 7th will mark the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. If musket balls and bayonets, bullets, bombers and tanks didn’t defeat us in 1776, in 1861, in 1941 and throughout the Cold War, do they really think we’ll be silenced by a weenie Soros outfit whining about “hatred” and ‘bigotry”?

Working through the Sharia Awareness Action Network, Feder was also the conference coordinator.  Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,