What occurred on Wednesday June 17 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church In South Carolina was a horrific tragedy. What’s occurring in the media and various communities is disgusting. There seems to be a heated debate on what to label this massacre, as if a label really matters. 9 souls have left this earth at the hands of a crazed young man, who spewed his hatred after spending an hour with those that would become his victims.
The loudest voice demanding this be labeled domestic terrorism, is ironically from Muslim Nihad Awad, the executive director of the terrorist organization CAIR ( Council on American Islamic Relations) aka Hamas / Muslim Brotherhood. Why would anyone even care what CAIR has to say?
In an article published in the New York times titled “Hate Crime or Terrorism”? ( http://www.nytimes.com/live/updates-on-charleston-church-shooting/hate-crime-or-terrorism/) Nihad Awad states “We have been conditioned to accept that if the violence is committed by a Muslim, then it is terrorism. If the same violence is committed by a white supremacist or apartheid sympathizer and is not a Muslim, we start to look for excuses — he might be insane, maybe he was pushed too hard, but the act fits perfectly the definition of terrorism.” Um. No it does not. Terrorizing innocent people is not terrorism. Accusing innocent people of raping women and taking over the country is not terrorism. Gunning down 9 innocent humans praying in their church is not terrorism, it is a hate crime. A despicable, vile hate crime. But, once again the Muslims have taken to the stage to make demands for the black community as if their own grief and outrage isn’t enough.
The FBI and the Dept. of Defense as well as the majority of dictionaries online define terrorism as : The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.
The FBI defines a hate crime as : A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” Hate itself is not a crime—and the FBI is mindful of protecting freedom of speech and other civil liberties. (https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/civilrights/hate_crimes/overview)
Even the liberal left organization the Southern Poverty Law Center uses 2 distinctly different categories, hate and extremists. “Currently, there are 784 known hate groups operating across the country, including neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes and others”.
Then there are the extremists. The Muslim extremists also known as terrorists. Documents ( many listed under the document tab) show the direct relationship between Muslim Brotherhood front groups and individuals like Nihad Awad. Islamists like Awad, are part of the bigger picture that are pushing for a global initiative called a caliphate. To achieve that final goal, Muslims must perform dawa, or proselytize Islam to garner support and eventually enlist society to recognize what they believe is the perfect solution to all the ills of society. Living under the only law permissible and recognized by their god Allah and their Prophet Muhammad which is Sharia Law. Groups like the Muslim Brotherhood , ISIS , Al-Shabaab and Al -Qaida all strive for the end goal, but each are attempting to do so quite differently. The actions of these groups clearly define terrorism. ISIS beheads those that refuse to convert to Islam, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram kidnap and rape young girls to force them to convert to Islam. Al-Qaida bombs and destroy those that do not convert. The goal to alter a society, to achieve the religious and political advantage is terrorism,
When a Muslim commits a violent crime in America, it is done so with the will of their god and prophet to effect change, It is a religious duty. It is Jihad.
Dylann Storm Roof committed violence in the name of pure bias and hate, not to alter a society and its government.
The community of Charleston South Carolina doesn’t need the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Sharpton or protestors. They need prayers. They need peace and they need justice.