On January 22 the Progress published a very interesting column entitled, ‘More bias in US against Muslims than other faiths.’ It was written by an AP columnist and provided details from a study depicting how many Americans perceive the religion of Islam. The referenced study was “part of a project on finding ways to increase understanding between Americans and Muslims.” The study was spearheaded by the executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, i.e. Dalia Mogahed.
Mogahed, herself a veiled Muslim, considers her role to “convey the facts about what Muslims think and feel…offering the voices of the silenced majority of Muslims in America and around the world.”
Bias was the subject of the January column cited and the word ‘prejudice’ appeared nearly a dozen times in the column. Now bias and prejudice are nearly synonymous. Both imply feelings that are preconceived without just grounds or before gaining sufficient knowledge, or “an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, or a race, because of their supposed characteristics.” Mogahed very correctly states “…the need for better education on what Islam teaches.” She did, however, offer several either very naïve or knowingly misleading conclusions relative to the study. “Respondents who say they attend religious services more than once a week are significantly more likely to have a favorable view of Muslims…people who are more religious generally consider prejudice a moral evil and often have respect for the devout of other faiths.”
Mogahed recently appeared on a British TV program hosted by a Muslim group that believes in the non-violent destruction of Western democracy and the creation of an Islamic state under Sharia law encompassing the entire world. Mogahed is herself a proponent of Sharia law and is quoted as saying, “I think the reason so many women support Sharia is because they have a very different understanding of Sharia than the common perception in Western media. The majority of women around the world associate gender justice, or justice for women, with Sharia compliance. Part of the reason that there is this perception of Sharia is because Sharia is not well understood and Islam as a faith is not well understood.”
She omitted to mention Sharia also covers penalties set by the Koran and other teachings of Mohammed which include death by stoning for adultery and the removal of a hand for theft.
She was also interviewed by Sheik Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, one of the most influential clerics in Islam who openly supports Palestinian suicide bombings and the total destruction of Israel. Al-Qaradawi is very active in the Muslim Brotherhood which is the parent organization of several radical Islamic organizations including Hamas and al Qaeda.
In this interview Mogahed is quoted as saying, “Muslim concerns over injustice have been largely dismissed by the previous (Bush 43) administration…The US must hear mainstream Muslim concerns even if America does not agree with their perceptions. Muslim Americans are also worried about racial profiling…and the erosion of civil liberties.”
When asked about the rising Islamphobia in America, she replied:
“Islamphobia in America is very real. This presents a grave danger to America as a whole. I am very proud of the progress America has made…as it relates to the relationship between blacks and whites…The marriage that produced our president was illegal in Virginia when he was born…Last year, Obama became the first Democratic Presidential candidate in decades to carry Virginia. We are a stronger and smarter nation because of this growth. Our next growth spurt will be in ridding our society of anti-Muslim prejudice.”
Finally she was asked about what she thought Muslims themselves need to do.
“The best thing they can do to strengthen America is to become fully engaged in writing its next chapter by getting involved and feeling a strong sense of ownership for the future of their country.”
If you haven’t figured it out by now, you may be surprised to learn that Dalia Mogahed is the adviser on Muslim affairs at the national level appointed personally by the one who refers to himself as Barack Hussein Obama.
Now we can summarize her political strategy.
Mogahed’s statement that Muslims can strengthen this country by getting involved and feeling a strong sense of ownership for America’s future is an understatement at best on her behalf and a veiled threat at worst to America.
Her statement boasting about Obama’s win in Virginia obviously happened prior to Virginia’s recent gubernatorial election where Obama personally campaigned for his party’s candidate who subsequently lost to Bob McDonnell, the republican candidate.
While the openly declared objective of Islam in America is essentially imperialistic, Mogahed characterizes their plight as a civil rights issue and as such is suggesting that Muslims be awarded protected status. She and many others claim that Muslims in America are victims instead of villains. Her entire argument reeks of political correctness and should be categorized as propaganda.
Inasmuch as the majority of Americans are still Christian, their handbook is still the Bible. Mogahed’s religion whose major prophet was Mohammed emerged after the Bible was completed. Muslims claim their origin was with Ishmael even though God had resoundingly rejected him in favor of Isaac as the one to receive the promise made to their father Abraham.
Jesus Himself warned of such as Mohammed and his religion.
“And Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4-5
“…For false christs and false prophets will rise… to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” Matthew 24:24-25
The freedoms still available in this great country will allow the ‘religious’ and politically correct to espouse Mogahed’s position while Christians with their Bibles will discern and reject her ramblings.