Newsletter #45 – The AMAC or the Koran?Posted: September 19, 2012
In the political storm over the “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video, the TN American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC) has come down on the side of the 1st Amendment’s protection for free speech, posting the following statement on its website (http://www.amactn.com/#!press-release), which says in part:
“AMAC is committed to upholding the right to freedom of expression, and we unconditionally condemn any use of violence as a means to protest offensive or hateful speech. In the United States, this fundamental, inalienable right is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The answer to speech we find deeply offensive is more speech — speech that tells the true story of Islam — not censorship or violence.”
The AMAC finally gets it right – it’s not Islamophobia, it’s free speech.
But where AMAC gets it wrong, is that neither the video nor the 1st Amendment justifies AMAC’s (Muslim Brotherhood inspired) Islamic Speakers Bureau going into publicly funded forums to either promote their religion and/or advance their political agenda.
Nor does the video or the 1st Amendment justify Governor Haslam endorsing the Islamist AMAC as the exclusive voice in Tennessee on matters involving political shariah.
If, as the AMAC states the answer is “more speech”, then why not let the Koran tell the “true story of Islam”? And why limit the “true story” to only the first 13 years in Mecca? The AMAC statement continues:
“Those who responded [to the film violently] in such a manner would do well to instead study the Prophet Muhammad’s example in the face of harm. On a daily basis, Prophet Muhammad was exposed to demeaning abuse for 13 years during the early years of his mission. His response was not to return insult for insult or hurt for hurt but to pray for his persecutors and overlook their insults.”
The “true story of Islam” however, also includes the years in Medina, as summarized at www.politicalislam.com, “In Mohammed’s life, he preached the religion of Islam for 13 years and garnered 150 new followers. When he went to Medina and became a politician and a warlord, when he died every Arab was a Muslim. Jihad violence was what made Islam successful.”
The AMAC’s half-truth with regard to the very subject matter for which it insists it speaks authoritatively, should place AMAC’s credibility in question.
Whether using the rationale of “offensive speech begets more speech”, or “supplementing curriculum”, or “correcting alleged misinformation” or “preventing bullying in schools” or even telling “the true story of Islam”, AMAC is, always has been and always will be a political entity. The AMAC was created as a political response to the anti-terrorism bill. Its new affiliate status with the Islamic Networks Group (a Muslim Brotherhood connected organization discussed in Newsletter #41) establishing the AMAC’s Islamic Speakers Bureau, only further exposes its political objective to influence any and all societal systems. This is precisely the foundation needed to enable the embedding of political shariah.
If the AMAC were to let the Koran tell the “true story of Islam”, then we probably wouldn’t need the AMAC….oh, yeah.