When it comes to rabid anti-Muslim propaganda, you might imagine it couldn’t get much worse than Jihad Watch. But you’d be wrong. There’s a website where Robert Spencer and his chums are regarded as whingeing liberals who have succumbed to Islamophilia.
The site is at FaithFreedom.org and recently one of its main contributors, Ali Sina, submitted an article to Jihad Watch which argued: “In the 1300s, the most deadly plague, dubbed as Black Death swept through Europe killing more than 25 million people – one-forth [sic] of the continent’s population…. Today we are facing a not very different situation. Islam is like bubonic plague.” (See here)
Just the sort of thing that would go down well at Jihad Watch, you’d have thought. But apparently not. Robert Spencer took exception to Ali Sina’s call for the “eradication of Islam”, on the grounds that “to American ears it may sound genocidal”. Spencer’s colleague Hugh Fitzgerald, for his part, objected that the statement “any Muslim can become a terrorist overnight” was a bit excessive.
Sina was appalled by this adaptation to political correctness. He charged Spencer with living in a “fantasy world” for arguing that Islam could be reformed rather than smashed. Spencer was conciliatory: “I would agree with you if I thought that that reformation could actually happen in any significant way. I have called for reformation primarily to call attention to the sources of the problem, which Americans continue to ignore, and to call false ‘moderate Muslims’ to account.” (See here)
So at least we know where Spencer stands. His statement that he welcomes “any Muslim individual or group who is willing to work publicly for the reform of the Islamic doctrines, theological tenets and laws that Islamic jihadists use to justify violence” is merely a tactical ploy to demonstrate that this will never happen.
In a further effort to mend fences, Spencer gave a plug on Jihad Watch to Sina’s article “Islam is Fascism”. (See here) But he did it under the title “Sina: Is Political Islam Fascism?”, whereas Sina had in fact asserted that the religion itself is fascistic – “clearly Islam and fascism are identical ideologies” – and posed this in the form of a statement rather than a question. (See here)
In his response to Sina, Spencer warns that “divide and conquer is a tactic of war preached by the Prophet Muhammad” and he makes an appeal for Islamophobes to maintain unity against the common enemy. But it’s not looking good for them.