The Third Jihad

Mon, April 30, 2012 RadicalIslam.org Briefs Legislators, Activists in South Carolina

On April 24, South Carolinian legislators and political activists saw The Third Jihad and were briefed by RadicalIslam.org’s national security analyst, Ryan Mauro. The audience was shocked to learn about the existence of “Holy Islamville” practically in their backyard in York County, South Carolina. “Holy Islamville” is a compound about 36 acres large that is run by Islamic extremists (click here for more information).

After the presentation, legislators stood up and vowed to fight for a bill based on American Laws for American Courts during the next legislative session, which would prevent state courts from enforcing rulings based on foreign law, including Islamic Sharia law, that violate the civil liberties of American citizens. The website, Shariah in American Courts, lists 50 Appellate Court cases where Muslim-Americans had their cases decided according to Sharia law.

Ten members of South Carolina’s General Assembly attended, including House Majority Leader Kenny Bingham, Rep. Alan Clemmons, Rep. Chris Murphy, Rep. Rick Quinn, Rep. Anne Thayer, Rep. Nelson Hardwick, Rep. Bill Chumley and State Senators Larry Grooms, Ronnie Cromer and Jake Knotts.

Rep. Clemmons tweeted the truth about “Holy Islamville” to his followers during the event, and Rep. Quinn also tweeted that he was watching the film.

“Thank you to Ryan Mauro, the Clarion Fund and the Myrtle Beach Tea Party for partnering with us to raise awareness of the threat of radical Islam—not just abroad, but right here in South Carolina! Your insight, together with the screening of The Third Jihad, left no doubt of the need for vigilance against an insidious enemy to America’s political, legal and social systems,” said Rep. Clemmons.

“Your presentation imprinted a clear sense of urgency upon me and the other legislators in attendance of the need for moving forward legislation like the American Laws for American Courts bill. Again, on behalf of South Carolina, thank you!” he said.

This event was only possible because of the generous support of those who believe in this cause. You can help make these events happen by making a tax-deductible contribution here.

If you’d like to organize a screening and/or speaking engagement, email Ryan Mauro at [email protected].

The following is a video of the questions asked after the event and Ryan's answers:

 

Thu, February 23, 2012 Think Again: Islamophobia as an Offensive Weapon

Jerusalem Post

by Jonathon Rosenblum

Concern for Muslim sensitivities prevents government officials from acknowledging the obvious. After uncovering a plot to blow up the Canadian parliament and behead the prime minister, a police spokesman described the plotters as being drawn from a wide cross-section of society, while neglecting to mention that all were Muslim. Similarly, those plotting to blow up 10 commercial aircraft over the Atlantic were described only as British nationals of southeastern Asian descent ...

Fortunately, we do not have to follow The New York Times‘s politically correct evasion of the issues raised by The Third Jihad.

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Jonathon Rosenblum is the director of Jewish Media Resources, has written a regular column in The Jerusalem Post Magazine since 1997 and is the author of eight biographies of modern Jewish leaders.

Mon, February 20, 2012 First the Ahmadi, Then Everybody Else

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by Andrew C. McCarthy

Under a barrage of protest by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its media stooges, the New York City Police Department has now apologized for showing hundreds of recruits The Third Jihad, a 72-minute video about radical Islam. Concurrently, after badgering by the likes of CAIR, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the FBI has just agreed to purge its training materials of information that elucidates the obvious — the direct nexus between mainstream Islamic doctrine, supremacist Muslim attitudes, and jihadist terror ... If you only read the New York Times and listened to its media echo chamber, you would think the video is a hate-dripping smear.

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Andrew C. McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, is the author, most recently, of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America.

Sun, February 19, 2012 Why Muslims Should Thank NYPD for teaching "The Third Jihad"

By Tawfik Hamid

The New York Times sharply criticized the New York Police Department (NYPD) for using the critically acclaimed documentary The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America in counterterrorism training.

The New York Times published two news articles, “In Police Training, a Dark Film About Muslims,” and the second, “Kelly Says Anti-Muslim film Shouldn’t Have Been Screened,” as well as an editorial entitled, "Hateful Film," about the topic. In response, the film’s producer Raphael Shore issued a statement.

An analysis of the issue from a different angle can reveal a dimension that has been ignored in the current debate. This dimension is that Muslims should be thankful to the NYPD for teaching this video rather than scorning them.

The first reason that should make Muslims thankful for the NYPD for using this documentary is that by shedding light on and focusing attention to radical Islam - which ultimately leads to fighting it - they actually protect more Muslims than anyone else, since the majority of victims of radical Islam are actually Muslims.

The second reason why Muslims should thank the NYPD for using the documentary is that it proves beyond doubt that moderate Muslims do exist. Many people after September 11 and after the repeated attempts to attack the U.S. by home grown Islamist terrorists have wrongly concluded that all Muslims are radicals. The inhumane practices of Sharia law in different parts of the world just added more salt to the wound and further supported this view about Muslims. The presence of some moderate Muslims like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser proved this view to be wrong and provided concrete evidence for the existence of true moderate Muslims.

Standing against the documentary is actually counterproductive for Muslims as it can support the above view that most Muslims are supportive of radicalism rather than the other way around. By supporting the use of the documentary, moderate Muslims could have proven that they, among the others, also stand against radical Islam.

This could have a very strong negative impact on the rising hatred toward Muslims, or the so called Islamophobia, as it could have provided clear evidence that most Muslims are truly against radicalism.[i]

The other reason that should make Muslims thankful to the NYPD is that the outcome of their training that included the documentary was excellent, since New York City has not been attacked since September 11, despite the fact that several Islamist terrorists attempted to attack it. Had the NYPD used politically correct teachings that ignored the threat of radical Islam, terrorists could have succeeded in conducting another major attack on the city. This, if it happened, could have had devastating consequences to Muslims in the US.

Evaluation of the teachings at the NYPD must depend on its outcome and effectiveness in preventing crimes including terrorist acts. The outcome of education at the NYPD is simply that, despite being the main target of many terrorists both domestically and globally, these terrorists have failed for more than 10 years to hurt the city.

To conclude, statistical evidence shows clearly that Islamist terrorism does exist. Ignoring its existence is a form of dishonesty that can end in disasters. The more that Muslims stand against the radicalism in their society, the more they can prove that moderate Islam does exist and the more they can actually decrease the so called “Islamophobia.” Muslims need to see criticism of radical Islam as their opportunity to prove that they are moderates, by simply standing against it as Dr. Jasser, who is a practicing Muslim, did.

ABC's Test for Radical Islam
The time has come to define Radical Islam. Please ask your local mosque, Islamic School and Islamic organization to clearly, unambiguously and publically denounce the following concepts:
Apostates killing;
Beating women and stoning them to death for adultery;
Calling Jews pigs and monkeys;
Declaring war on non-Muslims to spread Islam after offering non-Muslims three options
- subjugate to Islam, pay Jizia (a humiliating tax), or be killed;
Enslavement of other human beings;
Fighting and killing Jews before the "End of Days;"
Gay discrimination and hostility.

A true moderate person or organization must be able to immediately denounce the above concepts and stand publicly and unambiguously against them. The Muslim world can not expect the world to consider Islam peaceful as long as they teach and promote such tenets.

A clear stand is needed from leading Islamic Scholars all over the world against such teachings.



[i] According to the Pew Foundation Poll on Muslim Americans 48% of Muslims acknowledge  that their leaders have not done enough to speak out against extremism.
 

Dr. Tawfik Hamid, is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one-time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a terrorist Islamic organization JI with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri who became later on the second in command of Al-Qaeda. Hamid recognized the threat of radical Islam and the need for a reformation based upon modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts. In his website, Mr. Hamid says, “I am a Muslim by faith … Christian by spirit … a Jew  by heart and above all I am a human being.” Tawfik Hamid

 

 

 

Tue, February 14, 2012 The Danger of Taking Cues from the NY Times

by Jeff Jacoby

Did the New York City Police Department use "terrible judgment," as Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, when it showed a documentary about Islamist extremists -- The Third Jihad -- to more than 1,400 officers undergoing counterterrorism training?

You might think so if you took your cues from a New York Times editorial calling the documentary a "hate-filled film about Muslims," or from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which declared that it "defiled our faith and misrepresented everything we stood for."

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser fervently disagrees.

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Jeff Jacoby has been an op-ed columnist for The Boston Globe since February 1994. He is a frequent guest on radio talk shows across North America and serves on the board of directors of the Ford Hall Forum, the nation's oldest free public lecture series.

This article appear originally in The Boston Globe and Townhall.com

Sun, February 12, 2012 CAIR's Crusade Against The Third Jihad

By Clifford D. May

 

 

Zuhdi Jasser is a physician, a U.S. Navy veteran, an American patriot, and a Muslim who does not hold with those who preach that Islam commands its followers to take part in a war against unbelievers.

The Third Jihad, a documentary film that Jasser narrated, takes a hard look at those Muslims who are waging this war — both with bombs and by stealthier means. The film had been among the educational materials used to train New York City police officers dealing with terrorism. Then, last month, the New York Times went on what one might call a crusade against the movie, publishing a series of articles branding it a “hate-filled film about Muslims” and calling on Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to “apologize for the film . . . and make clear that his department does not tolerate such noxious and dangerous stereotyping.”

In the first of its stories, the Times charges that the film “casts a broad shadow over American Muslims.” That ignores the unambiguous statement with which the documentary opens: “This is not a film about Islam. It is about the threat of radical Islam. Only a small percentage of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are radical.”

The story quotes Jasser as saying in the film: “This is the true agenda of Islam in America.” But what Jasser actually said in the film is that jihad is “the true agenda of much of the Muslim leadership here in America.”

Jasser has long argued — and he’s hardly alone in this — that the leaders of some of the wealthiest and most powerful organizations that claim to represent American Muslims are not as moderate as they’d have you believe. Prominent among such organizations is CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which appears to have been the driving force behind the coverage in the Times and in the Village Voice before that. The Times quotes CAIR spokesmen saying how outraged and offended they are by the film.

The Times chooses not to inform readers that CAIR was an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in the U.S. to date, the 2007 U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation et al. The Times neglects to report that the FBI has broken all ties with CAIR. The Times also does not mention that last year CAIR’s national organization lost its status as a tax-deductible charity after it failed to file required annual reports detailing revenues for three consecutive years as required by law. (The Times has raised pointed questions about funding for The Third Jihad. Why no interest in where CAIR’s money comes from?)

The paper never bothered to interview Jasser. Nor did the Times quote Robert Jackson, the only Muslim on the New York City Council, who told other reporters that while he “initially thought from reading about [the film] that it cast a negative image on all Muslims . . . it does not. It focuses on the extreme Muslims that are trying to hurt other people.” The Times turned down an op-ed by former secretary of homeland security Tom Ridge and former CIA director (and current chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies) Jim Woolsey defending the film.

The Times’s stories present not a single factual error in the documentary. However, illustrating the first story was an image of the White House with a black Islamic flag flying above it. The Times called that “a doctored photograph,” leaving readers to infer that the filmmakers had done the doctoring. In fact, the filmmakers found that image on a jihadi website. (Such images are common on such websites, as any reporter working the terrorism beat should know.)

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CAIR calls itself a Muslim “civil rights” organization, and most of the major media take it at its word. Jasser has pointed out that one of the main missions of such groups is to silence critics — to deprive them of their right to free speech. One of the ways this is done, Jasser says, is by making it appear that Muslim reformers are themselves extremists and, what is more, that they are “not part of the community (ummah), and so subject them to takfir (declaring them apostates). That is what the vicious distortions about this film do to my work and the work of so many others within the House of Islam who are trying to publicly take on the American Islamist establishment.”

Jasser adds: “Political Islam is the lifeblood of groups like CAIR; they will never publicly acknowledge its incompatibility with western liberalism and Americanism. Were Americans ever to finally become educated on the slippery slope between nonviolent Islamism (political Islam) and Islamist militancy, the legitimacy of these Muslim-Brotherhood-legacy groups would evaporate.”

The barriers to providing such education are growing. Mayor Bloomberg has denounced The Third Jihad. The NYPD has stopped showing it. CAIR is not at all satisfied. The organization has demanded that Commissioner Kelly resign and that the police department “offer a concrete plan to help counter the misinformation about Islam and Muslims provided to almost 1,500 officers through the screening of The Third Jihad.” That won’t be the end of it. Author Bruce Bawer noted in an op-ed this week: “Criticizing Islam is now a punishable offense in several European countries.” I happened to have read Bawer’s piece while waiting for a train in New York’s Penn Station. About the same time, I heard an announcement on the public address system: “If you see something, say something.” Zuhdi Jasser has seen something. CAIR wants him to shut up about it. And CAIR has friends in high places.

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.

Sun, February 5, 2012 American Muslim Leaders Support The Third Jihad

WASHINGTON, DC (February 1, 2012) -The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) has expressed serious concern at the vilification of the documentary The Third Jihad by the New York Times, which appears to be echoing and amplifying the party line of well-known Muslim Brotherhood supporters in the U.S. In its public statement, the AILC warned about the grave dangers of instrumentalizing Islam, from either end of the political spectrum:

"Well-intentioned Muslims and their allies on the left (including the New York Times) should beware of politicizing Islam, or seeking to prevent rational discourse concerning the very real threat posed by "radical Islam" to Western societies, and to Muslims at large. For those who deny a threat whose existence is self-evident to a majority of our fellow citizens, will share in the responsibility if and when that majority loses patience amid the heat of a future crisis-lashing out at Islam itself, and all Muslims, for the behavior of Muslim supremacists, whose ideology our intellectual and political elites have so dismally failed to acknowledge or address.

"In light of the swirling controversy over the New York Police Department's use of a film, The Third Jihad, for training purposes, we feel it is our civic, moral and religious duty to publicly address a number of issues raised by this controversy.

"We have viewed The Third Jihad, and regard the information presented therein to be both factually accurate, and important for our fellow Muslim and non-Muslim citizens to understand, debate and address.

"The Third Jihad explicitly distinguishes between the religion of Islam, and the highly politicized ideology of religious hatred, supremacy and violence characteristic of political Islam, often referred to as "Islamism." While the film does not examine the pluralistic, tolerant and spiritual traditions of Islam that lie at the heart of our own understanding thereof, this does not imply that the film is inaccurate in its depiction of what it specifically terms "radical Islam," as exemplified by movements such as al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Wahhabism (aka "Salafism") and the Muslim Brotherhood.

"We agree with the view expressed in the January 24, 2012 edition of the New York Times, that The Third Jihad is "a dark film" and "an explosive documentary." However, contrary to the Times' insinuation, this is not because of any falsehoods contained in the film. Rather, both the violent-and non-violent, subversive-methods employed by Islamist movements to achieve their goal of political domination are indeed "dark" and highly disturbing (hence, "explosive") to most people who come to recognize, but do not share, the Islamists' worldview and agenda.

"Significantly, since the attacks of 9/11, the NYPD has evidenced greater courage and recognition of the factors that cause radicalization among Muslims, than have the various federal agencies explicitly tasked with defending our nation and its people. Notwithstanding Islamist claims to the contrary, we believe there is nothing inappropriate about the NYPD or other security agencies using the film The Third Jihad to help their staff understand and recognize the ideology of religious hatred, supremacy and violence that underlies and animates Islamist terrorism.

"The NYPD's initial denial of having widely used the film for training purposes-and subsequent public apologies issued by Commissioner Kelly ("It shouldn't have been shown") and Mayor Bloomberg ("Somebody exercised some terrible judgment. I don't know who. We'll find out.")-are in and of themselves deeply troubling, and say far more about the current state of American society than about The Third Jihad itself. In fact, these public denials and apologies demonstrate the remarkable success achieved by the Islamist lobby in North America, which seeks to prevent any and all public discussion of the supremacist political ideology that non-violent Islamist organizations share in common with terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda. In other words, the behavior of the NYPD, in this matter, tends to confirm the film's thesis.

"Islamist groups and their allies are, predictably, now seeking to exploit the opportunity presented by the current controversy over The Third Jihad to call for "oversight," "corrective training" and "participation" by the "Muslim community" (i.e., Islamists!) in all counter-terrorist programs initiated by the NYPD.

"The American Islamic Leadership Coalition recognizes and deplores the rise and spread of genuine Islamophobia in North America and Europe. However, we ascribe this rise of anti-Islam and anti-Muslim attitudes primarily to the actions of Muslims themselves (i.e., Islamists), whose efforts to establish an Islamic caliphate, an Islamic state, and/or to impose an antiquated and falsely-divinized human understanding of Islamic law upon others by force, dominate our daily headlines, and inevitably generate a strong sense of disgust-and visceral mistrust-among many of our fellow citizens.

"Any and all efforts to conceal the Islamist agenda, or render its discussion beyond the pale of acceptable discourse-by branding such talk as "Islamophobia" or "hate speech"-threatens not only our common freedom and security, but the very future of Islam itself. For the Islamists' prime goal is the silencing of Muslim opposition, and of any voice in the Muslim world that would challenge their monolithic, sterile and shallow understanding of Islam, which lacks the spirituality that enables religion to serve as a true path to God.

"Islamist opposition to The Third Jihad, a film narrated by Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, clearly demonstrates this point. The Islamists' uproar is driven by a desire to stifle alternative and truly moderate voices such as that of Dr. Jasser, a member of this coalition whom we know to be a devout Muslim committed to the highest values of Islam, and to our nation's founding principles. The New York Times' decision to embrace the Islamist "party line" on this matter hinders sincere efforts to identify and address the ideological source of Muslim radicalization, and to promote true reform within Islam, consistent with its primary message of universal love, compassion and mercy for all God's creatures.

"The current, highly-politicized nature of public discourse about Islam, in the West, is thus deeply worrying to us. Those who are truly Islamophobic often fail to acknowledge any redeeming qualities in Islam, or the faith of observant Muslims. Instead, they tend to demonize Islam, and seek to convince the majority of our fellow citizens that Islam itself is the threat, because its "true" and "authoritative" teachings are ostensibly identical to those of the Islamists.

"Simultaneously, many on the left minimize or dismiss the threat posed by Islamists and instead proclaim Islam to be purely "a religion of peace," while depicting the dire warnings of their political opponents as the raving of xenophobic and delusional hate-mongers, who seek to ostracize, and victimize, Muslims in general.

"The result of these conflicting views is institutional paralysis in the West, and a complete lack of societal consensus as to the nature of the threat we face from "radical Islam," and how we should address it.

"For those who seek clarity amid the chaos of this dispute, it may be helpful to realize that those at both ends of the political spectrum, described above, share one salient feature in common with the Islamists themselves: i.e., they seek to instrumentalize the religion of Islam for political purposes.

"Thus, an essential step towards establishing a rational, sound and mutually beneficial policy towards Islam and Muslims is for the U.S. and other Western nations to depoliticize this issue and create a bi-partisan/international consensus. Failure to do so will inevitably lead to greater polarization in the coming years, and the likely emergence of a societal consensus in the West whose demographics were on stark display in the summer of 2010, in polls concerning the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque": i.e., approximately 30% in favor, and 70% opposed. In Europe, this is the path of ethnic and religious cleansing, advocated by Anders Breivik and a rising populist movement. Here in the U.S., it is similarly the path of fear and hatred. To willfully and/or blindly continue along this path-especially at a time of nuclear proliferation and widespread political instability in the Muslim world-is the height of irresponsible folly."

The American Islamic Leadership Coalition (AILC) is a diverse coalition of liberty-minded, North American Muslim leaders and organizations. AILC's mission advocates for defending the US Constitution, upholding religious pluralism, protecting American security and cherishing genuine diversity in the faith and practice of Islam. AILC provides a stark alternative to the Islamist organizations that claim to speak for what are diverse American Muslim communities.

Sun, February 5, 2012 Kelly a 'Ray-cist'?

New York Daily News

By Tom Ridge and Jame Woolsey

Recently, interest groups such as the Council of American Islamic Relations have demanded that NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly resign and that an outside inspector general be appointed over the NYPD.

Both demands should be rejected.

The demands follow the revelation that the NYPD has been using the film “The Third Jihad: Radical Islam’s Vision for America” — in which both of us also appeared — as part of its counterterrorism training program.

The documentary takes an in-depth look at the process of radicalization that takes place within certain elements of Muslim society in America. Those elements were previously highlighted in a landmark 2007 NYPD intelligence division report titled “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat.”

In the preface to the 2007 report, Kelly wrote, New York City continues to be “one of the top targets of terrorists worldwide. Consequently, the NYPD places a priority on understanding what drives and defines the radicalization process.”

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Tom Ridge was the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania. James Woolsey is chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and was director of central intelligence during the Clinton administration.

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