Geller: According to The Daily Beast, Boko Haram Terrorists Are Not ‘Islamic’Posted: May 15, 2014
Pamela Geller writes: On the very day that the devout Muslim group Boko Haram released a video of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, clad in burkas and being forced to recite the Qur’an, author Dean Obeidallah declared in the Daily Beast that “The Nigerian terrorist group that kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls has nothing to do with Islam, and it’s grotesquely irresponsible of the media to suggest it does.”
Mr. Obeidallah, it’s not the media that suggests it; it is Boko Haram that declares it.
“The reason the media use the rather silly term ‘Islamist’ or ‘Islamic radical’ is because the devout Muslims engaged in jihad are citing Qur’an chapter and verse. They are identifying themselves as such.”
It is not grotesque to tell the truth. What is grotesque is that the widely-read Daily Beast would run such damaging propaganda by a failed yet self-described “comic.”
[Geller‘s book: Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance is available at Amazon.com]
The Daily Beast is doing an end run for Islamic jihad when these girls’ lives hang in the balance. That is a different kind of savagery. The Beast is more worried about Islam’s PR than it is in educating the public on the most grave threat to freedom, not just in Nigeria but across the world.
“Disinformationalists like Obdeillah don’t have a theological leg to stand on.”
Clearly, the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls is just more empty rhetoric from hypocrites, not an honest clarion call for action.
The hashtag shouldn’t be #BringBackOurGirls. The hashtag should be #TellTheTruth.
I have written hundreds of pieces on Boko Haram over the past few years reporting on their monstrous acts of jihad that were virtually ignored by the media. Schools, hospitals, women, children, teachers, and doctors have been savagely and systematically murdered in the cause of jihad. Boko Haram (which literally means “non-Islamic education is evil”) wants an Islamic state ruled by the Sharia. But Obeidallah makes this declaration:
Attention members of the media: Kindly stop referring to the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram as “Islamic terrorists,” “Islamists” or anything else involving the word “Islam.” The despicable acts taken by this militant group—from kidnapping schoolgirls to slaughtering people at churches and mosques—have absolutely nothing to do with Islam.
According to whom, exactly? Islamic supremacists and their apologists have been at this war of disinformation for decades. It’s why we find ourselves in the grave situation we are in. Stealth jihadists and their media operatives have been disarming the American people in the information battle-space.
Obdeillah queries, “Why do our media continually use terms like ‘Islamist’ or ‘Islamic radical…?'” Of course, this is ingenuous. The reason the media use the rather silly term “Islamist” or “Islamic radical” is because the devout Muslims engaged in jihad (holy war) are citing Qur’an chapter and verse. They are identifying themselves as such. This is jihadic doctrine. Disinformationalists like Obdeillah don’t have a theological leg to stand on…(read more)
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.
- Daily Beast: Boko Haram Terrorists are not “Islamic” (freedomoutpost.com)
- Whitewashing Boko Haram (breitbart.com)
- Robert Spencer: 5 Things Media & Government Won’t Tell You About Boko Haram (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. Blocked Terrorist Designation for Boko Haram (nationalreview.com)
- So Much for #BringBackOurGirls – Boko Haram Blows Up Bridge, Kidnaps More Kids (thegatewaypundit.com)
- White House: Boko Haram Is An Education Problem, Not A Jihad (dailycaller.com)