Austin, TX “Support Our Muslim Neighbors” event tries to “ease anxiety of local Muslims following Trump’s election”

Jihad watch…

The most important turning point is getting to know people who are Muslim. They’re people, they have a way of life, they have a way of life that is valid and really very beautiful.”

Yes, many are lovely people. The problem with events such as this one, however, is that it aids and abets ongoing efforts to stigmatize all honest discussion of how jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism as victimization of Muslims, and to silence it on that basis. Take, for example, “Matt Korn, organizer of the Support Our Muslim Neighbors event,” who “said he was moved by the kindness and support Nueces Mosque imam Shaykh Mufti Mohamed-Umer Esmail displayed for the LGBT community of Austin following the Pulse nightclub shooting, so he moved quickly to organize a solidarity event in return.” That’s great, but Matt Korn would doubtless never dream of being so discourteous as to ask Shaykh Mufti Mohamed-Umer Esmail what could or should be done about the systematic violence against gays in Sharia states. Would Shaykh Mufti Mohamed-Umer Esmail’s counterparts in Saudi Arabia or Iran be so kind to the LGBT community? Why not? Read more…

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