Selected Article Excerpts:
Editors’ Note (Truthout): MRFF Founder and Truthout Advisory Board member Mikey Weinstein learned Wednesday night [after submitting the article for publication -- MRFF] that one of the American embassy staffers killed in Libya Tuesday, September 11, 2012, along with U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was active MRFF Advisory Board Member Glen Doherty. Glen was a former highly decorated Navy SEAL and close friend of the Weinsteins and the entire MRFF Family.
- …Boykin rounds out the Family Research Council’s relentless Islamophobic witch-hunt with his own John Rambo-esque war against domestic Muslims, whom he feels are intent to “destroy us as a Christian Army.” It’s no exaggeration to say that an evangelical fundamentalist Christian zeal that mirrors Al Qaeda’s Salafist-Jihadi fanaticism quite positively possesses Boykin…
- The sickness wrought by the Islamophobia espoused by Boykin, Saleem, and that viper’s nest of high-octane bigotry known as the Family Research Council has manifested itself in hideous incidents such as March’s brutal murder in Southern California of Iraqi mother of five Shaima Alawadi, and August’s mass-shooting at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.
- NOTE: As this Op-Ed goes to press, the world has been shaken by news that on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed in Benghazi along with three American staffers in a Salafist-led attack on the U.S. Embassy. Salafist demonstrators also attacked the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, whereupon the U.S. flag was torn down, burned, and replaced by the black Al Qaeda flag . While details on the motivations behind the attack are still emerging, it appears that a horrendous hate-speech film allegedly launched by Israeli-American Sam Bacile and promoted by Qu’ran-burning fundamentalist Pastor Terry Jones sparked the attacks. The film is a mocking and inciting depiction of the life of the Prophet Mohammad that torturously, deceptively, and ignominiously attempts to tie the origins of Islam to themes of homosexuality and pedophilia, and a call to arms for Christian-Zionist proponents of an apocalyptic “Clash of Civilizations.” Some have even suggested that the film was produced by a shady circle of exclusively evangelical Christians, hell-bent on intentionally feeding the flames of sectarian madness in the region.We at MRFF absolutely condemn this provocation by Bacile and Jones, and have in the past directly confronted the hate-mongering Pastor by communicating with the Afghan National Army (ANA) and offering to donate a new Qu’ran to replace every copy of the Muslim holy book that Jones burned . The repellant film and ensuing mayhem in North Africa make absolutely clear the fact that, in the words of retired ambassador Chas W. Freeman, ”It turns out that all that is required to be hated is to do hateful things. Ironically, as we ‘search abroad for monsters to destroy,’ we are creating them – transforming our foreign detractors into terrorists, multiplying their numbers, intensifying their militancy, and fortifying their hatred of us.” All Americans should condemn the fully-fledged national security threat that this vile strain of Islamophobic stupidity represents. Radical, fundamentalist Islam is a clear and present danger that must be fought and defeated in the name of basic human rights. However, its adherents are a distinct minority within the broader mosaic that constitutes Islam. It is of the utmost importance that we assiduously look inward and examine our nation’s own actions vis-a-vis the venerable Muslim faith and its nearly 2 billion followers as a means to ensure that we are not purposefully or inadvertently creating and amplifying the Frankenstein’s monsters who are assailing us.