Call to Action by the American People
Fighting Back Against the Assault on Free Speech by Radical Islamic GroupsClick here to see the full page ad IPT ran in the New York Times
Our nation's security and its cherished value of free speech has been endangered by the bullying campaigns of radical Islamic groups, masquerading as "civil rights" organizations, to remove any reference to the Islamist motivation behind Islamic terrorist attacks. These groups have pressured or otherwise colluded with Hollywood, the news media, museums, book publishers, law enforcement and the Obama Administration in censoring the words "Islamist", "Islamic terrorism", "radical Islam" and "jihad" in discussing or referencing the threat and danger of Islamic terrorism.
It is undeniable that those behind the 9-11 attacks and other Islamic terrorism were motivated by radical Islamic ideology. To deny the truth behind the religious motivation of Islamic terrorists is an insult to the memory of the 9-11 victims and all other victims of Islamic terrorism. Islamist terrorists were behind the bombing of Madrid's commuter train system in 2004; they attacked London's subways in 2005; they opened fire on innocents in a Kenyan shopping mall in 2013. U.K. jihadists hacked a British soldier to death that same year. Just weeks ago, Nigerian Islamists kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls and forced them to convert to Islam.
Radical Islamist ideology clearly motivated all of the attacks – the perpetrators said so unambiguously.
Yet, those who dare to talk about jihad as holy war, or invoke the term "Islamic terrorists", or discuss the religious motivation behind Islamist group, are slandered as "Islamophobes" or bigots. The courageous Muslim voices who dare criticize radical Islam find themselves scurrilously attacked and slandered by national Islamist groups as turncoats – "Uncle Toms"—when these moderates should be lauded as heroes.
This is the new form of the jihadist threat we face. It's an attack on one of our most sacred freedoms—free speech—and it endangers our very national security.
How can we win the war against radical Islam if we can't even name the enemy?
Here are the main radical Islamic groups that have led the campaign of censorship: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Advocates, and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). (You can read about their true backgrounds by clicking here).
In addition to embracing censorship campaign of the above-listed American Islamist groups, the Obama Administration, astonishingly, legitimizes the groups themselves. The groups are routinely invited to events at the White House and other Administration meetings.
The chill on free speech takes an even more dangerous turn when prosecutors charged with keeping us safe are prohibited from investigating the religious justifications for terrorist attacks. Scandalously, the FBI has succumbed to pressure from these Islamist groups in purging and destroying thousands of books, pamphlets, papers and PowerPoint presentations that were deemed to be "offensive to Islam."
American Islamist groups are continuing to succeed in curbing free speech. New examples seem to pop up each week.
Brandeis University capitulated to an organized campaign to rescind plans to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali – a tireless campaigner against abuses of women in Muslim cultures – an honorary degree. ABC Family Channel killed a pilot TV series, called "Alice in Arabia," about an American teenage girl forced to live against her will in Saudi Arabia. Universities have canceled screenings of a documentary called "Honor Diaries."
In deceptive public statements, Islamist groups claim they are against "terrorism." But when asked if they specifically condemn "Islamic terrorist groups", they refuse to acknowledge the Islamist motivation, a motivation the Islamic terrorists openly admit themselves. Islamist groups do backflips to avoid discussing the role their shared radical ideology plays in terrorist attacks.
It is time to fight back and not allow these radical Islamic groups to continue to undermine our fundamental value of free speech and endanger our national security.
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