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My Take: NYPD’s use of anti-Islam film makes us less safe
U.S. Rep Keith Ellison in a Minnesota mosque last August.
February 16th, 2012
04:20 PM ET

My Take: NYPD’s use of anti-Islam film makes us less safe

Editor's Note: Congressman Keith M. Ellison represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District and co-chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

By Rep. Keith M. Ellison, Special to CNN

Recent news that the New York Police Department presented the film “The Third Jihad” to nearly 1,500 officers is only the latest example of anti-Muslim training materials being used in ways that harm our national security.

The film baselessly contends that “the true agenda of much of Islam in America” is to “infiltrate and dominate America,” smearing a religion that has been part of this country since its founding. Incidents like these sound the alarm on the need for greater transparency and oversight of counterterrorism training at all levels of government.

The NYPD’s use of “The Third Jihad” is disturbing because it leaves officers with the impression that American Muslims are the enemy, not an ally against terrorism. This notion hurts the ability of law enforcement to do its job. No one knows this better than the brave officers who have stood up to such bigotry – it was NYPD officers who objected to the screening of the film, just as it was FBI agents who recently objected to using equally harmful training materials at the bureau.

“The Third Jihad” was produced by the Clarion Fund, a group that lacks national security credentials but is flush with cash. Far-right wing donors gave the Clarion Fund $18 million between 2001 and 2009 to drive their political agenda through Islamophobic films. The group mailed its last film, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West,” to 28 million swing state voters weeks before the 2008 election.

The who’s who of the Islamophobic fringe leads the Clarion Fund. During the 2008 presidential campaign, one Clarion advisory board member advanced the conspiracy theory that then-Senator Barack Obama was secretly a Muslim (as if it should matter).

Another Clarion board member has said that “Most mosques in the United States are actually engaged in – or at least supportive of – a totalitarian, seditious agenda they call Sharia.” Americans of all political stripes, including former Bush Administration officials, have dismissed these extreme statements

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that whoever approved the request for Commissioner Raymond Kelly to appear in the film “exercised some terrible judgment.” The mayor is right. Not since D.W. Griffiths’ racially charged “The Birth of a Nation” made in 1915 has a film sought to stoke so much fear about one group of American citizens.

Now more than ever, it is critical that law enforcement build relationships with the Muslim community to better fight against terrorism. In my hometown of Minneapolis, the relationship between law enforcement and the Muslim community is so strong that international dignitaries have visited to learn about our model. Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has said he was able to solve several high-profile crimes only because Muslim community members voluntarily came forward to share information with the police.

The great majority of national security experts view American Muslims as partners – and for good reason. A study last year by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security showed that most tips regarding domestic terrorism come from the American Muslim community (the American Muslim who tipped off police about the attempted car bombing of Times Square in 2010 is one such example. The Triangle Center reported last week that terrorism by American Muslims poses a “minuscule” threat – not a single one of last year’s almost 17,000 murders was a result of Islamic extremism.

Ensuring the public trust is critical to fighting terrorism. As Attorney General Eric Holder said in 2010, “the cooperation of Muslim and Arab-American communities has been absolutely essential in identifying, and preventing, terrorist threats.” American Muslims are well positioned to identify potential terrorists, but it’s harder to win their trust when police departments partner with the CIA to conduct surveillance, train officers to view Muslims as terrorists, or spy on Muslims purely because of their religion.

Trust can be restored only if law enforcement agencies hold individuals accountable for using prejudicial materials and create new mechanisms that ensure transparency and rigorous oversight. The result will be not only a more just society, but a safer one.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Rep. Keith M. Ellison.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Opinion

soundoff (399 Responses)
  1. PoBoy

    You also forgot about the Unabomber. Stop being stupid!

    February 16, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    February 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Paulina

      So das removing half of someone's brain.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • be careful

      It looks like they got the part that Paulina used to use for spelling.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Muslims are increasing in the U.S. 🙁

    February 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Bob

      there increasing in the US because they have babies, raise them muslim, and then threaten to kill/disown them if they ever leave the religion, which they aren't even GIVEN A CHOICE IN JOINING (even though most families raise kids with there religious affiliation, but they don't threaten murder if the child leaves it!!!)

      I can't believe muslims don't see how there religion operates on fear tactics. Follow or face excruciating hell, leave and you'll be murdered, etc.

      February 17, 2012 at 3:09 am |
  4. To Whom It May Concern

    Trying to expIain all the intricacies of Christianity in a comments section is pointless, theres simply too much material to discuss. I will say this, i was once skeptical also and often times pondered the same questions the atheists ask (i.e. is there a God, did Jesus actually exist and perform miracles or were they hoaxes, if God is real then why do bad things happen to good ppl, etc).

    I decided that I wasn't going to take this issue lightly and decided to look into my questions further. I bought some books, did some research by all sides and compared claims vs counter claims etc (theres a lot of false websites out there, it can be tough to discern without taking in all sides from all angles). I didn't, and still dont, want to believe in something just because it makes me "feel good." i want to believe in the truth whatever direction it points to. Long story short, i came to the conclusion that Jesus was real, and the claims that were made were also real. Once i decided that he probably was real, I invited Christ into my heart. Words can't describe exactly how He changes you, but once He does your life is transformed.

    Im not here to tell you to believe in Christianity because I said so, but simply give my account. I hope everyone searches their soul, is truly honest with themselves on the inside, and does as much research as they can (with open mind from all sides). I don't go around preaching my faith and i live and let live, but I try to be a good person (and ofcourse we all mess up and do bad things from time to time, im certainly not perfect) and if anyone is to ever ask then i simply respond. I will only discuss topics if theyre brought up in front of me, i dont go out trying to push my beliefs.

    I wish the best for everyone and please dont take your decisions lightly. Cheers.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Chris B

      What you just explained is blind faith. Children believe in Santa Clause, Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy through blind faith.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • vic

      Muslims butcher people through blind faith. I will take the Christians.

      February 17, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  5. Paulina

    Look at Whitney Houston. She kept praying and singing gospel music, and do you think God cared? No. He let her live in an abusive relationship, let her struggle with addiction and die an early, undignified death. I think if God exists, he doesn't like religious people.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • Lisa

      God does not judge your life on Earth. He let you live free and do whatever you want, then after death God will decide 🙂

      God Bless!

      February 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • petemg

      We all go through tough times in life. If we truly believe we rely upon God. He is there for us, but we need to do some of the work also. We can either sit on our butts and pray to God and do nothing, or allow God to show us the way. We grow through trial and temptations.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  6. B

    You have to admit, there hasn't been any white, non-muslim terrorist.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Scootie

      No white non-Muslim terrorists. I guess you forgot about Tim McViegh.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Kat

      does Bush count? oh I forgot he started wars because his heavenly father told him to do so.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
    • be careful

      Bush was told to smite the Iraqis so he smited them. I am not sure if it was God he said told him or Donald Rumsfeld, W wasn't too clear on that.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Chris B

      Ignorance. Timothy McVeigh, The Unabomber, Andrew Stack, and Jared Loughner all white terrorist. Educate yourself before you open your mouth next time.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Curios Atheist...

    Why do Jews have soo many kids and live off the government, get welfare etc. despite having millions of dollars under the table?! Investigate that too....

    February 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
  8. blake

    Anyone who does not see radical Islam as a threat is extremely naive. Out 1.7 billion Muslims worldwide, there are likely 100 million plus with a jihadist bent. In fact, if they are orthodox Muslims, they are jihadists. It is a basic tenant of their religion, despite media attempts to portray Islam as a religion of peace. The NYPD lives in the real world. Wake up.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
    • Curios Atheist...

      There are 1.5 billion Muslims, NOT 1.7......... 200 million is still a big difference!

      February 16, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
    • PoBoy

      @blake. So any White American back in the 40s-60s who did not see the KKK as a threat is also naive? BTW, your made up numbers are just that made up numbers.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  9. PoBoy

    I wonder if the the NYPD used anti-IRA films to learn about the Irish-American communities in NY and Boston illegal funding of a declared terrorist group in Ireland?

    February 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Aditya Adhikari

      "The Third Jihad" I watched this film on You Tube,,, and I realized it is not about Muslims in America it is about Muslims in general... Just last week in the previously calm and wonderful state island country Maldives the peace loving Muslims took their frustration out on centuries old Buddha Statues which are lost forever. World is silence... They destroyed Buddha Statues in Afghanistan and the World looked the other way... They were invited in Netherland with open arms form Africa and Middle East the result is killing of the same culture which allowed them freedom.

      Wake-up world or it will be too late....

      Watch: "The Third Jihad" before commenting here.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Touchdown

      Good lord, no! Then they might think all Irish are part of the IRA and all Irishmen are drunkards!

      February 16, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
  10. Difference between Christianity/Islam/Judaism....


    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – says that no human can ever die for the sins of others
    CHRISTIANITY
    – says that Jesus died for the sins of mankind

    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – says that all humans are born pure, and innocent
    CHRISTIANITY
    – some say that all humans are born with 'original sin'.

    JUDAISM
    – says that G-d would never allow/enable a 'virgin birth'
    CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM
    – says that Mary gave birth, though a virgin

    JUDAISM
    – says that no man gets a 'second coming'
    CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM
    – says that Jesus will have a 'second coming'

    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – says that every human should speak directly to G-d
    CHRISTIANITY
    – Jesus claims in the 'new testament' that the 'only way' to G-d is via him

    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – says G-d is one, indivisible, cannot be separated into three aspects/incarnations
    CHRISTIANITY
    – some sects speaks of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

    JUDAISM
    – says that we are ALL equally G-d's children
    CHRISTIANITY
    – says that Jesus was 'god's son' above all others
    ISLAM
    – some Muslims claim that the prophets are perfect and have never sinned, others believe the prophets sinned and repented

    JUDAISM
    – has no concept of 'hell'
    CHRISTIANITY
    – *some* Christians believe non-believers go to 'hell'
    ISLAM
    – most Jews and Christians and all non-Jews/non-Christians go to hell though some state that only Allah knows who will end up in hell

    JUDAISM
    – has no 'devil', the Jewish 'Satan' is just an ordinary angel, under G-d's control
    CHRISTIANITY
    – describes 'Satan' as a devil and 'fallen' angel
    ISLAM
    – Satan was a jinn created from fire

    JUDAISM
    – the 'messiah' will be a normal, mortal man who must fulfill all the Jewish messianic prophecies in one normal, mortal lifetime
    CHRISTIANITY
    – Jesus was the 'messiah' and will fulfill the prophecies when he 'returns'
    ISLAM
    – believes Jesus was a prophet, not a “son of G-d”. Mohammad is the last prophet

    JUDAISM
    – says that the righteous of ALL faiths will reach 'gan eden' or 'garden of eden'.
    CHRISTIANITY
    – some Christians insist that only those who 'know Christ' can reach heaven
    ISLAM
    – some Jews and Christians will reach Paradise, Muslims reach paradise and have it better than Jews and Christians. Many Muslims believe that G-d judges all equally.

    JUDAISM
    – The “law”/covenant is seen as a blessing, not a burden that can never be fulfilled. Being perfect isn’t the point in Judaism. Being aware of the 613 commandments, we have G-d on our minds almost hourly. That is part of the covenant, we obey G-d’s laws and G-d ensures Judaism will survive forever.
    CHRISTIANITY
    – Views the commandments as restrictive and impossible (except the 10 in stone). It is believed in Christianity that the death of Jesus was necessary because living by the laws is impossible and view the commandments as something of a curse.
    ISLAM
    – Views religious laws as part of the religion and of being observant and submissive to G-d, much as Jews do.

    JUDAISM
    – forbids Jews from trying to convert anyone to Judaism
    CHRISTIANITY
    – believes in actively 'witnessing' and encouraging people to convert to Christianity
    ISLAM
    – all must convert to Islam or pay a fine to remain Christian or Jewish and live as 2nd class citizens (all others must convert or die)

    JUDAISM
    – The Torah remains unchanged
    CHRISTIANITY
    – differences from the original Torah
    ISLAM
    – claims the Torah and Christian bible were corrupted (with no proof)

    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – no concept of original sin
    CHRISTIANITY
    – some sects of Christianity believe in “original sin” to justify the need for a savior. Others believe that humankind cannot keep from sinning and requires a savior to cleanse them.

    ..................................

    February 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • PoBoy

      I noticed how you selectively modified certain comparisons to fit your narrative.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Mark from Canada

      Athiests: Gather evidence, create theories, test hypotheses, and have arrived at a different conclusion. All religion is myth. It is a beautiful component of human diversity and a testament to the power of cooperative altruism, but red in tooth in claw violent even if you whisper a violation of their valued dogma.

      Religion is a dead end, science is so much more exciting. There's so much mystery in the real world, why muddle the beauty of the exploration of reality with the fables of religion that pales in comparison? Nature is great, God is not so great.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  11. Mark

    Ugh I am sick and tired of this so called "War on Terrorism". That does not mean there are not terror cells – we know that by what we see – but this presumption that all are evil because some are evil is the kind of false logic that any 6th grader could defeat. I would not mind if they genuinely focused on real threats – but to alienate all of them? I have no ties to them – not religious either way – no bias either. I just think this is typical neanderthal stupidity.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  12. Paulina

    We should divide up the world into two parts: One for the religious people, including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, whatever. The other part would be for people who can live freely and don't need mental crutches. let the fanatics kill each other, we would live in peace in the non-religious part.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • blake

      Paulina, you are badly mistaken. Although there have been far too many deaths due to fighting between various religious groups. By far the secular ideologies of Marxism and Communism have killed many many more in the past century. The greatest mass murderers of the 20th century were Stalin and Mao.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Derangedcowbrain

      Blake,

      You're a funny guy. Wars of religion are nothing compared to those 2 people. Will you come and entertain my next party? I have a special hat just for you.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  13. Difference between Abrahamic religion


    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – says that no human can ever die for the sins of others
    CHRISTIANITY
    – says that Jesus died for the sins of mankind

    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – says that all humans are born pure, and innocent
    CHRISTIANITY
    – some say that all humans are born with 'original sin'.

    JUDAISM
    – says that G-d would never allow/enable a 'virgin birth'
    CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM
    – says that Mary gave birth, though a virgin

    JUDAISM
    – says that no man gets a 'second coming'
    CHRISTIANITY/ISLAM
    – says that Jesus will have a 'second coming'

    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – says that every human should speak directly to G-d
    CHRISTIANITY
    – Jesus claims in the 'new testament' that the 'only way' to G-d is via him

    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – says G-d is one, indivisible, cannot be separated into three aspects/incarnations
    CHRISTIANITY
    – some sects speaks of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

    JUDAISM
    – says that we are ALL equally G-d's children
    CHRISTIANITY
    – says that Jesus was 'god's son' above all others
    ISLAM
    – some Muslims claim that the prophets are perfect and have never sinned, others believe the prophets sinned and repented

    JUDAISM
    – has no concept of 'hell'
    CHRISTIANITY
    – *some* Christians believe non-believers go to 'hell'
    ISLAM
    – most Jews and Christians and all non-Jews/non-Christians go to hell though some state that only Allah knows who will end up in hell

    JUDAISM
    – has no 'devil', the Jewish 'Satan' is just an ordinary angel, under G-d's control
    CHRISTIANITY
    – describes 'Satan' as a devil and 'fallen' angel
    ISLAM
    – Satan was a jinn created from fire

    JUDAISM
    – the 'messiah' will be a normal, mortal man who must fulfill all the Jewish messianic prophecies in one normal, mortal lifetime
    CHRISTIANITY
    – Jesus was the 'messiah' and will fulfill the prophecies when he 'returns'
    ISLAM
    – believes Jesus was a prophet, not a “son of G-d”. Mohammad is the last prophet

    JUDAISM
    – says that the righteous of ALL faiths will reach 'gan eden' or 'garden of eden'.
    CHRISTIANITY
    – some Christians insist that only those who 'know Christ' can reach heaven
    ISLAM
    – some Jews and Christians will reach Paradise, Muslims reach paradise and have it better than Jews and Christians. Many Muslims believe that G-d judges all equally.

    JUDAISM
    – The “law”/covenant is seen as a blessing, not a burden that can never be fulfilled. Being perfect isn’t the point in Judaism. Being aware of the 613 commandments, we have G-d on our minds almost hourly. That is part of the covenant, we obey G-d’s laws and G-d ensures Judaism will survive forever.
    CHRISTIANITY
    – Views the commandments as restrictive and impossible (except the 10 in stone). It is believed in Christianity that the death of Jesus was necessary because living by the laws is impossible and view the commandments as something of a curse.
    ISLAM
    – Views religious laws as part of the religion and of being observant and submissive to G-d, much as Jews do.

    JUDAISM
    – forbids Jews from trying to convert anyone to Judaism
    CHRISTIANITY
    – believes in actively 'witnessing' and encouraging people to convert to Christianity
    ISLAM
    – all must convert to Islam or pay a fine to remain Christian or Jewish and live as 2nd class citizens (all others must convert or die)

    JUDAISM
    – The Torah remains unchanged
    CHRISTIANITY
    – differences from the original Torah
    ISLAM
    – claims the Torah and Christian bible were corrupted (with no proof)

    JUDAISM/ISLAM
    – no concept of original sin
    CHRISTIANITY
    – some sects of Christianity believe in “original sin” to justify the need for a savior. Others believe that humankind cannot keep from sinning and requires a savior to cleanse them.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  14. Rod C. Venger

    Shocking that a Scuzlim politician would seek greater transparency into US counter-terrorism efforts.

    It's like giving Geraldo the battle-plans and a TV camera...

    February 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  15. Yeahright

    You don't erase 900 years of war between Islam and West with a wave of your feeble little Wand of Political Correctness.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  16. Toque

    Jasser Reveals CAIR's Wahhabi Agenda
    by IPT News • Nov 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    http://www.investigativeproject.org/2330/jasser-reveals-cair-wahhabi-agenda

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) "welcomed an anti-terror statement" made by the Saudi Cleric, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Sheikh, in a press release it issued on Tuesday.

    Al Sheikh "called for religious moderation and said Islam prohibits terrorism, extremism and injustice," in his sermon delivered on Monday to millions of pilgrims making The Hajj in Saudi Arabia, according to the release.

    "'This statement from Islam's spiritual capital should put to rest once and for all the false claim that Muslim leaders do not condemn terrorism,'" said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.

    Yet M. Zuhdi Jasser, the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) called CAIR on its bluff.

    "No previous single press release or statement by CAIR more clearly reveals its ideological ties and service to the Saudis, and their Wahhabi ideologues – and its willingness to use word games, deception and moral equivalence to avoid revealing its true objectives," Jasser writes in a column published Wednesday.

    Jasser notes that the CAIR press release neglects to mention the rest of the Grand Mufti's sermon and "the mere condemnation of terrorism in this CAIR promoted sermon means nothing – because the sermon is otherwise chock full of inflammatory Muslim supremacism (Islamism) and anti-Western hatred."

    Other excerpts of the Mufti's sermon include condemning the West and attributing causes for terrorism.

    In his sermon, the Grand Mufti "insists the Islamic nation rejects terrorism as a deplorable crime, but that it is not the only crime. The problem, he says, is not just terrorism, but also poverty, unemployment, and diseases, stemming from global crises," according to an article published Monday by the Voice of America.

    The cleric also said, "'Violence cannot be cured with violence and neither can terrorism be cured with force, but by lifting injustices levied on oppressed peoples.'"

    That is "hardly a morally-clear condemnation of terrorism," Jasser writes. "Rather, it is a demagogic moral equivalency of barbaric acts committed by Al Qaeda, Hamas and other radical Islamists, which this radical sheikh insinuates are understandable by the acts of America and the West."

    While CAIR asserts that the Grand Mufti called for "religious moderation," Jasser points to the Grand Mufti's history of radical religious rulings. In January 2009, the Saudi Arabian Sheik ruled that adult men can marry girls starting at the age of 10, and criticized those who wanted to raise the legal age. He has also rebuked women for appearing at a conference unveiled, warning them of "grave consequences," and told Muslims at a mosque in the UK that they should tell their children to start praying at age seven and start hitting them at age 10.

    "We must not be fooled by the 'condemnation' of terrorism by the Saudi Wahhabi clerics and their tribal protectors in the Saudi royals," Jasser writes." In reality, this further reveals the dangerous synergy and propaganda role of American Islamist groups like CAIR for Saudi Wahhabi fundamentalists like the Grand Mufti. Their 'double game' is manifested from their pulpits at the Grand Mosque in Mecca and from the press releases of their advocates like CAIR in the United States."

    February 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  17. Patriarchae

    Even Islamophobes should be intelligent enough to realize that what the NYPD is doing here is a danger to national security. They're frightened of angry Muslims, yet they are doing everything they can to make them angry. As far as my opinion on Islam itself... I feel that Christianity is a bigger threat to this nation. At least Muslims are a minority. There are a far higher number of fundamentalist Christians who are slowly destroying our nation from the inside out by actively dumbing down the population. It's hard to take a nation seriously when over half of its population believe that the earth is 6,000 years old and that humans co-existed with dinosaurs (or that dinosaurs didn't exist at all). Real intellectual terrorism.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  18. Kat

    Zionazi hate/war mongers would have us believe that the 1% Americans who are Muslim own the white house, congress, the feds, media, banks, wall st, the pentagon, military industry and are conspiring secretley to use their massive power in politics, economy and military to brainwash Americans into Islam...hahaha....The people who have America by the balls are the ZIonazi Islamphobes who are itching for WW3, Armgeddon, racial supremacist Messiah and $$ making temples.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  19. Toque

    Taqiyya is the Islamic principle that it is acceptable for a Muslim to lie to protect or further the interests of Islam so long as the Muslim remains faithful to Islam in his or her heart. The word literally means “concealing, precaution, or guarding,” and the practice can be employed to disguise one’s beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, or strategies. In everyday use taqiyya manifests itself via dissembling, spreading misinformation, lying, deceiving, or confounding. With taqiyya, the devil is always in the detail. Imam Abu Hammid Ghazlai, who may be the most influential Muslim after Muhammad,3 says:

    Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible.4

    This Arab legend perfectly illustrates the practice of taqiyya. Once, Muhammad’s nephew, son-in-law, and future Caliph, Ali, was sitting on a stool outside of his home when a friend ran into the village and hid in Ali’s home. Ali assumed that his friend was being pursued, so he got up from the stool he was sitting on and then sat down on a different, nearby stool. Later, when the group of people who had been chasing Ali’s friend asked Ali if he had seen the man they were pursuing he responded, “As long as I have been sitting on this stool, I have seen no one.”5 Taqiyya is why no statement from Mr. Awad – or any other Islamist – can be taken simply for what it purports to say.

    February 16, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Kat

      You're just copying and pasting garbage from anti-islam blog Atlas Drugs.

      February 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • BG

      Well, just goes to show you – one person's garbage is another persons treasure....

      February 17, 2012 at 12:22 am |
  20. Khan

    I guess the next book that NYPD should read is "Protocols of Zions">>> May be they should be instructed to investigate why Jewish families have atleast 10 children? Do they plan to take over America's population?

    February 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Mark

      lol such a hateful troll

      February 16, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
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