Last week twelve people were massacred by Muslim terrorists in France at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine simply because the satirical magazine published cartoons which the Muslims felt insulted their prophet Muhammad. One week later, on Saturday, January 17, a rally to support Muhammad is scheduled to be held in America, and many are surprised at the location. This rally won’t occur in Dearborn, Michigan, or in other states where Islamist support has become common. Instead, the ‘Stand With The Prophet” rally will be held in Garland, Texas.
In the promotional materials which accompany this rally, it is described as “not an event. It is the beginning of a movement. A movement to defend Prophet Muhammad, his person, and his message.” According to its organizers, the rally “seeks to combat “Islamophobes in America” who have turned the Islamic Prophet Muhammad “into an object of hate.” The webpage for the rally starts with, “Frustrated with Islamophobes defaming the Prophet? Fuming over extremists like ISIS who give a bad name to Islam? Remember the Danish cartoons defaming the Prophet? Or the anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims”?
These attacks are no accident.”
It goes on to express, “Prophet Muhammad inspires love and devotion in the hearts of Muslims, peace be upon him; unfortunately, Islamophobes have turned him into an object of hate. Hate groups in the U.S. have invested at least $160 million dollars to attack our Prophet and Islam. Isn’t it time we invested in defending our faith? Otherwise, groups like ISIS and Boko Haram will only continue to increase the media’s ammunition to incriminate Muslims.”
And America is being directly blamed for any fear of this group. The site goes on to explain, “While the US is where this hate machine is based, Islamophobia is causing problems all around the world. Today, six European countries: Denmark, Poland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, have put a ban on “halal”. Three countries, including France, have put a ban on hijab; and in Switzerland, Muslims cannot build a minaret. Meanwhile in Burma and the Central African Republic, Muslim minorities are facing genocide everyday while being called terrorists and foreigners, accused of trying to impose Sharia law, etc. on others. All these accusations were invented by Islamophobes in America.”
Yet the Link, and the Threat is Real
The organizers of this rally would have the world believe that there is no link between the “peaceful” Muslims which have organized this rally, and the Muslim terrorists which have slaughtered thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands all over the world. They want to give the impression that there is no threat from their “religion of peace.” Yet one of the main speakers at the event has been tied to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
According to a report from the Washington Times, “An unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing is a featured speaker at the “Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect” conference this weekend in Garland, Texas. Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a black leader of the Muslim Alliance in North America, is scheduled as a keynote speaker. Mr. Wahhaj was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing — meaning authorities believed he was connected to the bombing but never brought charges against him.
While the website for the rally points out that France is among three countries which have banned the hijab, other serious points about France were conveniently left out. For example, the website for the rally to support Muhammad fails to mention the seventeen people, including three police officers who were slaughtered just last week in Paris. Twelve of those people died when Islamist gunmen raided the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and opened fire in retaliation for the magazine’s publishing of cartoon depicting Muhammad. It is a bit confusing how people would not connect the “peace-loving” prophet to these attacks, when the attackers themselves admit that he is their reason. Witnesses said they shouted “we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” after the shootings. Five of the cartoonists from Charlie Hebdo were killed in the slaughter, including the editor. No where on the website are any condolences offered.
In another Islamic attack in France last week, four Jewish victims were killed in Paris by a gunman. The lives of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada will be honored by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The families of these victims have asked that their loved ones be buried in Israel, where a traditional prayer will be recited and eulogies will be read by the relatives. Yet again, no condolences from the “peaceful” Muslims.
More Muslim Support in the South
The rally to support Muhammad is not the only surprising support of Islam to be shown in the Southern United States this week. Duke University in Durham, North Carolina has caused an uproar by announcing that the Muslim “Call to Prayer” will be chanted via the school’s broadcast every Friday. In a nation where Christian prayer is no longer allowed in schools, “Duke University is defending its decision to transform the bell tower on the Methodist school’s neogothic cathedral into a minaret where the Muslim call to prayer will be publicly broadcast,” according to a report from Fox news.
That report goes on to explain, “The first adhan, or call to prayer, is scheduled to be broadcast on Jan. 16. University officials said, the Islamic chant, which includes the words “Allahu Akbar” will be “moderately amplified” — in both English and Arabic. “The use of it as a minaret allows for the interreligious reimagining of a university icon,” wrote Christy Lohr Sapp in a column published by the NewsObserver.com. Lohr Sapp is Duke’s associate dean for religious life.”
Franklin Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is sickened by the decision of the university to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer. He is asking for the school’s supporters to pull their financial support. In a telephone with Fox’s Todd Starnes, Graham stated, “This is a Methodist school and the money for that chapel was given by Christian people over the years so that the student body would have a place to worship the God of the Bible. I hope the alumni and the supporters of the school withhold their contributions until this is reversed.”
While Graham feels that Muslims have a right to worship, he also notes that Islam is not a peaceful religion. “Not only do they kill and butcher and rape Christians and burn churches and crucify Christians, but they turn on each other and kill each other,” he said. “This is something our country is going to have to come to grips with.”
Fox News Contributor and pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Robert Jeffress thinks that the decision is a travesty. “If I were an evangelical student attending Duke University, I would go to the administration officials today and say that after the 1 p.m. call to prayer by Muslims – I want to get on the public address system and quote John 3:16,” Jeffress stated, adding, “I wonder how diverse Duke would be with that request?”
So starting on January 16th, Duke University students will be forced to hear the Muslim call to prayer chanted in their ears every Friday. As Todd Starnes so eloquently pointed out in his article, “I wonder how that will go over on Friday, September 11, 2015 as the nation pauses to remember the 2001 Islamic terror attacks as students at Duke University hear the words “Allahu Akbar” echoing from the school’s chapel bell tower?”
UPDATE: Some sources are stating that Duke University has reversed its decision and will not allow the call to prayer recitation every Friday. Reports are unconfirmed at this time. http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/15/4478652_muslim-students-will-chant-call.html?rh=1
Fox – http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/01/15/allahu-akbar-duke-university-to-broadcast-muslim-call-to-prayer-from-chapel/?cmpid=NL_tadspth
Freebeacon – http://freebeacon.com/issues/muslim-leaders-to-hold-stand-with-the-prophet-rally-in-texas/ and http://freebeacon.com/national-security/german-paper-firebombed/
Brietbart – http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/01/14/outcry-over-coming-stand-with-the-prophet-rally-at-texas-public-school-center/
WND – http://www.wnd.com/2015/01/stand-with-the-prophet-rally-comes-to-texas/
TPNN – http://www.tpnn.com/2015/01/13/stand-with-the-prophet-mohammad-rally-to-be-held-in-america/
Washington Times – http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jan/12/imam-linked-to-1993-wtc-bombing-to-speak-at-stand-/