Jihawg Ammo - Classic Islamophobic Fail
by Sheila Musaji
Recently, American Muslims were asked to accept “How to wink at a Muslim” as a joke.
Now we are asked to believe that Jihawg Ammo is only meant as a deterrent to “radical Muslims”, or as Sheik Yer’Mami called it, a culturally-sensitive solution to dealing with sudden jihad syndrome…”.
Tom Tillison BizPac Review reports that Pork-painted bullets sure to offend Muslims in which he says: “an Idaho company has begun producing bullets coated with “pork-infused paint. Jihawg Ammunition’s company slogan is “Peace through Pork,” as stated on its web site, which says it “is the only ammunition in the world that provides a peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam.” Tillison then goes on to make stupid and incorrect statements about the meaning of halal and haram and Sharia.
The AmmoLand site announcing this product says “Now Americans can defend themselves, their families, their communities, and their country from Muslim terrorists. Jihawg Ammo is the first product that provides a natural deterrent, promotes peace and yet provides maximum protection when used in a defensive posture. So, it is clear that they are marketing the product to ordinary American civilians.
Jeff Knox of WND posted New ammo cancels free ticket to paradise in which he says Jihawg Ammo’s full line of terrorist-deterrent ammunition, and their accompanying line of apparel and accessories, featuring slogans like “Pigs Do Fly” and “Do 72 Virgins a Favor,” are available at http://www.jihawg.com/ and should soon be available at select retailers around the country. [Note: Media Matters for America reports on Jeff Knox that he heads a fringe gun group called the Firearms Coalition which recently proposed a successful resolution at the annual National Rifle Association conference urging the NRA to oppose any future restrictions on guns.]
Guns.com promotes this product in an article titled “Jihawg Ammo” Pork-Painted Bullets to Shoot Muslims.
Note, they don’t even bother with limiting their description of the intended target of these bullets to “radical” Muslims - JUST MUSLIMS.
I had hoped that this was all just the Islamophobia echo chamber posting nonsense that allowed them to get in some anti-Muslim propaganda. However, it seems that this product actually exists - The Jihawg Ammo site that they promote has an order form.
As Engy Abdelkader has previously pointed out:
While the Quran renders pork impure for consumption, some Islamic scholars have opined that if changed into another form, then it can be allowed. For example, a replacement heart valve or medication derived from swine would be permitted even if other non-porcine options were available.
Claims made that any hint of swine will prohibit you from entering heaven must seem ironic to a Muslim living with a porcine heart valve.
These idiots understanding of Sharia and Fiqh is so limited and wrong that they just don’t get the fact that there are no Islamic teachings that say what they claim. The General Pershing myth that they mention as an example of the usefulness of this “tactic” is a myth. As Jason D. Schwartzman reported in an article debunking this particular myth:
... The myth of Pershing’s “pork blood burial” for Muslim terrorists has never yet inspired real-world imitation, but it seems to have come close on several occasions. The e-mails circulating the fabricated story and urging that the same be done today are certainly an example, though they were no more than bombast rather than action. Police Minister Gideon Esra of Israel appeared to have heard of the myth and accepted it at face value. In 2001, he called for suicide bombers to be buried wrapped in pigskin in order to discourage future attacks. This is probably the closest that defiling dead Muslim terrorists with pig remains has come to actually being a reality.
The myth of General Pershing suppressing Muslim fanatics by defiling their bodies with pig’s blood is a complete falsehood. The legend was born out of confusion, probably accidental, between a completely fictional depiction of the Moro Rebellion in a 1939 movie and the real deeds of Pershing in 1913. Pershing actually stopped the rebellion by using a minimum of violence, deescalating situations whenever possible, and disarming the Moros entirely. The myth is no more than a bloodthirsty urban legend, and furthermore, the method described would not work, since being killed by a bullet soaked in pig’s blood has no more or less deterrence value to a devout Muslim combatant than being killed with a plain bullet has.
And, as Steve Johnson reports Jihawg Ammo: Pork Covered Ammunition Designed To Offend:
A group of Idahoans have gotten together to produce ammunition loaded with bullets dipped in pork-infused paint. Why you ask? They claim it will deter radical Islam terrorists from fighting if they run the risk of being hit in the stomach with a pork-paint tipped bullet, but most likely they did it because it is bound to offend Muslims (and maybe Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Rastafarians, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, Seventh-day Adventists and vegans as well).
... This is blatantly false. Muslims are permitted to eat pork if it is strictly necessary for survival, or if it is forced upon them. It explicitly states this in the Quran 2:173 ”… whoever is forced [by necessity], neither desiring [it] nor transgressing [its limit], there is no sin upon him …”.
So, there you have it. Genuine terrorists or criminals who happen to be Muslim wouldn’t give a damn about being shot with this “magic bullet” anymore than being shot with a regular bullet. The idea itself would have no deterrent effect on any terrorist. It would however offend most Muslims (and decent people of any faith), and provide genuine terrorists with useful propaganda about the “evil West”. The only thing Jihawg ammo has succeeded in is making a fast buck from gullible consumers and showing themselves to be disgusting bigots.
So, even though Jihawg Ammo attempts to add humor to their blatant anti-Muslim bigotry designed to offend all Muslims (with their cutesy little cartoons), the joke is on them.
Stephen Colbert took awhile to notice this Jihawg Ammo (his researchers should check out The American Muslim to keep up with Islamophobic craziness), but he did a great segment lampooning these idiots http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/429203/september-19-2013/tip-wag—-hammunition—-george-clooney
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You would never know from listening to any of the members of the Islamophobia Industry that Muslims have defended freedom of speech, participated in interfaith dialogue, defended freedom of faith against apostasy laws, condemned blasphemy laws, condemned holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, promoted non-violent solutions to the many problems we face, called for protecting all houses of worship and condemned any attacks on churches or synagogues anywhere, condemned violent responses to numerous incidents including the response to the Innocence of Muslims film, spoken out against child marriage, are working to stop domestic violence in our community, have many active programs and efforts in the community to counter radicalization and extremism and to work to protect minority rights in Muslim majority countries etc. Type condemn into the TAM search engine and 145 statements of condemnation come up in addition to the collections in our lengthy section Muslim voices against extremism terrorism and violence Muslims speak out loudly and clearly condemning our own extremists, and their extremist statements and actions. Type “lunatic fringe” into the TAM search engine for many such articles condemning particular extremists and extremist groups and activities.
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Sheila Musaji is the founding editor of The American Muslim (TAM), published since 1989. Sheila received the Council on American-Islamic Relations 2007 Islamic Community Service Award for Journalism, and the Loonwatch Anti-Loons of 2011: Profiles in Courage Award for her work in fighting Islamophobia. Sheila was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims published since 2009 by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan. Biography You can follow her on twitter @sheilamusaji ( https://twitter.com/SheilaMusaji )
Originally published 6/17/2013