Muslims can be mentally ill, criminal, or perverted too! - Updated 6/18/13

Sheila Musaji

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Muslims can be mentally ill, criminal, or perverted too!

by Sheila Musaji

updates at bottom of article

Nuha Mohammed Al-Doaifi, a Saudi national was arrested for spitting on other customers at a Walmart store in Florida.  According to Floriday Today:  ‘Americans are pushing us around,’ Al-Doaifi allegedly told officers before they arrested her.  She also had previously spat at one of her Florida Tech professors, according to police.  She faces hate crime charges in addition to battery charges because her actions were directed at random strangers because of their ethnicity.  According to that article authorities have initiated procedures to have her sent back to Saudi Arabia.  And, the hate crime charge would make this crime a felony.

This is obviously a woman who is either crazy or just plain mean-spirited.  She commited a disgusting act of unwarranted aggression towards other people.  She obviously needs some sort of professional help if what has been alleged is true.  And, certainly such actions need to be dealt with by law enforcement and mental health professionals.  If she is not a citizen, then sending her back to her country of origin makes perfect sense.

However, the reaction of the Islamophobic hate machine is attempting to turn this into an entirely different story.  Robert Spencer headed his story about this incident Spit jihad in Florida: Muslim woman faces hate crime charges for repeatedly spitting at Wal-Mart customer.  Echoing the Islamic supremacist victimhood narrative, she said, “Americans are pushing us around.”  His partner, Pamela Geller’s lead in to the story is Spit Jihad.  Islamic supremism run amok with the requisite Muslim victimhood narrative, of course. Obama say, “Respect it!”

The fact that the woman is described as a Saudi national means that she probably is a Muslim.  However, contrary to the bigoted assumptions of people like Spencer and Geller — every crime commited by a person who happens to be a Muslim is not a “Muslim” crime.  Muslims like every other religious, national, or ethnic group have within their ranks individuals who are just plain crazy, or criminal, or socially deviant, or any other human possibility.  To attempt to link any criminal or anti-social action on the part of any individual who happens to be a Muslim to the religion of Islam is very simply Islamophobia.

What this woman did is reprehensible, and she should suffer whatever consequences the law provides.  However, a look at any local police blotter will show anyone that such actions are sadly, not all that unusual.  Talk to anyone who works with the public in stores or restaurants and ask them how many times the police have to be called because of an unruly or even aggressive customer.  Just last month there were a number of very similar crimes, all committed by non-Muslims, e.g.  a woman in Portland spit on a bus driver, a woman in Bangor spit on a policeman, two women in Texas spit at a policeman, and a man in Pasco spit on a Deputy Sheriff.  Does the religion of these perpetrators mean anything at all? 

This woman physically spit on other human beings, which is disgusting.  Spencer and Geller verbally spit on other human beings, which is also disgusting.

The consequences of their constant stream of such Islamophobia are obvious from the comments at the bottom of Spencer and Geller’s posts.  Under Gellers post someone named Barry said “If you want to see the face of Satan, look in the eyes of an American Muslim child. Its eerie how wicked they all look - you get a chill up your spine just looking at these devils.”  Someone named Kevin said “I wish all the stinking Muslim pigs would leave this country.”

You get the picture.  They are certainly getting through to their base with their message.  The comment about American Muslim children is particularly chilling.  They ALL look wicked and Satanic and like devils?  What sort of human beings are looking at our children with such thoughts, and how might they act on such hateful and vicious prejudices?  This is a dangerous individual who doesn’t even feel shame for expressing such a view.  And, obviously Geller feels no shame for allowing such a comment to remain on her site.

UPDATE 6/1/2011

Once again, Spencer and Geller and their cohorts see every action by a criminal or insane person who happens to be a Muslim as something much more sinister.  The recent sad case of the murder of Katya Koren, a Ukranian beauty queen is slanted by them in the most lurid manner possible.  Loonwatch lays out the actual details of this story that are so far known.  It seems that a mentally disturbed classmate who was obsessed with this girl attacked and killed her.  A tragic story, but religion has nothing to do with it.  See also Conflicting Reports Over Death Of Katya Koren

This refusal to see the possibility that Muslims are human beings who can also be crazy or criminal human beings whose actions are provoked by something other than their religion is despicable. 

UPDATE 6/13/2011

A group of men who happen to be Muslim were arrested in England on charges of child sexual pornography and abuse.

Pamela Geller referred to this story on her site and introduced it with this statement:

“This is part of a pattern and is epidemic in the UK. Muslim men are enslaving and trafficking in non-Muslim underage girls. Islam’s war on women. It’s about the control of women, the trafficking of women, the subjugation of women. Women are the booty. Their diminishment and dehumanization is the critical strategy of this grotesque ideology that demands/commands global domination. The honor killings, the forced marriage, the child marriage, the clitorectomies…...... it’s all manifesting itself in the West.

These men are the dregs of society, the lowest of the low, but their religion has nothing to do with their behavior.  These men are not part of “Islam’s war on women”, and their behavior is not part of any strategy to somehow achieve global domination.  All decent human beings of any or no religious faith are disgusted by such behavior, and would like to be able to put an end to it forever.

All sorts of criminal activity appears to be something that WE as human beings have to deal with in our families, societies, nations, etc.  Such despicable behavior is found everywhere, and in about the same proportions of the population.  They don’t commit such despicable acts because of any religion, but in spite of their religion.

And, anyone who has to be reminded of this fact needs to remember that it only takes a few minutes of research to turn up incidents like the following:

A Rabbi in Boca Raton was arrested on child porn charges. **  A Brooklyn Rabbi was arrested for child sexual assault ** as was a Rabbi in Albany. **  The reality show “To catch a predator” turned up a rabbi and more than one Jewish man. **  A site dedicated to exposing child sexual predators includes Rabbi’s **  In New York, 85 Orthodox Jews were arrested for child sexual abuse of 117 victims.  And, the Catholic Church sex abuse scandals would provide many examples. 

The problem of child sexual abuse by Catholic Priests has become a well-known scandal in the U.S. and Europe.  There was even a Dutch priest who is in trouble because he served on the board of “Martijn,” a group that campaigns to end the Dutch ban on adult-child sex. **

A Protestant youth pastor was arrested in Florida ** as was a pastor in Las Vegas ** and East St. Louis **.

An Orthodox Jewish man was arrested for alleged indecent assault on child in Stamford Hill. Martin Hyman, a Toronto Haredi Man was arrested for sexually assaulting a minor girl.  In Brooklyn, NY 83 men and two women from an Orthodox Jewish community were arrested for child sexual abuse.

What does Pamela Geller have to say about these criminals?  NOTHING! She shows selective concern only with the sins of members of the Muslim community, and that selective concern applies in almost every category.  Articles with sensational titles about “Muslim” crimes ignore reality.  There is no category of crime, or human failing that cannot be found in all communities.  Human beings are flawed, and those who so carelessly damn an entire religion with the crimes of individuals are ignoring reality.  And, purposefully attempting to instigate a religious war.  Why?  Who benefits?

UPDATE 10//2012

There have been many stories in the year since this has been updated that attempted to demonize the religion of Islam for the actions of individual Muslims.  This habit of trolling the news for any instance of someone with a Muslim name being arrested for any sort of a crime anywhere, and then publishing articles with inflammatory titles like - devout Muslim arrested - Muslim cleric “misunderstands” Islam - Muslim savage beats wife - Islamic supremacist mistreats woman - Muslim parasite on welfare, etc. etc. etc. is becoming pervasive in the Islamophobic echo chamber.

Here are just a few examples of other such claims the Islamophobes label as “Muslim” being replicated elsewhere:

Find a Muslim somewhere who has justified their criminal actions by falsely claiming that it is Islamic, and you can find someone from another religious community doing the same, e.g. Yigal Amir who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin and proclaimed after his arrest that this was justified, even commanded, by the rulings of Din Mosser and Din Rodef, as described in the Jewish religious law. 

Find a Muslim or some group of Muslims who have celebrated some despicable act, and you can find those from another religious community who have done the same, e.g. those who consider Baruch Goldstein who massacred 30 Muslims during Friday prayers at a mosque, a “saint and righteous and holy man”.  Goldstein’s tombstone reads Here lies the saint, Dr. Baruch Kappel Goldstein, blessed be the memory of the righteous and holy man, may the Lord avenge his blood, who devoted his soul to the Jews, Jewish religion and Jewish land. His hands are innocent and his heart is pure. He was killed as a martyr of God on the 14th of Adar, Purim, in the year 5754 (1994). After his death there are annual graveside parties to celebrate Goldstein, and after the King David Hotel bombing Jewish extremists celebrated.

Find an example of some Muslim community pressuring people not to report abuse, and you can find such pressure in other communities, e.g. the NY Post reported that some victims were pressured by the Orthodox community not to bring their cases with the secular authorities.  “Agudath Israel of America, a prominent body of Torah sages, requires anyone alleging sex abuse by a fellow observant Jew to first report to its rabbis, who decide whether the case should go to secular authorities.”  The Forward reported that the community pressure is so great that the prosecutors of the 85 men charged with pedophilia did not want to release the names of the accused, “the Brooklyn district attorney’s office stated that Orthodox Jews deserve a blanket exemption from the usual public disclosure rules.”

Find an example of a Muslim who kills his wife or child in an act of domestic violence, and you can find equally repulsive examples in other communities, e.g. Rabbi Nachman Inshin, a devout Jewish Haredi man in Israel was arrested for murdering his infant daughter Fruma because his wife refused to sleep with him.  He first recited a verse from the Book of Psalms, and then killed the baby by slamming her head against the floor several times.  He said “she is in my hands, slaughtered like a chicken”.  Find an example of the specific form of domestic violence labeled “honor killing” and you can find numerous examples from other communities. 

Find examples of extremist Muslims attempting to enforce their restrictive views of Sharia on others, and you will find examples in other communities.  For example, Jewish groups have engaged in activities that attempt to enforce their view of the requirements of halakha on other Jews and even on non-Jews. - Modesty patrols of ultra-orthodox Jews beat a woman for “consorting with men”  - They hurled stones at women for such “sins” as wearing a red blouse, and attacked stores selling devices that can access the Internet. - two ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers altered a photo of Israel’s new cabinet, removing two female ministers. - Three gay people were stabbed by ultra-Orthodox Jew at Jerusalem gay parade - Spitting attacks by Orthodox Jews on Christian clergy becoming a daily occurrence in Jerusalem - In Hadera, Israel, a rabbi and 3 of his students were arrested for vandalizing a school to keep it from opening, and for physically blocking female students from entering the building.

Find Muslims not respecting places of worship or destroying them, and you can find examples from other religious communities.  For example, Jews have destroyed or vandalized (or carried out attacks on) churches and mosques and religious sites in Israel and Palestine (e.g. Arson which destroyed a West Jerusalem Baptist Church - Muslim Cemetery in Israel Vandalized by Jewish Extremists - Settlers attack West Bank mosque and burn holy Muslim books - Attempt to storm the al Aqsa mosque Offensive, anti-Christian graffiti was sprayed in Hebrew on the wall of the Church of the Dormition.  Vandals also defiled the Holy Trinity Cathedral of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem writing “Death” and “Death to Christians” on its walls. - ‘Price tag’ vandals consistently escape prosecution.  Among the most notable cases are the mosque arson in Beit Fajr, the raid on the Binyamin Spatial Brigade and mosque arsons in the villages of Qusra and Burqa, in Neve Shalom, Kafr Jaba and Jelazon. No indictments or arrests were made. In fact, only a small number of indictments have been filed in relation to “price tag” incidents in the past few years, in sharp contrast to the growing scope of the phenomenon itself.  - Eliran Golan, planted several homemade bombs in Haifa, targeting local Arab citizens. One of the bombs, planted in a mosque in the predominantly Arab Halisa neighborhood in Haifa, killed an Arab worshipper.  Baruch Goldstein an American Israeli doctor opened fire at a mosque in Hebron during Friday prayers and killed 30 Palestinians. - Alan Goodman, a U.S. citizen, attacked Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount, killed a Palestinian Waqf guard and injured several Israeli policemen. Goodman, went into Al Aqsa with an M-16 rifle and opened fire on worshippers. In November 1997, the Israeli government released Goodman. Unrepentant, Goodman boasts, “I fulfilled my mission.”

Find an example of some Muslims somewhere engaging in cultural practices like child marriage, and you can find examples of members of other religions following the same practices.  For example, Jewish community child marriages including a 1995 case in Monsey, NY **, a 2011 case in Israel **, and in 2003 of 20 underage couples in Israel **  A Jewish site called “Ask Moses” says that In ancient (and not so ancient) times, marriage was often-times celebrated at a rather young age. Although we do not follow this dictum, technically speaking, a girl may be betrothed the moment she is born, and married at the age of three.2 A boy may betroth and marry at the age of thirteen.3 2. Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 37:1.  3. Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer 43:1.

Find an example of an American Muslim terrorist, and for every one, there are many more non-Muslim terrorists.

Find an example of any sort of despicable crime committed by a Muslim and you can find the same sort of crimes committed by non-Muslims.  Rabbi Gavriel Bidany arrested for groping a female passenger on a flight from Tel Avid to New York.  - Levy Aron, an Orthodox Jew was arrested in New York for murdering and dismembering a child.  -  - Rabbi Bryan Bramley arrested outside Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue in Gilbert, Arizona for raping a 7 year-old girl.

Find an example of an interpretation by some Muslim scholar that penalizes Muslim women in some way, and you can find examples from other religious communities. For example, under Jewish law, only a husband can grant a get [Jewish divorce]. A wife has no such right. ** & **

The list could go on and on.  It would be a waste of time to list the hundreds and perhaps thousands of such cases here.  The bottom line is that there are disgusting perverts, bigots, criminals, and just plain crazy people of every religious persuasion (and no religious persuasion), and they deserve to be punished by law enforcement.

What is different about all such cases of non-Muslims committing such crimes is that the headlines will not include the religion of the perpetrator, and Islamophobes will take no notice of such crimes at all.

This sort of selective reporting of Muslim crimes is The big lie about Muslim exceptionalismMuslims are no more violent than any other religious group.  The Qur’an is no more violent than the Bible.

Pamela Geller claims that Jews and Christians are simply not murdering people and justifying the murders by quoting their Scriptures.     Never do we see Jews slaughtering in the name of HaShem or Christians in the name of Jesus Christ.

Here are just a few examples that prove that these statements are propaganda and lies:

— In Uganda,  American Evangelical Christians have pressed for the death penalty for homosexuality on the basis of Leviticus 20:13.  **  This law was endorsed by Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, which is a Christian lobbying group in the U.S. **
— In Uganda, The Lord’s Resistance Army, is a Christian terrorist guerrilla army engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government.  It forces children to be child soldiers and has carried out crimes against humanity; including massacres, abductions, mutilation, torture, rape, and forced child labor as soldiers, porters, and sex slaves.  A quasi-religious movement that mixes some aspects of Christian beliefs with its own brand of spiritualism, it is led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, primarily of the “Holy Spirit” which the Acholi believe can represent itself in many manifestations.  LRA fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle**  The NYT reports that “...  Mr. Kony’s fighters wear rosary beads and recite passages from the Bible before battle.  Kony says he is fighting to impose the Ten Commandments on Uganda.”
— The terrorist group, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) in India has the motto ‘Nagaland for Christ’**
— The terrorist group, the National Liberation Front of Tripura is an explicitly Christian terrorist group in India, forcibly converting people.  They want to expand what they describe as the kingdom of God and Christ in Tripura **   The BBC has reported that the Baptist Church of Tripura is supporting them financially and ... The NLFT is accused of forcing Tripura’s indigenous tribes to become Christians and give up Hindu forms of worship in areas under their control, and they have issued a ban on the Hindu festivals of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja.
— Anders Behring Breivik who carried out a terrible terrorist act in which 77 were killed and over 200 injured identified himself as a “Christian Crusader who was defending Norway’s traditional Christian values. **  [Pamela Geller Shamelessly Attacking the Memory of Norway Terror Victims and Debbie Schlussel “out-hated” Geller.]
— The Hutaree was a Christian militia group plotting terrorist acts, and they were not an isolated phenomenon.  **
— On the FBI’s official website, there is a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on U.S. soil from 1980 to 2005.  That study concludes that of all acts of terrorism within the U.S. during that period 7% were committed by Jewish extremist and 6% by Muslim extremists. 
— In the U.S., the Army of God has carried out a number of terrorist attacks against abortion clinics and doctors in the U.S. including bombings, arson, and murder.  They regularly justify their criminal actions by their “Christian” beliefs.
— The goals of the KKK included, from an early time on, an intent to “reestablish Protestant Christian values in America by any means possible,” and believe that “Jesus was the first Klansman.   Their cross-burnings were conducted not only to intimidate targets, but to demonstrate their respect and reverence for Jesus Christ, and the lighting ritual was steeped in Christian symbolism, including the saying of prayers and singing of Christian hymns **
— In Ireland during the “troubles”, numerous acts of terrorism were carried out by Protestants and Catholics claiming a religious justification.  For example, a Grand Protestant Rally in Ballymena started with a prayer, and the event was followed with a murder of a Catholic “enemy”. **
— An academic paper Christian Churches and Genocide in Rwanda by Timothy Longman prepared for Conference on Genocide, Religion, and Modernity of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum notes that

My own research in Rwanda in 1992-93 and 1995-96 confirms these conclusions. According to my findings, church personnel and institutions were actively involved in the program of resistance to popular pressures for political reform that culminated in the 1994 genocide, and numerous priests, pastors, nuns, brothers, catechists, and Catholic and Protestant lay leaders supported, participated in, or helped to organize the killings.(4)  ...  The church was implicated in the genocide in numerous ways. People who sought sanctuary in church buildings were instead slaughtered there. According to some estimates, more people were killed in church buildings than anywhere else.(30) At one parish where I researched, the communal mayor reports that 17,000 bodies were unearthed from one set of latrines alongside the church. Numerous Tutsi priests, pastors, brothers, and nuns were killed, often by their own parishioners, sometimes by their fellow clergy. While the failure of the population to respect the principle of sanctuary cannot be blamed on the churches, the failure of the church leadership to condemn massacres on church property and attacks on church personnel in the years preceding the genocide clearly undermined the principle of sanctuary in Rwanda ...  There are numerous examples of clergy who turned people over to be killed. In one incident in May, the Catholic archbishop himself turned over to a death squad a number of nuns and priests gathered at the cathedral at Kabgayi.(32) In several cases I investigated, clergy participated in death squads. In some cases, clergy helped to locate parishioners who were in hiding.(33)

— James Kopp murdered Dr. Barnett Slepian quoting Chistian beliefs
— John Salvi killed two receptionists in two abortion clinic attacks in Brookline, MA
— Cody Crawford was arrested for firebombing the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Mosque in Corvallis, Oregon. He called himself a “Christian warrior”.
—Justin Carl Moose plotted to bomb abortion clinics. The FBI alleges he referred to himself as the “Christian counterpart to (Osama) bin Laden”
— On October 1, 2005, Joel Henry Hinrichs III, a Christian college student at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK detonated a large bomb made of TATP outside of a packed football stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.
— Actor Michael Brea (of Ugly Betty program) arrested for murdering his own mother with a samurai sword while reciting Biblical passages.
— A number of terrorist attacks were attributed to individuals and groups with ties to the Christian Identity and Christian Patriot movements, including the Lambs of Christ
— The motive for anti-abortionist Scott Roeder murdering Wichita doctor George Tiller on May 31, 2009 was a belief that abortion is criminal and immoral, and that this belief went “hand in hand” with his religious beliefs
— Christian Identity is a loosely affiliated global group of churches and individuals devoted to a racialized theology that asserts that North European whites are the direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, God’s chosen people. It has been associated with groups such as the Aryan Nations, Aryan Republican Army, Army of God, Phineas Priesthood, and The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord. It has been cited as an influence in a number of terrorist attacks around the world, including the 2002 Soweto bombings in South Africa
—  Roberto Sandalo arrested in Italy, allegedly the leader of a Christian anti-Islamic terrorist movement called Fronte Combattente Cristiano or ‘Fighting Christian Front’.The mysterious group has been responsible for bomb attacks against Islamic centres and mosques as well as death threats to Muslims.  Sandalo has justified his actions as a fight in the name of Jesus against ‘Islamofascism’. **
— Yigal Amir who murdered Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin proclaimed after his arrest that this was justified, even commanded, by the rulings of Din Mosser and Din Rodef, as described in the Jewish religious law, or halacha. **
— At a Batyam rally in Israel, protestors shouted ““Any Jewish woman who goes with an Arab should be killed; any Jew who sells his home to an Arab should be killed.” **
— Rabbi Saadya Grama, an alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha Yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J. has published a book that attempts to employ classical Jewish sources in defense of a race-based theory of Jewish supremacy. In this book he argues that gentiles are “completely evil” and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species. **
— Rabbi Mordechai Eliahu said “According to Jewish war ethics, an entire city holds collective responsibility for the immoral behavior of individuals. In Gaza, the entire populace is responsible because they do nothing to stop the firing of Kassam rockets.” **  He also proposed “hanging the children of the terrorist who carried out the attack in the Mercaz Harav yeshiv