Framing Geller and Spencer For Murder
By Robert Spencer
Shaima Alawadi, murdered in her home, and for awhile, it was the fault of Pamela Geller and me. A hijab-wearing mother, in death Alawadi quickly became much more prominent than she had ever been in life. Paired with Trayvon Martin, she was made into the symbol of allegedly rampant anti-Muslim bigotry in the U.S., and the impetus for “Hoodie and Hijab” marches that protested the supposed dire predicament of racial and religious minorities in America today. There was only problem with all this handwringing and finger-pointing: Alawadi’s murder was not a hate crime at all.
This revelation Friday morning, along with the release of information that made it look much more likely that Alawadi was a victim of honor killing than of murderous “Islamophobia,” stopped a few of the more circumspect among the Islamic supremacists: the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) tweeted a claim that it had always had doubts about the “hate crime” claim. Islamic supremacist writer Reza Aslan, however, who had initially blamed Pamela Geller and me for the murder, reacted with scornful indifference to the news disproving his claims, and continued to promote Hoodie and Hijab rallies.
This was not the first time Islamic supremacists have tried to frame us for murder. And that fact in itself is illuminating of the Islamic supremacist strategy to suppress free speech about Islam and jihad in the U.S. today. Islamic supremacists never miss a chance to position Muslims as victims so as to deflect attention away from jihad terror and try to place Islam and the Muslim community beyond reasonable scrutiny. One way they do this is to portray freedom fighters as spreading “hate” – an incongruous claim to try to hang on those defending human rights and Constitutional freedoms against Sharia encroachment.
Thus Islamic supremacists are avid to find “Islamophobic” hate crimes that Pamela Geller and I and other freedom fighters supposedly motivated. And in the absence of any, they invent them.
Last August, a young Muslim in New Jersey named Kashif Pervaiz was charged with the murder of his wife, Nazish Noorani, who was shot dead while pushing her three-year-old son in a stroller on a street in Boonton, New Jersey. Pervaiz, according to the New York Post, initially told police that “three men, one black, one white and one of an uncertain race, called the couple terrorists before opening fire.” That was enough for police to investigate the possibility that the shooting was an anti-Muslim hate crime – that is, until Pervaiz began changing his story, and began to emerge as a suspect. Yet even as Pervaiz was starting to equivocate and spin ever-taller tales, Muslims began blaming Geller and me for the murder. A well-placed source even told me that Ibrahim Hooper of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was “salivating and waiting to jump all over” the Noorani murder story. “They are waiting to blame you for everything.”
This rush to frame us for murder is as unseemly as it is absurd, but it is also revealing as part of a larger initiative. The 57-government Organization of Islamic Cooperation has been working for years to compel the governments of the U.S. and Europe to criminalize all critical discussion of Islam, thereby rendering them unable to investigate the motives and goals of jihad terrorists, and thus mute and defenseless against the advancing jihad. A key component of this effort in the U.S. today is to demonize and marginalize all the voices speaking out for the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and the equality of rights of all people – all denied by Islamic law.
As Pamela Geller has often pointed out, in America the Islamic supremacists do not assassinate us, but they assassinate our character. It is certainly easier than disproving what we say, and deflects attention more effectively from the ever-present reality of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism.
This blame game is an outrage to the memory of Shaima Alawadi, who deserved better in life and deserves better in death as well. It is an outrage to all the victims of Islamic honor killing, about which Islamic supremacist spokesmen in the U.S. continue their consistent obfuscation and denial. Ultimately, this relentless attempt to frame us for murder and demonize all those who tell the truth about Islam and jihad is about much more than just us: it’s a threat to the freedom of every American. For make no mistake: everyone who tells the same truths with comparable effectiveness will be likewise demonized. That is why those who know these truths must tell them now, all the more loudly and persistently, before it’s too late.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Did Muhammad Exist?, will be available April 23.