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Al-Jazeera’s “Muslim Scholar” Attacks Pope
Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 20, 2006 | Cliff Kincaid

Posted on 09/20/2006 12:21:39 PM PDT by JSedreporter

Stories about the controversy over the Pope’s remarks on Islam have featured the views of Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, who has a regular show on the Al-Jazeera television network. Demanding a personal apology from the Pope, Qaradawi declared on Al-Jazeera that “Muslims have the right to be angry and hurt by these comments from the highest cleric in Christianity.” Yet, Qaradawi, a supporter of violent Jihad, is living proof of what the Pope was warning about.

Tracy Wilkinson of the Los Angeles Times said that Qaradawi’s broadcasts on the Arabic TV network, which now wants to expand into the U.S. through an English-language affiliate called Al-Jazeera International, make him “one of Islam’s most influential scholars.” Such is the power of Al-Jazeera. And the power now reaches into the U.S. media.

The Pope, whose “offensive” comments consisted of quoting an historical observation about Islam’s violent past, has now said that he is “deeply sorry” over the reaction to what he said. It’s the reaction, including violent protests, bombs at Christian churches, and threats against Christians, that deserves condemnation.

According to the article in USA Today featuring Qaradawi’s criticism of the Pope, Qaradawi is a “prominent Muslim scholar” who asserts that Islam is a religion of peace and reason.

Yet Qaradawi declared in June of this year that John Kerry lost the U.S. presidential election because he “was supported by homosexuals and nudists.” Explaining the George W. Bush victory over Kerry, Qaradawi asserted that the President was backed by Christians and right-wingers and that “the religious overcame the perverted.”

It’s true that the homosexual lobby supported Kerry, and Bush got support from the religious right, but I wasn’t aware that nudists had emerged as a significant voting bloc.

Later in the interview, which was translated and transcribed by MEMRI, Qaradawi declared homosexuality a crime and said punishment should include the option of burning the perpetrators.

On one occasion, Qaradawi, the advocate of peace, declared, “There is no dialogue between us and the Jews except by the sword and the rifle.”

While he is said to have condemned the 9/11 attacks, he supports Palestinian suicide bombings and even specifically authorizes using women to carry them out.

If much of this is new, you will begin to understand how our media have turned into a propaganda vehicle for global Islam, some of whose leaders react to any perceived criticism with lies and distortions about what they represent. It is significant that Al-Jazeera has made Qaradawi into someone worth quoting in the Western press. His undeserved elevation in such matters makes a mockery of the claim that the American media are “pro-Israel.”

Why has the coverage been so obsequious when it doesn’t take much effort to dig out the truth about him? With their memories fresh of the violent Muslim reaction to a few papers printing the controversial Mohammad cartoons, it would appear that our media are afraid of telling the truth. They will take on President Bush and Karl Rove but not Islamic radicals.

They know that simply drawing attention to the historical record can generate death threats—or perhaps even death itself. We all remember what happened to Theo Van Gogh, the director of a film critical of the treatment of women under Islam. He was murdered in cold blood in the streets of the Netherlands.

Ironically, of course, our media will end up encouraging more violence by making Qaradawi into someone whose views deserve respect and whose influence will expand.

Qaradawi’s emergence as an international spokesman for Islam, despite his history of violent utterances, stems from his association with Al-Jazeera, the Arab channel infiltrated by and a vehicle for al-Qaeda. The Middle East Quarterly reports that Qaradawi “was forced from Egypt for his views, and he lives in Qatar, where he has become a media star by virtue of his immensely popular television show on Al-Jazeera television.”

That’s the same Qatar that is supposed to be a pro-U.S. “friendly” Arab government. The truth is that it is an Arab dictatorial regime which had links to al-Qaeda before 9/11 and has a current seat on the U.N. Security Council that it used to vote against requiring Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program. The vote was 14-1, with Qatar voting with Iran. Qatar is the base of operations and major underwriter of Al-Jazeera and Al-Jazeera International.

All of this should matter not only because Qaradawi has falsely surfaced in the American press as a peaceful and reasonable critic of the Pope, but because Al-Jazeera International is putting in a major public relations campaign designed to garner carriage on U.S. cable and satellite systems. A new public opinion poll conducted for Accuracy in Media finds the American people strongly opposed to this development.

We are being told by former CNN journalist Riz Khan and others associated with Al-Jazeera International that they will be objective and independent. But evidence of connections to the Arabic Al-Jazeera keeps surfacing.

It turns out that an Internet firm called iHorizons has been hired to create and launch Al-Jazeera International’s new website. The company created AlJazeera.net, the official website channel of the Arabic TV channel, and is also behind Qaradawi.net, the website for the “moderate” scholar who had become so popular with the U.S. media.

Do you want an affiliate of Osama bin Laden’s favorite channel beaming propaganda into your home on cable or satellite TV? Then help us stop Al-Jazeera International.

Cliff Kincaid is Editor of Accuracy in Media.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: aim; aja; ajam; aljazeera; aljazeeratv; gays; islam; islamevilempire; jihad; muslims; pope; qaradawi; qatarstatetv; radicalmuslims; rizkhan; scholars; yusufqaradawi

1 posted on 09/20/2006 12:21:41 PM PDT by JSedreporter
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To: JSedreporter
Such reasonable folks.


2 posted on 09/20/2006 12:25:18 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: JSedreporter

Definition of a (radical) Muslim scholar: a man who has blown up more than 4 schools and/or school buses.


3 posted on 09/20/2006 12:25:28 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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Alright, I give... anybody know how to write to their state senator? I would suppose the process is the same given any state, of course with different names and addresses respective to the state.


4 posted on 09/20/2006 12:28:52 PM PDT by wastedyears
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To: Michael Goldsberry
He's not doing it right. Now this guy has got it down.


5 posted on 09/20/2006 12:30:08 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: wastedyears
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
6 posted on 09/20/2006 12:30:26 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

Is it just me? Don't all of their imams look slightly crazed and demonic?


7 posted on 09/20/2006 12:30:44 PM PDT by angkor
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To: beaversmom
That dude's bro...


8 posted on 09/20/2006 12:34:27 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: angkor
Don't all of their imams look slightly crazed and demonic?

They all are both.

9 posted on 09/20/2006 12:35:40 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

Thank you, kind sir.


10 posted on 09/20/2006 12:37:58 PM PDT by wastedyears
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To: angkor

I think this is the same guy that played Caiphas in the Passion.

11 posted on 09/20/2006 12:38:05 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Mrs Cleaver, that guy is the angriest person I have ever seen.


12 posted on 09/20/2006 12:43:00 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: Sgt_Schultze

Me too. It would be nice if he got so angry that his head exploded.


13 posted on 09/20/2006 12:44:45 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: JSedreporter

"Muslim Scholar" is an oxymoron. How bout Muslim Inventor?


14 posted on 09/20/2006 12:46:26 PM PDT by Pit1
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To: JSedreporter

moslim scholar (can count to 10 on a good day)


15 posted on 09/20/2006 12:56:28 PM PDT by newcthem (Brought to you by the INFIDEL PARTY)
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To: beaversmom

Possessed by the devil perhaps?


16 posted on 09/20/2006 1:04:54 PM PDT by Catholic Canadian (Formerly Ashamed Canadian - thank you Stephen Harper!)
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To: JSedreporter
I wasn’t aware that nudists had emerged as a significant voting bloc.

You have to remember that, to the Muslims, "nudist" includes any woman who does not wear a burka, and any man who wears shorts.

17 posted on 09/20/2006 1:15:45 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: JSedreporter
I wasn’t aware that nudists had emerged as a significant voting bloc.

You have to remember that, to the Muslims, "nudist" includes any woman who does not wear a burka, and any man who wears shorts.

18 posted on 09/20/2006 1:16:06 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: Sgt_Schultze

They are angry because they know they are losing the cultural battle globally. And that's why the libs have so much empathy for them -- they also are angry because they are losing the cultural battle here in the USA.


19 posted on 09/20/2006 1:19:46 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: JSedreporter
It’s true that the homosexual lobby supported Kerry, and Bush got support from the religious right, but I wasn’t aware that nudists had emerged as a significant voting bloc.

I don't know about the numbers of nudists for Kerry, but Gore has at least one "supporter" out there.

20 posted on 09/20/2006 1:27:19 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

"Now this guy has got it down."

What a righteous target for my 30-06.

):^(


21 posted on 09/20/2006 1:45:50 PM PDT by elcid1970 (atio)
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To: elcid1970

Excellent!

22 posted on 09/20/2006 1:51:22 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Somebody has to photoshop that photo along with Howard Dean's scream.


23 posted on 09/20/2006 1:52:15 PM PDT by Loud Mime (An undefeated enemy is still an enemy.......war has a purpose.)
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To: Loud Mime

That would be good.


24 posted on 09/20/2006 1:54:05 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: JSedreporter
BAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH
25 posted on 09/20/2006 2:04:01 PM PDT by seawolf101
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To: JSedreporter

"Qaradawi declared homosexuality a crime and said punishment should include the option of burning the perpetrators."

Wow, tell that to the Sodomites.


26 posted on 09/20/2006 2:10:55 PM PDT by Disturbin (Welcome to Brazilachusetts)
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To: beaversmom
what is that Sodomite on the bike staring at?
27 posted on 09/20/2006 2:12:12 PM PDT by Disturbin (Welcome to Brazilachusetts)
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To: Disturbin

I've posted this picture several times and you are the third person to notice that. I hadn't noticed it on my initial posting.


28 posted on 09/20/2006 5:09:57 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: JSedreporter; Liz; Howlin; ALOHA RONNIE; RonDog
Al-Jazeera covers game, Falcons cover spread
By Jeff Schultz | Thursday, September 21, 2006, 09:35 PM
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jeff Schultz

**SNIP**

Then came Wednesday, when Venezuela President Hugo Chavez called former Texas Rangers owner George Bush “the devil,” perhaps not realizing Bush was gone before the Rangers gave Alex Rodriguez a $252-million contract, which of course led to the downfall of both the Rangers and this country.

Which leads me to the Falcons-Saints game. (Attention, aspiring journalists: Transitions are for wimps.) The teams meet Monday night in the first game in the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina.

Over 1,000 media credentials have been issued, including, and I’m not making this up, one to Al-Jazeera’s Washington bureau. Can’t wait to read his lead. “Michael Vick and his band of Falcon infidels destroyed other cowards named Saints. But we still don’t like Greg Knapp.”

http://www.ajc.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/ajc/sportscolumns/entries/2006/09/21/aljazeera_cover.html

29 posted on 09/22/2006 8:05:47 PM PDT by Libloather (Just declare the UN as an enemy combatant and kick their ass out of this country!)
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