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Linda Sarsour & CAIR’s Disingenuous Campaign Against US Army War College

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Linda Sarsour (Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The New York Women's Foundation )
Linda Sarsour (Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The New York Women’s Foundation )

Linda Sarsour and her platform MPower Change has joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in an hysterical campaign to get Islamic scholar Raymond Ibrahim disinvited from a speaking engagement at the US Army War College.

Sarsour, one of the founders and organizers of the Women’s March is an apologist for sharia law. CAIR, a Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamist organization, is an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror funding case in American history.

Ibrahim is scheduled to lecture at the college on his book Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West.

As Ibrahim notes,

“The reason CAIR cites to disinvite me is that ‘Raymond Ibrahim’s book …  advance[s] a simplistic, inaccurate and often prejudicial view of the long history of Muslim-West relations which we find deeply troubling.’

“[Yet] although my book is 352 pages, and covers nearly fourteen centuries, certain epochs in great detail, not once does CAIR highlight a certain passage or excerpt in its lengthy complaints to support its accusation that the book “is based on poor research.”

Sarsour and CAIR choose to present Ibrahim as a “well-known Islamophobe.”

Yet, as the Investigative Project on Terrorism writes:

“Muslim sources such as Islamweb.net acknowledge that Islamic threats of violence against majority Christian lands date back to Muhammad. It notes that Muhammad sent an emissary to the Eastern Roman Emperor Heraclius calling on him to give up his Christianity for Islam or ‘pay him taxes in return for him allowing you to remain upon your faith; or, to prepare for war against him.’ Muslim armies invaded the empire, defeating Heraclius’ forces in the Battle of Yarmouk in 636 A.D. after Muhammad’s death. It paved the way for the Islamic conquest of the rest of the Middle East.”

Sarsour’s organization also manages to connect Ibrahim, who is an Coptic Christian of Egyptian descent, to the white nationalist movement, saying, “In a time of rising white nationalism, Islamophobia, and violence, this invitation endorses and fosters anti-Muslim hate within the military and beyond.”

Ibrahim, who appears in Clarion Project’s latest film Faithkeepers, has a reputation of being an outstanding historian.

Unfortunately, some of the truths he points out are inconvenient for Sarsour and her cohorts at CAIR. Instead of acknowledging history and forging a way for Islam to move into the future while leaving the abuses associated with the religion in the past, Sarsour and CAIR would rather be disingenuous and simply shut down any factual discussion – discussion that is crucial to make sure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated in the present and future.

Editor’snote:

Post publication of this article, the War College announced that Ibrahim’s lecture had been “postponed” for the following reasons:

“(The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center) sponsors Perspectives in Military History: an evening public education program which draws a community audience that can include USAWC students. The presentation of Mr. Raymond Ibrahim’s book is postponed so USAHEC can pair Mr. Ibrahim’s military history insights in close proximity with another historical perspective, at a time when the USAWC curriculum has addressed historical analysis of influences on conflict.” 

Below is an i24 News interview with Ibrahim after the college caved to pressure from CAIR:

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org