We are often told that the “vast majority” of Muslims in America and worldwide are peaceful and want nothing to do with terrorism. So where are all the protests by this vast majority? Where’s the outrage, the public demonstrations? Almost nowhere, as recently seen in Washington, DC.
Muslim-organized, Muslim-attended rallies against ISIS or any kind of Islamic terrorism are few and far between. Only two weeks ago there was such a rally in Washington, DC on the mall. To be fair, it was quite hot that day and the event was very sparsely attended. But as Robert Spencer writes below, miniscule attendance at these occasional events is pretty standard, suggesting a larger picture of widespread indifference. Maybe they do, in their hearts, condemn the terror. But it doesn’t show in the public square, which is where it desperately needs to be seen.
Few Muslims Show Up at ‘Muslims Against ISIS’ Rally, as Usual
by Robert Spencer, 26 July, 2016
Moderate Muslims are the hope of the West, right?
Whatever one may think of that statement, it’s a fact: the leaders of Western Europe and North America have brought in so many Muslim migrants — with so many more to come — that they have staked the very future of their nations (and the free world) on the victory of moderate Muslims over their violent co-religionists.
Moderate Muslims are the hope of the West, whether or not they justify that hope.
An unsettling indication that they do not came this week in Washington.
Muslims gathered last Saturday at the National Mall — along with sympathetic Jewish, Christian, Sikh and Buddhist leaders — in order to, in the words of a WTOP report, “condemn terrorism, hate [that is, the spurious propaganda concept of “Islamophobia”] and violence.”
But because of oppressive heat in Washington, the rally was moved to later in the day. When it finally did take place, the large space reserved for it and the big-stage event organizers had set up went for almost naught. A photograph shows that only a handful of people showed up — counting the non-Muslims.
Was it the oppressive heat?
Or did Muslims once again pass up an opportunity to demonstrate that they really do oppose jihad terror, which the non-Muslim Western intelligentsia constantly claims is perpetrated by a tiny minority of extremists who twist and hijack the religion of peace?
Those who did show up — along with the predictable non-sequitur signs reading “No Racism, No Hate” (what race is jihad terror again?) — carried signs reading “Muslims Against ISIS.”
According to WTOP:
[A]ttendees said the atrocious attacks of global terrorism have given Americans the wrong impression of Islam and it was important to speak out.
Abduel Hussein, a teenager from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center, explained:
We’re just like every other American and we’re not here to apologize for anything but here to explain this is our religion … a religion of tolerance, peace, ethics.
Wonderful. But almost no other area Muslims decided to join young Abduel in his effort to proclaim that Islam is a religion of “tolerance, peace, ethics.”
Worse, this was far from the first time that attendance at a Muslim rally against terrorism has been decidedly underwhelming.
— There are thousands of Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan — but only 100 showed up for a rally against ISIS and “Islamophobia” in November 2015.– Earlier that month, only 30 Muslims protested against the jihad massacres in Paris.
— In July 2015, a Muslim rally in Ireland against the Islamic State drew 50 people.
— In October 2014 in Houston, a rally against the Islamic State organized by the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) drew a grand total of 10 people.
— In August 2013 in Boston, about 25 Muslims rallied against “misperceptions” that Islam was violent.
— About 25 Muslims showed up in June 2013 at a progressive Muslim rally in Toronto to claim that their religion had been “hijacked.”
This has been a consistent pattern. Back in 2005, a group called the Free Muslims Coalition held what it dubbed a “Free Muslims March Against Terror”:
[S]end a message to the terrorists and extremists that their days are numbered … and to send a message to the people of the Middle East, the Muslim world and all people who seek freedom, democracy and peaceful coexistence that we support them.
In the run-up to the event it received enthusiastic national and international publicity. It ended up drawing, again, about 25 people.
Contrast those paltry showings with the thousands of Muslims who have turned out for rallies against cartoons of Muhammad or against Israel.
Here are some headlines from the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre of Muhammad cartoonists in January 2015:
Given a chance to show how Muslims overwhelmingly reject “extremism,” only a handful show up. This is a pattern, a disquieting one for the future of the free West.