Ten years after 9/11 the link between violent jihad and Islam is still under debate. A new investigative report from Truth in Action Ministries helps bring fresh understanding.
Militant and Misled? Understanding Radical Islam in a Post 9/11 World offers a one-hour look at what Muslims believe and draws on leading experts to determine whether terrorism is nourished within what some call the “religion of peace.”
Program guests include Robert Spencer, author of Stealth Jihad; former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy; Pamela Geller, author of Stop the Islamization of America; Zhudi Jasser, M.D., president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Middle East expert Walid Phares, Georges Houssney, author of Engaging Islam, and others.
Preview Militant and Misled?
Robert Spencer, a leading scholar of Islam, says Islam is a religion of peace, but the “peace that Islam envisions is the peace that will come when the whole world is ruled by Islamic law.” He points out that “Muslims have the obligation to wage war against non-Muslims until that time.”
Georges Houssney is a native of Lebanon who has presented the Gospel to Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere for 40 years. "Those who say, 'We are Muslims, but we don't believe in aggression or violence,' they don't even know their Koran," says Houssney, who has seen many Muslims trust in Christ and be transformed by His love and grace.
Andrew McCarthy, the author of Grand Jihad, blames the government and the press for widespread ignorance about basic concepts in Islam.
“We haven’t been allowed, because of the way the government has treated this for 20 years, to have an honest conversation about what mainstream Islamist ideology is,” says McCarthy a former assistant U.S. Attorney who successfully prosecuted Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, the terrorist mastermind known as “the Blind Sheikh.”
He says the “media has been AWOL on Islam for twenty years,” as well. “Americans don’t know even what jihad means at this point. They don’t know what sharia is.”
Spencer charges that the “American media is determined to whitewash Islam, to explain away every incidence of Islamic violence, even when the perpetrators avow that they were doing it for Islam and under Islamic auspices.”
Militant and Misled? cites a Culture and Media Institute study of TV news coverage of the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting incident in which Major Nidal Hasan killed 14 people and wounded 29. The study found that the three major broadcast networks largely excluded references to Hasan’s terrorist sympathies in the five days after the shooting. Some 85% of network reports omitted the word “terror,” and 93% ignored terror connections.
Militant and Misled? also looks at the Muslim Brotherhood, an international organization active in the U.S. since the 1950s, which seeks to impose shariah law worldwide. It has spawned numerous pro-Muslim organizations in the U.S. and built hundreds of schools and mosques in the U.S., most with financing from Saudi Arabia.
The Muslim Brotherhood controls almost every prominent Muslim organization in the United States, including the Islamic Society of North America and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, according to evidence brought to light in the 2004 Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial.
The Muslim Brotherhood charter proclaims: “Allah is our objective. The Koran is our law. The Prophet is our leader. Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”
Destroy “From Within”
A Muslim Brotherhood memorandum found in the group’s hidden archives states that the organization’s work “in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house….”
The path to that end is not necessarily violence. Adam Savit, a senior researcher at the Center for Security Policy says on the video that we are in “an ideological war and everyone, including Americans in America are combatants on that battlefield.”
To learn more about the advance of Islam inside America since 9/11, please request Militant and Misled? Understanding Radical Islam in a Post 9/11 World, available from Truth in Action Ministries.