Friday, July 29, 2005

The Bogus Fatwa

Yesterday, an organization known as the Fiqh Council of North America, in association with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), issued a fatwa against "terrorism and extremism".

CAIR's involvement is an automatic red flag, and I had never heard of the Fiqh Council. My skepticism appears to be well-founded. From terrorism expert, Steve Emerson:
In fact, the fatwa is bogus. Nowhere does it condemn the Islamic extremism ideology that has spawned Islamic terrorism. It does not renounce nor even acknowledge the existence of an Islamic jihadist culture that has permeated mosques and young Muslims around the world. It does not renounce Jihad let alone admit that it has been used to justify Islamic terrorist acts. It does not condemn by name any Islamic group or leader. In short, it is a fake fatwa designed merely to deceive the American public into believing that these groups are moderate. In fact, officials of both organizations have been directly linked to and associated with Islamic terrorist groups and Islamic extremist organizations. One of them is an unindicted co-conspirator in a current terrorist case; another previous member was a financier to Al-Qaeda.
A real problem in the fight against Islamism is the presence of certain groups that claim to represent moderate Muslims, when in fact, they are anything but moderate themselves.