Islamophobia

Hate Group in Texas Threatens to Kill Muslims – And Nobody Asks Where the Group Was Radicalized

Where were they radicalized?

That’s the question we should be asking.

An extremist group of white, presumably Christian men in Texas are training against a non-existent Islamic “uprising” by dipping their bullets in pig’s blood and bacon grease to target Muslims. The fact that consumption of pork is forbidden in Islam is well-known.

The extremist group, based in Irving, refers to itself as “Bureau of American Islamic Relations” (BAIR), an obvious mockery of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which carries out crucial work to safeguard the constitutional rights of Muslims in the United States.

Members of BAIR think that lining bullets with pig blood would ensure that their Muslim victims would “go straight to hell”, according to a video released by AJ+. One BAIR member in the video stated, “A lot of us here are using either pig’s blood or bacon grease on our bullets, packing it in the middle so that when you shoot a Muslim, they go straight to hell”. Another member insisted, “Don’t f*ck with white people.”

David Wright, spokesperson for BAIR, said he was “going to start doing something about Muslims… now”. That’s code word for “I’m going to threaten Muslims with violence”.

Clearly, members of BAIR are misinformed and uninformed. One member told AJ+, “the next step in jihad does not involve random, sporadic attacks… They start killing people”.

Actually, no. That’s not true.

I teach the course “Muslims in American Society” at Rice University in Houston, not too far from Irving, where BAIR is based. Our class, composed of Muslims and non-Muslims, takes a careful look at the various dimensions of jihad. The students, I should add, get alone perfectly fine despite coming from largely Christian and Muslim backgrounds.

Jihad has many meanings. It’s often misinterpreted to mean “holy war”, obvious in the case of BAIR, but jihad really means “to struggle” or “to strive”. A jihad might be waking up when your alarm goes off in the morning. A jihad might be putting up with an annoying relative on a holiday.

A jihad might be turning the other cheek when blatantly Islamophobic groups like BAIR openly call for the murder of Muslims.

It’s true there is an offensive or “violent” form of jihad, but it’s for purposes of self-defense.  The Quran, the Islamic holy book, calls on Muslims to “jihad” against the use of violence. The Quran (5:32) states, “if anyone slew a person unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land it would be as if he slew the whole of humanity: and if anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole of humanity”. In another Quranic passage (2:190), Muslims are told, “fight in the case of God those who start fighting you, but do not transgress limits (or start the attack); for God loveth not transgressors”.

Members of BAIR live in a fantasy world where Muslims pose the greatest threat to “civilization”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Since 9/11, white right-wing terrorists have killed almost twice as many Americans in homegrown attacks than “radical Islamists” have, according to research by the New America Foundation.

BAIR’s perception is not reality. The data, as Loon Watch points out, simply does not support their irrational view that Muslims pose a threat to the United States. On the FBI’s official website, there exists a chronological list of all terrorist attacks committed on American soil from the year 1980 all the way to 2005. According to this data, there were more Jewish acts of terrorism within the United States than Islamic (7% vs 6%).

To put it simply, the threat of Muslim American terrorism is grossly exaggerated.

Funny, too, that members of BAIR consider themselves Christians. Remind me about the passage of the Bible where Jesus asks people to put pig blood on bullets to kill non-Christians. That’s apparently what BAIR members think. That killing people ensures a seat next to Jesus in heaven.

Let me wrap this up by flipping things around. Imagine if CAIR called on Muslims to kill Christians. Imagine the uproar. Imagine the media coverage, the hysteria. Politicians in Washington, DC and elsewhere would head to the press to pose the question, “where were they [CAIR members] radicalized?”.

Why aren’t we asking the same question about BAIR?

This is what we call “double standards”.

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10 thoughts on “Hate Group in Texas Threatens to Kill Muslims – And Nobody Asks Where the Group Was Radicalized

  1. It is remarkable that people still produce this old chestnut (5:32) to give a falsely benign impression of Mohammed. Nevertheless misquoting the text like this still serves as a useful indicator of their intentions.

    The excerpt from 5:32 is not a universal precept for all mankind. It is not even a message to Muslims. To understand you need to look at the whole verse along with the following one. In 5:32 Allah is chiding the Jews for failing to follow the instruction he gave them in his Yahweh days (as a response to Cain’s killing of his brother Abel). Taken in conjunction with 5:33 the two verses constitute a blood chilling warning to anyone, particularly Jews, who plan to commit corruption in the land (ie cross Mohammed).

    5:32 “For that cause We decreed for the Children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso saveth the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Our messengers came unto them of old with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), but afterwards lo! many of them became prodigals in the earth.”
    5:33 “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.”

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    1. Likewise 2:190 has to be viewed in context. It is quite true that it authorises only defensive or retaliatory warfare but it was issued early in Mohammed’s time in Medina before he had fully established his power base. Towards the end of Mohammed’s time there Allah authorised offensive war against the idolaters. This is why Islamic scholars have declared 2:190 abrogated by 9:5 and 9:36:

      9:5 “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
      9:36 “Lo! the number of the months with Allah is twelve months by Allah’s ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them. And wage war on all of the idolaters as they are waging war on all of you. And know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him).”

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  2. Matthew 26:51 And behold, one of them that were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and smote the [ab]servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. 52 Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

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  3. “An extremist group of white, presumably Christian men ”

    Let’s see if I can follow the logic in action here:

    ISIS – not islamic because they kill and rape and that’s allegedly prohibited in islam
    Hate Group in Texas – coats bullets in pig blood, allegedly threatens to kill muslims (I, for one, would like to know how Dr. Considine is privy to their alleged code) therefore probably Christians.

    Should I infer that there’s a teaching in Christianity ordaining the killing of muslims?

    “Members of BAIR live in a fantasy world where Muslims pose the greatest threat to “civilization”.”

    They’re in good company – just ask, for example, the Pagans in Mecca, Persians and Byzantines how well they fared under islam.

    “the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which carries out crucial work to safeguard the constitutional rights of Muslims in the United States.”

    What constitutional rights do muslims not have safeguarded? And why is it up to an organization biased to a specific group of people to defend the American Constitution?

    You do know that CAIR has a terrible record of meddling with, and advocating against, investigation of islamic terrorism, right? They managed to get mentions of islam erased from American counter-terrorism manuals and getting agents trained under people like Robert Spencer or John Guandolo (courtesy of John Brennan) undergo “reeducation”. One can only speculate on what would have happened, if the WH held its ground, when the FBI was warned by the Russians about the Tsaernev brothers…

    ” The data, as Loon Watch points out,”

    Really? That’s the level of discourse here? Quoting from Loon Watch? A site dedicated to demonizing any critic of islam? Sheesh…

    “Let me wrap this up by flipping things around. Imagine if CAIR called on Muslims to kill Christians. Imagine the uproar. Imagine the media coverage, the hysteria. Politicians in Washington, DC and elsewhere would head to the press to pose the question, “where were they [CAIR members] radicalized?”.

    Why aren’t we asking the same question about BAIR?”

    Let’s see – where do I even begin? BAIR is not a self-proclaimed representative of over a billion of people worldwide. BAIR does not have a history of murdering and conquering non-BAIR civilizations spanning 1400 years. BAIR does not have an internal memo telling how their goal is to conquer the West by turning their rules against them.

    To put it simply, BAIR is a minuscule group of wackos, and I foresee that, as long as the American government is partial to muslim special interests groups in detriment of the interests of the American people in general, more such groups will pop up. You want to know what made BAIR radicalize? CAIR – and similar groups – did, with the complacency, if not outright support, of the American government. Stop kowtowing to islamic supremacy groups and groups like BAIR stop existing.

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  4. “Where were they radicalized?

    That’s the question we should be asking.”

    It doesn’t bode well when that’s the same line towed by a Qatar-sponsored anti-American propaganda channel:

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  5. Sorry peeps but pigs blood and bacom grease isnt gonna send us to hellfire 1st off 2nd and hey im white desending from italy and el Salvador born Catholic but happily converted to islam after research of it so u think all muslims are foreigners i can show u many american Christian Catholic born muslims if u like bc i know many converts if this doesn’t tell u racist ppl anything then i guess yall blind and dumb ✌

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    1. Blind and dumb we may be, in accordance with your strawman – please remind us what race is islam again? – but not illiterate.

      But please, do show us these alleged “many american Christian Catholic born muslims”, and explain us what that has to do with race.

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  6. THE ONLY HATE GROUP IS THE MUSLIMS.. THE TEXANS HAVE A RIGHT TO DEFEND THEIR LIVES AND OUR STATE FROM INFILTRATION OF THESE PEOPLE WHO HATE US. CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT. I LIKE THE STORY OF THE OLD WOMAN AND THE SNAKE.. IT IS TRUE TODAY.. TAKE THEM IN AND THEY WILL GIVE YOU THE POISON BITE ONE DAY AND DESTROY YOU.. THEY SHOULD GO BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY AND LEAVE AMERICANS ALONE. OBAMA IS THE LEAD CANCER WHO SHOULD BE ERADICATED ALSO.

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