Robert Spencer’s “Police Blotter” Scholarship

Many times, we have commented on Robert Spencer’s “scholarship” and his “scholarly ways.” Yet, when one really looks at his operation and his alleged “exposure” of the radical jihadists in Islam, it is really  nothing more than a “Police blotter.” A police blotter is a listing of the police investigations, calls, and actions in a particular city or town. It is public record. Here is an example of one from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Now, Colorado Springs is a nice town. In fact, in 2006 it was listed as one of the Best Places to Live in America. Yet, if you only judged the town of Colorado Springs by its police blotter, a much different picture would emerge in one’s mind:

Thursday, October 14, 2010 4:30 PM [RELEASE AT WILL]:

As was previously reported, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at around 1:15 AM, the Colorado Springs Police Department was notified of a possible dead body at 1248 Potter Dr, the Rustic Hills Park Apartments. A security officer was checking the parking lot area of the apartments when he located an unresponsive male inside of a parked vehicle. Officers and medical personnel were dispatched and upon arrival they located a male party with an apparent head trauma inside of a vehicle in the northern parking lot. The male was transported to Memorial Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office has completed an autopsy on the man and determined he died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was determined to be a homicide. The victim is identified as 37 year old Martique Webster of Colorado Springs. This is the 23rd homicide is Colorado Springs this year. There were 17 this time last year.

[...]

As was previously reported, at approximately 3:15 PM on 10-12-2010 Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) Tactical Enforcement Officers were transporting 20 year old John R. Winkler after he was arrested on two felony warrants to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. Mr. Winkler was handcuffed behind his back and seat belted in an unmarked police vehicle. Mr. Winkler managed to unbuckle his seatbelt, open the door and jump out of the moving police vehicle. After recovering from his fall he began to run across the lanes of the interstate when he was struck by a southbound vehicle. John R. Winkler succumbed to the injuries he received in the crash last night at an area hospital.

Today, 10-14-2010 CSPD received information that John R. Winkler’s father, 43 year old John P. Winkler of Oklahoma, was on his way to Colorado Springs to kill the police officers that were transporting his son when his son jumped from the car. Mr. Winkler is on parole for drug and weapons violations in Oklahoma. CSPD confirmed that Mr. Winkler was in Colorado Springs and additional information was obtained that Winkler intended on carrying out the threat.

Due to the threat, CSPD locked down all the police divisions to include the Police Operations Center (POC) and put two officers in every patrol car. The parking lots of all divisions were being monitored by police and medical was staged at all divisions. A command post was established at the POC to coordinate regional law enforcement efforts. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO), FBI, ATF, DEA and the Colorado Springs Fire Department assisted with resources to assist us in our attempts to locate Mr. Winkler before he could carry out any alleged threats.

Mr. Winkler was located in the Rockrimmon area of Colorado Springs and was taken into custody without incident for parole violations and questioning reference the alleged threats. Mr. Winkler was near, but outside of his vehicle when he was contacted, and it was determined after the contact that he did not have a weapon on his person. The investigation into the threats is ongoing and a search warrant is being sought for the vehicle Mr. Winkler was driving.

The CSPD takes all threats to the public or police officers very seriously and will take every precaution to insure their safety. At this point Mr. Winkler has not been charged for the threats, but that is still a possibility pending the outcome of the investigation. 

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On 10/13/10 Officers were dispatched to a possible stabbing in the 1700 block of Woodburn St. Officers contacted a female who stated she was stabbed by an identified male. She was taken to the hospital, treated and released for a possible stab wound to the hand.

My Lord, judging by the police blotter, Colorado Springs looks like an awful place to live. Is this a fair way by which a town such as Colorado Springs is judged?

What about the United States? Most people around the world would jump at any chance to get to live and raise their families in the United States. This is truly a wonderful country, full of freedom, and opportunity, and tolerance. It is a place that Robert Spencer and his other Islam-hater friends want to fundamentally change with their hate speech and rhetoric.

Yet, if the only thing by which America would be judged is her crime statistics, a very different picture would emerge:

In 2009, there were 1,318,398 violent crimes in the United States; 15,241 murders; 88,097 forcible rapes; 408,217 robberies; 806,843 aggravated assaults; 9,320,971 property crimes; 2,199,125 burglaries; 6,327,230 larcenies; and 794,616 motor vehicle thefts.

This is according to the FBI. Is this an accurate picture of the reality of America? Is America reflected in the actions of her criminals? Of course not. In fact, looking at the numbers is actually deceiving, because, in reality, violent and property crimes are actually down in the United States last year. But, one wouldn’t realize that if he or she solely focused on the numbers.

This is exactly what Robert Spencer does: he judges the 1.5 billion people who profess the Islamic faith by the actions of their criminals. And the “jihadists” are just that: criminals who cloak their brutal and horrific crimes in the garb of religious piety. And the clerics who use Islamic sources to justify acts of un-Islamic barbarity are accessories to those crimes.

Take a look at his headlines:

Al-Qaeda: Ram cars into crowds for Allah

Indonesia: Muslims oppose building of churches

India: Muslims thrash reporter for asking an inconvenient question

According to Sharia, rape is not possible in marriage, says Islamophobe Muslim cleric

The site goes on, and on, and on, and on. He cherry picks outrageous stories from the Muslim world and wants his readers (and the rest of the public) to conclude that Islam and Muslims are like the criminals who act in their name. And when it is proven that his assertions are incorrect, he does not acknowledge this at all, because he is well on his way to blog about another crime committed by some Muslim somewhere; or about some crazy thing said by some cleric somewhere; or about the truly horrific things that the “Islamic jihadists” do around the world.

His site is basically a “Police blotter.” Is this the way to judge a people? Is this true “scholarship”?

59 thoughts on “Robert Spencer’s “Police Blotter” Scholarship

  1. Inb4 Ahni and JihadBob cry “tu quoque!” in their next attempt at discrediting an article.

    On topic though, great article…or more precise, great analogy. I have always noticed that about his site, and it always surprised me that it seemed that nobody else has. His minions always harp about him only presenting arguments based on the texts and Islamic clerics blah blah blah. But I never see that on his site. It’s just religionofpeace.com without the highly erroneous figures. It amazes me how he says that he doesn’t hate Muslims, yet bitches about every single thing a Muslim does.

  2. Is this what passes for convincing arguments on this site? Loose analogies and questionable statements? How did the linked article “prove” that Robert’s many assertions were incorrect? I see nothing in the linked article that contradicts the fact that Muhammad was, in fact, a terrorist, and commanded his followers to follow his example.

    At the end of the day, you have Islamic terrorist groups who somehow came to believe in a violent version of Islam, even though they have been Muslims their entire lives. You have radical clerics advocating violence against Jews, Christians, and other non-Muslims. Even with a lifetime of Islamic knowledge, these clerics managed to miss all of the peace and tolerance that is talked about so often by apologists. And, you have potentially millions of would-be jihad terrorists who are plotting against not only this country, but against any non-Muslim country. These people, somehow, got the idea that jihad was a responsibility incumbent upon all Muslims, and they believe that fighting and dying for Allah will earn them eternal paradise. How could they have gotten such a peaceful religion so completely wrong?

    Here’s the biggest problem I see with the idea of “moderate Muslims.” I have no doubt that the people on this board would consider themselves to be moderates and unlike the jihadists who are giving Islam a bad name. However, if these moderates ever had to pick a side, my guess is that they would side with their fellow Muslims, even the radical ones, before they would side with non-Muslims. What bond would a moderate Muslim have with a non-Muslim that can break the bond of the ummah? It’s a big family of believers. Sure, some may be acting up and misbehaving, but do families usually condemn misbehaving family members?

    • “Here’s the biggest problem I see with the idea of ‘moderate Muslims.’”

      First of all, it’s not an idea, it’s a reality, a very inconvenient reality for people who don’t take the time to get to know moderate Muslims. Well I do, all my friends are Muslims and act nothing like you described; the article I posted was by my imam, who did a religious sermon in Eid, which this year coincided with 911. He told the Muslims in the masjid (where extremists infiltrated our masajid, as so many idiots claim) to celebrate lightly and to remember the victims of 911.. Make a few Muslim friends and I promise you your misconceptions will be proven wrong. God bless you.

    • my guess is that they would side with their fellow Muslims, even the radical ones,

      Key words: “your guess”. Your guesswork hasn’t been too successful in the past, so I think it’ s safe to say your latest one is just as off the mark as all of your other ones.

    • And so Ahni’s cycle repeats once again.

      First, the article wasn’t about Prophet Muhammad, nor the religious teachings of Islam (which, by the way, have nothing to do with “terrorism”).

      Second, terrorism committed by some Muslims today has no intrinsic connection to Islam. Islam is not the motive, nor has it ever been.

      You cannot seriously expect Muslims to come out and say something whenever a Muslim does something wrong. What you don’t understand (or simply refuse to) is that “terrorism” is, as so many things are, a “crime”, just like murder, theft, kidnapping, and fraud are. Therefore, just like murderers, thieves, kidnappers and con men, “terrorists” (i.e. those engaged in terrorism) are “criminals”.

      Criminals (as I’m sure you’d agree) should be arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to whatever is appropriate for what they’ve done, and that’s all there is to it.

  3. @Anhi

    The point of the article is that Spencer isn’t scholarly in his portrayal of Muslims. He simple copy/pastes sensational stories onto his blog in order to spread hatred of Muslims. Doing so can lead to false conclusions about the reality of the Muslim world.

    • The problem with this article is that the author ignores the fact that Muslims are committing crimes based solely on their religious beliefs and are using the Qur’an as justification. True, crime happens in all societies, even nice ones, but regular day-to-day crime is usually committed for a variety of reasons that are not related to a particular belief system. The crimes committed by Muslims, on the other hand, are related to the central teachings of Islam and the examples set forth by Muhammad. This is different than regular crime. These criminals can all point to the Qur’an and their religious beliefs and simply say “I am doing what Allah commanded me to do,” and it’s not uncommon for them to make this admission.

      This simply isn’t happening in other religions in the modern era. Trying to hide this fact is not going to help the world trust Muslims.

      • Your basing this on the assumption that all Muslims strictly adhere to their beliefs. There are secular Muslims too you know. A Christian or Jew robs a bank, not because their bibles tell them to, but because they’re poor or they just want a thrill. The same with Muslims. Motivation isn’t always gonna be religion.

        • Not quite the same. If a Christian sits down and decides he/she wants to get more serious about their faith, there is less reason to worry. If they start acting more like Jesus, I don’t see any real harm coming from that decision. However, when a Muslim sits down and decides that he/she wants to get more serious about Islam, that’s when the problems begin.

          • Actually, even Jesus said “I came not to bring peace but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34) but forget context and interpretations by people much more knowledgable then me, I’m just gonna assume that Jesus advocated violence (sarcasm).

          • “However, when a Muslim sits down and decides that he/she wants to get more serious about Islam, that’s when the problems begin.”

            From personal experience I know this isn’t true. I have Muslim friends, I know Muslim imams who are devoted Muslims, people who read, who memorized the whol Quran, and they act nothing like you describe.

          • when a Muslim sits down and decides that he/she wants to get more serious about Islam, that’s when the problems begin.

            I find this statement offensive, especially coming from somebody who in all likelihood hasn’t even met a Muslim in his life.

            When I decided to get serious about Islam, it made me become an all around better person. And yet still, the only difference between me and my neighbours is the fact that I pray 5 times a day, fast during Ramadan, and give charity on a regular basis.

            But we still have people like you who think they know fuck all about Muslims and Islam…all the while admitting that their narrow view doesn’t go beyond the drivel posted on JW and such; trying to tell Muslims how to practice their religion, not to mention what they think would be the likely outcome if a Muslim were to become more religious. Give me a freaking break.

      • The problem with this article is that the author ignores the fact that Muslims are committing crimes based solely on their religious beliefs and are using the Qur’an as justification.

        The problem with people like you is that you automatically assume that every crime committed by a Muslim is because of their religious beliefs, even when the evidence points quite obviously in another direction (Sami Hassoun anyone?). And that’s exactly what JW does. It points out every crime committed by Muslims, whether it’s domestic abuse, robbing a convenience store, or fraud, and says “do you see what these Muslims are doing in the name of Allah?” to which you idiots respond exactly the way Spencer wants you to. It rakes in a 6 figure income I hear.

      • Actually, Islam is NOT the “sole reason” for it, nor is even the primary reason. In fact, it’s not even a reason at all, just a means. This has already been explained to you.

        It is in fact, NO different when a Muslim commits a crime, than when a non-Muslim does so, regardless of how religious or secular they may be. You are simply trying to attach a religious angle where there is none

        You’ve been asked to provide proof of a religious motive, and all you provide is the phrase “Allahu Akbar” and that they believe Islam is destined to be the messianic religion for the world? No actual verbal or written statements, stating that they’re only doing it for their religion?

        I mean, come ON now! Do you have any idea of how objectively weak your case is?

        How can you say this in all seriousness, while completely ignoring other, more immediate, more pertinent factors, such as war, politics, and current events?

        Do you honestly believe that a Muslim, after experiencing traumatic loss, facing oppression, and/or percieving an injustice directed against them, that “religion” is going to be the primary motive to commit a crime for them?

        In reality, terrorists that are Muslims are no different than terrorists that are non-Muslims.

      • “The problem with this article is that the author ignores the fact that Muslims are committing crimes based solely on their religious beliefs …”

        Really? And where do you pluck that from? People waving rifles and shouting “Allahu Akbar” running towards a crowd does not necessarily mean that they are motivated by “religious beliefs”!

  4. However, when a Muslim sits down and decides that he/she wants to get more serious about Islam, that’s when the problems begin.

    I don’t think you understand the Islamic world. Most Muslims are already very religious. Read the book “Who Speaks for Islam”.

    • I don’t think you understand the Islamic world. Most Muslims are already very religious. Read the book “Who Speaks for Islam”.

      I know that. Imad was the one playing the “oh come on, there’s tons of secular Muslims out there who don’t take this stuff seriously. Relax dude” angle.

      • Another impressive failure in comprehending the English language.

        @Imad was obviously saying that just because a Muslim does something horrible, it doesn’t mean it’s because of his religion.

      • You type “” then the words you want in italic and “” to finish it off, both minus the “.” (or else you couldn’t see the coding properly).

        You can also make things bold by making the letter “i” above become “b” (text – again, minus the period). Very useful tricks :)

      • Oh dear, even the period doesn’t stop the code working. Anyway, they are below the comments box, look for the “i” and “b” for you to get italics and bold respectively.


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  5. The practice of Spencer (and others) is even more distorting than the police blotter for a single location, even though that is an excellent analogy. The Muslim smearing is more like searching the globe for any heinous act committed by a person with blue eyes, then ascribing all of those acts to people with blue eyes. Spencer et al. conflate a very geographically dispersed and culturally heterogenous group of people into one monolith known only by their worst members, or their members’ worst acts, more accurately. Not bloody fair, not bloody accurate, and bloody dangerous.

  6. So if terrorists don’t commit their crimes for Islam, then what did the recent NY failed terrorist mean by this statement in court:

    “If I am given 1,000 lives, I will sacrifice them all for the sake of Allah fighting this cause, defending our lands, making the word of Allah supreme over any religion or system.”

    • That’s true but theres also this bit:

      As he did throughout the half-hour sentencing, Shahzad, 31, interrupted her to press his religious viewpoint: “The Quran gives us the right to defend, and that’s what all I’m doing.”

      And this:

      He went on to explain how Muslims would never accept having Western forces in their countries fighting on a “pretext for your democracy and freedom.” The past nine years of war, he said, had achieved nothing except to awaken Muslims to defend their “religion, people, honor and land.”

      There are drones in Pakistan that have killed scores of civilians. That’s what he means by “defense”. While radical Islam was a motivation, it wasn’t the key one.

      • And what about the murder of Muslims by fellow Muslims which just happens every day and accounts for more Muslim deaths than the allies combined.

        • Also, do you honestly think there will be an end to terrorism if all allied forces leave the Middle East and let them be to kill each other? I doubt it. There will never be an end until Islam rules over every country and even then it’s doubtful. Even if all the Jews leave Israel and leaves the land to the Palestines (who will no doubt return to to it pre-1948 condition), Islamic terrorism will always exist throughout the world.

          • Also, do you honestly think there will be an end to terrorism if all allied forces leave the Middle East and let them be to kill each other? I doubt it. There will never be an end until Islam rules over every country and even then it’s doubtful. Even if all the Jews leave Israel and leaves the land to the Palestines (who will no doubt return to to it pre-1948 condition), Islamic terrorism will always exist throughout the world.

            Sure, if not all then 99% of it. This has been the finding of a recent 6 year study.

            http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/10/12/terrorism/index.html

            You’re just regurgitating the same demogoguery used to rile you up in the first place. You yourself admitted that you’re quite ignorant of Islam and Muslims in general, so how can you make such a bold statement as “Islamic terrorism will always exist”?

            And why would terrorists want to have Islam rule over every country? Logically, and theologically it makes no sense. Islamic law doesn’t even apply to non-Muslims, so how would Islam rule non-Muslim countries? You’re not making sense. Stop quaking in your boots for a second and think about it. You’re not making any sense, you’re letting fear of the unknown delude you. Smell the roses a bit Marty.

            Meh, I guess people do actually believe that Muslims actually want to take over the world, as silly as that sounds.

          • We can’t have that Cynic, just think about it:

            * No public transport running on time (arriving approx. 2hrs later than advertised).
            * Handshakes will become a thing of the past; we will all become chest-thumpers.
            * Coffee will taste extremely bitter, be more potent and look like sludge.
            * European national dishes will be replaced by the kebab with its seductive garlic and chilli sauce.

            Etcetera. :)

          • Not to mention, there is no reason to forcefully try to convert a non-Muslim, or subject them to Islamic Law (which is the same as converting them, as you need to be a Muslim in order for Islamic law to apply to you). Surat-al-Kafirun illustrates the religious tolerance of non-Muslims quite aptly imo.

    • I’m pretty sure he stated the reasons here:

      “I will plead guilty a hundred times over, because until the hour the U.S. pulls its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan and stops the drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen and in Pakistan and stops the occupation of Muslim lands and stops killing the Muslims and stops reporting the Muslims to its government, we will be attacking U.S.”

      Or even:

      “I am part of the answer to the U.S. terrorizing the Muslim nations and the Muslim people, and on behalf of that, I’m avenging the attacks, because only — like living in U.S., the Americans only care about their people, but they don’t care about the people elsewhere in the world when they die. Similarly, in Gaza Strip, somebody has to go and live with the family whose house is bulldozed by the Israeli bulldozer.”

      http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=10976112

    • Notice that he said that the “cause” isn’t “Islam”, it’s “defending our lands” and “making the word of Allah supreme over any religion or systsem”.

      Therefore, his motivation begins with politics and current events. The only reason religion plays a role, is because it plays more of a role in his culture to begin with. That doesn’t make it his motivation, just a means to facilitate it.

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