by Sheila Musaji
Robert Spencer is incensed about another “evil Muslim. He found an article about some Salafist in Jordan who doesn’t believe in democracy. The article from which he got this earth shattering revelation said that the man was the leader of a “hardliner Salafi” group, so that is about what anyone would expect from such an individual. Not much of a revelation. Spencer titles his article “Jordan: Muslim leader says democracy is forbidden in Islam”. This gives the impression that this is an important person in Jordan. He is only a leader of a small extremist group, much as Spencer is a leader of the small extremist group AFDI.
Spencer says in his usual sarcastic way: “He must have been reading Islamophobic literature—after all, Muslim spokesmen in the West constantly tell us that only greasy Islamophobes believe such things. They never explain, however, how so many Muslim clerics misunderstand Islam in the same ways.”
Actually some, “greasy Islamophobes” do believe the same thing as this Salafist. It is amazing how many things Muslim extremists and Islamophobes are in agreement about.
According to The Jewish Week Spencer’s colleague and attorney, David Yerushalmi has condemned “democracy in the United States and, in comments that evoke classical anti-Semitic stereotypes, says he finds truth in the view that Jews “destroy their host nations like a fatal parasite.” … In a message to a pro-Israel rally last June he asked: “What interest does America have in a strong Israel? If your answer is democracy in a liberal or western sense, know you have sided with the Palestinians of Hamas.”
Yerushalmi’s hate group SANE has declared itself “dedicated to the rejection of democracy and party rule”.
Yerushalmi also said “While our constitutional republic was specifically designed to insulate our national leaders from the masses, democracy has seeped up through the cracks and corroded everything we once deemed sacred about our political order. Prior to the Civil War, the electorate, essentially white Christian men, had access to local government. It was here, where men shared an intimacy born of family ties, shared religious beliefs, and common cultural signposts, that representative government was meant to touch our daily lives. With the social and cultural revolution which followed the emancipation, man’s relationship to political order was radically nationalized and democratized. Today, there is simply no basis to resist “democracy” and the “open society”.
There really is no puzzle here at all, extremists of all stripes really don’t have a lot of respect for their fellow citizens. Yet another, so what article that only a “scholar” of Spencer’s caliber could come up with.