Robert Spencer Reads with Special Police Blotter Glasses

It look like he is squinting.

Robert Spencer must wear certain glasses when reading anything related to Islam and Muslims. These “special” glasses are perfect for those with dogmatic minds who wish to read everything from a particular biased and hateful perspective.

For instance today Spencer writes about a  Muslim woman from California who was forced to take her hijab off in jail:

California: Muslim defendant sues county over hijab removal in jail

They made her take off her hijab for security reasons, but who cares about security when Muslim practices must be accommodated?

“Muslim defendant can sue over hijab removal,” by Bob Egelko for the San Francisco Chronicle, March 16 (thanks to all who sent this in):

All you have to do is read the whole article and you will understand why this woman is suing the county. I am not making this up Spencer, it was in the article:

The court returned the case to a federal judge to decide whether the deputies interfered with Khatib’s religious freedom without a compelling security need.

Spencer seems to imply that prisoners don’t have freedom of religion, especially if they are Muslim, but that’s good old Spencer for you, fighting freedom at every turn.

The article was not simply about undue religious accommodation and as was related in the article there was no “compelling security need” that required that the woman be forced to remove her hijab. Spencer of course wants to turn this into something it isn’t, he wants to imply that this is an example of ‘Muslims taking over,’ or ‘America “submitting” to Islam,’ but what are we to expect from the police blotter who wears “special glasses?”

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In another post, Spencer writes about CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, released after paying 2.34mln dollars in compensation to the family of his victims who thereafter pardoned him; implicit in this is Davis’ acceptance that he wrongfully murdered these two. In Islamic Law this payment is known as “Diyaa,” commonly translated as “blood money” or what is known in the West as “punitive damages.”

And what was Spencer’s catechistic complaint:

And why is the U.S. submitting to Sharia in this regard? In better days, a team of commandos would have done the job.

Spencer again sees this as an example of America somehow submitting to the bogeyman monster of “sharia” which is all together more ridiculous when we consider that Raymond Davis actually killed two people and admitted as much when he implicitly apologized for the deed by paying the family. However, Spencer cares little about the lives of these two Pakistani men, he thinks commandos should swoop into Islamabad and violate a nation’s sovereignty, not a surprise considering Spencer in the past has supported calls for genocide against Pakistanis.

Sam Ebadi Stabbed for Saying He’s a Muslim

Islamophobia? What Islamophobia? The hordes of anti-Muslim Islamophobes will probably blame Sam Ebadi for saying he was a Muslim and getting stabbed.

Deputies: St. Pete man stabbed victim because he’s Muslim

(ABCActionNews)


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A St. Petersburg man is charged with a hate crime after he allegedly stabbed another man because he’s a Muslim.

“He simply made the mistake of stating he was a Muslim, and it almost cost him his life.” said Ali Ebadi, the son of victim Sam Ebadi.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, 52-year-old Bradley Strott and Ebadi had been talking about religion when the man told Strott he was a Muslim.

He then became upset, grabbed the victim by his shirt and stabbed the man in the neck with his pocket knife, according to Strott’s arrest affidavit.

Strott said that “Muslims are the root of the problems,” the report states.  Ebadi was taken to an area hospital where he has remained since the attack. “He tried to murder my father and he spent a day in jail, I do not want another muslim family to have to go through what I go through.” said Ali.

Strott has been charged with aggravated battery and was booked into the Pinellas County Jail late Friday night.  He bonded out Saturday.

The Tampa Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations have stepped in and are talking with the FBI about this attack.

According to spokesperson Ramzy Kilic with the organization, the FBI is working with local law enforcement to see if they can upgrade the charges to a hate crime.  Ebadi is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday.

Terrorists Not Muslim?…Then “Police Blotter Bob” Doesn’t Care

I am sure that “Police Blotter Scholar” Robert Spencer was salivating at the news: Parcel blasts occurred at two embassies in Rome. I’m sure he was quick to type up a long screed on his hate site about how Muslims are a threat, that Islam is all about “jihad” and violence, that all Muslims are radicals and if they are not, they are lying to you…etc, etc. I mean, what a perfect, mouthwatering scenario for Spencer: Muslim terrorists attack the capital of Catholic Christianity! Why, I bet his keyboard was soaked with his saliva!

But, it must have all come to a screeching halt when it was learned that the terrorists behind the attacks were “Anarchists-insurrectionists”:

An Italian anarchist group said it was behind the attacks in a note found on the clothing of the injured Chilean.

The message, written on behalf of the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), said: “We have decided to make our voice heard with words and with facts, we will destroy the system of dominance, long live the FAI, long-live Anarchy.”

The Italian intelligence services said in a report to parliament last year that the FAI was “the main national terrorist threat of an anarchist-insurrectionalist type”.

In fact, according to the BBC article:

Responding to Thursday’s blasts, the Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, said: “It’s a wave of terrorism against embassies, something much more worrisome than a single attack.”

The terrorists in this case are not Muslim, and thus it explains why Robert Spencer has no mention of the attacks on his hate site. You see, news such as this does not fit into Spencer’s narrative about Islam’s evil, its violence, its threat to the West, and so on. Thus, he simply omits the evidence that refutes his hypothesis. Why, how scholarly of him!

Christians Persecuted in India, Robert Spencer Silent

India is branded as the largest democracy in the world and it is a growing world power, however unfortunately it at times suffers from chronic sectarianism that explodes into all out violence in the form of riots, pogroms and discrimination. For the past few years there has been extensive violence against the Christian communities in certain regions of India, specifically Orissa.

Recently, Robert Spencer and fellow Islamophobes have been focusing on the mistreatment of Christians in Pakistan and other Muslim countries but they have been precariously silent on the condition of Indian Christians.

Hindu mob storms Orthodox school

A group of rightwing Hindu activists yesterday attacked an Orthodox school in a central Indian town in protest at disciplinary actions against three students, witnesses say.

The group forced their way into the visitors’ room of St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh and shouted anti-Christian slogans, ucanews.com reports.

They then smashed a picture of the Blessed Virgin in the visitors’ room state before staff prevented them from further action.

Another group of nearly 50 young people later went to the school and threatened the staff.

School principal Father K. J. Louis said the troublemakers had been angered by the school for punishing three students for indiscipline.

The police were called and are now being asked to offer protection to the school, the principal told ucanews.com today.

The principal said the school acted against the students after getting their parents’ consent. They had been suspended them for 10 days in November after they were caught setting off firecrackers in the school premises.

Catholic Bishop Gerald Almeida of Jabalpur condemned the incident, which he said was part of an ongoing hate campaign against Christians in the state.

The protests are suspected members of the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian people’s party) which rules Madhya Pradesh.

Christians and their institutions in the state have witnessed several incidents of violence after the BJP came to power seven years ago.

Since then, more than 180 cases of attacks on Christians have been reported from the state.

The school has started 25 years ago and has some 2,500 students.

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Hindu mob storms Orthodox school (ucanews.com)

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.

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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”?

Another case of Spenceritis: “Cleric’s view represents all of Islam”

“Acclaimed scholar” on Islam (chuckle…chuckle), Robert Spencer is at it again using his pseudo-scholarly approach when it comes to Islam. In a recent post on his website, Robert Spencer wrote:

Muhammad Al-Arifi is an Islamic cleric. He has devoted his life to studying the Qur’an and Islam. And somehow he has gotten the crazy idea that the Qur’an says that Muslims should fight against unbelievers, subjugate them, and make them pay the jizya. Now, whenever non-Muslims point this out, they’re called bigoted, hateful, and ignorant of Islam. So is Muhammad Al-Arifi a self-hating Muslim who Misunderstands Islam and just narrowly avoided flunking out of his seminary? Or could it be that the “bigotry,” “hate” and “ignorance” charges are just smokescreens designed to bamboozle the unwary into not realizing that the truth is being told?

He then goes on to quote this heretofore unknown Muslim cleric’s views on “killing the infidels” and projects them upon all of Islam. It is exactly as Ahmed Rehab in his piece about Spencer said:

The Set Up: Spencer and his associates scour the web for the most sensational and extreme expressions within the Muslim world. They may be related to a certain extremist interpretation of Islam, or may not even have anything to do with Islam altogether, but that won’t matter, so long as the perpetrator is a Muslim, it will do.

The Performance: Spencer then supplants his own commentary on the story which he meticulously crafts with the ultimate goal of convincing his readers that the bizarre incident in question is representative of the faith of Islam and Muslims at large. This subtle leap of faith that he hopes no one notices is the key to his magic act.

The Prestige: He can then rightly claim, with the innocence of a schoolboy, that he does not make up the material he produces, that he is merely quoting things as is, hoping no one notices that he uses the aberrant to define the normative.

So, just because this one cleric believes that Muslims should “fight the unbelievers,” that is the truth, and all the evidence in Islam to the contrary is just a “smokescreen.” Continue reading