More of Robert Spencer’s “Scholarship”

His fans call Robert Spencer an acclaimed “scholar” of Islam. Yet, when one examines his “scholarship,” this claim is laughable at best. Here is another example of Spencer’s “scholarship.”

In a recent post, Spencer seems to suggest that some of the hate crimes against Muslims are actually fabricated, including the recent attack on Muslim cabbie Ahmed Sharif. This is what he said back in December 2008:

Of course, most Muslims worldwide are not Arabs, and most Arabs and native Arabic speakers in the United States are not Muslims, but this story is still extraordinarily significant in light of CAIR’s repeated claims that “anti-Muslim hate crimes” have risen sharply in the U.S. since 9/11. They know well that victimhood is big business: insofar as they can claim protected victim status for themselves, they can deflect unwanted scrutiny and any critical examination of how jihadists use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism.

That’s probably why CAIR and others have not hesitated to stoop even to fabricating “hate crimes.” They want hate crimes against Muslims, because they can use them for political points and as weapons to intimidate people into remaining silent about the jihad threat.

And what does he offer as “proof” that Muslims are making up hate crimes all over the country? A Reuters report about crimes against Arab-Americans, the majority of whom are Christians.

“Arab-American hate crimes down since 9/11,” from Reuters, December 4 (thanks to Axel):

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hate crimes against Arab Americans have decreased steadily since the September 11 attacks but are still more common than they were before the hijackings, a civil rights group said on Thursday.The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said it received an average of 120 to 130 reports of ethnically motivated attacks or threats each year between 2003 and 2007, a sharp decrease from the 700 violent incidents it documented in the weeks following the 2001 attacks.

But that figure is still higher than the 80 to 90 reports it received in the late 1990s, the civil rights group said.

Incidents tended to increase after other terrorist attacks, such as the 2005 London subway bombings, the group said. Many incidents did not begin with a clear motivation of bias, but assailants would use racial or ethnic slurs as the situation intensified, the group said.

Incidents range from harassment and vandalism by neighbors to death threats from co-workers. One Arab American man in Alabama was shot by a customer who had been yelling racial slurs at a Middle Eastern restaurant in 2006, the group said….

This after he just wrote that most Arab-Americans are not Muslims. The fact that attacks against Arab-Americans are down does not, in any way, refute the facts about anti-Muslim hate crimes.

And they say he is a scholar?