Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Disturbing Facebook Group Targets Moderate Muslim Leaders

I received a link today to a very disturbing Facebook group that certainly brings Mark Steyn to mind again:

(Click here or on the photo to enlarge)

The group, Remember The Enemies Muslims!!! directly targets prominent, moderate Muslims over their religious beliefs. Utilizing a strong, if non-violent tone, it promises "exposure" and public confrontation with its stated "enemies:"

This group is made so that Muslims can identify the apostates and People who Abused our Religion. These people have disrespected Islam not through intellect but through words of abuse. We can answer criticism, we can take criticism but we can not take abuse. All those who were responsible will be exposed and their profiles and pictures will be made available, besides them modernist and secular Muslims who want to westernize Islam according to their own interpretation which directly conflicts with established interpretation of Muhammad(saw).This will be done so that Muslims can identify their Enemies!!

Abuse:To speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.( in order to insult and provoke)

Critic:a serious examination and judgment of something( constructive criticism) T

Taken from (in order to differentiate between the two words which may be taken to be similar which they are not)

The group has posted photographs of specific Muslim moderates, including prominent commentators Irshad Manji and Tarek Fatah (click the photos to enlarge):

I suspect Facebook will remove the group shortly. I am wondering how my friends at National Review would respond to that form of censorship.

I also wonder - if a Canadian human rights tribunal chose to investigate a complaint by any of the photographed individuals or by members of the moderate Muslim community, would the National Review crowd defend Remember The Enemies Muslims!!! as vigorously as they defend Mark Steyn?


Update: December 20, 2007 - As commenter BigCityLib notes, the "group" no longer appears to be hosted on Facebook.

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Anonymous said...

Please, are you so willfully blind that you cant tell the difference between an opinion piece and a call for people to be murdered - that is what this facebook group is by the way.

FluffResponse said...

and so blind as to not tell the difference between the enemy -- mainstream (or, if you prefer, "political") islam -- and the friends, those who communicate what this self-destructive immigration portends for future generations.

bigcitylib said...

Nasty stuff, and in fact reminds me very much of the "hit lists" that used to be published (and maybe still are) by anti-abortion groups. I can't find the actual page, so perhaps its been pulled already.

Malaysian Canadian said...

It stated, “This group is made so that Muslims can identify the apostates…” Plus, everyone listed on the hit list were labeled as an apostate/Ex-Muslim. In addition, real apostates such as Ibn Warraq and Taslima Nasrin were listed. The hit list was mainly about Ex-Muslims.

The hit list group has been discovered by myself, an Ex-Muslim and I have dealt with it. I also shared it with Tarek Fatah, a very well known Secular Muslim since he is also listed on the hit list and is a famous figure, which I thought would lead to something more likely to be done about the hit list. The media and others got a hold of the issue. Unfortunately, they neglect to mention anything about Ex-Muslims or apostates but instead moderate Muslims (which are really Secular Muslims). I find this unacceptable. The hit list is more for apostates but we are not mentioned. I think it is about time that the media and people mention Ex-Muslims so that Ex-Muslims would know that people care for our wellbeing too. Plus, as an Ex-Muslim I feel like people think we do not exists.

Heina said...

Jermo: it's an opinion piece that could get people killed. Apostasy is a capital offense in most Muslims' minds, and so calling out people as apostates could contribute to their harassment and murder.

By the way, the group has been deleted but also replaced:

Malaysian Canadian said...

I just realized that the hit list has 4 Ex-Muslims and only 2 so-called moderate Muslims. So, who is the list about? I think it is about Ex-Muslims. But why do people make it into a moderate Muslim hit list when most people on there are not Muslims? Just because the Secular Muslims have access to the media, this blog, etc while Ex-Muslims are hiding in the closet scared of being killed.