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.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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