Middle East studies in the News
Saudi-funded Academic John Esposito Laments Influence of Jihad Watch
by Robert Spencer
"The amount of money that the Center for American Progress and also CAIR [the Council on American Islamic Relations] show in their studies of philanthropic support for Islamophobic authors and websites was found to be 42.6 million dollars." This is a wildly inflated figure, reached by conflating disparate organizations and lumping together the support they have received over many years. "When you get that kind of money being pumped into putting out negative messages," says Esposito, "to which the average person is exposed to, then you get the perception that Muslims are not speaking out."
In reality, it is Esposito and his allies who have all the money and media influence. His organization received $20 million in 2005 from Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, and untold sums on other occasions from others: "In December 2005, the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU) received a $20 million dollar gift from HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal." Is it any wonder, then, that every time you see a mainstream media story about jihad, it is minimizing the jihad threat and demonizing counter-jihadists?
"The strength of the Islamaphobic forces, as well as those who are fellow travelers, and what I mean by travelers is that when you have Jihad Watch or others publishing stuff, it gets picked up in front pages everywhere. It gets picked up by other fellow travelers at times; by Pajama media, American Thinker, Family Security." Esposito would have us believe that people have a negative view of Islam because of Jihad Watch? While I am flattered that he has such respect for my Zionist black arts, I must demur. I ain't that good.
If people have a negative view of Islam, it's because of people who keep beheading people and blowing things up and raping women and then explaining that they're doing it because of Islamic texts and teachings. Esposito, like all purveyors of the "Islamophobia" myth, is trying to hoodwink people into thinking that those who are responsible for linking Islam to terrorism are those who report on the activities of jihad terrorists, rather than jihad terrorists themselves. Esposito, in speaking in this interview about "Ben Carson or whatever the heck his name is," calls himself "a guy who is too bright to be stupid."
He may or may not be that, but the American people certainly are. And it because they see jihad activity, plus the threats of imminent conquest, and the denial, victimhood posturing and finger-pointing from Hamas-linked CAIR and its ilk, that "those who view Muslims favorably have dropped from 35 percent to 27 percent" — not because of Jihad Watch. But thanks anyway, John.
"Building Bridges: John Esposito Talks to OnIslam," by Inas Younis, OnIslam, October 27, 2015 (thanks to C.):
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