Once Katherine Kersten started writing about MAS, CAIR and other Muslim ‘civil rights organization’, it was predictable that someone would write that Kathy was an ‘Islamophobe’. That eventuality happened in Friday’s Strib in this op-ed by Ahmed Tharwat. Here’s a sample of Mr. Tharwat’s propaganda:

From the “flying imams” fiasco at the airport, to the cabdrivers facing off with the Metropolitan Airports Commission about transporting alcohol, to the current flurry of articles about plumbing adjustments to accommodate foot-washing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Kersten’s interest strikes me as paranoia, or even out-and-out phobia.

Allow me to utterly destroy Mr. Tharwat’s complaint against my friend. First, Kathy’s writing about the defiant cabbies pointed out how the Muslim American Society (MAS), a front group for the Muslim Brotherhood, was part of a much bigger agenda:

Omar Jamal, director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, thinks he knows why the society is promoting a “no-alcohol-carry” agenda with no basis in Somali culture. “MAS is an Arab group; we Somalis are African, not Arabs,” he said. “MAS wants to polarize the world, create two camps. I think they are trying to hijack the Somali community for their Middle East agenda. They look for issues they can capitalize on, like religion, to rally the community around. The majority of Somalis oppose this, but they are vulnerable because of their social and economic situation.”attempting to stir up trouble by claiming that the Qu’ran forbade Muslims from transporting alcohol.

Based on that information, it’s pretty difficult to say that Kathy’s writing was based on paranoia or “Islamic-phobia.” It sounds more like Kathy exposed MAS’s political agenda.

As for the “plumbing adjustments to accommodate foot-washing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College”, perhaps Kathy wouldn’t be so concerned if not for the Muslim Brotherhood’s goal of a worldwide Muslim caliphate. The plan to build the caliphate is summed up in a set of documents known as “The Project”, which is their 100 year plan to make Sharia law the law of the United States. Here’s a portion of Patrick Poole’s article:

What makes The Project so different from the standard “Death of America! Death to Israel!” and “Establish the global caliphate!” Islamist rhetoric is that it represents a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the “cultural invasion” of the West. Calling for the utilization of various tactics, ranging from immigration, infiltration, surveillance, propaganda, protest, deception, political legitimacy and terrorism, The Project has served for more than two decades as the Muslim Brotherhood “master plan”. As can be seen in a number of examples throughout Europe, including the political recognition of parallel Islamist government organizations in Sweden, the recent “cartoon” jihad in Denmark, the Parisian car-burning intifada last November, and the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London, the plan outlined in The Project has been overwhelmingly successful.

Once people know that a terrorist organization has a 100 year plan to build a Muslim caliphate one piece at a time, it isn’t unreasonable to think that installing wash basins isn’t the goal. Rather, it’s quite reasonable to think that it’s just part of The Project.

As for Mr. Tharwat’s worries about Kathy’s “phobia”, I wouldn’t think that fits. According to Dictionary.com, the definition of phobia is “a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.” Since Kathy’s reporting isn’t based on fear, it isn’t credible to call her reporting phobic. I’d add that Kathy’s reporting isn’t irrational since it’s fact-based and rational. Furthermore, I’d doubt that anyone would buy into the notion that reporting on a terrorist group’s attempts to stir up trouble is phobic. I’d bet that most people would call that rational.

Whatever her motive, Kersten is consistent in her attempts to agitate the reader about Muslims living in the United States and their perceived “threat” to Western civilization. Her zealous coverage of issues of the Muslim community is both puzzling and frightening.

Mr. Tharwat is partially right in the sense that radical Islamists should be frightened by Kathy Kersten’s reporting. They prefer implementing things in the Project without scrutiny. As for Mr. Tharwat’s accusation of Ms. Kersten’s “attempts to agitate the reader about Muslims”, I’d characterize her writing as her attempt to educate Americans about Muslim extremists.

Kersten seems intent on stirring up negative public opinion on relatively minor topics in her apparent crusade to save American culture from the Muslims.

If she were involved in a crusade against Muslims, which she isn’t, she wouldn’t have interviewed Somali Muslim taxi drivers to get their side of the story, would she?

One last thing: The first time I heard the term Islamophobia, I contacted the American Psychologists Association to see if they recognize such a phobia. They said that they didn’t. In fact, the young lady with whom I talked said it sounded more like a slang term than anything else.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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