REPORT: Islam falsely portrayed in media as a “religion of peace”

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A community presentation which took place back in March in Dawson, Minnesota was featured in a Washington Post article earlier this month. Muslim doctor Ayaz Virji, MD, who tried to answer locals’ questions about the Islamic faith, was celebrated for squashing “Islamophobia” with oft-repeated lies about the so-called Religion of Peace.

Jihad Watch on Sunday exposed the Post’s “puff-piece” as “yet another mainstream media whitewash of Islam.”

For instance, Virji’s popular claim based on FBI studies that “non-Muslims have perpetrated 94 percent of American terrorist attacks between 1980 and 2005” is still frightening, considering that Muslims are only one percent of America’s population, the article points out.

The article cites a study of American terrorism in the years 1990-2016 that claims: “if you remove two outlier events—the September 11th [2001] terrorist attacks and the Oklahoma City Bombing—far-right extremists have killed more than twice as many people (272) as Islamist extremists (130).”

The report goes on to note that such claims are used to “minimize the gravity of the jihad terror threat,” but points out that the data actually shows that “Muslims in the U.S. are responsible for terror attacks far out of proportion to their numbers.” Those numbers are even higher in Europe, where terrorist attacks have been occurring at an increasing frequency.

Western Minnesota’s small towns are populated with very few Muslims, but Virji and his family have enjoyed living in Dawson since 2014. Now, with President Trump in office, he’s not so sure. He considers the President to be “Islamophobic,” which Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen jumped on, quick to paint Trump supporters as “bigoted, ignorant or both.”

In other interviews, Virji talked about his fear of “burning mosques” in America, and has claimed that Trump “wants to put me on a registry” for Muslims as he parrots fake news, which is designed to misrepresent Trump Administration proposals to revive programs for monitoring people coming into the U.S. from countries with high terrorism risks.

Virji’s presentation at Dawson’s Grace Lutheran Church was organized by pastor Mandy France as part of her internship project to “bring an end to Islamophobia.”

The report points out that Virji’s Islamic knowledge is colored by a strong Christian influence upon his life, such as his intensive Bible readings, which are a result of having attended a Lutheran school in Florida from kindergarten to the tenth grade.

Throughout his presentation, Virji told the audience blatant falsehoods, such as “Islam forbids killing in all circumstances except in a defensive war.” The report points out that Islamic jihad is an offensive doctrine which operates on the belief that Islam is humanity’s one true faith. Just look at al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Virji stated that “there are 400,000 Christians (300 churches) and about 10,000 Jews living peacefully in Iran. I wonder why the media does not tell you this.”

Jihad Watch wonders why the media does not tell Virji about “the severe religious repression forced on Iranian ChristiansJews, and others in a country defined by its post-1979 constitution as an ‘Islamic Republic.'”

Another laughable claim is that “Islamic Shariah was the first legal system to formally give women the right to vote [for sharia under a caliphate?], the right to own property and the right to divorce their husband.”

Virji doesn’t seem to know that “Islamic doctrines making divorce exceedingly easy for husbands, but extremely onerous for wives, also severely disadvantage the latter, as modern Egypt demonstrates.” He’s also unaware that “a female rape victim requires four male witnesses to convict a rapist absent his confession.”

Jihad Watch concludes that mainstream media outlets persist in calling Islam a “religion of peace,” instead of what it really is: submission.

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