Shocked: Mustafa Abu Maryam, the youth pastor at the Islamic Circle of North America Mosque, center, listens to comments by Mahdi Bray, executive director of the Muslim American Society, during a news conference about the Pakistan Five in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. At left is mosque spokesman Essam Tellawi
The pattern is set. 1) A member of an Islamic community making his way to jihad becomes a story. 2) Islamic community spokesmen expressing shock becomes another story. 3) End of story.
Whether it's the Army's Hasan and his killing spree or Northern Virginia's five jihadis and their capture, the pattern is always the same. Islamic inspired event. Islamic feigned wonderment. Total media incuriosity and reliance on propaganda put over by known hostile actors and groups. That's the way the mainstream information flow works.
Off to the side, however, via the Internet, robust exercises in debunking take place, providing a trove of evidence of the support existing within the Islamic community for jihad activities to extend Islamic law -- all available to any and all takers.
There are no takers.
Here is a great example of what the mainstream is purposefully missing, via the Investigative Project on Terrorism, on the subject of ICNA, whose Northern Virginia ICNA mosque was "spiritual" home to the Pakistan Five.
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), which touts itself as a leading grassroots Muslim organization, stood with American law enforcement last week in condemning violence and distancing itself from the actions of five of its young, American mosque attendees. These would-be terrorists traveled to Pakistan, intent on killing American soldiers whom they saw as waging a war on Islam.
Leaders at the Alexandria-based ICNA mosque expressed shock at the men's decision to give up bright futures for jihad. "The teachings of this mosque are the Koran, moderation, tolerance and peaceful interaction with our neighbors and other faiths,' said Essan Talawi, a guest imam at the mosque where the five men attended and were active members of its youth group."
Youth group director Mustafa Abu Maryan said extremism and violence are not part of the mosque's teaching. "We have always focused on community, community, community," he said.
ICNA issued a declaration saying, "Extremism has no place in Islam, and ICNA works tirelessly to oppose extremist and violent ideology."
Oh yeah? Really? Izzata fact? Get the goods the media won't even look at -- ICNA's open calls to jihad and Islamic law, etc. -- here.
In a related case, this one interesting because the facts of the matter are "hiding" in plain sight, Jihadwatch examines the meaning of this Minnesota billboard (how's that for hiding in plain sight?) sponsored by ICNA:
The Star Tribune put it this way:
Hoping to encourage interfaith dialogue, an Islamic organization will unveil a pair of billboards in Minneapolis this week.
An "Islamic organization"? "Interfaith dialogue"? Robert Spencer explains:
The Islamic Circle of North America has been named in "a list of our organizations and the organizations of our friends" by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is bent on waging "a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
They say they want to encourage dialogue via these billboards. Great. I'll start. The billboard says that Islam is "the way of life of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus & Muhammad." That is a reflection of the Islamic supremacist notion, rooted in the Qur'an (3:67, 5:116, 9:30, etc.), that the Biblical prophets taught Islam, and their messages were corrupted by their followers to create what we know of today as Judaism and Christianity. In this view, Judaism and Christianity have no legitimacy whatsoever: they are renegade, twisted, hijacked versions of the original Islam.
In other words, the billboard isn't about "dialogue" any more than ICNA is adequately described an "Islamic" -- and not also a Muslim Brotherhood organization. The billboard is about religious and political subversion and conversion.
Well, it's a free-ish country, after all, right? But that doesn't account for why elites in the media and public life have abdicated their freedom, forever failing to call things what they are.