...but it is typical
Having observed this sort of thing happening on a regular basis all over the West I am quite used to the pattern of behaviour portrayed in this video. Someone raises perfectly rational concerns over extremist literature put out by Sharia supremacists and asks a reasonable question of a Muslim political candidate. Something along the lines of: "Are you happy to state that you have no sympathy for this anti-freedom agenda?" - that sort of thing.
The person questioned immediately seems to take great offence, accusing the questioner of racism, intolerance, bigotry & of course "Islamophobia" ("White Supremacist" is becoming more fashionable these days too, even if the questioner is not white). And that simple question is never directly answered.
OK, I know we're dealing with politicians here and sure, not giving a straight answer is their bread & butter, but come on: "do you refute and oppose the goals of this designated terrorist organisation?" should not really be that difficult to conjure up an off-the-cuff answer for should it?
But it regularly seems to be the case that it IS too difficult to answer and not only that, merely asking the question - which is based upon court approved documentation & verified by top security sources as I noted here - means that public accusations of racism, pulling the wings off butterflies and being mean to kittens inevitably pour forth. Furthermore as the man being questioned was once Vice President of the Muslim Students Association, a Muslim Brotherhood linked group, the question is extremely fair.
However even more disturbingly, this irrational response is given a pass by all too many people because - feelings! Never mind the careful wording of the question or the substantial reasons for clarifying the issue, we seem more concerned about offended feelings. Again.
Here is the link to the Buzzfeed article mentioned below. Hey, wait a minute! I just noticed that any mention of the Muslim Brotherhood Memorandum is labelled a "conspiracy theory" by the (apparently Muslim) author, so I guess we're all wasting our time even looking into this. I mean everyone knows that once something is called a conspiracy theory no intelligent person would give it the time of day right? Darn. Well I guess we can ignore that then...
However there is a video on that Buzzfeed page of the Republican candidate's offending talk which the article is responding to. Have a look at that 7 minute clip too and decide for yourself if he is being bigoted. You will find plenty of evidence, even here on IslamAndKiwis, that he is being pretty reasonable & accurate.
But no, bigots that we are, we've got that all wrong - he is simply a hateful white supremacist. Interesting too that the highly educated Dr. Abdul El-Sayed has no problem publicly telling Mr Colbeck in the 6 minute video below that, "you may not hate Muslims but I'll tell you what Muslims definitely hate you".
But that's not hate speech eh? The best reason I can come up with for it not being hate speech - somebody please give me a better one - is that Dr El-Sayed belongs to a minority and therefore cannot be guilty of either racism or hate speech because he is oppressed. He's an oppressed high-earning, politically active and influential epidemiologist. Don't laugh, I think he actually believes it.
This very useful article is via the wonderful Pamela Geller. Do pardon the emotive headline, but as I say, this response is so common that one would almost think all Muslim politicians get formal training in deflection. Best to detect the pattern and file it away for future reference. You will see it again, be prepared.
Michigan: First-ever Muslim candidate for Governor comes unhinged over question about Sharia (VIDEO)
Source: First-ever Muslim candidate for Governor comes unhinged over question about Sharia
By LEO HOHMANN
Michigan’s first-ever Muslim candidate for governor, Dr. Abdul al-Sayed, took a shot at fellow gubernatorial candidate Patrick Colbeck on Thursday that some Republicans are saying was below the belt.
Colbeck, speaking at a candidate’s forum in East Lansing, expressed his concerns about Sharia law and the extremist Muslim Brotherhood’s tactic of civilization jihad. Colbeck took exception with an article he says was planted by Sayed supporters in the left-of-center website Buzzfeed, which painted Colbeck as a fringe extremist using “unfounded conspiracy theories” against Sayed.
Rather than address Colbeck’s concerns, Sayed called Colbeck a racist Islamophobe whom Muslims “definitely hate.”
Sayed, 33, the former public-health director for the city of Detroit, was on stage Thursday at the Michigan Press Association with several other Democrat and Republican candidates for governor running in the Aug. 7 primary.
Sayed refused to answer a question from the moderator about the Islamic legal system known as Sharia, other than to say that, if elected, he would uphold the constitutions of the U.S. and State of Michigan.
“This is one of those areas that got me ticked off in regard to the fairness of the media,” Colbeck told the audience Thursday. “They pitched this comment around my concern about the Muslim Brotherhood as a concern about Muslims in general. I love Muslims. It’s not an issue. The issue is about terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood.”
After he berated Colbeck as a racist, and lectured the other Republicans on the panel for not condemning Colbeck as a racist and white supremacist, the normally cool-headed Sayed became visibly angry and showed he is not above expressing some hatred of his own.
“What frustrates me more is not that you have blatant racism on the part of certain people, but what frustrates me more is in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, is not when bad people speak out but when good people fail to speak out, and what I have not heard is the Republicans on this panel, decisively and swiftly call out this kind of Islamophobia, this kind of racism, in the context that they are wanting to represent the state that has the highest per-capita number of Muslim Americans in the country. Now you may not hate Muslims, but I’ll tell you, Muslims definitely hate you!”
Dick Manasseri, spokesman for Secure Michigan, one of the groups that has concerns about the incremental advancement of Sharia in Michigan’s Muslim enclaves, including female genital mutilation, honor violence and polygamy, said he was surprised to see Sayed come unhinged in response to a calmly-communicated concern by Colbeck.
“Dr. Abdul definitely lost his cool,” Manasseri said. “I think what we saw was an outburst. Abdul was not cool. Patrick is purposely trying to not make this his only issue, but when it comes up he’s not afraid to address it and Dr. Abdul showed he just can’t handle it. All he has in his bag of tricks is the canned response that everyone who asks about Sharia is a racist and an Islamophobe.”
Since Islam is not a race, and some of the most populous Muslim countries such as Syria and Bosnia are filled by Caucasians, the charge of racism is disingenuous at best, nonsensical at worst, Manasseri said.