Why Robert Spencer Cannot Be Trusted

The most vocal American voices inspiring religious and ethnic discrimination today is New York Times bestselling author, Robert Spencer.

In his book, The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion, Spencer asserts that bloodthirsty jihadists invoke the image of Prophet Muhammad and that it is therefore necessary to understand who the Prophet was in order to understand the jihad violence.

I consider Spencer to be ignorant, deceptive, and a threat to the peace of humanity. Spencer has repeatedly made false statements about Islam and Muslims.

Spencer makes deliberate choices that reveal his bias. For example, the word ‘Allah’ for Arabic-speaking people, regardless of religion, translates into God. He chooses to ignore this widely accepted translation and practice. Instead Spencer asserts that he will use ‘Allah’ rather than the word God to differentiate the Muslim practice from a Judeo-Christian belief.

Spencer’s desire to rewrite context and meaning is made clear through his choice of language in various parts of his books. Rather than using ‘Muslim’ when referring to Muslims, Spencer often purposefully chooses highly politicised terms in the American context including ‘Mujahideen’ and ‘jihadist’. These are words that have taken on negative connotations and are not interchangeable nor a substitute for ‘Muslim’.

Spencer discounts the thriving discourse around Islam, interpretation, laws, and rights by labelling all Muslims who have developed a more nuanced understanding of Islam as “Muslim apologists.” Despite the active role these voices play in Muslim countries and communities, Spencer erases them to support his own portrayal of Islam as oppressive and violent.

Spencer consistently makes unfounded assertions about Muslims, misinterprets Islam’s treatment of women, and misrepresents all Muslims as Islamists ready to strike terror at any moment.

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” [Qur’an 8:12]

No reasonable person would interpret this to mean a spiritual struggle. It means having fear instilled in their hearts i.e., being naturally afraid.

It is in the Jews nature to fight and be behind walls:

Allah said the following about this, and also about the Jews courage in general, over 1,400 years ago:

They will not fight you all except within fortified cities or from behind walls. Their violence among themselves is severe. You think they are together, but their hearts are diverse. That is because they are a people who do not reason. [59:14]

Allah put fear into their hearts that caused them to hide behind walls and be afraid. Israel is among the most racist and discriminating countries among its own Jewish citizens: 

And we have cast among them animosity and hatred until the Day of Resurrection [5:64]

The Qur’an itself has ordered Muslims to build power to the maximum extent possible (which includes nuclear power) so that such power might function as a deterrent and be used to protect mankind from oppression, chaos and anarchy (the evil elite who now rule the world and who are waging unjust wars on Muslims and Arabs in particular):

And prepare against them (to be used) whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war (hence missiles, etc.) by which you may terrify (i.e., fear instilled in their hearts) the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others (enemies) besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows. And whatever you spend in the cause of Allah (i.e., for the purpose of building that military strength) will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.” [8:60]
And those who disbelieved are allies of one another. If you do not do so (i.e., build power and establish alliances with those who are friendly to you), there will be fitnah on earth and great corruption. [8:73]

These verses have nothing to do with subjugating non-Muslims until the only religion is Islam.

In his latest article, he wrote: “The Prophet Muhammad said “Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and the trees and stones say: “Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him…”

Not surprisingly, Spencer seems to not hear the ‘stones’ of the intifada that have already begun to speak in the Holy Land:

Spencer often puts forth grand assertions about Muslims and Islam without providing any substantive or reliable evidence. He emphasises what he considers to be the violent nature of Muslims throughout his books, often by making unjustified leaps in logic. Without any evidence supporting his claim, Spencer announces that “jihad warriors treat any counter-measures by American or Israeli forces as unprovoked attacks, deserving swift and fierce revenge.”

This statement presupposes that all Americans and Israelis have inflicted violence only as a response to jihadist terror attacks, placing the blame on Muslims.

Despite a lack of evidence, Spencer continually attempts to point out ways in which Muslims are violent, by relying on his selective interpretation of the Qu’ran.

He concludes with a call for all Americans to recognise Muslims for who they are – jihadists ready to attack at any moment. He urges all non-Muslim governments to “stop insisting that Islam is a religion of peace.”

Many Muslims have been outspoken in their condemnation of terrorism and the murder of innocent people in the name of Islam and yet the media ignores it. Every single time. Here’s a compilation of Islamic fatwas against terrorism by Juan Cole, scholar of the Middle East and author of Engaging the Muslim World.

Spencer, who styles himself a “leading scholar of Islam,” is one of the most dishonest Zionist writers I have ever encountered since I started doing research on these issues.

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