Neil Munro, you might remember him, he’s the Irish-born “journalist” for the right-wing/corporate PR outlet the Daily Caller who felt compelled to interrupt Obama–not on behalf of drone strike victims, mind you–but on behalf of white American bigots who object to delaying the deportation of undocumented immigrants who came to the US at a young age.
Today, he has a dual hit piece on the US Episcopalian church and Muslim groups such as CAIR and ISNA:
Leaders of the U.S. Episcopalian church aren’t asking anything in exchange for letting U.S.-based Islamist advocates of sharia law pray to Allah in the prestigious National Cathedral in Washington D.C., despite Christian persecution and murder surging across the Middle East. […] The Islamists expected at the cathedral include representatives from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). In 2009, both groups were confirmed as co-conspirators in a conspiracy to deliver funds to the Gaza-based Hamas jihad group, which regularly launches attacks to kill Jews in Israel.
Now you have to wonder: why should the Episcopalian church deny Muslims the temporary ability to pray in their church because fringe Islamist groups such as ISIS and US-backed governments such as Saudi Arabia are persecuting Christians? Do we hold the plentiful atrocities of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army against American Christians? Of course not.
The allegation that CAIR and ISNA are co-conspirators in delivering funds to Hamas is based on the incredibly flawed legal process surrounding the Holy Land Foundation case. Prosecutors purported that a laundry list of Muslim-American organizations and individuals were “unindicted co-conspirators” based on meager evidence. The publication of this blacklist was later declared by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to be a violation of the groups’ and individuals’ Fifth Amendment rights.
Munro’s description of the struggle over Palestine also gives undue favor to the Israeli settler state. While he mentions that, “this year, Hamas launched more than 4,000 rockets at Jews in Israel, often from within civilian areas,” he conveniently leaves out the wider context of Israeli forces keeping Gaza under a crippling blockade and of the IDF constantly violating its own ceasefires. He gets away with this because Americans are generally unaware of inconvenient facts that get in the way of the Zionist narrative. For example: between 21 November 2012 and 29 June 2014, Hamas did not fire a single rocket into Israel. It only resumed firing rockets when the IDF launched an air strike at the end of June. The same thing happened in late 2008, when a ceasefire-breaking Israeli strike eventually escalated into Operation Cast Lead months later. There is a pattern of Western media ignoring Israel’s provocations and overall criminal nature that allows right-wing gutter dwellers such as Munro to get away with their distortions.
In the rest of the piece, Munro ignores the constant condemnations of Islamist extremism made by Muslim groups he bludgeons. One wonders if he even knows how to use Google. Either way, far more appealing to him are the words of professional hate-monger Robert Spencer, a man who’s virulent Islamophobia helped inspire Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik’s murder spree against teenagers at a political youth camp he believed promoted “multiculturalism” and “cultural Marxism.” If Munro wanted to interview an expert on Islamic extremism, there’s a lot of people he could have interviewed that have much less baggage to say the least.