An Islamic scholar, Varun Soni, the dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, recently appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s Belief series, and explained that all the head choppers and rapists and suicide bombers who do their deeds while screaming “Allahu akbar” are all misunderstanding jihad.
“One of the most misunderstood concepts of Islam is ‘jihad’, which many people interpret as ‘a holy war,’” said Soni. “But there is nothing holy about war. What ‘jihad’ actually represents is an internal struggle, the battle that is raging in our own heart. And all of our religious traditions talk about that internal struggle. In that respect, jihad is not just a Muslim idea but it’s a reality of the human condition.”
Soni claimed that “Muslims see themselves as coming to god with great humility. For Muslims, submitting to God creates a radical sense of equality.”
Equality? Equality between the beheader and his victim?
Oprah doing a show on jihad could have done enormous good. Instead, she did a show with an Islamic scholar who laughably claimed that jihad is merely a spiritual struggle.
Oprah’s single “teachable moment” devastated the cause of truth and freedom. It is breathtaking.
Little in Islamic text and teachings speak to a “spiritual struggle.” It’s all holy war. And that is exactly why hundreds of millions are waging war in the cause of jihad.
Oprah has taken a page from the media, academia, and political elites who have all but declared war on the truth and scrubbed motive and ideology from jihad-related terror in accordance with the sharia (Islamic law).
Is there no one with a worldwide platform courageous enough to stand up in defense of freedom? Oprah could have made a real difference.
Oprah has a responsibility not to be a tool, not to be a stooge. Over the past 1,400 years up to today, hundreds of millions have been slaughtered in jihad wars, cultural annihilation, and enslavement in the cause of Allah. Do a show on that, Oprah.
Twenty percent of blacks in Mauritania are slaves under Muslim rule. Do a show on that, Oprah.
Slavery is sanctioned in Islamic text and teachings. Do a show on that, Oprah.
There have hundreds of jihad plots thwarted in America since 9/11 — do a show on that, Oprah.
Nothing in the Quran speaks to a “spiritual struggle.” It’s all holy war.
Why doesn’t Oprah have on Robert Spencer or Ibn Warraq or Bat Ye’or, or someone else who would tell the truth about Islamic jihad? No, no balance, no elucidation, no truth. Endless Islamic propaganda while the threat increases and millions die. The media is adamant: the truth about jihad must be concealed from the American people at all costs–no matter how many innocent people die as a result.
Oprah’s show is consistent with the way the mainstream media always deals with issues concerning Islam and jihad. The media is in a constant state of frenzied panic to advance and promote the lie of Islamophobia and the Muslim-victimhood myth. Despite a complete lack of any real evidence, the media frames opposition of jihad terror, FGM, creed apartheid, gender apartheid as “islamophobia,” or this pearl, “anti-Muslim extremists,” as if one should support those things. They take their marching orders from terror-tied groups like the US front group for Hamas, CAIR, and the Muslim Brotherhood organization ISNA.
The media is aligned with the jihad force, and no amount of death and destruction, rape and ruin is going to change one column inch of their narrative. Do they ever ask why, if jihad is really a spiritual struggle as Varun Soni claims, not one mosque has instituted programs against jihad recruitment? Or why there is a mosque behind every jihad attack?
Oprah had a chance to present the truth to a huge audience. Instead, she gave us yet another example in an endless series: enemedia taqiyya in action.
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.