Incompetence or intentional? via State Department tweets picture promoting Sharia law h/t Blazing Cat Fur.
Early Wednesday morning, the State Department issued a tweet that included a picture promoting Sharia law over “man made law.” The image was captioned, “Muslims coming out inviting society to #Islam.” The tweet accompanying the photo spoke approvingly of free speech while saying ISIS does not support the concept.
“In open societies, all faiths enjoy freedom of speech; under #ISIS rule, no such thing as freedom of expression,” the tweet said. Many disapproved of the photo and schooled the State Department for the short message.
“You’re joking, right?” one person asked. “Shariah law: Inviting society to a lifetime (and death time for that matter) of slavery and misery,” another person added.
“Epic fail from the DOS,” a third critic said. “The people pictured do have free speech, but they would take it from others.”
Another person cited George Orwell’s line that some are more equal than others, while many scolded the State Department as “stupid.” One critic said the “incompetence of this administration never ceases to amaze me.”
An article at The Blaze said the @ThinkAgain_DOS Twitter account is the agency’s “English-language outreach program” and has been criticized in the past for being “ineffective” and “embarrassing.” According to SITE Intelligence Group Director Rita Katz, the effort, launched in December 2013, is not only embarrassing, it could also give Islamic extremists “a stage to voice their arguments.”
onsThe account has also raised other issues, according to Katz. “The State Department account is not only a gaffe machine, but in fact some of its tweets walk dangerous ethical lines,” she noted, citing instances where the account directly engaged an al-Qaeda official in a meaningless and somewhat childish Twitter exchange.
The tweet, ironically, failed to note that free speech is severely curtailed under Sharia law. The Blaze pointed out that Sharia law also “outlaws depictions of the Prophet Mohammad or speaking critically of the prophet.” Those who do speak critically of Mohammad could easily find themselves beheaded.
Did Congress somewhere along the way make a law respecting the establishment of Islam as the religion of the U.S.?
The photo was given the caption ‘Muslims coming out inviting society to Islam’ – which was copied by the US State Department – by a man calling himself Abdulrahman Muhajir, whose Twitter account is suspended.
The photo appropriated by the US State Department was first placed on Twitter last week by a woman calling herself Umm Usmaan, who is a leading figure in the anti-democracy campaign.
She described it as an ‘Islamic roadshow’ and included the slogan ‘stay Muslim, don’t vote’ when she put the photo on Twitter.
An investigation by The Mail on Sunday has found the banner was used in an extremist campaign called Stay Muslim, Don’t Vote, which calls for strict sharia law to be imposed on Britain, as well as urging Muslims not to vote in elections.
Yesterday she posted a picture of another sign with the message: ‘The right of legislation belongs to none but Allah!’
Last night, terror expert Douglas Murray, associate director of the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, said: ‘It’s an incredibly weak “fail”,’ he said. ‘They should be putting a bit more thought into their sourcing. With all of our resources, it’s not even as accomplished as the crudest IS propaganda.’
US Twitter users were also quick to ridicule the State Department, with one calling it an ‘epic fail’. Conservative US commentator Mark Steyn added: ‘Why is the State Department promoting sharia for the United Kingdom? Aren’t they supposed to uphold the Constitution of the United States? Sharia’s incompatible with that constitution, as it is with the legal inheritance of Western civilisation.’
The State Department did not respond to requests to comment yesterday.