If the mission is to find an American who does not support American greatness, [Ibtihaj] Muhammad is an excellent choice. To say she’s not a fan of the United States is to put it mildly. Part of her “role model” behavior is denouncing this country. The Daily Beast headlined her claim: “I’m Not Safe In The U.S.” She denounced a “climate of anti-Islamic sentiment in the United States” and said she “had someone follow me home from practice and try to report me to police … right on 28th and 7th in New York City.”
That kind of blame-America thinking resonates with the elites.
Like other journalists, NBC’s Morgan Radford played up the Islamophobia angle, saying, “But while she suits up for the red, white and blue, she’s faced with the painful reminder that some don’t think those stars and stripes belong to her.”
On CBS, reporter Elaine Quijano explained, “Muhammad says she owes it to her community to use her platform as an Olympic athlete to speak out against hate.” Muhammad claimed, “I had a man encounter me on the street and told me that I looked suspicious, and that I looked like I was (going to) blow something up.”
Here’s what all these glowing stories omitted:
Columnist Pamela Geller displayed a 2008 social media post in which Muhammad posted a picture of another Muslim woman, Leila Khaled, who made history as the first female hijacker of an airplane, working with the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In the photo, Khaled is holding a gun and smiling. Next to the photo, Muhammad wrote in a comment, “me with a gun.”
In that same spirit, Muhammad’s Twitter page carried a series of #FreePalestine hashtags and nasty headlines against Israel, including “Israel accused of war crimes by UK Parliament,” “Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state” and “Israel Guilty of Ethnic Cleansing and Apartheid, Says UN Rapporteur.”
This hater should carry our flag of freedom?
Leila Khaled is and an airline hijacker — a terrorist with the ‘Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine’ (PFLP). Leila Khaled participated in the multiple hijacking of five jetliners in 1970.
If Ibtihaj Muhammad is a poster girl for anything, it’s how the enemies of freedom have seized the narrative — demonizing the good and exalting the evil.
Here she lauds Imam Suhaib Webb — more than once. Suhaib Webb is currently the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, which is part of the same entity under the same ownership as the Islamic Society of Boston, where Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev worshipped. Webb spoke alongside the late al-Qaida senior operative Anwar al-Awlaki at a Sept. 9, 2001 fundraiser for an Islamic radical who killed two police officers, according to FBI surveillance documents.
The former imam of the Islamic Society of Boston, Suhaib Webb, is revered in the mainstream media as a “moderate,” but he has actually denounced secularism as a “radical lunatic ideology.” Webb also once headed up a fund-raiser for a cop killer with arch-terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.
Webb previously served as imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, where an Ohio jihadi beheader reportedly worshiped.
Speaking of ugly, a paragraph that was clearly linked to a notorious legal jihadist has been removed over threat of legal action.
Back to Muhammad’s ugliness, here’s a tweet from her public Twitter timeline, including the link:
Muhammad is among the most privileged in the U.S., via: Muslim-American Olympian Criticizes her Country | Frontpage Mag
This is a woman who had the opportunity to meet with President Obama and even offer the First Lady a fencing lesson. Indeed, Ibtihaj Muhammad has lived the American dream. She graduated from a top school, Duke University, where she attended on a scholarship. To fund her ambitions to become a world class fencer, she worked as a substitute teacher and fencing coach. She also founded her own clothing line Louella. And she has gotten some big name corporate endorsements. She missed qualifying for the 2012 Olympics, but continued working hard to make the 2016 team, which, to her credit, she succeeded in doing.
Explaining her primary motivation for going after a spot on the 2016 team, Ibtihaj Muhammad focused on her attachment to the Muslim community, not simply on the honor to represent America. She said, “When I heard that there had never been a Muslim woman on the U.S. team to wear the hijab, that is when I made this conscious decision to go for 2016.” She added: “I am excited to represent not just myself, my family and my country – but also the greater Muslim community.”
If Ms. Muhammad were truly interested in representing “the greater Muslim community,” she should use her celebrity status to speak out against the atrocious living conditions of women in Saudi Arabia, Iran and other Muslim majority countries.
Did Ms. Muhammad by chance have the opportunity to speak with any of the very few female competitors from Saudi Arabia, for example? That devout Muslim country discriminates against its own female population, all under the banner of Islam’s sharia law. It is allowing just four women athletes to compete in the Olympics this year, after having received an ultimatum from Olympic authorities in 2012. At home in Saudi Arabia, women are not even allowed to attend national team competitions as spectators, let alone participate in any tournaments or state organized sports leagues of their own. “Our society can be very conservative,” said Prince Fahad bin Jalawi al-Saud, a consultant to the Saudi Olympic Committee. “It has a hard time accepting that women can compete in sports.”
More generally, there is strict gender segregation in Saudi Arabia. And merely wearing a hijab head cover would not be enough to keep a woman out of trouble for dressing too immodestly.
In commenting on the recent spate of Islamic terrorism, Ms. Muhammad blamed it on an “unhealthy situation” caused by “(M)isunderstanding of religion, of what different societies need in order to thrive.” It would appear that Ms. Muhammad has a basic misunderstanding of the doctrines in her own religion that have fueled violent jihad around the world.
As an example of political correctness run amok, there was mounting pressure on Michael Phelps, who was elected by his teammates to serve as flag bearer in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, to decline the honor in favor of Ibtihaj Muhammad, who came in second in the voting. Various media outlets called for Phelps to yield. Perhaps the most ridiculous article was a CNN op-ed piece addressed to Phelps by W. Kamau Bell, in which the author says that “America has enough tall, successful, rich white guys hogging the spotlight” and that “Muhammad carrying the flag would be nearly a one-stop inclusion shop.”
The Olympics should be all about sports competition for the top prize based on merit. It should not be about religious faiths or domestic politics. Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, earned the honor to carry the flag on behalf of the United States. Muhammad has not earned that honor, unless being Muslim, wearing a hijab while competing and trashing her country constitute the new standard of “excellence.”
To top it off, Hillary Clinton Congratulated The Hijab Wearing American Olympian For Competing, But Ignored The American Woman Who Not Only Won America’s First Medal in 2016 But Won The Gold Medal In Air Rifle Competition!
The most ironic part of this story is that fencers have to wear a mask, so the symbol of Islamic supremacism is not even visible. And that’s how it should be.