Max Blumenthal praises work of Islamist group that won’t condemn stoning women

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When it comes to defending religious minorities and the oppressed, Max Blumenthal is a hypocrite. He argues that he stands up for the oppressed Muslims of the world while “neocons” only wish to wage war and kill them, but he does more to harm those most affected by Islamic extremists than almost anyone else in the West.

He lumps together ex-Muslims in this group of neocons, ex-Muslims being an actual oppressed minority in many parts of the world, and for good measure Max throws “new-atheists” in that group because doing so is currently all the rage and sure to garner him some clicks on his articles.

This all became even more evident than before with his actions and defense of Islamists and extremists this week at the University of Bath’s Understanding Conflict: Research, ideas and responses to security threats conference, which in short was a three-day conference devoted to calling anyone who dares criticize Islam, Islamophobes and defending religious extremism.

Don’t believe me? Here is a slide from speaker Dr. Deepa Kumar who equated ex-Muslims to McCarthyites and accuses ex-Muslims of being “native informants” for the far right. An attempt to silence those who leave Islam.

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Secular activist John Sargeant said it best on his blog:

How is that for dissuading ex-Muslims going public? You are a McCarthyite, a native informant collaborating with colonialist oppressors. You are on a par with white supremacist Christian groups. You are with the Zionism that encourages human rights violations of the Palestinians, which is supported world-wide because of islamophobia.

Her views were called into question, her choice of polarizing language questioned, and she defended her nonsense. Refusing to accept that ex-Muslims are a persecuted minority and even more so ignoring the fact that in many of the cultures she claims to be defending, ex-Muslims can be put to death for their apostasy.

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This isn’t a conference on dealing with conflict, it was a conference for attacking liberals, real liberals, who have the guts to stand up against Islam and Islamists and accuse them of being the war-mongering right wing propagandists.

The conference was a list of topics that all tried to squeeze “Islamophobia” into the titles, but instead of attacking the actual “Muslimophobes” on the far-right who do wish to oppress the world’s Muslim population and support the endless wars on terror, they attack the actual liberals who are standing up for the actual Muslims being oppressed by Islam. And instead of listening to a single ex-Muslim who criticizes Islam yet opposes war and fights for a free Palestine, they just call them traitors and lump them into one group.

Ex-Muslims are not the traitors that Dr. Deepa Kumar claims they are. By doing so, she is being the very bigot she is accusing ex-Muslims of being.

Max Blumenthal, another speaker at the conference praises Kumar’s work, attacking ex-Muslims at any chance and simply shutting down any and all dialogue by calling them racist.

He tweeted out this photo of one of the speakers accusing those such as Maajid Nawaz, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Zuhdi Jasser, etc, as working for the far right regime.

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But Max Blumenthal, anti-oppression and savior of the left didn’t miss an opportunity to have his photo taken and to then tweet praise for the work being done by CAGE UK.

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Invaluable work? Deserve support?

Okay, so Max claims to stand up for the rights of oppressed Muslims. So let’s look at what CAGE stands for.

Asim Qureshi, the director of CAGE, pictured above with Max was on the BBC show This Week, last March and was asked by the show’s host Andrew Neil, to condemn a series of extreme positions, including claims that Jews are descended from pigs, homosexuality is evil, support for female genital mutilation and that the stoning to death of women was an appropriate punishment for adultery.

How did Asim answer?

“I’m not a theologian” before adding, “I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.”

That’s right, he refused to condemn those horrible acts, but the group he leads, CAGE, is doing “invaluable work” and “deserves support” says a smiling Max Blumenthal.

Here is a video of Asim being questioned on This Week (skip to the 10 min mark for these comments):

And let’s not forget to mention that Asim called Jihadi John “extremely kind” and an “extremely gentle” man who had been radicalised as a result of harassment by security agencies.

That’s right, Mohammed Emwazi or “Jihadi John”, the man responsible for beheading several people in ISIS videos is a kind and gentle man, according to Max’s buddy here.

Max does not for a single second defend minorities, he is, in fact, an apologist for religious extremism and cultural relativism. If I so much as condemn FGM, stoning, or any other barbaric Islamic practice, I will be labeled an Islamophobe and called a racist bigot.

Max Blumenthal is a hypocrite and a hypocrite of the worst kind because his propaganda and closed-minded ignorance gives support regimes and cultures in which actual minorities are oppressed, persecuted and slaughtered.

His only arguments come in the form lying about his opposition such as claiming that Ayaan Hirsi Ali defended Anders Breivik, the mass murdering terrorist who killed 77 people in Norway in 2011.

Except no such thing ever happened as I fully documented here.

But the truth means little to Max, he cares only about defending Islamists and being a world-class faux-liberal who is too blind to the world he lives in to listen to actual ex-Muslims about the oppression happening inside these Islamic countries and instead defends the rights of the groups to terrorize anyone they so please because of moral relativism.

He will seemingly stop at nothing to silence ex-Muslims and anyone who opposes his view.

He has shown us the company he keeps, the people he defends. Max Blumenthal is not a savior from the left, he is the very devil on the right he warns us about.

(Lead image: Video Screen capture / Flickr / Salaam Shalom / Creative Commons // All other images: Twitter screen capture)

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