Despite the efforts of the part of the Council for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to demonize this organization, the Clarion Project (clarionproject.org) continues to warn against the doctrinal efforts of Islamists to deceive Westerners and Christians in the cause of promoting jihad. Most recently, CAIR has attacked activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the film The Honor Diaries, which showcases the horrific and primitive abuse of women under Islam.
Historically, Islamists have readily and eagerly used non-Muslims who sympathize with them, considering them as fools whom “Allah” has “manipulated” in order to aid them, then converting, killing, or casting them aside once their objectives have been met.
Reverend Deborah Lindsay, Minister of Spiritual Care at First Community Church in Ohio, is a YouTube viral video star because of her call on Christians to avoid anti-Muslim sentiment. Unfortunately, her chief outreach partner is a Muslim Brotherhood-tied mosque named the Noor Islamic Cultural Center.
A video of her sermon, uploaded in September 2010, has been viewed over one million times. Her outreach to Muslims was also the subject of an article in the Columbus Dispatch. In it, she is quoted as comparing jihad to Lent.
“When we think jihad, we think holy war. And that may be what it means to fanatics and terrorists, but what the vast majority of Muslims understand jihad to be is ‘struggling in the way of God…The way of God being goodness, justice, mercy and compassion. It is a personal, spiritual endeavor,” she said.
An example of jihad, she says, would be making friends or being appreciative of what you have.
That type of misunderstanding is promoted by the MyJihad campaign led by a chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity whose leadership has privately discussed how to use deceptive semantics. The campaign distracts from examination of the Islamist ideology by redefining jihad so vaguely that it becomes a meaningless term.
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