The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is the second-largest international body after the UN. It represents 57 Muslim (or putatively Muslim) nations, and bills itself as the deliberative body of the Ummah, the collective of the world’s Muslims.
When examining the reach and influence of the OIC, it’s useful to take a look at Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the wealthiest and most influential Islamic activists in the world. In September 2005, Prince bin Talal bought 5.46% of voting shares in News Corp, making him the fourth-largest voting shareholder in the parent of Fox News. Just by coincidence, 5.46% is the precise amount necessary to have a seat on the board of directors. It was a shrewd move, giving Prince bin Talal direct influence on broad editorial policies at America’s most popular cable news outlet — which is also generally perceived to be “conservative”.
The prince made no bones about his strategy. Years earlier, in 2002, bin Talal boasted about his influence on the news content seen by viewers all over the world:
Arab countries can influence U.S. decision-making “if they unite through economic interests, not political,” (Alwaleed) stressed. “We have to be logical and understand that the U.S. administration is subject to U.S. public opinion. We (Arabs) are not so active in this sphere (public opinion). And to bring the decision-maker on your side, you not only have to be active inside the U.S. Congress or the administration but also inside U.S. society.”
He gave an outline of a broader Muslim strategy in a speech on May 28, 2005 at the 25th anniversary of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC):
… there is too much at stake. That is why I, through Kingdom Holding Company, have already begun the process of establishing think-tanks, foundations and centers, as well as partnering with institutions of higher learning in the United States. Needless to say, we are more than prepared to work with organizations such as ADC, CAIR, Arab-American Institute, to name only a few, and to provide needed support. What we have before us will not be easy, but I am convinced that with your help, and the help of others, God willing, we will eventually succeed. Rest assured that I for one will spare neither effort nor treasure in reaching our common goals.
A few months later Prince bin Talal put his treasure where his mouth was, and bought his share of Fox News.
But what does this have to do with the OIC?
A general rule about Sunni Islamic activism is that it is all interconnected, and the tentacles of connection inevitably lead back to the Muslim Brotherhood. The ADC, CAIR, and MPAC are all Muslim Brotherhood organizations, and all were unindicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial.
These and similar Muslim organizations are affiliated with the OIC and work co-operatively with it. In 2006 CAIR issued its own press release with references to the ADC and the OIC:
OIC, CAIR, ADC TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON ISLAM/WEST RELATIONS
September 20, 2006
The Secretary General of The Organization of Islamic Conference and Local Chicago leaders to comment on Muslim-US relations, Muslim-Catholic relations
(CHICAGO, IL 9/20/2006) — The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) and the Chicago chapter of the American Arab Anti-Discrimination committee (ADC) will join his Excellency, Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), in a press conference this Saturday on the subject of US-Muslim relations 5 years after 9/11.
So all roads in the Ummah lead to the OIC.
As regular readers know, the OIC is now halfway through a ten-year plan to eliminate Islamophobia throughout the non-Muslim world. It views recent developments in Switzerland and the Netherlands with alarm, since they indicate that Islamophobia has leaped from the personal level to legal initiatives and political institutions. According to the OIC website:
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The Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, has called on Member States to convene a high-level meeting to elaborate a unified Islamic plan on how to relate with the west in addressing the spate of Islamophobia.
This proposal was contained in the Secretary General’s address to the preparatory senior officials meeting for the thirty-seventh session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, held at the OIC Headquarters in Jeddah on 12 April 2010, and lasting three days.
The Secretary General underscored the challenges facing the OIC, foremost of which is the campaign against Islam and Muslims in the west, in the context of what has come to be known as Islamophobia. He stressed that this phenomenon must be addressed especially because “it has become a serious matter which portends grave consequences.” In this regard, he underlined that the ban on the construction of minarets in Switzerland was a dangerous indication pointing to growing hostility towards Islam and Muslims. Islamophobia has graduated from being an individual act and newspaper articles to the level of laws and constitutions to underpin the phenomenon, thus featuring in the agenda of political contests at elections.
So how does Prof. Ihsanoglu propose dealing with the scourge of Islamophobia? Why, through the UN, of course:
The Secretary General asserted that the commitment of Member States to support the position of the OIC in voting on the resolution against defamation of religions at the Human Rights Council in Geneva and the United Nations General Assembly was very crucial. This was in spite of the strong opposition they faced from the western states. He cautioned about negligence on the matter for that would mean a loss of the political and legal support needed to defend our religion, values and holy sites. He called on Member States to accord utmost importance to the matter.
Every year since 1999 the UN Human Rights Council has voted for an OIC-sponsored resolution proposing a binding decision that requires member states to enact laws that criminalize “defamation of religion” — which in practice means criticism of Islam. Every year the United States and European countries vote against it, but with Barack Hussein Obama in charge of American foreign policy, the OIC is that much closer to achieving its stated goal.
The topics of the OIC, CAIR, and Prince al-Waleed bin Talal all converge in what is on the sides of Miami-Dade Transit’s municipal buses. Or, rather, in what is not on the sides of Miami-Dade Transit’s municipal buses: CAIR has successfully pressured the bus system into dropping paid advertisements that it considers “Islamophobic”.
What makes this article from Fox Business doubly interesting is the fact that it has virtually republished a CAIR press release. It retails uncritically all the Muslim Brotherhood talking points, including vicious attacks on Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer:
CAIR: Anti-Islam Ads Pulled From Miami Buses
CAIR-SFL applauds end to ‘campaign of hatred and intolerance’
The South Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFL) today announced that Miami-Dade Transit is dropping bus advertisements sponsored by an anti-Islam hate group.
“We believe Miami-Dade Transit did the right thing in dropping this campaign of hatred and intolerance,” said CAIR-SFL Executive Director Muhammed Malik. “The advertisement’s reference to apostasy is merely a smoke-screen for the promotion of anti-Islam bigotry and the attempted marginalization of American Muslims.”
He said Stop the Islamization of America’s leaders, Pam Geller and Robert Spencer, are considered by many Muslims to be among the nation’s most vicious Islamophobes.
On her personal blog, Geller has written of President Obama: “[O]ne thing is for sure: Hussein is a muhammadan [sic].” [emphasis added]
Now here comes a professionally-executed example of the art of the smear:
Geller has been vocal in her criticism of the black population in South Africa and seemingly supportive of the slain South African apartheid leader Eugene Terre’blanche. Following Terre’blanche’s recent murder, Geller wrote: “All I see in South Africa is Black supremacism. Terreblanche [sic] may have been a white supremacist, but he’s the dead one.”
This is a clever guilt-by-innuendo hatchet job worthy of Charles Johnson. Whites in South Africa — including the followers of the late Eugene Terre’blanche — are victims of an ongoing genocide at the hands of blacks. This fact is indisputable, even if the mainstream media in the United States choose to ignore it. And genocide is genocide, even if some of the victims are “racists” themselves.
But because Ms. Geller dares to point it out — voilà! She becomes a de facto racist “white supremacist”. OK, OK, a Jewish white supremacist, but still…
Dr. Goebbels would be proud.
CAIR Fox Business continues:
Geller has even been criticized by other Islamophobes for her extremism and for supporting far-right fascist groups in Europe. In fact, Stop the Islamization of America is an outgrowth of a similar group in Europe that seeks to block the construction of mosques on that continent. Stop the Islamization of Europe also “considers Islamophobia to be the height of common sense” and claims that Islam “considers lying to be not only acceptable, but obligatory.”
Note the absence of quote marks around the word “Islamophobes” or “fascist”, and the lack any other attempt by a supposedly independent news organization to investigate the validity and spin of the CAIR party line.
Needless to say, there’s nothing in that “Islamophobic” platform that we (and most of our readers) don’t agree with. But there’s no indication that Fox has even considered the possibility that “Islamophobes” might have valid points to make. The “article” displays an uncritical acceptance of the BlokWatch/LGF designation of parties like Vlaams Belang as “fascist”, and thus extends the label by association to Mr. Spencer and Ms. Geller.
Robert Spencer has also been criticized for the extremism exhibited on his personal anti-Muslim web site “Jihad Watch,” which recently compared Muslims to Nazis. Jihad Watch Board Vice President Hugh Fitzgerald wrote: “When I see thousands of people in a mosque, I am put in mind not of a gathering at St. Peter’s, but rather, of a Nuremberg Rally, a horizontal collective affair, rather than vertical, with the prostration itself performing, or signifying, blind obedience of the kind that, at the real Nuremberg, is signified by the heil-hitlering salute of thousands, yelling in unison, and saluting, and re-saluting.” [Spencer refused to repudiate those statements.]
And why would he need to “repudiate” them? Would Fox News care to examine the arguments demonstrating the similarities (not to mention the institutional liaison) between Nazism and Islam?
No, that’s apparently too much trouble for the dedicated news-sleuths at good ol’ “Fair and Balanced”.
This brief quote is also interesting:
One then right-wing critic wrote of Spencer’s blog: “His website has descended into a true hate site at this point, dominated by extreme, bigoted commenters who regularly advocate genocide and mass murder of Muslims.” [That writer has since broken with the far-right, in part because of pervasive anti-Islam bigotry its proponents often exhibit.]
“That writer” just happens to be Charles Johnson. “Right-wing critic”! Hah!
I wonder how Il Duce of LGF feels about being not only a public asset for CAIR, but also a favorably-quoted source for a Fox Business story…
And now for the Gates of Vienna connection:
In 2007, Spencer spoke at a so-called “Counterjihad Brussels” conference in Belgium attended by those with links to far-right parties such as Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang (Belgium) and Ted Ekeroth of Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden). Both parties have been accused of either having a racist platform, a neo-Nazi past or having links to neo-Nazis and other racists.
Yes indeed! These are our people. And, yes, they have been accused of “having a racist platform, a neo-Nazi past or having links to neo-Nazis and other racists.”
Accusations are easy and fun to obtain. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has been accused of barbecuing puppies in his basement — or so I hear. Prince al-Waleed bin Talal has been accused of keeping ten-year-old blonde Norwegian girls as sex slaves. I read that somewhere; can’t remember where.
Let’s hear it for “being accused”!
And what about Nihad Awad, the National Executive Director of CAIR? What has he been accused of? Perhaps of being the most prominent shill for the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States of America:
“The bus ads are part of a growing ‘Islamophobia machine’ nationwide that must be challenged by Americans of all faiths,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
The rest of the MSM was already in the tank for the Muslim Brotherhood. Now that Fox News has taken its thirty pieces of silver and crossed over to the other side, there is virtual unison within the nation’s major news outlets on the topic of Islam. Prince bin Talal has reason to consider his money well-spent.
The “Islamophobes” in Europe have the wind at their backs these days, as recent events in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Belgium demonstrate. Watch the upcoming elections in Sweden and Britain: the breeze may strengthen even further.
But the gale is hard in our faces here in the USA, and the high-powered wind machine generating it is a joint venture of the major media outlets, Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, the OIC, CAIR, MPAC, ISNA, MSA, and all the other innumerable morsels in the great alphabet soup of Muslim Brotherhood front groups in the United States.
Hat tips: TB and TV.