Monday, April 08, 2019

Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch: "New Zealand: Muslim leader demands that Crusaders rugby team change its name"

New Zealand: Muslim leader demands that Crusaders rugby team change its name

New Zealand Rugby will almost certainly comply with alacrity. Historical knowledge of the Crusades is virtually non-existent among non-Muslims today; few people in New Zealand or anywhere else now remembers why sports teams were called “Crusaders” in the first place. No one remembers that the Crusades were tardy, small-scale defensive actions after 450 years of Islamic jihad that had conquered and Islamized what had been half of Christendom, as is documented meticulously in The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. And in New Zealand especially, any historical or present-day opposition to jihad is being demonized as leading to mosque shootings, and is being shut down accordingly. That the jihad will nevertheless advance there has not yet occurred to New Zealanders. By the time it does, it will likely be too late.
“Crusaders name, swords and horses have got to go, says Muslim advocate,” Stuff, April 4, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
A Muslim community advocate says the Crusaders name and its branding need to go, and quickly.
On Wednesday the Crusaders and New Zealand Rugby announced they would this season seek feedback on the Crusaders name, giving two options.
One was to remove the sword-wielding horsemen that has been part of pre-match entertainment, the second was to change the branding, as well as the Crusaders name that has been with the team since 1996.
Changing the imagery only would be an insult and defeat the purpose altogether, advocate Guled Mire told Radio New Zealand.
“By keeping the name in itself, which is actually quite distasteful, that’s not a viable option so I’m disappointed that’s being considered because for me that defeats the whole purpose.”
Mire said the name change debate should have happened a few weeks ago.
Since the March 15 mosque attacks in Christchurch there has been discussion around the Crusaders name.
The Crusades were a series of religious and political wars between Christians and Muslims fought in the 11th and 13th centuries.
Mire said the fact NZR and the Crusaders were talking about the name change was a step in the right direction, but it was important for all communities to be consulted, and not just the Muslim community.
“I think given the historical context of the name itself in terms of the Crusaders and the Crusades that had happened and what has happened in Christchurch, I think we need to revisit that and anything that really marginalises Muslim communities or any other religious or ethnic groups, it needs to be addressed,” he told Radio NZ..
Mire is a speaker, activist and writer who is passionate about advancing the social well-being of New Zealand’s ethnic and former refugee communities.
He was born in Somalia and resettled in New Zealand with his family when he was six years old. He now works in central government policy….

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of nineteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing) and The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery Publishing) and the bestselling The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books). Forthcoming in 2019 is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process (Bombardier Books).

Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry.
Spencer (MA, Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) has been studying Islamic theology, law, and history in depth since 1980. His work has aroused the ire of the foes of freedom and their dupes: in October 2011, Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups wrote to Homeland Security Advisor (and current CIA director) John Brennan, demanding that Spencer be removed as a trainer for the FBI and military groups, which he taught about the belief system of Islamic jihadists; Brennan immediately complied as counter-terror training materials were scrubbed of all mention of Islam and jihad. Spencer has been banned by the British government from entering the United Kingdom for pointing out accurately that Islam has doctrines of violence against unbelievers. He has been invited by name to convert to Islam by a senior member of al-Qaeda.

Crusaders name, swords and horses have got to go, says Muslim advocate

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