This week, the U.S. Army War College indefinitely postponed Islamophobe Raymond Ibrahim’s speaking engagement at their 50th Annual Lecture Series.
We commend its decision to postpone the event, and caution against any future events with the speaker, as Ibrahim has been known to use his platform to defame Muslims in the U.S. and abroad.
Ibrahim’s rhetoric—characterizing Muslims as inherently angry, hostile, and prone to terrorism against “the West”—normalizes and justifies violence against Muslims, which is already a problem for the military.
In a time of rising white nationalism, Islamophobia, and violence, hosting Ibrahim to speak would not only have endorsed, but fostered anti-Muslim hate within the military. The invitation was all the more concerning due to the military’s continuing internal problem with white supremacists within its ranks.
Organizing Director for MPower Change, Ishraq Ali, notes:
“Hateful rhetoric like Mr. Ibrahim’s has inspired violence against Muslim communities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Every day, we are reminded of the wretched impacts of bigotry and Islamophobia. Just this week, as the U.S. Army War College rescinds Ibrahim’s invitation, the killer of 3 Chapel Hill Muslim youth was convicted, while overseas, the killer of the New Zealand mosque shootings plead not guilty to his crimes.”
Though the invitation to speak has been rescinded indefinitely, this incident speaks volumes with regards to the rampant bigotry normalized in the Trump Era.
“In the Trump era, there is no denying that more blatant islamophobia and bigotry fuel growing violence against our communities. While I’m glad the invitation was rescinded, it’s utterly unacceptable that a tax-payer funded, government institution would invite an unabashed Islamophobe […] in the first place.”
For additional coverage, see the piece in the Daily Kos.