FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why don't you allow comments on your site? 

We love the free exchange of ideas and the only reason that we don't have a place for readers to post feedback and opinion is the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

We don't want CAIR doing to us what they keep doing to Robert Spencer of JihadWatch by pretending that a bigoted comment by a third party reflects the opinion of a host who has consistently insisted otherwise.

When CAIR apologizes to Spencer for this sleazy and underhanded game, then we will know that it is safe to allow others to voice their personal opinions here.

[Note:  When Nazi banners were brought to CAIR's anti-Israel rallies in 2009, the organization later disowned them, even though it will not extend the same courtesy to JihadWatch.]

What opinions should I form about my Muslim neighbor, 
co-worker or friend from your site?

Absolutely none. 

Judge a person only by his or her own words and deeds - and nothing else.

(Actually, this isn't a question that we've ever been asked, but we did want to reinforce the point that every Muslim is an individual and shouldn't be thought of differently merely because of their religious affiliation).

There seems to be fewer items on your list than the attack counter indicates.  Why the discrepancy?

Sometimes multiple attacks are grouped under the same item.

How do you define a 'deadly' attack?

Technically, the term can mean any action intended to cause death, but we very rarely include an attack on our counter unless death actually results.  As with honor killings, they are not represented in the overall count.

Why did you create this site?

We were inspired by the on-going rate of violence in the Islamic world and the relative indifference of Muslim groups like CAIR.  We believe that it is this apathy which sustains the violence. 

We were disappointed to find that suffering and terror in the name of Allah has no real effect on most religious Muslims, who dismiss it with semantics.  There is little genuine remorse and even less resolve to end the violence.  Instead there is only excuses, whining, and a general shunning of responsibility from Muslims for what is happening elsewhere.

After several years of this, we reluctantly concluded that the narcissism and lack of self-reflection is a product of the religion itself.  This prompted us to research "the Religion of Peace" and discover what it is that makes Islam so very different.

Who is the little boy in the banner picture?

His name is Matan Ohayon, a four-year-old Israeli boy. 

On the night of Nov. 11, 2002 a Palestinian member of Arafat's Fatah organization broke into his family's house as his mother was reading a bedtime story to Matan and his older brother, who was five.  Their mother initially shielded the children with her body, but after she was dead the gunman then murdered both of the little boys at point-blank range.   This man was later celebrated as a hero, in the same tradition as other terrorists who kill the innocent in the name of Allah.

Aren't many of the identities of the terrorists in the list unknown? 

Yes, but there is very little doubt that each of the attacks listed is the product of Islamic terrorists.  We try to rely on the opinion of local investigative authorities when identities are unknown, and so far we have never had to retract more than two or three items (unless they were initially misreported by news sources).

Why do you insist on calling them Muslim terrorists?

Because each act is committed by Muslims for the cause of Islam (as perceived by the attacker).  These are not nominal members of the faith killing for non-religious reasons.  These are people who believe in Islamic supremacy and that killing advances the cause of their religion - as the Quran instructs (9:73).

Islamic terrorists generally fight to establish an Islamic state.  Anyone who opposes this goal is either an infidel or a "hypocrite".

Aren't you really just listing any murder that occurs in the Muslim world? 

Not at all.  We do not record an act of terror unless it could reasonably be assumed that the motivation is religious to some extent.

We do not, for example, include acts of terror perpetrated by the Marxist PFLP or the PKK (Kurdish Workers Party) because - although they are Muslims - the members do not claim religious motivation.

Another example is the horrific massacre of 57 people in the Philippines in November of 2009.  Technically, a Muslim clan was responsible, but the carnage resulted from a feud that had nothing to do with religion.

Is this a racist site?

A racist is a person who distinguishes groups based on genetic traits and then makes qualitative comparisons between these groups.  Racism is irrational because every person is an individual, not a group, and there is not a single characteristic that can be predicted about any individual based on their race.

Although Arab-centric in practice, Islamic teachings have nothing to do with either genetics or race.  Only an ignorant person would think otherwise.

(For the record, we are strong anti-racialists - meaning that we don't even believe in categorizing people by race, much less in drawing conclusions from such alleged distinction.)

See also: TROP on Race and Racism

OK, then isn't this just an anti-Muslim site?

Given that there would be far more Muslims alive if Muslims took our advice and brought an end to Islamic terror... no, we are not anti-Muslim

'Anti-Muslim' is a term implying hostility toward Muslims as a people.  It is a rhetorical strategy employed by those who are unable to challenge the factual substance of their opponent's argument. 

Intelligent critics of Islamic supremacism challenge Islam as an ideology, not Muslims as a people.

What about other religions?

What about them? 

Is there video of Christians chanting from the Bible before cutting someone's head off?  Are there global networks of alleged sociopaths vocally praising Jesus, Moses, or Buddha as they commit horrible atrocities with the approval of about 1 out of 3 'peaceful' co-religionists?  Do other religions have some sort of "sex-for-murder" clause that promises 72 virgins to entice disciples into killing themselves while killing others?

Be honest, when you hear a news story about religious fundamentalists blowing up innocent people in the name of God, how often does it not involve Islam? This is a very different sort of religion - one that not only inspires violence, but the apathy that sustains it.

Beginning with Muhammad, Muslims have killed a great many people over the years in order to distinguish their religion from others.  It is not fair to the victims that their own religion be demeaned merely because modern apologists see value in trying to pretend that other religions are no different from Islam when it comes to the worst aspects.

Islam is the only religion accountable for the crimes of Islam.

Do you hate Muslims?

A common strategy of protecting Islam from inquiry is to blur the distinction between the ideology and the individual so that intellectual critique can be made to appear as bigotry to weaker minds.

In the real world, thousands of people lose their lives each year and tens of thousands more suffer various and egregious physical injuries because the Qur'an teaches the supremacy of Muslims and sanctions violence for the cause of Allah. Exposing this truth and documenting its terrible effects has nothing to do with "hate". 

Contrary to misconception, far more of the Quran is devoted to the inferior status of non-believers than to how the religion of Islam should be practiced.  In fact, three out of every five verses are devoted to non-Muslims and almost none of these are flattering.  Anyone truly concerned about hate speech should take a hard look at what the Qur'an really says about those outside the faith.

We are very explicit in stating that it is wrong to stereotype or pre-judge Muslim individuals, much less to harass or harm them.  But, we also do not believe that the notoriously delicate sensibilities of peevish members of the Religion of Peace take precedence over the victims of the awful violence committed in Allah's name each and every day.

See also: How we feel about Muslims

Do you accept articles for posting?

At this time, we don't post submissions.  We do link to articles posted on other sites, but our resources are limited and we don't have the time or space to reformat and edit submitted writing. 

How often do you update the site?

The list of terror attacks and the counter are updated each day.  Sometimes there will be a noticeable delay between an incident's occurrence and our posting.  The reason for this may be that we are waiting for details or confirmation.  News and articles are usually added at random intervals during the day. 

What's with all the typos and grammatical errors?  Are you dyslexic?

No, just tired.

Why don't you do summary reports or post the totals of the killed and injured?

This is a question that we get asked quite a bit.   The purpose of the site isn't to provide casualty figures, since we only catch a fraction of the actual toll, but rather to impress upon Muslims and non-Muslims alike the extent of the violence - despite the billions of dollars worldwide spent to prevent it.

TROP only lists discrete events that are confirmed to have taken place at a specific place and date. The vast majority of violence coming out of the Islamic world occurs in the shadows, in areas where murder and massacre are unhindered by a free press or international monitoring.

The slaughter in Sudan is a prime example.  Certainly we know that hundreds of thousands have been killed by Arab militias and their sponsor, the Islamic government, based on refugee reports, but the latter does not permit human rights monitors to observe the carnage.  Hence the difficulty in compiling the sort of data that TROP requires for listing incidents.

Why don't you provide links to the incidents?

Quite frankly, it would be a nightmare to keep up with.  Links change or disappear over time, particularly when the information is on the front page of a news web site.  Past experiments have shown that broken links and incomplete articles do more harm than good.

The data that we use to compile the list is public information.  There is no rumor or word of mouth involved.  All incidents include a date, location and description.  Each one can be verified by any earnest inquirer.  The site has been up since 2002, and we have never been challenged over the occurrence of any attack on our list.

Contrast this to CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) which routinely releases annual "reports" claiming that a specific number of hate crimes were perpetrated against American Muslims.  Their summary figures are usually repeated verbatim by news outlets, which merely refer to CAIR as the source.

However, CAIR does NOT provide the least bit of detail for the vast majority of attacks!  They do not make their database available for public scrutiny as we do.  In fact, they now admit that their "data" is comprised largely of incidents that are merely "reported" to their hotline service.

Do you accept donations?

Yes.

For four years we refused donations, but this changed in 2006.  The main reason is that the resources required to maintain the site increased quite a bit as we expanded operations.  The other is that it seemed there were a number of folks wanting very much to contribute... to be a part of the defense against creeping Jihad.

Donating to the site is much appreciated, but not required.  You can read more here.

Who are you?

Someone who supports the freedom of the individual to determine their own meaning in life. 

(We have no association with any other group, religious, political or otherwise).

What religion are you?

Existentialist.

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