Tag Archives: #myjihad

MyJihad: A campaign for perspective

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By Laith Saud

Professor Amitai Etzioni of The George Washington University recently published an op-ed piece questioning the veracity of the MyJihad Campaign.  By now, many are familiar with this groundbreaking campaign, but for those who are not, MyJihad is a public awareness effort designed to educate people – non-Muslim and Muslim alike – on the nuances of the term ‘jihad’ and its largely spiritual character.  The necessity of such a campaign is clear; the term ‘jihad’ has been the centerpiece of an anti-Muslim, pro-war discourse.  Over the last twelve years, wherever public discussion on ‘jihad’ or ‘jihad and Islam’ has taken place, much of it has been hawkish – leading the public to ascend to disastrous conclusions, like in 2003, when 70% of the American public thought Iraq had something to do with 9 -11.  Those who supported the MyJihad campaign argue that it is a healthy contribution to the public discourse, broadening our perspective on Islam and arming the public against over-zealous hawks that still use Islam as an excuse to go to war.

Contextualizing #MyJihad: A jihadi’s response to Amitai Etzioni

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By Maryam Arain

Last week, Amitai Etzioni published an article in the Huffington Post critiquing the #MyJihad ad campaign, a series of ads that aim to reclaim the Arabic word jihad and have been posted on buses and in metro stations across Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco.

Etzioni made some critical points in his article by demonstrating that Islam is no more violent than any other major religion. By highlighting the comparable violence embedded in the religious texts of other major religions like Christianity and Judaism, he helps readers understand that Islam has been unfairly framed as a particularly violent religion as opposed to a religion that, like most others, condones physical fighting under certain circumstances.

Pamela Geller’s self-defeating quest to “defeat” jihad

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By Matthew Barry

I recently joined the rarefied heights achieved by The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Butterball Turkey in being recognized by Pamela Geller as an imminent threat to the survival of Western Civilization, thanks to my recent piece in the Monitor about the #MyJihad campaign. Rather than sitting back and basking in my honor, I would like take this opportunity to respond and correct some of the most egregious insults that the truth suffered in it.

Glenn Beck’s ‘The Blaze’ gets it wrong on the #MyJihad campaign

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By Yasmina Blackburn

The letter to the editor below was submitted to The Blaze  on Monday, January 7, 2012.

Sharona Schwartz, author of the January 7, 2013 Blaze article, “‘My Jihad’: CAIR ad campaign tries to rebrand ‘jihad’ as a positive word,” presents clear misrepresentations regarding the #MyJihad Public Education Campaign.

Pamela Geller’s obsession: Countering tolerance

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By Matthew Barry

As the nation mourns the senseless violence in Connecticut and politicians in Washington bicker endlessly over the “fiscal cliff,” the #MyJihad public education campaign should have presented an unambiguous bit of good news to a country in sore need of it. Bus ads and Twitter posts promoting peace, tolerance, and understanding; who could possibly object?