On Thursday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, a hijab-adorned Muslim professor claimed that “Islamophobia” plays a role in inspiring Muslims to commit mass murder Islamic terrorist attacks.
Speaking with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, Engy Abdelkader - a professor at Georgetown University who teaches courses on “international terrorism,” “human rights,” and “civil liberties” - claimed that “anti-Muslim bigotry and discrimination” contributed to “cultural homelessness” among Muslims.
Abdelbaker falsely claimed that “white supremacist groups” and “right-wing extremists” posed a greater threat to Americans than Islamic terrorists. She also refused to use the term “Islamic terrorism" or even acknowledge that Islamic terrorists are actually Muslims:
“There is actually a greater threat of terrorism from white supremacist groups and right-wing extremists than there are from individual who self-identify as Muslims."
The FBI data indicates that there have been more acts of terrorism committed by right-wing extremists and white supremacists.”
Abdelbaker refused to acknowledge social and cultural pathologies among Muslims that drive Islamic terrorism. She also refused to acknowledge Islamic doctrine or religious dictums that drive Islamic terrorism:
“I don’t think anything has gone wrong in my community. First of all, there are about three to seven million Muslim-Americans in this country, and the individual who perpetrated this atrocity at this university is far from representative of that three to seven million peaceful Muslims.”
Left-wing and neo-Marxist Muslim commentators have pushed a similar narrative over recent years, pointing to a misleading 2014 Europol (the law enforcement arm of the European Union superstate) report which broadly defined “terrorism” to include acts that did not include violence against persons.
The aforementioned Europol report defined a terrorist act as follows:
“[Any] intentional acts which, given their nature or context, may seriously damage a country or an international organisation when committed with the aim of: 1. seriously intimidating a population, or 2. unduly compelling a government or international organisation to perform or abstain from performing an act, or 3. seriously destabilising or destroying the fundamental political, constitutional, economic or social structures of a country or an international organisation.”
In March, Abdelbaker wrote that “right-wing extremists have killed more Americans that those who self-identity as Muslims have.” Borrowing a nebulous term coined to deny the existence Islamic terrorism as a phenomenon (and popularized by President Barack Obama), she described Islamic terrorism as “religious violent extremism."
"Islamophobia, including xenophobic political rhetoric (that excludes refugees), exacerbates cultural homelessness because it erodes a sense of purpose while feeding the extremist narrative that our societies are anti-Islam and anti-Muslim."
Abdelbaker has written for and contributed to left-wing Democrat aligned news outlets such TIME, CNN, and The Huffington Post.
President-elect Donald Trump has called for restricting the admission of foreign Muslims as immigrants, refugees, and visitors. Democrats and the broader left have generally called for increasing the numbers of foreign Muslims admitted, refusing to acknowledge the overlap between Islamic terrorism and Muslims. During Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, the former first lady called for increasing the number of Muslims admitted as refugees beyond the status quo of refugee admission.