In the debate over Islam, let the facts be damned

I received a large volume of comments from my column last week, “The enemy isn’t Islam” (Other Views, May 15). The comments tended to be either very supportive of my position or strongly against it, with nothing in the middle.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published May 20, 2012

I received a large volume of comments from my column last week, “The enemy isn’t Islam (Other Views, May 15). The comments tended to be either very supportive of my position or strongly against it, with nothing in the middle.

Hugh in Tampa, a former captain in the U.S. Navy, said he spent six years working in the Middle East and has “experienced Islam firsthand.” He said, “Beheading and stoning is not only recommended in the Quran for certain behaviors, it is common practice in some Islamic countries. If you think the actions of the radical Islamic leaders is anything other than war on non-Islamic religions then you need to read the Quran.”

Without knowing it, Hugh makes my point for me: The actions of radical leaders don’t mean all Muslims are terrorists. These radical leaders don’t represent all Muslims anymore than the KKK — the goals of which include an intent to “re-establish Protestant Christian values in America by any means possible” — represents all Christians.

Many readers took issue with the pejorative term “knuckle draggers” that I used to describe those who protested against Hassan Shibly, who spoke about Islam at Steinbrenner High School. Never mind the protestors have slandered Shibly by calling him a terrorist — I’m sure he’d swap that term for knuckle dragger. I have spoken with Shibly several times, and I have researched the facts surrounding the government’s labeling of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Shibly leads its local office) and the Islamic Society of North America, and do not believe that he or either of those groups support terrorism.

The knuckles of Shibly’s critics may not literally drag to the ground, but they are certainly ignorant to the facts.

Click here to read the full column in the Tampa Tribune.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at:

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5 thoughts on “In the debate over Islam, let the facts be damned”

  1. Hi Chris: Very good article in Sunday’s paper. I was particularly struck by the very last sentence:

    ……”The Islamaphobes aren’t ignorant; they just choose to believe only what they want to believe and let the facts be damned.”

    Having just attended a Hillsborough BOCC Public Hearing this past Thursday evening – this sentence summed up the opposition to a Community Plan. Full disclaimer here, I was for the Plan!!!!!

    Thanks for a good article


  2. Chris – you never cease to amaze me. I appreciate you trying to add some reason and truth to the conversation. If more Republicans were like you, you just might convince a dyed in the wool Democrat like me to vote for them!


  3. Chris who gave you the Facts! Once you get paid by liberal democrats you start to see the good in the destruction of all things American (Noticed that). Trillions spend and countless delays by terrorists by the religion of peace supporters (lol) doing the best they can with supporters like Chris to destroy freedom, Travel, Commerce. How fun is it to travel since the 70’s we know you have to play your port but the Facts… give it up you can’t handle the FACTS…


  4. America’s Enemy is RINO’s in Office.. Forget Obama Islam and the Liberal Democrats. When you do NOT have a Conservatives in office that will take the fight to the democrats you have the Chris’s of the World who live in the corners to collect the royalties of consulting Fees on how to talk to the independents who are these people they are those who want not to talk politics they are as animated as all the rest..


  5. “Fear Is Gripping the Nation”? Where exactly? More to the point where is there evidence of widespread Islamophobia? As for CAIR have you conveniently ignored their their status as an unindicted co conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development scandal, financing Hamas?


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