Awad proceeded to explain his personal emotional state surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing and maintained that he was representative of most Muslim Americans. But O’Reilly charged back, pressing Awad to explain why his religion was the motivation for terrorism.
“Here is where it all goes — I don’t have time for a speech,” O’Reilly said. “You have got to go back and forth with me, OK? You not admitting that radical Islam drives worldwide terrorism puts you in the category where you have no credibility because the facts are the facts. Ninety percent of worldwide terrorism is radical Islam, period. … I don’t know what Islam means to you with all due respect. That’s not the topic.”
Awad attempted to justify his sentiment, which led to a back-and-forth between Awad and O’Reilly.
Partial transcript as follows:
O’REILLY: You just said, you just said that radical Islam is not the driving force of terrorism in the world, when that’s an absurd statement. It’s absurd.
AWAD: I think your statement is absurd because you are trying to redefine religion for me. You are trying to define my faith to me.
O’REILLY: No I’m not. I’m telling you that radical Islamists, under the banner of jihad, are causing the most intense terrorism the earth has ever seen and you are denying it. So either you are naïve or I mean, you are just way out of touch. Do you not have a television set?
AWAD: Bill, I think you are just making up some stuff.
O’REILLY: Making it up?
AWAD: I’m telling you Islam is a peaceful religion. Islam is my faith.
O’REILLY: Yeah, what about these jihadists then?
AWAD: Well, also you do not the know the word jihad, what it means. I’m telling you jihad is a legitimate struggle. Those terrorists who are using the word are trying to legitimize their attacks on innocent people.
O’REILLY: Do you know how many of them there are? You have a whole nation of Iran, a whole theocracy that is threatening the world.
AWAD: Let’s not play into their hands and legitimize their attacks.
O’REILLY: Not play into their hands and tell the truth, Mr. Awad.
It appears that what Awad did on O'Reilly's show was practiced taqiyya, where Muslims are permitted to lie in circumstances "that advance the cause Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them."
CAIR has been linked to the Palestinian terror group Hamas. Awad, in fact, was quoted in 1994 as saying: "I used to support the PLO, and I used to be the President of the General Union of Palestine Students which is part of the PLO here in the United States, but after I researched the situation inside Palestine and outside, I am in support of the Hamas movement more than the PLO."
Awad also spoke at a 2002 so-called "anti-war" rally in Washington DC held by the Marxist group International ANSWER, where the following photo (published here before) was taken. Off to the side while Awad speaks is a yellow flag for the Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah, a group behind the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut, as well as the kidnappings and hijackings (TWA 847 in 1985).
CAIR has also exerted influence over our law enforcement, like the sanitized FBI manuals which removed "offensive" references to Muslims.
But, according to CAIR, don't believe your lying eyes, or else the Islamophobia card will be played against you.