Media Matters has posted video of an ugly exchange that took place Monday at a Heritage Foundation panel when a Muslim law student took the microphone to ask a question.
The exchange was described in a column published Monday by The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank. In the video, Saba Ahmed, a law student at American University, can be heard saying she had a “simple question.”
“There is 1.8 billion Muslim followers,” Ahmed said. “We have 8 million plus Muslim Americans, in this country. And I don’t see them represented here. But my question is: How can we fight an ideological war with weapons? How can we ever end this war? The jihadist ideology that you talk about, it’s an ideology. How can you ever win this thing if you don’t address it ideologically?”
The panelists offered a range of responses. The Sharia law fearmonger Frank Gaffney thanked Ahmed for her question, and said that he didn’t think anyone on the panel “thinks that all Muslims are the problem” — before going on to say that Muslims who are not followers “the program” of Sharia “are not necessarily the problem, at least not yet.” Brigitte Gabriel, the president of ACT! for America, said that up to 300 million Muslims are “dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization,” and went through a list of historical atrocities where “the peaceful majority were irrelevant.”
“It is time we take political correctness and through it in the garbage where it belongs,” Gabriel said.
At the end of the segment, the moderator and conservative radio host Chris Plante asked Ahmed if she could “tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?”
“I guess it’s me right now,” Ahmed replied.