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Former Infowars / Alex Jones Staffer admits he lied about the Sharia law threat : Islam

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Josh Owens, former collaborator and video editor of Alex Jones' conspiracy theory media platform, wrote in New York Times He and other coworkers knowingly faked and lied to stories about the sharia law threat in the United States. He writes in particular about the community of Islamberg:

“Days earlier we spoke to the sheriff and the mayor of Deposit, N.Y., a nearby community. They both told us that the people of Islamberg were friendly, generous neighbors who welcomed the surrounding community into their homes and even celebrated holidays together.

The information did not meet our expectations, so we made it up, located the vulnerable, and quenched the prejudices and fears of the Jones audience. We have ignored certain facts, invented others, and taken situations out of context to fit our narrative. "

While the stories related to Islamberg and another city near Detroit, Hamtramck, hit jobs were released from the Alex Jones camp. The San Bernadino shooting story happened. Owens wrote:

I knew that the details, if they became known, would underpin the lies we told Jones' audience. It did not matter whether the attack took place on the other side of the country or whether the people in Islamberg had no connection to the perpetrators in San Bernardino. Jones’s listeners would draw imaginary boundaries between the two, and we helped them do it.

The play went on to deal with the many eccentricities and uncertainties of the egomaniacal personality that Jones is. He previously claimed that it was a kind of psychosis This caused him to believe and spread factually wrong stories and statements, like the staged massacre by Sandy Hook.

The profit motive of Muslim oppression against the truth

The reality is that Jones is one of many profiteers in the war against Muslims who monetize fear and hatred through site clicks and advertising dollars. In this regard, it is no different from the military industrial complex and law enforcement agencies that see Muslims and their people as an opportunity for career and financial gain.

The cynical view could lead us to take a negative view of the world – like Jones, we think the world is out to get us, everything is wrong and staged, and there is a threat on every corner. But I like the silver lining in Owen's own statements:

I thought of the children who lived in Islamberg: how scared their families must have felt when their communities were threatened and strangers asked questions; How we decided to look past these people as individuals and to impose on them the same unfair suspicion that they already had to endure. And for what? Clickbait headlines, YouTube views?

Owens was in the belly of the proverbial animal and helped spread lies and propaganda against our community, which he recognized as wrong because of the almighty dollar. In the end, he realized the truth that the Muslims of Islamberg were not a threat, but good, decent people who were subject to exploitative elements.

This Owens appreciation means he's not the only one who knows – for anyone who admits it publicly, there are likely more who are silent but feel the same. We as Muslims must continue as we always do – worship Allah alone, cultivate good manners, call for modesty and decency, be good neighbors and never feel that our opponents are so pale that one day they might admit their injustice to us, our best allies and even Muslims after a political career against us, like the former right-wing man of Geert Wilders, Joram van Klaveren as well as Arnoud van Doorn and his son,

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