Sam Shamoun recently posted one of MuslimByChoice’s videos on his FB. This video was entitled by MBC James White: ISIS is not Islam, Whoever Says Otherwise is a Liar.
James White is adamant he was misrepresented and has gone off on a tirade against me with his customary ‘you Sir are a liar’ reaction and his customary manner of belittlement (unfair again!). The irony here is James’ friend Sam Shamoun agreed with the video and considered it to be a fair representation of White’s comments. I wonder if he would call Sam Shamoun a liar now – after all he called my honesty in question for sincerely taking a particular interpretation of his comments..
Sam Shamoun defended MBC and I against accusations of having misrepresented James White. He did this more than once. I have the screen shots but at the time of writing I noticed MBC has made another video which quite conveniently includes one of Sam’s comments confirming this, see timestamp 2.52.
So James would be better-off not to call into question people’s honesty but rather look at what has been said and try to assess whether there’s a genuine misunderstanding out of ambiguity. That’s only fair, right? Yet, I’m infamous for being unfair and unthinking and slash-and-burn (whatever that Americansim means)?
Not only this, White attributes MBC’s video concerning Nabeel Qureshi entitled James White exposes Nabeel Qureshi about lying about his former faith – Must Watch to me. MBC is FAIR, if he uses one of my videos he mentions it in the description – he’s good like that. He’s fair, like that. There’s NO mention of me anywhere near that video and it’s on MBC’s channel – quite why James White attributed that video to me is baffling. It’s unfair to criticise somebody for a video that he has no part in, right? Yet, I’m infamous for being unfair and unthinking and slash-and-burn (whatever that Americansim means)?
JamesWhite can have whatever opinion he wants of my videos and of MBC’s videos for that matter but don’t call somebody dishonest for no reason. And you know what, if you’re going to smear somebody as ‘unthinking’ and lacking regard for honesty perhaps you’d like to show it. Don’t say it, SHOW it. That’s only fair right? I mean I can say somebody like Usama Dakdok is dishonest and I can SHOW it. Just look here.
I get the feeling James White was just letting off steam through UNFAIR insults and name-calling due to the backlash and criticism from CHRISTIANS concerning his comments on ISIS vis-a-vis Islam as well as my videos concerning James White in the past – perhaps these 3 themes which I fairly criticised him on were playing on his mind:
1. James White made misogynistic comments towards the appearance of some Mormon women. One of the reasons why I showcased this video was in part due to supporters of White, who often claim Islam is misogynistic, so they can see the double standard they operate – the very man they follow in apologetics was making misogynistic comments:
James White: Lewd “Ridicule” of Women (Mormon and Russian Women Insulted)
2. James White exaggerates what he knows (I assume out of pride). However. isn’t exaggeration a form of dishonesty? Try the ‘you Sir are a liar’ act on yourself – you don’t spare your fellow Christians from this act so try it on yourself, there’s plenty of scope here.
James White’s Ego and Exaggeration of his abilities
3. James White claimed Allah repented yet he was corrected by myself and another YT user. ALL the translations of the Quran showed White was wrong on this. This was of particular interest as White brags about how he goes to Islam’s best material to accurately represent Islam yet, in this instance, he overlooked the known translations in favour of a guy online called Sam Shamoun. White’s pride did not allow him to even correct himself – he insisted he was right (out of pride?) and he unfairly denounced me as a dishonest man for simply sticking to all the experts:
Muslims rebuke James White for using an anti-Muslim website rather than expert translators
Questioning somebody’s honesty is one thing but demonstrating they are dishonest is another. In fact, to say somebody is dishonest in an attempt to smear them out of frustration is unbecoming. Sure James White was on the end of a lot of criticism due to his comments on ISIS-Islam from his own flock; the Christian fundamentalists (including Shamoun’s followers) were up in arms prior to MBC and I posting our respective videos. There’s no excuse to allow that frustration to lead James to speak unjustly towards MBC and I. It does not excuse him for his sensationalistic insults.
James White also claims I have misrepresented Shamoun on numerous occasions, when and where? Again, don’t just say it, show it. In fact, Shamoun seemingly defended me personally in the comment section of his FB where a lady called Kelly attacked me and Shamoun (Sam can correct me if I’m wrong and I can edit this comment out) appeared to defend my integrity in posting clips on the whole.
All the clips that I post are always genuine – I’m not doing cassetteboy type of editing. So the question is, if I’m posting whole clips, how could I have misrepresented Shamoun? Nevermind on numerous occasions…
Moreover, Shamoun’s regular responses to my videos comprise of insults and debate challenges which are unrelated to the content of the video. He does not sit there claiming I misrepresented him – he knows that one cannot make audio and video clips up.
In any case, the fair-minded person can check all my videos and decide for themselves – they can do the same for MBC (don’t just blindly take White’s frustration-influenced comments as the end of the matter). As of now, most of my videos are on this channel as my main popular channel was deleted a few months ago.
James owes somebody an apology. I don’t expect it as pride is rampant in apologetics. However, I will certainly accept it graciously if it is forthcoming.
NOTE: White attacked MBC too. They have a long history of interaction. From my view of MBC and through my interaction with him, he’s a good person who does strive for honesty and has integrity. I have not seen anything to the contrary from him and I have followed him for a good number of years. Of course he can speak for himself – this blog was about myself.
The relevant excerpt of White’s post:
Now, the video that Sam Shamoun posted and invited comment on specifically has the name of Yahya Snow on it. [Please note: I am writing this on an aircraft, and those of you who have used airborne wi-fi know you cannot stream video on it, so I cannot go back and quote time stamps, etc. I hope to play the video on the Dividing Line so I can address it more fully in that way]. Yahya Snow is infamous for being one of the unfair, unthinking, slash-and-burn style Muslims who think misrepresentation is the best form of dawa. I have rarely mentioned him for simply this reason. Like certain Roman Catholics, or KJV Onlyists, Snow has proven himself to hold a horribly deficient view of simple honesty and accuracy in his words and actions. To be honest, I have no idea why Sam Shamoun even posted his video, knowing full well how many times Snow has misrepresented him, and how he was, obviously, misrepresenting me as well. I am disappointed, to be honest. But that issue aside, the fact that so many jumped on the video *without checking its accuracy* is astoundingly disappointing—and telling, to be sure. I guess I should not expect those who refuse to do their homework about Muslims to do their homework about me, either!
Now Snow was attempting to sow discord amongst those of us who minister to Muslims (and with a little help he succeeded!). I am thankful for what others do in reaching out to Muslims, even when I may disagree with them on their methodology or on specific points of argument. Snow attempted to make it look like I was saying David Wood was lying. Yet, an honest examination of what I said, and what David said, would disabuse the clear thinking person of such a notion. I was saying anyone who says ISIS *exhausts* the spectrum of Islam is lying, just as anyone who says ISIS is nowhere to be found in that same spectrum would be lying as well. David was saying ISIS is Islamic and that its foundations are found firmly rooted in the Islamic sources. Now, David may well think ISIS is the most consistent form of modern Islam, I don’t know. Maybe David thinks the Qur’an and Hadith are far, far more coherent and consistent than I do. I know David has often done videos demonstrating that there are texts in the Qur’an and Hadith that can be interpreted (and are interpreted by various militant groups) to command violence and the murder of the kafir. But I have a feeling David well knows that there are Muslims who contextualize those texts and argue that they cannot be applied in every situation today, and in fact, some believe they could not be applied outside of those historic situations. I have never heard him say “And every single Muslim on the planet believes this.” What I have heard him say is basically, “Way, way, way too many Muslims DO believe this,” and with that I would agree wholeheartedly. I do not know if David knows Muslims who risk themselves by standing against ISIS or not—I assume he does, so unless I hear him denying their existence, I will assume we are not in conflict on this point.
Snow likewise attempted to take my comments about Nabeel’s video and use them as a weapon as well. I did express surprise at Nabeel’s words. I did so because I have come to have a good bit of respect for Ahmadiyya Muslims, and that was his background. Now, I know the Sunnis reject the Ahmadiyya. They are not Muslims from their perspective. OK. I will not quote Ahmadiyya sources as “Muslim” in a debate with a Sunni (despite the fact that my Sunni friends will NOT return the favor). And I get the argument: it is pretty hard to see how the Ahmadiyya can be truly Muslim when they reject one of the key, central tenets of historic Islam: the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad. I get it. But the fact is, the Ahmadiyya are peaceful people, often persecuted by the Sunni in foreign nations. You don’t have to worry about your Ahmadiyya neighbor tossing a pipe bomb at you as you pass by while walking your dog, to be sure. So I was, in fact, surprised at the video simply because I would expect at least a mention of the existence of non-militaristic Muslims in the discussion of Paris. I likewise found quite interesting the claim in a video I had not seen before that if Nabeel were still Muslim he would have to join ISIS in Syria. I am unaware of any Ahmadiyya in ISIS—in fact, doesn’t ISIS kill all Ahmadiyya in its lands as heretics? So is Nabeel saying he has seen the inconsistency of his own Islamic background and now believes that the *only* consistent interpretation of the materials leads to an ISIS like Islam? But wouldn’t this require him (and everyone else arguing that point) to be able to demonstrate a significantly greater level of consistency in those sources than our own apologetic arguments presuppose? Maybe Nabeel (or David) could find the time time join me on the DL to discuss just these things. That might be very useful.
Here’s my email through his website
Hi Dr White
It has been brought to my attention that a recent video of mine has misrepresented you. Firstly, it was never my intention to misrepresent you – this is no the purpose of my work online.
Just to show you how easy it is to come to my interpretation of your comments you can look at Sam Shamoun\’s FB where he repeatedly insists I have not misrepresented you. Thus he and I came to the same understanding of your comment – I suggest many others did too.
I would also like to add – the video on my channel makes it clear that those comments you made were not specifically about Dr Wood and Dr Nabeel. The video on MBC\’s channel is an edited version and it does not carry my video description which indicates the comments were not directly in response to the aforementioned.
Dr White, I will leave my original video up so you can view it along with the video description (all unedited) – I will then be more than happy to remove it as my intention is never to misrepresent anybody.
I would also strongly encourage you to view comments from others in the Christian community who had listened to your DL show in its entirety and viewed the video – there were many who believed you were accurately represented which indicates it’s an honest misunderstanding.
Hi Dr White
Sorry, just an addendum, I re-read what you wrote and it seems as though you are under the impression the video concerning Nabeel on MBC\’s channel is also made by myself – it\’s not. I have no responsibility for that video or any content in that video.
We should all strive to understand each other. We should not label others unfairly. We should recognise when we point fingers there may be more pointing back at us. We should be fair and we should not be overly emotional to the point where emotions impede our ability to discern justly and to speak of others fairly.