Examples of HuffPost ignoring Islamist hate and incitement against members of the LGBT community

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(1) Background: HuffPost positions itself as an LGBT-friendly publication…

(1.1) … and claims those who stand up to homophobic preachers are “heroes”…

(1.2) … and eagerly attacks anyone who utters homophobic comments, or incitements to violence…

(1.3) … and even falsely alleged in a front page “news” story that a U.S. citizen who stands for traditional marriage “is an enemy of LGBTQ people, always has been, always will be”…

(2) …Except in the face of Islamist anti-LGBT incitement to violence, which it completely ignores, or whitewashes

(2.1) HuffPost whitewashed the Pulse nightclub attack — then ignored the fact that two months earlier, an imam preached in Orlando, that Muslims must murder gays

(2.2) HuffPost ignored news that another homophobic imam, from Syria, had obtained a visa from the State Department to lecture in Central Florida, who preaches that Muslims must murder gays

(2.3) HuffPost ignored two homophobic imams from Iran, known for preaching that Muslims must murder gays, who spoke in 2016 at mosques in Silicon Valley and England

(2.4) May 2017, Orlando, FL: HuffPost completely ignored a tip that still another notorious, violence-inciting, homophobic imam was scheduled to speak at an Orlando mosque

(2.5) June 2017: HuffPost claims shariah law is no threat to the U.S. Constitution, and those who assert it is are “haters” — while completely ignoring shariah’s role in causing the Pulse nightclub massacre, again


(1) Background: HuffPost positions itself as an LGBT-friendly publication…

For years, HuffPost has positioned itself as an LGBT-friendly publication. In addition to claiming that Sesame Street’s beloved “Big Bird” has a “secret gay history,” and posting pictures of gay intimacy on its front page, HuffPost even and published explicit photos of “gay orthodox priests”:

And it enables the most vile, vulgar gay commentaries to appear on its front page:


HuffPost attacks those who believe in traditional marriage

HuffPost has also published scorching “news” headlines against anyone who disagrees with its stances on LGBT issues, such as this one, from 2013, in which it lambasted the black evangelical Christian candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia, whom it called a “bigot”:

HuffPost unlawfully published a pro-traditional marriage group’s confidential tax returns, and endangered its donors

In 2012, HuffPost published unlawfully-obtained segments of a tax return of a group that supports traditional marriage, which contained confidential donor information.  It then refused to take these materials down, after the group’s lawyer advised it, in writing, that publication of such materials is illegal.

Further, HuffPost knew, or should have known, that by unlawfully publishing donors’ names, addresses and contact information, it was exposing them them and their families to danger, especially given the radical left’s propensity for committing political violence.  (Notable: Less than a year later, a radical leftist terrorist attacked the Washington, DC office of a group that supports traditional marriage, “to kill as many as possible,” because he was told they are “anti-gay.”)


(1.1) HuffPost claimed that a little girl who stood up to a homophobic Christian preacher is “everyone’s new hero”

On July 2, 2015, HuffPost ran this original news story near the top of its front page:

Zea, The Ohio Girl Who Stood Up To A Homophobic Preacher, Is Everyone’s New Hero, by Ed Mazza, Huffington Post, July 1, 2015. Excerpt:

Sometimes, the loudest voice is the one that doesn’t say a word — just ask this little girl.

Zea, a 7-year-old first grader, stood firm in the face of hate over the weekend at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. When a preacher began ranting at her through a microphone, little Zea quietly waved her rainbow flag and never backed down. […]

“Zea didn’t just flash the flag at that hatemonger, and bail. They went toe to toe, for several minutes, while he bellowed all of his fire and brimstone right in her face,” Bowling wrote on Facebook. “Grown man vs first grader. She told me afterward that she did feel scared. The one thing the people of ‪#‎comfest2015‬ never let her feel though? Alone.”


(1.2) … and eagerly attacks anyone who utters homophobic comments, or incitements to violence…

From HuffPost’s front page, July 9, 2014:

Fox News Pundit’s Insanely Homophobic Comments

And from December 5, 2014:

Pastor Who Calls For Executing Gays Is About To Get A Big Surprise


(1.3) … and even falsely alleged in a front page “news” story that a U.S. citizen who stands for traditional marriage “is an enemy of LGBTQ people, always has been, always will be”…

This “news” story appeared on HuffPost’s front page on May 25, 2017:

Betsy DeVos Is An Enemy Of LGBTQ People. Always Has Been. Always Will Be.

Note: This story was written by HuffPost’s Gay Voices editor, Michelangelo Signorile, who two weeks earlier explicitly incited radical leftists to hate, stalk and harass Republicans, and their families, even at their homes.


(2) …Except in the face of Islamist anti-LGBT incitement to violence, which it completely ignores or whitewashes

HuffPost’s willingness to attack anyone who disagrees with its stance on LBGT issues has one, glaring exception, though: it militantly ignores radical Islamists who preach and morally justify violence against gays, lesbians, etc. — and either ignores or whitewashes the carnage that results from these preachings, all over the world.  Here are three examples of HuffPost’s double-standard in this regard:


(2.1) HuffPost whitewashed the Pulse nightclub attack — then ignored the fact that two months earlier, an imam preached in Orlando, that Muslims must murder gays

On June 11, 2016, radical Islamist Omar Mateen attacked the gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, killing 49, and wounding 53.  He explicitly told local 911 dispatchers and the FBI on recorded calls that he was perpetrating this act because he is an Islamist, acting at the behest of ISIS, a fact that was reported by CNN on June 12.

HuffPost, however, refused to accept this reality, and instead ran splash headlines such as this one, on June 13 (see date-stamp on lower right), which explicitly said this attack had “nothing to do with religion”:

HuffPost maintained this official denial and whitewashing posture for the duration of the coverage of the Pulse attack.

It also completely ignored the fact that on June 12, PJ Media revealed that in April 2016, two months before the Pulse attack, a radical imam (Muslim preacher), Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, was in Orlando, and preached at a mosque — on video — that devout Muslims must murder gays, “out of compassion”:

Imam Speaking in Orlando Said Gays Must Be Killed Out of ‘Compassion’, by Patrick Poole, PJ Media, June 12, 2016. Excerpts:

There is new information on the horrific terror attack in Orlando last night that has killed at least 50 and wounded more than 100 in the largest mass shooting in American history.

[An] imam speaking in Orlando in April [2016] said that killing gays according to Islamic law should be done “out of compassion”:

“Death is the sentence. We know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sentence…We have to have that compassion for people, with homosexuals, it’s the same, out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”

The proof that HuffPost ignored this story: A January 11, 2017 search using HuffPost’s own search engine of the string “Florida imam Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar homosexuality” returned zero results.

This is especially curious given the fact that Christopher Matthias, the “journalist” whom HuffPost tasks frequently with covering alleged hate crimes against Muslims (many of which turn out to be hoaxes), asked in a November 2016 headline, “Where were they radicalized?,” about the perpetrators of such crimes:

In contrast, HuffPost has a de facto policy of ignoring actual hate crimes against Jews and others in groups it considers worthless, and never asking where were radicalized — especially when the proven perpetrators are Muslims or other minorities (examples 1, 2, 3).

Further, HuffPost completely ignored the fact that according to one of its regular sources, NY Magazine, Mateen :

[Mateen] apparently enrolled in the “Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary,” an online course operated by an imam named Abu Taubuh, also known as Marcus Robertson, who preaches anti-gay sermons. 

HuffPost’s own search engine proves that it ignored this fact.  A March 5, 2017 search using the string “Abu Taubuh” returned no results:


May 11, 2017 update: HuffPost grills Jewish political figure for his affiliations with a terrorist group — but has never done this to anyone affiliated with any Islamist terrorist group or attack on U.S. soil

On May 11, 2017, HuffPost published the following story on its front page:

This Politician Keeps Saying Linda Sarsour Supports Terror. But He Was In A Terror Group; Dov Hikind told HuffPost he’s “proud” of his time with the Jewish Defense League, and doesn’t deny once tossing a smoke bomb into a U.N. office, by Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post, May 11, 2017.

The reporter, Christopher Matthias, claims he generated and submitted a series of questions to the subject of this article, Dov Hikind, that probe his history with the JDL, its affiliations and terrorist attacks, etc.:

“Because there has been little public accounting of Hikind’s role in the organization, HuffPost sent the assemblyman a detailed list of questions this week about his relationship to the JDL.”

Curiously, neither Matthias nor anyone at HuffPost has ever publicly submitted such a list to any American or refugee that is affiliated with any Islamist terrorist group.  Most notably, HuffPost never even publicized the fact that two months before the Pulse nightclub massacre, a mosque in Orlando hosted a sermon by a notorious imam from Syria, who claimed that devout Muslims must murder homosexuals “out of compassion.”  Nor has it published anything that gives credibility to Linda Sarsour’s critics, such as her Tweet in which she threatened to beat up women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and “take her vagina away”:

Instead, HuffPost has only published glowing articles about Sarsour, that could easily be confused for the wares of a public relations agency.


(2.2) HuffPost ignored news that another homophobic imam, from Syria, had obtained a visa from the State Department to lecture in Central Florida, who preaches that Muslims must murder gays

In this case, Dr. Mohammed Al-Nabulsi, a radical imam who had been captured on video claiming that gays must be put to death, had obtained State Department approval to travel through the U.S., preaching his message of hate and intolerance, particularly as it pertains to gays. A local Florida TV station broke this news on January 6, 2017:

Mosques to host events supporting Syrian refugees, by WFTV.com (FL),

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. Several mosques in Central Florida are getting ready to host events supporting Syrian refugees.

Channel 9’s Field Sutton found out the Muslim scholar who will be speaking at one of the events has a history of making anti-gay and anti-Jewish remarks.

Leaders of the Islamic Society of Central Florida told Eyewitness News that they were unaware of Dr. Mohammed Al-Nabulsi’s history, but they also said they’re firmly committed to restricting him to the topic of rebuilding war-torn Syria.

Al-Nabulsi has said in videos posted online that “homosexuality leads to the destruction of the homosexual. That is why, brothers, homosexuality carries the death penalty.”

The proof that HuffPost ignored this story: A January 11, 2017 search using HuffPost’s own search engine of the string “Florida Syria imam Mohammed Al-Nabulsi homosexuality” returned zero results.

Learn more about Al-Nabulsi and his homophobic and anti-Semitic preachings here.


(2.3) HuffPost ignored two homophobic imams from Iran, known for preaching that Muslims must murder gays, who spoke in 2016 at mosques in Silicon Valley and England

On January 12, 2017, the American Center for Democracy, a research and watchdog nonprofit, posted an article that documented the fact that two homophobic imams are to lecture at several mosques in Silicon Valley, in affiliation with the Shia Association of the Bay Area (SABA):

Silicon Valley Bishop’s “solidarity” with Muslims advocating Death to Gays, by Lee Kaplan, American Center for Democracy, January 12, 2017. Excerpt:

Hamza Sodagar and Farrokh Sekaleshfar, two Khomeinist “superstar mullahs” on the Islamist lecture circuit, are frequent speakers at Saba Islamic Center where Saba Academy’s curriculum is taught. Alarmingly, both mullahs justify the execution of gays under Sharia law. […]

Sodagar has spoken at schools as far away as Canada’s York University, and even in the UK, but he appeared on a regular basis at Saba where he lectured about Sharia-compliant methods of executing homosexuals:

“For homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One, the easiest one, maybe, is chop their head off, stop their heart. Two, burn them to death. Three, throw them off a cliff. Four, tear down a wall upon them. Five, a combination of these things.”

Articles exposing these imams, particularly Sodagar, were published earlier in 2016, including in a prominent gay website, Queerty:

Islamic Preacher Lecturing In London Seen Outlining Ways To Kill Gay People, by Jeff Taylor, Queerty.com, October 7, 2016.

Muslim preacher who calls for beheading & burning of homosexuals to give speech in London; A radcial Islamic preacher who detailed the “five ways” kill gay people is delivering a string of speeches at a venue in London, by Charlie Bayliss, The Express (UK), October 5, 2016.

Yet HuffPost’s own search engine proves it has completely ignored Imam Sodagar and his homophobic incitement preachings.  A January 13, 2017 search at HuffPost of the string “Hamza Sodagar” returned zero results:


(2.4) May 2017, Orlando, FL: HuffPost completely ignored a tip that still another notorious, violence-inciting, homophobic imam was scheduled to speak at an Orlando mosque

On May 1, 2017, Florida activist Suzanne Shattuck published an advisory that another violence-inciting imam was scheduled to speak at an Orlando mosque:

Another “Radical” Islamic Cleric Coming To Orlando May 12-14, by Suzanne Shattuck, May 1, 2017. Excerpt:

Radicalized Islamic Cleric Kamal El-Mekki’s appearance in Central Florida is generating real concern as he publicly advocates religiously sanctioned murder.  Kamal El-Mekki’s incitement to violence hate speech must be condemned by the media, local Islamic leaders, and the non-Muslim clergy.

Kamal El-Mekki on video tape, stated the following:

1. Killing of Muslims who leave Islam (apostates) is sanctioned.

2. Killing of adulterers is sanctioned (but advises clerics not to discuss it so much).

3. Killing & Beheading of criminals is necessary for a safe society.

4. Killing drug dealers in America would be a good practice.

5. Hate for the Non-Muslim. “As for the kuffar (derogatory name for non-Muslims), “the first thing is, why would you want to follow a people whom you know and you’re sure that their end will be in the hellfire?”

6. Offensive statements regarding the homosexual lifestyle.

7. Polygamy is an acceptable practice

Shattuck’s advisory specified that El-Mekki would be speaking at the Ibn Seena Academy in Orlando from May 12-14.


SaveTheWest is aware that a concerned individual emailed the following advisory about this upcoming sermon and the background of Orlando mosques hosting violence-inciting imams, on May 2 to the address published by HuffPost’s new executive editor, on April 25, 2017, for story tips (see bottom of page):

To: listening@huffpost.com

FYI another imam who advocates that Muslims should murder gays will be speaking at a mosque in Orlando soon:

http://suzanneshattuck.com/another-radical-islamic-cleric-coming-to-orlando/

And Orlando mosques have a history of facilitating iimams who incite hate and violence against the LGBT community:

From two months before the Pulse attack:

Gays Must Die Says Speaker At Orlando Mosque – WFTV 9 Orlando Report

And from earlier this year:

Screencaps proving that this email was sent to HuffPost on May 2, 2017 are here and here.


HuffPost’s search engine proves it completely ignored this story, and the tip provided to it

A May 11, 2017 search at HuffPost using the string “Kamal El-Mekki Orlando Ibn Seena Academy returned zero results:


(2.5) June 2017: HuffPost claims shariah law is no threat to the U.S. Constitution, and those who assert it is are “haters” — while completely ignoring shariah’s role in causing the Pulse nightclub massacre, again

On June 10, 2017, HuffPost blasted the groups that held nationwide demonstrations against shariah law, excoriating them as “haters” in a splash front-page headline:

An excerpt from this “news” story:

MARCH FOR HATE, by Christopher Mathias, Huffington Post, June 10, 2017 (page archived here).

The “March Against Sharia” rallies are set to place on Saturday in 29 cities across 21 states, and are being organized by Act for America, the nation’s largest anti-Muslim hate group. Act for America has billed this weekend’s events as some kind of noble stand against “atrocities” it attributes ― wrongly ― to sharia. […]

Act for America has also long pushed the conspiracy theory that sharia law ― the deeply misunderstood legal or philosophical code of Islam, interpreted differently by Muslims across the world ― poses a threat to the U.S. Constitution. (It does not.)

Just below that “news” story, however, appeared this, near the top of the front page:

Here is the link to this “news” story:

A YEAR SINCE ORLANDO’S UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY, by James Michael Nichols, Huffington Post, June 10, 2017 (archive link here).

As before, HuffPost makes no mention of the fact that a Muslim, Omar Mateen, perpetrated the attack, that it was incited by shariah law, as articulated by imams on three separate occasions in Orlando, including a sermon given two months before he launched the attack.

If you do a search on the storypage for the words “Muslim,” “Islam,” “shariah,” and “ISIS,” here are the results (with screencaps to prove it; check this archived version of the story):

“Muslim”: 0 instances (screencap)

“shariah”: 0 instances (screencap)

“Islam”: 1 instance, as part of “Islamophobia (screencap)

“ISIS”: 1 instance, as part of “crisis” (screencap)

Once again, HuffPost decided to completely ignore the role of Islam and shariah in triggering and justifying the Orlando massacre, and instead, attacked those who are opposed to shariah.  Including devout Sunni Muslim Zuhdi Jasser, MD, president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.  Here is a documentary hosted by Dr. Jasser, “The Third Jihad,” that addresses the roots of shariah law, and what it would mean if fully implemented in Western societies:

Curiously, HuffPost never features Dr. Jasser in any of its articles.


Reference: HuffPost’s statements about its commitments to honest investigative journalism

“[T]oo many reporters have forgotten that the highest calling of journalists is to ferret out the truth, consequences be damned.”

Arianna Huffington

“[T]here is an objective reality, and it is the media’s job to present it unequivocally.”

Arianna Huffington

“The Huffington Post has in place rigorous editorial policies and standards… to ensure that we maintain the highest level of journalistic integrity.”

HuffPost senior executives

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