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"But what do they actually know about Islam?"

Via The Anchoress in email comes a piece by David French that takes an honest look at Islam and at her defenders:

One of the more interesting phenomena of recent times has been the cultural elite's aggressive defense of Islam. Whether they're decrying the alleged "Islamophobia" of their fellow Americans, storming off TV sets, offering impassioned defenses of religious liberty, or offering uninformed theological statements about the religion's alleged true nature, many of our most educated and politically aware citizens are united in outrage. A great religion is under attack, they say, and it's under attack by a bigoted citizenry who let the actions of a tiny few define the nature of the many.

But what do they actually know about Islam?

Isn't the "true" nature of a religion defined through its theologians and adherents? "True" Islam has been debated -- and fought over -- for more than 1,000 years. The existence of Sunni and Shi'ite divisions demonstrates that there is no monolithic definition of Islam even within the Islamic world. And yet men like our most recent presidents purport to define it as a "religion of peace" (President Bush's favorite phrase) or a "religion that reaffirms peace, fairness, and tolerance" (President Obama's recent description).

Again and again when I face outraged and indignant liberals -- people who defame Ground Zero mosque opponents as bigots or pass around the latest Jon Stewart video as if it were more documentary than comedy sketch -- I find their knowledge is skin deep, at best. "Jihad is really the inner struggle," they say. "Islam had a glorious civilization in the Middle Ages," they argue. Some cite the Muslims they know -- kind-hearted, hospitable people -- who serve as stand-ins for Muslims everywhere.

As for me, I spent a year in Iraq, talked to countless Muslims, have read the Koran and much of the Hadith, and I still don't know what "true Islam" is. How could I? I struggle enough to define (and live) "true Christianity." Can I really purport to understand Islam in all its complexity?

But I'm not entirely ignorant. Some things I do know, and I know them all too well.

French goes on to spell out what he knows in a refreshingly honest way. 

Read it all, pass it on, and take comfort in knowing that opposition to what is evil is hardly bigotry or Islamaphobia... it's common sense and it's decent.

And it's especially decent to make you aware of yet another example of the religion of peace's tolerance and open-mindedness to underscore the point:

A Christian woman has been sentenced to hang in Pakistan after being convicted of defaming the Prophet Mohammed.
Asia Bibi, a 45-year-old mother-of-five, denies blasphemy and told investigators that she was being persecuted for her faith in a country where Christians face routine harassment and discrimination.

Christian groups and human rights campaigners condemned the verdict and called for the blasphemy laws to be repealed.

Her supporters say she will now appeal against the sentence handed down in a local court in the town of Sheikhupura, near Lahore, Pakistan.

That coming our way via Donald Sensing who finishes his piece thusly:

The blasphemy law in Pakistan is used routinely and regularly to persecute non-Muslims to make sure they know their place there as third-class citizens. This is not "extremism." It is a mainstream, government-sanctioned practice in one of the most populous Muslim countries in the world. And almost no Pakistani Muslims speak out against it.


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They don't know anything ab... (Below threshold)

They don't know anything about Islam, for the most part, they just swallow the political left, CAIR approved definition, which they then presume to impose on the rest of us. Its not so much what Islam is as what they want it to be, and if you listen to some of them very carefully, they pretty much admit as much.

In other words, its just another example of Democratic progressive social planning on steroids.

The religion is also define... (Below threshold)

The religion is also defined by the countries that use it as the basis for all facets of its citizens' lives. Take a look at Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Syria etc. Look at the way those people live, what they're subjected to and what they themselves subject their fellow countrymen to and tell me Islam is peaceful, fair and benevolent. When a plurality of these countries routinely engage in draconian punishments for any minor infraction of any Sharia law up to and including death for "blasphemy" they are defining the religion.

We hear time to time from "moderates" how the religion is being maligned, yet, we have yet to see them in large enough numbers to bother counting. The only real protests we see are the brave inhabitants in Iran. Few if any of the rest are willing to risk anything at all, let alone their lives, toward reform.

Tired of hearing about Isla... (Below threshold)

Tired of hearing about Islam? Sorry, the ever-increasing uproar over Islam's incursions into the West isn't a passing fad, it's here to stay, and it's not about "Islamophobia", it's about Islam, the world's most supremacist and intolerant ideology making a comeback. The word phobia means an unreasonable fear of something based on ignorance which leads to irrational decision-making processes. The meaning of the word Islam is submit or surrender for a reason, and it's eminently rational to fear being made to submit or surrender to anything bad, which a study of Islam's history proves it to be in spades. Muslims are not like, say, Sikhs, colorful people with quaint customs who are usually quite harmless unless you attack their Golden Temple. From day one Islam has been a giant horror show, a relentless push for world domination centered in Mecca that churns out zombies, slaves and corpses, and is like a rachet wrench, it only turns in one direction: the submit-to-it direction. Due to Muslim immigration, the once happily Muslim-free West is in increasing peril of Islamic infiltration and takeover, a process that will be all bad news, the borders of the Muslim world are always bloody. Too bad, the media are currently dominated by Islam history ignoramuses and Muslim disinformation artists who claim to see no threat, and worse, blame and try to silence those who do, hoping to stifle all debate about the political dangers of the ideology of Islam itself, repeating the pattern of many proud civilizations of the past before they were absorbed forever.

When it comes to Islam, Western political principles learned via study of the last couple of centuries of history won't work, nor will appeasement. It's not about Marxist class struggle or Western capitalism with them, it's about eternal rewards or punishments for what they do on Earth for their god Allah. And it sure isn't about voices like moi who warn of the threat of Islam, it's about them, and I'll prove it.

Take their slogan that Islam is a religion of love. It is, but only in the sense that all Muslims must love Allah, who then tells them who to hate, namely unbelievers, including Muslims of a different stripe, and what to do about them, push them aside and conquer and rule their territory, then reduce them to dhimmi status, making them pay a tax to keep from being executed, AKA protection money, what a loving inducement to submit and convert. Love of other Muslims is very iffy, since one false move and Allah commands you to lop off their hands or head without pity or mercy.

Take their slogan that Islam is a religion of peace. Most Muslims say that only because previous Muslims waged bloody holy war for centuries and suppressed the infidels and set up Allah's peace terms of Sharia, meaning rule of the land in his name, which destroys everybody's freedoms permanently and only compensates by giving Muslims a bit more freedom than infidels. So the catch about Islam being a religion of peace is that it's only after you accept its peace terms of total submission along with its horrible Sharia that makes Muslims superior to non-Muslims and men to women. Until then Allah commands Muslims to wage ceaseless war with unbelievers, which historically has come to mean even Muslims of different sects, which is why Islam has been a religion of endless war with an ironic slogan. Allah himself declared the war, and no human can declare peace in his name, sorry, you're either with him or against him, although he does permit temporary truces greased by plenty of jizya or punishment taxes, like the stupid U.S. has been paying the Taliban, Egypt, etc. No, not all Muslims are terrorists or are in a jihad on us right now, but their us-vs-them Muslim superiority attitude is intact in all. Just because a wolf dons sheep's clothing, it doesn't change it into a sheep, its true nature remains the same. And you got it, Muslims will turn on even other Muslims when they think Allah is pleased by it, no wonder I run when I see a mosque.

It's not about racism. Islam isn't a race, but it wants to absorb all races, so let's not go there, it's counterproductive. It's not just a religion either, because it comes with a god who wants to control the government, so let's not get mired in discussions of the Crusades and Creationism. It's not about us Western infidels being bigots against multiculturalism, they're not colorful Hare Krishnas panhandling at the airport. Islam teaches Muslims to be mindless bigot farms dedicated to monoculturalism, them minarets with hog-calling towers don't make for good neighbors with infidels, nor do them flocks of women wearing burqas, abayas and other aggressive signs of their men taking over your territory for Allah and sharpening their swords for use on your neck. The Quran teaches Muslims to regard themselves as literally too superior to even make friends with infidels, whom Allah has already consigned to eternal punishment. Being brainwashed from birth to accept every atomic particle of Islam without question as the absolute truth, the world to them is one way, their way, and when anybody else sees the world another way, they're not only wrong they're evil and must be controlled. So forget about them giving infidels equal rights, or any rights at all, they're the intolerant ones, it's the will of Allah, you're sick and we got the bloody medicine.

Forget about separation of mosque and state, mosques are the state, and those in non-Muslim countries are Muslim state outposts and forts, the real reason for the all-out push for one at Ground Zero. Yes, the holy books of other religions can turn people into holier-than-thou bigots too, but Christianity and Judaism went through reformations to make their believers rejoin the human race, while Islam never did, because its mind control is far stronger, and the consequences of free thinking are more sure and deadly. Can Islam be reformed via a Christian-style Reformation? How? The Protestant Reformation was a revolt against the papacy that used the words and examples of Jesus against it, but an Islamic reformation would be a revolt against Allah himself. Only with a massive outside infidel army could it even be attempted, which is just the point, we need to wake up and not only stop Muslim immigration but work to quarantine the Muslim world and contract it to force the reformation on them after we get over our hangups about our culture, warts and all being the superior one.

Is it possible to separate Muslims into "good" and "bad" Muslims, and label the latter Islamists to demonize them and give the others a pass, welcoming them into society with open arms and hoping they won't hurt us, like ABC's Diane Sawyer? Sorry, so-called moderate Muslims are like the fabled unicorn, plenty of sightings, none captured and in a zoo yet. Muslims who claim to hate Islamic extremists are still for Allah and his final perfect example prophet Muhammad, hence have no ideological stand to take against anything they command or set the example for, and are just trying to get the Muslim Trojan Horse in the Western gates so their progeny can do the rest. For a Muslim to really become moderate he would have to chuck Muhammad and half the Quran, after which he might as well chuck Allah too, and forget being a Muslim, or at least let his children grow up without the indoctrination, once you go through it you can never chuck Allah but merely con yourself that you haven't betrayed him by going part-infidel. Most Muslims from Muslim countries have gone through the childhood brainwashing, and are merely secularized or lapsed, skipping mosque to work and party in the rich advanced infidel land, but accepting Islam's basic premises on faith and in principle, but just not gotten around to serious study yet. Yes, let's hope they never do, and don't discover that if they accept that Allah controls eternal rewards and punishments, they must obey his commands to quit having fun and go out and take over the govt. for him. But if it happens, then what? You guessed it, Ayatollah Khomeini, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, lucky they weren't allowed to immigrate to the U.S. Oh yes, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Faisal Shahzad, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 7th century jihadists allowed to roam free inside our borders with modern weapons while the liberal ostrich press pretends it was our fault and the Obama admin. refuses to profile Muslims, let's X-ray that Jehovah's Witness group first. But the lone madass jihadists who want to get to Allah's paradise quick by dying while murdering infidels are not nearly as bad as the lifetime students of Islam, the pros who progress to elder status and coolly plot the subversion of our way of life and constitution for Allah's Way of Sharia. With them all options are on the table, including cold-blooded lying for Allah's cause, which they call Taqiyya, no it's not a Mexican restaurant. Take sinister Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf for example. Sure the Ground Zero Up Yours for Allah Victory Mosque is a multicultural understanding outreach center and not even a mosque, people just lose their hearing aids all the time, and they just have to site it as close to Ground Zero as possible because of all the whorehouses and gay bars. No, we won't accept free land elsewhere, because Allah thinks you have the word Dumbass stamped on your infidel foreheads, like Cyrus in the film The Warrior, if all the Muslim gangs would unite they would outnumber the pigs. Meanwhile the sinister Saudis are financing mega-mosques throughout the U.S. to form the hubs for total future takeover, so what if they're nearly empty at first, they got their man Obama working on that, imagine that as you're pacing the pews of your mega-church.

Simply put, Allah and his spokesman Muhammad are the archenemies of our Western freedoms, including our precious U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Therefore those who submit to Islam are already working for the other team and are just haggling about the price.







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