The Truth about Islam - Questions & Answers
1. Isn’t it true that it is hypocrisy to allow Israel to have an arsenal of atomic weapons while trying to stop countries like Iran from getting them?
Well, ask yourself two questions: How many Muslim countries has Israel said it wants to blow out of existence? Answer: None. OK, now how many Muslim countries as well as hate-filled Muslim groups have said they want to completely destroy Israel? Answer: Several. So under those conditions I don’t think attempting to prevent Muslim fanatical dictators and their brainwashed masses from getting atomic weapons is hypocritical in the least. And don’t forget that it was Israel that bombed Iraq’s nuclear reactor plant in 1981 much to the dismay of the world. Now it turns out that if they hadn’t done that Coalition forces in Iraq really would have been facing an army with weapons of mass destruction.
2. Isn’t it true that Islamic fanaticism is just a reaction to Western arrogance and foreign policy – especially that of Israel and the USA?
Anyone who has the slightest knowledge of the history of Islam and its fanaticism knows this is untrue. Long before there was an Israel or even a USA, Islam was showing the world how little tolerance it had for other religions and doctrines. Example: The great 12th century monastery/university of Nalanda in India had 5,000 Buddhist monks and nuns and 13 million documents. Muslim invaders killed them all and destroyed all the Buddhist documents. Why? Because they were “infidels.” You can still visit the ruins of Nalanda in India today.
There are hundreds of examples, but when the great Buddhas of Bamiyam, Afghanistan were blown to pieces by Muslims, did the Muslim world protest? Of course not. And when American flags are burned, do Muslims protest? Of course not. But when the so-called holy Koran was in some way disrespected, Muslims were outraged. And when Muslim dictators raze entire neighborhoods and kill hundreds of thousands of people, Muslims are quiet. But if Muslims are killed by Western powers, then they protest. Hypocrisy, thy name is Islam.
3. “But I have Muslim friends and they are not like that. They want to live in peace like the rest of us.”
Ah, this gets to the heart of the matter. If you mean, does the average Muslim want to live in peace and not start a war and not blow people up, then the answer is yes, no problem. But if you mean, does the average Muslim understand as we do the value of a free press, freedom of expression, the role of satire, the role of the arts, and the fact that one of the best ways to explore the human condition is to challenge cherished beliefs (such as many beliefs written in the Koran) then the answer is definitely not. They are not like us anymore than the Muslim bombers in Leeds, England, were like us. Just because they play soccer and speak English does not mean they are not fanatics in their hearts.
When I lived in New York City I was involved in counter-demonstrating against Muslims who wanted to kill the writer Salmon Rushdie because he wrote something they didn’t like. I remember talking to my neighborhood Pakistanis who were “just like us” in many ways, especially outwardly, but when I asked what should be done about Salmon Rushdie, it was always the same: Their faces would change and flood with hatred and they would immediately say, “He must be killed!”
Do something Muslims don’t like or believe in something Muslims don’t like and you can end up dead. Don’t take my word for it. Ask Bobby Kennedy’s widow (His murderer did not officially declare himself a Muslim). Or Anwar Sadat’s widow. Or friends of the late Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh. Or the families of Iraqi actresses and actors killed by Muslims who don't like theater, music, etc.
The problem is Muslims move into a democracy and when someone writes a play or film, for example, criticizing Islam in any way, Muslims babble about how their feelings are hurt and they picket and in some cases attempt to harm or kill the writer, actor, etc. Muslims are always asking for people to be sensitive to their religion but they are the least tolerant of other religions and other ways of life even when they are a minority in a country. And you will very seldom ever hear Muslims criticize the actions of other Muslims. In their minds whenever Muslims do something horrible it is in reaction to or because of the “infidels” or “agents of the crusaders.” In other words, in the minds of many Muslims, terrorism is justified, at least to the extent that they will not oppose it. Islam is a failed civilization which chooses not to adapt to the modern age as did Japan and China in turn, but rather chooses to cling to religious fanaticism. We can do little to change their thinking but we must never surrender our own hard-earned standards of freedom of expression.
4. But when we get rid of the root causes of terrorism such as poverty, then surely things will be better.
The problem of poverty will add a few more suicide bombers to the equation but as such it is not a cause of terrorism. The Muslim murderers who destroyed the World Trade Center and those who set off bombs in London were middle-class with no financial worries at all. One of the main causes of this Islamic fanaticism is inside the teaching of Islam and especially as the doctrines are taught by fanatical Imams; Imams who cannot cope with the changes of the modern world. And, by the way, Africa is the poorest continent in the world but it is not Africans blowing up buildings and bombing anyone who disagrees with them. It is the followers of Islam.
5. What about Westerners who claim Western arrogance or colonialism is to blame?
These are bleeding heart liberals who will find fault with Western countries whatever the case. I’m old enough to remember the same hypocrisy during the Cold War. Whenever the Soviet Union did something horrible such as invading Czechoslovakia, the liberal/leftists were very quiet. But if America refused to denounce every single dictator in Latin America, that was a horrible thing. Bleeding heart liberals who blame the West for everything always overlook the faults and crimes and human rights violations of others. A perfect example is that of their criticism of America for its treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo, Cuba, while totally ignoring the plight of Cuban dissidents and freedom fighters inside Castro’s prisons.
The same America-bashers who never once criticized Saddam Hussein for killing an estimated 300,000 people and destroying 5,000 villages now love to write letters to the editor to criticize American actions in Iraq. The stench of their hypocrisy is overwhelming.
6. But Muslims say that women have a “special place” in Islam.
Dressing women up from head to toe is not an attempt to protect women. It is a way to control them. In various Muslim countries women cannot drive or vote or be educated or travel without a male family member. And if a woman is raped she needs four male Muslim witnesses or else she herself can be imprisoned for failing to establish her claim of rape. In other words, in this so-called tolerant religion, non-Muslim witnesses to a rape and female witnesses to a rape don’t count for diddly-squat. And God help any Muslim woman (or man) inside a Muslim country who decides to become a Buddhist or Christian. Many outspoken Muslim women have had to flee Muslim countries and they too are sick of Muslim men pretending to be the victims. Women have a special place, all right. For example, under Islamic Sharia law divorced women can only keep their children up to the age of seven after which the father gets the custody. And while men in Saudi Arabia can marry a Jew or Christian, if a women tries it she will be executed. And, of course, she had better not be found talking to a young man without another male present. And she'd better keep her hair and ankles covered or else the religious police will deal with her very harshly indeed. By the way, in Saudi Arabia, fifteen women escaping a burning building were forced back into it to die by religious police because the faces of the women were uncovered. No one protested. Some religion!
7. But isn’t it true that Western countries used to act in the same fanatical way as Muslims are acting today?
Yep. But, fortunately, starting about the mid-14th century in Italy and spreading out from there, the West had something called the Renaissance. It changed ideas and means of dealing with others. All for the better. Islam has never had a Renaissance and many of its ideas and methods reflect the same intolerance and cruelty toward “infidels” as centuries before. By the way, did you know the Red Cross cannot display its cross in Saudi Arabia? And airlines with crosses can’t either? And that an entire printing font had to be changed in a newspaper in Brunei because (in Muslim eyes) the letter “t” appeared too much like a cross? Some tolerance.
8. But the terrorists aren’t the real Islam. They are a minority hijacking a great religion.
We get this one all the time, don’t we? After every beheading, bombing,
slaughter, assassination and murder by Muslims in different parts of the world,
no matter how many bombs are placed in mosques, churches, cafes, restaurants and
busses, we are told that the religion is being "hijacked." Isn’t it strange,
then, that Muslims never ask why it is so easy to hijack this so-called
great religion? Could it just be that Islam is at least as much a fanatical
brotherhood as it is a religion? And where is the Muslim outrage over the
killings and beheadings and dismemberment of foreigners and other atrocities
committed by Muslims? The Muslim writer Salman Rushdie wrote of
these silent Muslims in a New York Times article three years ago:
"As their ancient, deeply civilized culture of love, art and philosophical
reflection is hijacked by paranoiacs, racists, liars, male supremacists,
tyrants, fanatics and violence junkies, why are they not screaming?"
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, sums it
up best: "Whether a moderate Muslim majority exists depends of how you
define 'moderate Muslim.' Is it one who will never engage in terrorist
acts? That would make moderates an overwhelming majority of Muslims
worldwide. Or is a moderate one who sincerely disapproves of those
terrorist acts? That would reduce the number of moderates. Or is a
moderate Muslim one who actively speaks out and works against the jihadists?
That would lower the number yet again. Or finally, is a moderate Muslim
one who actively engages the jihadists in a theological battle, trying to
convince Muslims that jihad terrorism is wrong on Islamic grounds? That
would leave us with a tiny handful." In other words, there are
moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam, as their main schools of
jurisprudence all condone the killing of Muslims for leaving the faith, etc.,
9. But now that millions of Muslims live in Western countries, and those countries have become "multicultural," don't we have to take into account the feelings of the Muslims?
For hundreds of years immigrants have been coming to America and one of the reasons is that they know in America there is separation of church and state and that we have the right to speak out and write what we truly believe. If immigrants don't like the system they can always try another country, including the one they came from. It is not our duty or responsibility to change our ways to fit the mindset of religious hardliners or to kowtow to the beliefs of any minority, especially one as fanatical as Islam fundamentalists. And, again, it is important to remember that throughout the Muslim world Jews and Christians are portrayed in horrible and insulting ways but Muslims never protest that. "Zionist plots" are blamed by many Muslims for the horror of 9/11 and for the Danish cartoons. As just one example, here is a quote from the German daily, Die Welt: "The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical. When Syrian television showed drama documentaries in prime time depicting rabbis as cannibals, the imams were quiet."
10. But, even if they don't understand the value of freedom of expression, aren't there genuinely moderate Muslims who oppose fanaticism and beheading and much of the rest?
Sure. You can visit some of them in Muslim prisons. Especially the journalists who oppose the overreaction of Islam. But as an Egyptian judge and author of books on political Islam put it: "I keep hearing, Why are liberals silent? But how can we write? Who is going to protect me? Who is going to publish me in the first place? With the Islamization of the society, the list of taboos has been increasing daily. You should not write about religion. You should not write about politics or women. Then what is left?"
And of course he is right when he asks who will protect him. Here is what one imam said in a recent sermon in Yemen: "Anyone who insults the prophet must face the sword." And another: "The government must execute them."
That is why when Western liberals say we must try to accommodate the "feelings" of Muslim rioters and understand their point of view and reach out to them and compromise with them, they are really pulling the rug out from the moderate Muslims and making it even more difficult and dangerous for them. Again, remember: there is not one Muslim country on the planet in which non-Muslims (and women) have the same rights as Muslims.
11. But doesn't the Koran have several passages about how Muslims should live in peace with "people of the book," i.e., Jews and Christians?
It does, but it doesn't mean anything. Let me explain. Mohammad supposedly received the words of Allah through the angel Gabriel over a period of 22 years. When Mohammad was in Mecca and had little power he had only one wife and acted like a holy man and spoke of peace between various religions. When he fled to Medina (then known as "Yathrib") and accumulated power and wealth by plundering caravans, etc., he became a military man and his views toward other religions changed dramatically. Jews were said to be "pigs and monkeys" which is what many newspapers and cassettes in the Middle East use to describe them to this day. And Mohammad got himself 12 more wives and instructed followers to conquer anyone who was not a Muslim. (He had sex with one wife when she was nine years old.) But here's the kicker. Islamic scholars later had to deal with the many contradictions in the Koran and so they came up with the idea of "naskh," that is, they decided that the later verses overrode the validity of the earlier verses. And so it is only the later extremely intolerant sayings of Mohammad (or, supposedly Allah to Mohammad) that are considered valid by Muslims, especially millions of fundamentalist Muslims. So when a Muslim prattles about the many peaceful passages in the Koran toward non-Muslims, he knows he is bullshitting you. Ask him about the concept of "Naskh."
12. But you only read translations of the Koran, in other words, you can't read Arabic so how can you say anything about the Koran?
Muslims use this line as one of their tricks to try to stop criticism in its tracks. The truth is the vast majority of Muslims in the world (Indonesia, for example, with the most Muslims of all) do not read Arabic and have to read translations of the Koran. And even Arabic Muslims who can read newspapers in Arabic can read very, very little of the Koran, as it is written in a strange classic form of Arabic that they are totally unfamiliar with. In Muslim lands, they waste their time memorizing long passages from it much like the dynastic Chinese used to memorize long passages of Confucius or Mencius. Even though they have no idea what it means! That is one main reason Islam facing the modern West is a failed civilization as was dynastic China: they waste their time learning 7th century nonsense of the Koran written for desert simpletons and now interpreted by hate-filled imams; nonsense and hate-filled verses against the infidel rather than learn about modern science, etc.
So what is to be done?
First, stop blaming the actions of the West or Western foreign policy toward Islamic countries for the actions of Islam. Almost all incidents of international terror are caused by Islamic clerics who cannot accept a secular society and who cannot understand or deal with social change. In the words of the author, Irshad Manji (The Trouble with Islam Today): "I don't understand how moderate Muslim leaders can reject, flat-out, the notion that religion may also play a part in these bombings. What makes them so sure that Islam is an innocent bystander?" Second, call terrorist Muslim murderers by their rightful names. You do not do the genuinely moderate Muslims any favors by shying away from calling a spade a spade: If the terrorists are Muslims, then say so. Always speak truth to falsehood. Don’t let either Muslims or their bleeding heart liberal Western defenders get away with blaming others. BBC prefers to call terrorists "bombers." No wonder in his book, 1984, George Orwell patterned his Ministry of Truth on the BBC. Third, vote for politicians who agree to take a very hard look at immigration policies that might be too liberal, and for those who favor tough laws against anyone advocating terrorism, such as various hate-filled Imams in England. Fourth, write to newspapers which did not publish the Mohammad cartoons and demand that they stop being intimidated by fanatics. Write letters to newspapers explaining that there can be no excuses for the actions of Muslim fanatics. The world is now where it was when Nazism was coming to power and Europe (except for the British) rolled over and played dead. Muslim fanaticism and Sharia law is spreading and it must be stopped for the sake of both moderate Muslims and all non-Muslims.
Please note, I do not and never would advocate violence again individual Muslims in any community. For one thing, the guy you beat up with a baseball bat may turn out to have just escaped from some horrible Islamic regime. Individual violence against Muslims or doing damage to mosques, etc., is just stupid and is also counterproductive as Muslim fanatics will show pictures of that all over the Muslim world to incite people against the West.
A good case can be made that Islam is a fanatical brotherhood masquerading as a religion, and, indeed, the adherents of Islam often act that way. But, as individuals, a Muslim neighbor might possibly be more honest that a Christian neighbor. It is only that the Muslim will have been brought up in a religion/brotherhood that is centuries behind the times and has a penchant for violence, especially against those who criticize the Koran and other aspects of Islam. Winning the war against Muslim fanatics will take a long time and be hard-fought but it can and will be won. But we must demand that more and more moderate Muslims join the fight against fanatical Muslims. We must demand that our leaders absolutely reject any "compromise" on our right to free expression. And we must never bow to Muslim demands to curb our hard-won freedom of expression. And freedom of expression always includes satire and even insulting satire including satire of religion. Long Live the Danes!
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It never fails.
Mention "Thailand" to a holier-than-thou Muslim male and he babbles about
prostitution. Muslims always say the press is wrong about Islam but love to
believe the press when it suits their purpose. Let's just look at a few facts:
1. As the Thai Tourist Board will be happy to inform you, over 100,000 Muslim Malay men a year cross the border into Thailand for sex with prostitutes. Many like virgins and so are actually having sex with children (as did Mohammad).
2. As you can see with your own eyes, there is a section of Bangkok with Muslims and since Thai women with any money or class want nothing to do with Muslim males, more and more Uzbekistan and other women from the former Soviet Union are now in the area, servicing men they dislike but men they get money from.
3. Ninety-five percent of nightlife, brothels, etc., in Thailand is Thai exclusively but the foreign press loves to focus on the areas frequented by foreigners because the foreign press reporters haven't got the time, knowledge, guts, language skill, etc., to go into any kind of in-depth, accurate analysis. And their purpose is not to report accurately, but to make a big splash and a name for themselves back home.
4. Go go dancers, etc., in the areas which foreigners frequent are perfectly free to come and go as they like. Thousands have married foreign men in happy marriages and live both in Thailand and abroad.
5. Muslims who criticize Thailand are such sex-starved creatures that in Saudi Arabia, twenty thousand men per month cross the bridge into Bahrain solely for sex, drink and smoking.
And exactly how do Muslim men treat women besides stoning them to death (you can watch videos on the internet of this), flogging them, and destroying them sexually and painfully with infibulation and female genital mutilation?
Let us see what the so-called holy Quran (written for desert simpletons in the 7th century) says about women. It says “men have a degree (of advantage) over them” 2:228 ; that the witness of woman is worth half of that of man 2:282; that women inherit half of their male siblings, 4:11-12; that a man can marry two or three or four women 4:3; that if a woman becomes captive in a war, her Muslim master is allowed to rape her 33:50; that if a woman is not totally submissive to her husband she will enter Hell 66:10; that women are “tilth” for their husbands (to cultivate them) 2:223; that men are in charge of women, as if women were imbeciles or minors who could not take care of themselves; that they must be obedient to their husbands or be admonished (verbally abused), banished from the bed (psychologically abused) and beaten (physically abused) 4:34.
And how does the so-called holy Quran treat non-Muslims?
Well, truth to tell, the so-called holy Quran, in the so-called religion of peace contains dozens of verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers, and kill the infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
These verses are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not embedded within historical context (as are nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence). They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Qur'an.
Unfortunately, there are few, if any, verses of tolerance and peace to balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. This proclivity toward violence and Muhammad's own martial tradition have resulted in a trail of blood and bodies across world history. The two greatest holocausts in world history are the Arab slave trade of Africans for hundreds of years and the slaughter of tens of millions of Hindus.
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