How many times must we show some apologists—and some other folks who show, like the apologists, they are not in tune with American Exceptionalism—that Islam just does not have our best interest at heart. Actually, besides the UK (not all the time) and Israel, who else has our interest at heart? Can I assume everyone knows that Islam's limited “Golden Rule” does not include us, non-Muslims? You should remember, but I will repeat, that Islam is about 10-20% religion; and the remainder is political. Do you really believe that an honest, people-friendly religion would call for genocide—killing all Jews—and either killing all Coptic Christians or driving them out of the country? Those are crimes against humanity! (We might ask what the incompetent United Nations intends to do about these outrages.) If all of that is done in the name of religion, there is something wrong.
And strangely enough, if you check the early history of Jews and Arabs, you find that whenever they lived
together, they flourished. They were good for each other. One could easily come to the conclusion they complemented each other. They did business together and inter-married. The introduction of serious but somber politics into the mix changed everything and even today Muslims and Jews cannot get along because it
is systemically impossible for Muslims to do so; while Jews, on the other hand, would quickly welcome the resumption of their early mutually-beneficial
closeness. Truth be told, the Middle East would be a much richer and pleasant place if it were not such a graveyard. I am not so sure that given the opportunity, Jews and Muslims would not get together again without much fanfare.
And the beat continues; as Raymond Ibrahim reports below just another outrageous idea from the East to add one more dark cloud to the continuing storm. I contributed the box (below) to bring more attention to the paragraph explaining the dual standards in our media, our so-called education machine, and the Takers (Leftist political machine).
Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for "Destruction of All Churches in Region"
by Raymond IbrahimJihad WatchMarch 14, 2012
According to several Arabic news sources, last Monday, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, declared that it is "necessary to destroy all the churches of the region."
The Grand Mufti made his assertion in response to a question posed by a delegation from Kuwait: a Kuwaiti parliament member recently called for the "removal" of churches (he later "clarified" by saying he merely meant that no churches should be built in Kuwait), and the delegation wanted to confirm Sharia's position on churches.
Accordingly, the Grand Mufti "stressed that Kuwait was a part of the Arabian Peninsula, and therefore it is necessary to destroy all churches in it."
As with many grand muftis before him, the Sheikh based his proclamation on the famous tradition, or hadith, wherein the prophet of Islam declared on his deathbed that "There are not to be two religions in the [Arabian] Peninsula," which has always been interpreted to mean that only Islam can be practiced in the region.
While the facts of this account speak for themselves, consider further:
Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah is not just some random Muslim hating on churches. He is the Grand Mufti of the nation that brought Islam to the world. Moreover, he is the President of the Supreme Council of Ulema [Islamic scholars] and Chairman of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Issuing of Fatwas. Accordingly, when it comes to what Islam teaches, his words are immensely authoritative.
Considering the hysteria that besets the West whenever non-authoritative individuals offend Islam—for instance, a fringe, unknown pastor—imagine what would happen if a Christian counterpart to the Grand Mufti, say the Pope, were to declare that all mosques in Italy must be destroyed; imagine the nonstop Western media frenzy that would erupt, all the shrill screams of "intolerance" and "bigot," demands for apologies if not resignation, nonstop handwringing by sensitive politicians, and worse. HJS
Yet the Grand Mufti—the highest Islamic law authority of our "friend-and-ally" Saudi Arabia—gets a free pass when he incites Muslims to destroy churches, not that any extra incitement is needed (nary a month goes by without several churches being bombed and destroyed throughout the Islamic world). In fact, at the time of this writing, I have not seen this story, already some three days old, translated on any English news source, though "newsworthy" stories are often translated in mere hours.
Likewise, consider the significance of the Grand Mufti's rationale for destroying churches: it is simply based on a hadith. But when non-Muslims evoke hadiths—this one or the countless others that incite violence and intolerance against the "infidel"—they are accused of being "Islamophobes," of intentionally slandering and misrepresenting Islam, of being obstacles on the road to "dialogue," and so forth.
Which leads to perhaps the most important point: Islam's teachings are so easily ascertained; there is no mystery in determining what is "right" and "wrong" in Islam. The Grand Mufti based his fatwa on a canonical hadith, which Muslims and (informed) non-Muslims know is part of Islam's sources of jurisprudence (or usul al-fiqh). And yet the West—with all its institutions of higher learning, including governmental agencies dealing with cultural and religious questions—is still thoroughly "confused" as to what Islam teaches.
All of this is nothing short of a scandal—a reminder of just how deep the mainstream media, academia, and most politicians have their collective heads thrust in the sand.
Meanwhile, here is the latest piece of evidence of just how bad churches have it in the Muslim world, for those who care to know.
Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.