Many Muslims with a media and/or internet presence are woefully lacking in terms of knowing what their very own religion, Islam, actually has to say about all kinds of issues. Their knowledge is often truncated and lacks any real depth of familiarity with Islamic source material whatsoever. They offer a whitewashed, fantasy version of Islam that truly exists only in their illogical and placidly unquestioning minds. For example, here’s a part of an exchange in which I show the muslim blogger MuchAdoAboutIslam, a shallow-thinking little Muslim girl in the UK, that non-believers can learn about Islam also…and that the constant web of lies muslims spin about the true nature of islam is rapidly losing its efficacy. This part of the exchange begins with me posing a series of questions to the blogger, who has already castigated me severely for being a hater and a threat to peace:
Tom Gjelten’s report on NPR on March 11th, 2016, “Fighting Extremism With Knowledge: Learning The Lessons Of Muhammad” is yet another example of the non-stop propaganda constantly streaming out of so many media sources. From the very start, the reader knows it: this is going to be another puff piece about how everyone should stop scrutinizing and criticizing Islam because it’s really a religion of peace. But THIS article…in this story it’s obvious Tom Gjelten is in over his head in terms of assuming the burden of Muslim apologist. His very first sentence is an implicit bow to Muslim supremacy:
“The religion of Islam was founded by Muhammad, the 7th century prophet whom Muslims call “the messenger of God.”
Muhammad certainly wasn’t any prophet of mine. But Tom Gjelten refers to him as one, as if it’s a matter of course. It doesn’t get any better after this:
“They don’t consider him divine, but they follow his teachings closely. Good Muslims are taught to emulate the prophet in all matters, personal, spiritual and worldly.
Perhaps no time in recent history has it been more important to do as the Prophet Muhammad did — and not as someone says he did.
With terror groups like ISIS now invoking his name, many Muslim leaders say radicals who cite the prophet to justify violence misrepresent his teachings.
Some Muslim leaders argue that young Muslims need a firmer grounding in their own faith and the prophetic tradition, both to equip them better to counter religious propagandists and also to bind them more closely to Islam. Most of what is known about how Muhammad lived is set down in the Hadith, which consist of recollections of the prophet’s life by his companions, first passed on orally and later put down in writing. Taken together, they constitute what Muslims call the “tradition.””
Apparently, Tom Gjelten is unaware that ISIS and Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, and all the other human-rights violating Islamic countries are following the “tradition” of the hadiths also. They follow the “tradition” in their apostasy and blasphemy laws. They follow the “tradition” in their treatment of gays, minority religions, and women. They follow the “tradition” in their judicial systems with little or no due process available for certain accused persons. They follow the “tradition” in their disdain for Jews and Christians. All these things are backed up amply in the same hadiths that Mr Gjelten is extolling as giving the “true human picture” of the “prophet.” But wait, there’s more…!
The article goes on to discuss something called the “Celebrate Mercy” initiative, headed by a Sheikh Hassan Lachheb, which is supposedly conducting a “series of lectures around the country” entitled “Portrait of a Prophet.” The series of lectures around the country actually consisted of one weekend-long retreat in Lanham, Maryland, February 5-7, 2016. The Celebrate Mercy website has no further events on its calendar.
“Hassan argues that if Muslims had more knowledge of how the Prophet Muhammad actually lived and what he taught, they would be less vulnerable to extremist propaganda. Counterterrorism officials — who’ve focused largely on surveillance, sting operations and community policing — would have more success countering extremism, he says, if they supported efforts to deepen religious literacy among young Muslims.”
The irony oozing from this section made me snicker. Where on earth do these idiots think the “extremist propaganda” is coming from? The justification for everything ISIS has done… with the exception of burning the pilot alive in the cage…can be found easily in the hadiths. As people get more knowledge of how Muhammad actually lived and what he taught, they are likely to get MORE extremist, not less!
Hassan Laccheb goes on to cherrypick a series of incidents from hadith that “humanize” Muhammad.
“The Hadith contain many narrations about the Prophet Muhammad’s personal appearance and habits. Muslims are encouraged to learn about these apparently trivial aspects of his story, because it helps them feel more connected to him.”
Yes, indeed. That’s why hating Jews helps them feel more connected to him. That’s why raging and killing people for blasphemy helps them feel more connected to him. That’s why murdering apostates helps them feel more connected to him. That’s why treating women as a lower class helps them feel more connected to him. That’s why believing in superstitious nonsense helps them feel more connected to him. All of these things are in hadith collections deemed reliable by majorities of Muslims. Hassan Laccheb’s website sugarcoats Islam and Muhammad’s record and beliefs. More propaganda nonsense spent uselessly defending the indefensible, and keeping the oblivious roped in to the “religion of peace” lie.
Yes, Muslims, please DO read the hadiths. For many of you, I sincerely hope that reading the hadiths will being you to your senses regarding Islam. Would ANY true god tell his prophet to do the kinds of terrible things Muhammad did? Please, read the hadiths for yourself, and find out all about the unjust and horrid doings of your “perfect” man. You don’t need me to rant on about it. ISIS gets ALL their backing from the same hadiths that Tom Gjelten is saying contain the “true” picture of Muhammad. Thanks so much, Tom, for pointing that out. You are right…but the “true picture” isn’t the one you were intending to present with your piece. Don’t worry…I’m sure all the SJW’s out there think you did a fine job. Keep that head buried in the sand there, bud. Wouldn’t want the light of day to spoil your fragile desert dreams…..
Your recent article in HuffPost Politics was another tired example of the stream of crapaganda that has been pouring out of HuffPo lately on the subject of Islam. Every day, it seems, there is another article like yours on Tuesday, decrying the massive Islamophobia in the West and how sickening it all is for the poor muslim to have to endure. Your piece, “How Hate and Islamophobia Undermine America This Election Year” turns logical argument on its poor little head, and conveniently ignores many facts that the Islamic world needs to confront rather than ignore. Typical muslim crapaganda, in other words.
You begin by decrying the abysmal level of discourse among the Republicans, then make the leap to comparing them with those who ordered the Japanese Internment and the Holocaust. You discuss how Hitler used the Nazi propaganda machine to stoke fears and prejudice against the Jews in Europe. Obviously you’re trying to draw some type of moral equivalency here between what happened to the Jews and the level of Islamophobia Muslims face worldwide today.
There’s one problem with this, Hassan. Jews weren’t preaching terror to their followers in the synagogues all over Europe and filling youtube with hateful videos that preached death to the goyim. Jews weren’t shooting cartoonists in Denmark who drew them with hooked noses. Jews weren’t massacring people in train stations and music venues as a result of a scriptural behest. Jews weren’t demanding kosher food be served in all schools in England, or complaining to a magistrate that someone was cooking bacon next door. Jewish men weren’t sexually harassing women by the hundreds each day in the squares and marketplaces of Europe. Jews weren’t forming pedophilia gangs in England. Jews weren’t flying planes into tall buildings in the name of Yahweh. Jews weren’t joining the US army and then mass-shooting people screaming religious slogans. Jews weren’t pledging allegiance to some hard-core Jewish state overseas and then going on lone-wolf killing sprees to glorify their god.
It is not some government propaganda machine or “notorious Islamophobes” who are to blame here, Hassan. The actions of Muslims worldwide have produced this situation. Fear and suspicion of the Jews or the Japanese had no justification given the actual facts about what was going on in the European Jewish or the Japanese-American population at that time. Your comparison of today’s “plight of the muslims” to the Jewish situation before World War II is a fallacious and insulting attempt at moral equivalence. People see the results of Islamic terrorism and arrogance, and they grow to hate and fear the ideology that produces it. This, coincidentally, is why “Islamophobia” is a nonsense word. A phobia is an unreasoning fear of something. With thousands dead in America alone since the turn of the century, and hundreds of thousands dead worldwide in the same time period, solely due to Islam, I would say there is every reason in the world for people to fear Islam. And if they have a legitimate reason, then it is, by definition, no longer a “phobia.”
People have every right to be concerned, Hassan. We are waking up here in America, and this is what has made you so defensive and afraid. We are learning that Islam is not about human rights for all, despite the claims of hundreds of deceitful muslim apologists such as yourself. If it was, 19 countries (and ISIS) would not have apostasy laws. Killing people for leaving islam is wrong. It is against human rights. If Islam was about human rights, then 9 countries and parts of Malaysia (and ISIS) would not have death as the punishment for blasphemy. If Islam was about human rights, then Saudi Arabia would not be hacking off the heads of “sorcerers” and Iran would not be hanging gays. If Islam was about human rights, women would have true and REAL equality with men. You know, Hassan, that the directions for ALL of these laws and penalties came directly from the mouth of Mohamed. Mohamed’s words and actions are the basis for ALL these unjust, human-rights-violating laws. How can you stand to do all the double-talk you do? The logical conflict in your brain must be an intense one.
That’s right, Hassan. We’re waking up. And all the crapaganda in the world isn’t going to put us back to sleep again. In fact, the more you muslim apologist people keep shrieking “Islamophobia”, the more of us you’re going to wake up. We’re getting sick of hearing it. We are realizing what a complete farce this cult of Islam is. No true god would recommend the things that Allah and Mohamed did. Since Allah is therefore a false god, his followers no longer need to be accommodated or placated in any way, shape, or form. A false and anti-human-rights belief system such as Islam deserves no respect whatsoever from freedom loving citizens of the world. More people come to this logical realization every day. I know this is your worst fear, Hassan…and it’s happening. This is now. Perhaps you need to re-read Quran 5:101-102. Mohamed said people who asked questions ended up leaving Islam. Maybe it’s time you asked yourself some questions, Hassan. Islam is an obvious spiritual dead-end. Stop defending the indefensible. You’ve got to be mentally exhausted from the pretzel contortions your mind has to go through to make sense of nonsense! If it was a “perfect religion” you wouldn’t have to be defending it all the time…people would just naturally convert to it and your worries would be over. But it’s not perfect. It’s also not a religion. And it’s not gaining popularity. Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away, Hassan. The problem is not “Islamophobia Without Reason.” The problem is Islam itself.
In an interview published in yesterday’s Nigerian “Punch” newspaper, Ishaq Akintola, professor of Islamic Eschatology and Director of a group called Muslim Rights Concern, or MURIC, gave an interview in which he staunchly and defiantly defended the Islamic practice of child marriage. Of course, being an Islamic “scholar”, he has little choice but to defend child marriage…since his supposedly “perfect” prophet married a six year old and deflowered her when she was nine.
Here’s a sample of his double-talk, human-rights-violating, nonsense:
“The simple truth is: Islam has no age barrier in marriage and Muslims have no apology for those who refuse to accept this, particularly since 99.99 per cent of such marriages are conducted among Muslims themselves. If the man is a Muslim and the girl is also a Muslim and the girl’s parents give their approval, what is the business of any non-Muslim in that? It is sheer interference in the affair of Muslims and an attempt to exert undue influence on them.”
He repeatedly affirms, in many ways, that he, and by extension his group MURIC, have no issue with child marriage, and that any non-Muslim who has a problem with it should butt out of Muslim affairs. “Non-Muslims should therefore keep off Muslims’ affairs. Who are non-Muslims to be the judge of Muslims when every religious group has its own failings?” Yes, this argument would be successful if human rights belonged to one religion or another. But they don’t. Human rights belong to all of humanity. Human rights can be said to be absolute; beyond any religion. This is undoubtedly a foreign concept to Mr. Akintola the Islamic “doctor”…the idea of human rights. Child marriage is wrong. Period. It matters not what any religion says or does not say about it. There is, more often than not, physical, emotional, and mental trauma inflicted on these girls by their husbands. If you are in favor of engaging in child marriage, then I am going to say to you that this practice is wrong, and that you should stop it. I am NOT going to refrain from chastising the Muslim world over this dark-ages practice. I will NOT stop “poking my nose into the religious actions of Muslims” if these actions are obviously violations of basic human rights. I don’t give a damn if Mohamed did it. It’s time Ishaq Akintola and his cronies realized something billions of people figured out long ago: Mohamed was nowhere near a perfect man. He was, in many ways, utter scum. We in the west are waking up to the evils buried in Islam like a fruit crawling with maggots under the bright shiny skin. And we are not going to tolerate it.
The interviewer then continues with questions about the many cases in Nigeria where girls have been abducted, raped and forcibly converted to Islam. “Doctor” Akintola immediately goes into “defend and deny” mode:
“Which cases? Do you have the proof?… There you go again! Baseless, clueless, unfounded and untenable allegations; rumours, rumours and rumours! Where you have cases, bring them forward. You cannot turn us into suspects overnight….You are making a mountain out of a molehill and I am not under any obligation to answer that kind of question.”
Once again, OF COURSE he can’t answer that question! To do so honestly would reveal the depth of the depravity among men raised on a steady diet of Islam…and we can’t have that, now, can we? But, just because the doctor asked for it, here’s some proof for the babbling, bumbling idiot! Follow this link and read about Patience Paul, abducted by Muslims in Nigeria just six days ago for the purpose of forcible conversion.
This person, Ishaq Akintola, is no more than a gaseous windbag; an endless fountain of Islamic nonsense. I have news for you, “doctor”…the government of Nigeria would probably get along much better without the Islamically-tainted advice of MURIC. Stop worrying about Islamophobia, “doctor”, and start worrying about authentic human rights. If you don’t, you’re going to find more and more non-Muslims “sticking our noses in” and calling you out on it…because we are sick and tired of the human rights violations forced upon the world by Islam. We have had it. Stop defending the indefensible, and start working to change it. Unless of course, you’d rather the west “stuck our noses in” and changed it for you….
The online newspaper “Emirates 24/7 News” is a treasure trove of articles detailing the lunacy of Islamic law in Saudi Arabia. Usually the stories involve the “feared” Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (aka “Haia”), the group entrusted with enforcing Allah’s laws in the Gulf Kingdom. One excellent example appeared on January 14, 2014. Completely covered women in a park were forbidden from using the swings by officers from Haia. They felt that allowing women to use the swings “could encourage men to harass or molest them.” They’re already covered head-to-toe, for God’s sake! How asinine! There’s one more freedom to add to the endless list of freedoms women, subjugated by Islam, are denied the pleasure of enjoying…the simple pleasure of swinging on a swing.
At the bottom of this same article, it gives details of another case in which the dreaded “Haia” shut down a restaurant in Jeddah “after it was found to be violating local laws, including allowing mixing between men and women…” The restaurant was also allowing people to smoke shisha in private rooms and “obscene” TV channels were being shown. Luckily, for the sake of everyone’s morals, the restaurant has been shut down indefinitely. “Massive violations” such as enjoying simple freedom of assembly…the freedom to mix with those you choose…are NOT something that can be tolerated by Islam. As this article states in its closing sentence: “Gender-mixing is strictly banned in schools, universities and most other places in the oil-rich kingdom.”
The senseless, irrational insistence on Islamic idiocy is borne out in hundreds of other articles. One unlucky woman was jailed for holding an office party that featured not only gender mixing but (the horror!) MUSIC. Another article details how a lovely wedding in a park was broken up by Haia because “the bride was not covering her face and the groom was holding her hand and hugging her sometimes.” Any mixed gender gathering can become a target for a surprise raid by Haia’s crack team of Islamic defenders. In the same article about the bride and groom, another paragraph gives the lowdown on how 42 people were arrested simply for being guests at a mixed-gender party. The last paragraph details how the sinful participants in another mixed-gender gathering “were having drugs and alcoholic drinks and some of them were moving and dancing to strange music…many of them were dancing around a fire as part of their Satanic rituals.” So good to know that Haia is keeping Saudi Arabia safe from the clutches of Satanic people who enjoy such horribly unislamic things as gender mixing, music, and dancing around a fire!
You’re not even safe in your car, in a mall parking lot. Haia’s eyes are everywhere. Just like Allah, Haia sees all, it seems. In both 2012 and 2015, unmarried couples talking in parked cars became a target of Haia’s all-seeing eye. In both cases, mixed-gender couples (coincidentally, both the women were Americans) were sitting with each other, alone in a car, even though they were neither married nor related. Of course, Haia had no choice but to intervene, break up these illicit, depraved liaisons before they led to an even greater occasion of sin.
Saudi Arabians can rest easier, knowing that their diligent, dedicated Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have recently been involved in training so that they will be better equipped “to fight magic and arrest those involved in black art in the Gulf Kingdom… the course covered theoretical and practical lessons on how to deal with magic, destroy black art work and identify magicians and sorcerers.” Haia takes the threat of witchcraft and other related “black arts” very seriously. There have been many executions of people for “sorcery” in Saudi Arabia. Their hunt for those involved in evil practices related to “magic” casts a wide net. “There have been reports of cases involving all forms of black magic, including dowsing, exorcism, money cloning, fortune tellers, healers, bone-setters, makers of potions, herbalists, palmists, animal callers, alchemists, psychics, and empathy.” Whatever your opinion of these various “black arts,” I personally believe that people have the right to gather knowledge about these assorted subjects, and practice them if they choose to. I also believe that people have the right to decide for themselves if consulting with one of these “black arts” practitioners is something they feel might be helpful to them. I find it hilariously ironic that this particular article names “empathy” as one of the “black arts.” Having empathy is a work of the devil; something to be hunted down and punished when it is encountered? Islam is so profoundly ridiculous!
It amazes me that there are STILL some clueless Muslim apologists out there who INSIST that Sharia law is compatible with the US Constitution. In Saudi Arabia, where Islamic sharia is applied most aggressively, women and men are not accorded the same freedom of movement. Freedom of assembly and freedom of association, especially when the genders are mixed, is prohibited. People are discouraged from lifting up their soul with music. People are not allowed to investigate topics they may wish to know more about. People are not allowed to ask for help from those who don’t have quite the same belief system as the repressive government. It’s ridiculous that any foolish apologist can say sharia is compatible with constitutional principles, when the glaring, nauseating example of Saudi Arabia is proving that idea more untrue with each passing day. Islam is obviously a cult that is not in favor of granting even the most basic human rights to its adherents. When MEN do a better job of granting human rights to people than a GOD does…well, isn’t it OBVIOUS that the god under discussion must logically be a false one?
In my previous post, I discussed the leader of a militant Islamic group in Hyderabad, India, Arshad Ali Qasmi, and how he was instrumental in having a publisher of civil service test study guides arrested, because the contents of the guides “hurt Muslim sentiments.” I talked about how he is the leader of a militant Islamic group with the long and tongue-tangling name of “Majlise Tahaffuze Khatme Nubuwwat Trust.” Here is the group’s description of itself, copied directly from Facebook:
“Majlis Tahaffuz e khatme Nubuwwat Trust A.P (INDIA) is establish in the year 2001. The sole purpose and mission behind the establishment is the annihilation of these destructive mischief mongers of Qadiyan, so that the boundless treasure of strong fondness for Prophet Muhammad (sw) and love of Almighty may survive and thrive among Muslims and their future generations. Thus, in this cause, MTKN has been working tirelessly towards the preservation of Khatme Nubuwwat, and the extermination of Qadianis.”
A few words of explanation: Qadiyan/Qadianis is a derogatory term for those who follow the Ahmadi sect of Islam. The issue is that the Ahmadi do not believe Mohammed was the last prophet. To most Muslims, this is heresy and blasphemy. The Quran and many hadiths have Mohammed stating that he is the last prophet. Since the Ahmadi don’t believe this, many Muslims, including this group, see them as “destructive mischief mongers.” The term Khatme Nubuwwat means the unity of Muslims in believing that Mohammed was indeed the last prophet of God. The Ahmadi are seen as spreading discord and having a negative impact on the cohesion of the Muslim Umma.
This group boldly states that their “sole purpose” behind their group is “the annihilation of these destructive mischief mongers of Qadiyan.” They claim to have been “working tirelessly towards the preservation of Khatme Nubuwwat, and the extermination of Qadianis.” Suppose someone else started a group whose sole purpose was the annihilation of these destructive mischief monger Muslims; the extermination of Muslims? Wouldn’t you think that if someone created a group like this, a group recommending genocide, that Facebook would remove it as soon as it was reported? Indeed, I know that groups like this have been removed from Facebook.
But apparently, to Mark Zuckerberg and his thoroughly dhimmified, Islam-apologist company, Ahmadi lives don’t matter. I reported the group to Facebook last night, shortly after I published my previous blog post. This morning, I received a reply. Facebook said this: “We reviewed the Page you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.” So it appears that militant Muslims urging genocide of a persecuted sect is within Facebook’s Community Standards, and isn’t considered to be hate speech. Ridiculous, Mark Zuckerberg. You know damn well that if a group surfaced urging “annihilation” and “extermination” of Muslims, that group would be deleted immediately. Knock it off with the hypocrisy and Community Double Standards. Stand up for REAL human rights for a change. Erase this Islamic message of hate toward the Ahmadi Muslim community in India. NONE of the Muslim terrorists who have attacked the United States have been from the Ahmadi sect; just sayin.’
To everyone else who reads this: here’s a link to the page of this offensive group of Muslim haters. Go report it to Facebook. Perhaps if enough people report this page, it will indeed be removed, and you’ll have helped erase just a little of the Islamic stain from the world. No true higher spirit would recommend genocide for a group that believes differently. Religion is a creation of man; not of the higher spirit. There are many pathways to the higher spirit. None of these involve recommending extermination for some of your fellow travelers here on the planet because of their differing theologies. Report this hate-filled Islamic page. If you get the response that the page doesn’t violate Community Standards, click on the ‘frowny face’ that appears when you are asked to rate your reporting experience; then give Facebook an earful about how the page you reported supports genocide….and urging genocide against ANYONE isn’t a part of MY Community Standards.
Nabela Noor, the young Muslim woman who has been invited to ask a question at Thursday’s Fox/Google Republican Debate, appears to be a typical American Muslim in many ways. Her Youtube channel, which brought her to the attention of the people at Fox, consists mostly of “DIY” makeup and beauty tips. She does not wear a headcovering, although her mother does. She married a Christian man from a different background. She gives the impression that she has assimilated well into American culture as a second-generation American. She is a bubbly woman making a life of her own in the only country she has ever really known.
I don’t doubt you when you say in your video that you are a loyal American. I understand that what you perceive as “growing Islamophobia” would bother you and your family. However, you’re ignoring the root cause of the growing fear and suspicion of Muslims. It’s not people like Trump, Cruz, and Carson. It’s not people like Pam Geller, Robert Spencer, or Mark Steyn. It’s the fact that more people are waking up to what the ideology of Islam truly believes, and the negative effect the beliefs of Islam are having on our planet.
How do you feel about the apostasy laws, where people who switch their religion from Islam are given the death penalty? These laws, directly descended from the words of Mohammed, hold sway in 19 Islamic countries. This is not a minority of extremists…it’s the governments of 19 countries! Obviously, killing someone for switching religions is a major violation of a basic human right…the right to believe what you want regarding a higher spirit. I am sure you are the kind of person who does not believe apostasy from Islam is a punishable crime. However, what YOU believe is of little consequence. Islam believes apostasy IS a crime, and freedom-loving, human-rights supporting people all over the world are waking up and soundly rejecting this idea.
What about blasphemy laws, where people are held to account for words or deeds that are seen as “injuring religious sentiments” of a Muslim by somehow insulting the prophet? Islamic blasphemy laws are enforced in 9 countries and parts of Malaysia. They are derived from reliable hadith verses in which Mohammed gave orders that those who mocked him should be killed. Illiterate children have been beaten and jailed because they unknowingly burned parts of an Islamic text in the hopes of being warm for just a little while. Asia Bibi still rots in a Pakistani jail for having the gall to claim that Jesus was better than Mohammed. I’m sure an enlightened person like you rejects the notion that people could be put in jail or even killed for the words that came out of their mouth. But, again, what you believe doesn’t really matter. Mohammed had people killed who mocked him. Blasphemy laws originate from these acts of Mohammed, and are a violation of human rights. Free speech is a cornerstone of American values. All speech, even speech that might be upsetting or unnerving to you, is protected under our Constitution and under the ethos upon which this nation was founded. It has become clear, from events in the past years, that Islam does not believe in free speech, and is quick to take offense if someone points out unwelcome truths in Islamic doctrine. People who love liberty soundly reject the idea that speaking out against ideology that is tyrannical or oppressive should be censored or punished.
You appear to be a free-spirited, independent woman. Can you honestly say you agree with the way Mohammed recommended women be treated in the quran and in hadith? Do you agree with 2:223, where it says that wives are a husband’s “tilth”, or land ready to plow, and the husband can plow his field and sow his seeds any time he likes? Do you agree with the idea that one male witness has the same reliability as two women in Islamic courts? Do you agree with Mohammed’s pronouncement that women get half as much as men when estates are settled? Do you agree with Mohammed when he says that the majority of the residents of Hell are women, and that women have half the intelligence of men? Do you agree with Mohammed when he told his men it was perfectly ok to have sex with the female prisoners they had captured? Do you agree with the Quran where it says that wives may be beaten (lightly) for non-compliance? Do you agree that women should never take a trip without a ‘mahram’, or male relative to watch over them? All of these things are in the Quran and hadith, and, like it or not, they are reflected in many Islamic countries’ versions of Sharia Law. I believe that women are equal to men, and that NO religion has the right to treat women as second class citizens before the law…or anywhere else.
What’s your opinion on the cruel and unusual punishments administered by Islamic countries? Beheading for sorcerers in Saudi Arabia, hanging for gays in Iran, chopping off the hands of thieves in Somalia…all of these punishments come straight from the prophet’s mouth. Does this truth distress you? If it does, I’m sorry. But I feel you need to be fully aware of what you are supporting. You need to think long and deeply about what Islam means to you. Do you REALLY believe all these terrible, anti-human-rights ideas would come from a perfect God and a perfect prophet? And despite what you said in your video, that Islam does not represent violence or terror, there are many, many verses in the Quran that prove you wrong. Try 9:29. Or maybe 8:12—“Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.” This sure sounds like a violent message to me! 17 of the 20 most deadly conflicts worldwide in 2015 had Muslims as combatants on one or both sides of the conflict. This does not give the desired image of a “religion of peace,” and gives the lie to your statement about Islam being violence and terror-free.
Instead of becoming a political activist to fight the false concept of “Islamophobia,” you should become a political activist to fight all the oppressive elements of Islam. I don’t know how you deal with the duality in your brain…part of your brain indoctrinated with the message “Perfect God, perfect prophet, final religion” and the other part of your brain having to constantly process the obvious wrongs contained in Islamic theology. You will never get anywhere while your mind is being pulled in two opposing directions. Abandon the falsity of Islam. Trying to defend the indefensible is a loser’s game. No, I’m not saying you should become a Christian. Christianity has its own set of issues. But I know you are intelligent enough to see the utter hypocrisy of it all. Free yourself. Be the independent woman you sometimes feel as if you are inside. You can’t put the “Islamophobia” djinn back in the bottle. Societal resistance will only grow as more people learn the truth. Stand up for true human rights instead of standing up for something that has already shown it would eradicate freedom, if given the power to do so. Free your mind of the duality. Acknowledge what you know in your heart to be true. Help the oppressed. Make a TRUE and meaningful stand for human rights…a stand against Islam. THAT would be the genuinely logical thing to do here. Thanks for listening.
Michael X Shapson