It’s Not Even a "Religion" Anymore

18 09 2006

Filed under: Jihad, Islamist, War on Terror

I can’t call it a “religion” anymore. We must divide the two into Muslims (a religion) and Jihad Islamists ( a cult).

Or, come up with your own name.

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Michelle Malkin suggests, “After you’re done watching that, watch Dan Riehl’s take. Read the latest death threats from members of The Religion of Fill-in-the-blank here and here and here:”

The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups that includes al-Qaeda in Iraq, issued a statement on a Web forum vowing to continue its holy war against the West. The authenticity of the statement could not be independently verified.

The group said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as “the worshipper of the cross” saying “you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. … We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword.”

Islam forbids drinking alcohol and requires non-Muslims to pay a head tax to safeguard their lives if conquered by Muslims. They are exempt if they convert to Islam.

Anyone with a mediocre ability to contrast can see that when we watch them insult the Pope with stupid, violent animated cartoons like this . . .

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. . . we don’t go burning down their mosques and shooting their imams and incinerating their children and slicing their throats and repeatedly smacking the world over the head with a “Christianity Is Peace” placard dripping in blood.

Bryan at Hot Air has written an excellent post that deserves quoting:

The basis of the title of this post is that it’s consistently atheists and adamant secularists who understand the Islamist enemy the least, yet they’re also the quickest to slam or argue against anyone who does quote the Koran on its own terms to argue that it is animating violence. They are also the quickest to equate Christianity with the villain du jour, because Christianity is to them just one among many faiths that they may think they understand, but ultimately don’t.

For instance, secularists typically use parts of Leviticus, an Old Testament book, to argue that just because a scripture contains violent language or instruction is no reason in and of itself enough to assume that the faith based in part on that scripture will be violent.

In the Law there are moral, civil and ceremonial commands, but through the work of Christ the latter two have been abrogated while the first remains in force. So Leviticus is no weapon useful for smiting a Christian, something secularists are ill-equipped to understand. They should look for violent language in the New Testament if they want to argue that Christianity promotes violence. They will look in vain if they do that, though.

By contrast, the Islamic Suras quoted by Robert Spencer and others that promote violence by Muslims against non-Muslims come from the second half of the Koran. They have not been abrogated by later scripture, because there is no later scripture.

Indeed, why do any Old Testament verses get thrown at Christians if all secularists understand abrogation?

Have you ever actually read any of the Koran? If you haven’t, Sura 9 ought to be food for thought. Don’t cherry pick it–read the whole thing, as we like to say in the blogosphere. It’s all about killin’ and taxin’ without much distinction between civilians and non-civilians.

To most Americans, history is just history. To most in the Middle East, history is fightin’ words. Don’t take my word for that, just peruse the offerings at MEMRI. Set aside a day or two–there’s quite a bit there. MEMRI doesn’t make any of that stuff up, and the folks they catch on tape aren’t making it up either.

I don’t ignore the moderate Muslims of the world. I’d love it if the entire Islamic world was full of them. But it’s not, or Abdul Rahman wouldn’t have had to move to Italy and a nun wouldn’t have been murdered in Somalia and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories wouldn’t dominate Islamic media.

I just can’t find enough of them who are willing to take on the radicals, because they fear that the radicals will kill them. And that is at the heart of the problem.

Secularists who argue that the War on Terror is as equally damning as the Jihad’s war on America (or Israel or Denmark or the Pope or whomever offends them that day) haven’t the faintest clue.

After watching the President’s speech last Friday and the ensuing onslaught of liberal, crap-slinging called “media questions”, I have come to the following conclusion:

If you can’t support the President in his efforts to fight the War on Terror, you do NOT believe that we are actually at war. You believe that since we haven’t been attacked in five years, it won’t happen again. And you also believe it can’t be any worse than 9/11.

I was amazed at the way several reporters began their questions, “Mr. President, if I don’t understand what you wish to do, don’t you think the American people don’t understand either?”

Uh, nope. That would be just you, Mr. Moron Media Person. If you don’t understand the fact that we want to clarify laws so that interrogators won’t break the law when questioning terrorists, then you don’t see the war. You think it’s just all fun and games for politics.

You don’t have to believe as Bush does. You don’t have to like his economics, although you can’t argue with the fastest growing economy ever, low unemployment, and falling gas prices. And you don’t have to agree with him on marriage. But you should want to continue living and you really should want a safe America for the near and distant future generations.

There is no side-stepping this one for you liberals. Either your in or not.

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