November 23, 2004

The Jawa Report Celebrates 'Islam Awareness Week'

Thanks to Charles Johnson for pointing out that it's Islam Awareness week in England. In order to help foster the spirit of awareness that this festival is surely about, I offer you some of the following things to make you more aware of Islam. For some odd reason I am under the impression that this might not be the type of awareness the organizers had in mind.....

Were you aware that the Prophet Muhammed married a nine year old girl? I mean, he married Âishah when she was six but he had the class not to have sex with her until she was nine. Just wanted you to be aware of that.

Were you aware that Muhammed demanded that all Jews in the Arabian Peninsula be converted to Islam, be exiled, or be killed? If you were one of those idolators, say a Hindu, no such luck on the exile thing--convert or die. Of course, Muhammed justified his actions by saying that the Jews had broken their treaty in which they promised to be subjegated to the Muslim community, because, you know, they had sort of seen had the Prophet murdered all those disgusting idolators. So, I guess that makes things different. I just wanted you to be aware of Islam's tolerance.

Were you aware that Islam condones lying in order to further the goal of the Islamic nation? The practice of Taqiyah was used to spread Islam in its early centuries and is exposed here. This Islamic site apologizes for the practice. Pretty interesting defense if taqiyah was only applied to lying to save your wife. Of course, deception is practiced in all wars--but perhaps this would help explain why incidents such as this are so common in Iraq. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle!

Were you aware that the the majority of violent conflicts in the world are between Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors or between Islamists and secularists within the Muslim world? Just wanted you to be aware on this most important week of the year!

Did you know that the penalty for adultery under Islamic law is death? For instance, the teenage girl who's death sentence was overturned here got off on a technicality. Read it carefully. Had she really been found to have committed adultery she would have been killed.

What other things do they kill you over in Islam? How about breaking your Ramadan fast? Ok, they didn't try to kill him....85 lashes seems reasonable for a 14 year old boy! How about if you're 13 years old and raped by your older brother? Death. Blasphemy? Death. Are you aware yet?

Of course, many liberal Muslims would reject all of this. Bravo! But many so-called moderates want Islamic law, be it in moderate form. So, maybe no beheadings or stonings. Call me old-fashioned but I don't want a jail sentence for adultery either. At least, I'm not aware that I do.

Daniel Pipes on raising awareness on Muslim moderates in an article in today's Front Page Mag:

There are lots of fake-moderates parading about, and they can be difficult to identify, even for someone like me who devotes much attention to this topic. The Council on American-Islamic Relations still wins mainstream support and the Islamic Society of North America still sometimes hoodwinks the U.S. government. The brand-new Progressive Muslim Union wins rave reviews for its alleged moderation from gullible journalists, despite much of its leadership (Salam Al-Marayati, Sarah Eltantawi, Hussein Ibish, Ali Abunimah) being well-known extremists.

Fortunately, the authorities kept both Tariq Ramadan and Yusuf Islam out of the United States, but Khaled Abou El Fadl got through and, worse, received a presidential appointment.

Even anti-terrorist rallies are not always what they seem to be. On Nov. 21, several thousand demonstrators, some of them Muslim, marched under banners proclaiming “Together for Peace and against Terror” in Cologne, Germany. Marchers shouted “No to terror” and politicians made feel-good statements. But the Cologne demonstration, coming soon after the murder of Theo van Gogh on Nov. 2, served as a clever defense operation. The organizer of the event, the Islamist Diyanet Iþleri Türk-Islam Birliði, used it as a smokescreen to fend off pressure for real change. Speeches at the demonstration included no mea culpas or calls for introspection, only apologetics for jihad and invocations of stale and empty slogans such as “Islam means peace.”

Hmm, thank you for making me more aware Mr. Pipes!

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:32 PM | Comments |