Saturday, 29 September 2012
Review of a critique of Robert Spencer
By Igor Slamoff
Review of Dr. Robert Dickson Crane: “Fascist-Islamophobia”: A Case Study in Totalitarian Demonization, published in 4 parts by The American Muslim in 2007.
I was alerted to Dr. Crane’s work by one of the numerous book-length critiques of so-called islamophobia published in the US in the last few years by “progressive” political organizations. I was eager to see a full-dress critique of Robert Spencer by an actual islamic scholar such as Dr. Crane. All the criticism I had read of Spencer’s work hitherto was merely name-calling by writers ignorant of the issues.
It was therefore with great expectation that I began reading Dr. Crane’s 4-part article, whose title is seriously melodramatic.
Dr. Crane defends Islam from many of Robert Spencer’s charges, stating that Spencer distorts the Koran and other ancient writings to make islam look extremist, when it really isn’t.
I haven’t had time to check any of the bits of the Koran that Crane quotes. However Crane denounces Spencer in exactly the same terms as he denounces Al Qaida, Wahhabism, Salafism, etc. I rapidly began to suspect that the peaceful, tolerant Islam that Crane describes as the authentic islam exists only in his imagination.
Crane claims that the death penalty for apostasy has no confirmation in the Koran. According to Crane, Spencer belittles Ibrahim B. Syed, President of the Islamic Research Foundation in Louisville, Kentucky, for concluding in his scholarly research paper posted on March 26, 2006, in http://www.theamericanmuslim.org that, “There is no historical record indicating that Muhammad or any of his companions ever sentenced anyone to death for apostasy.” Spencer writes, “This kind of assertion may be comforting to non-Muslims who would prefer to believe that the notorious capital charges levied in early 2006 against the Afghan convert from Islam to Christianity, Abdul Rahman, were some sort of anomaly.”
Perhaps Crane is right, but the current foremost authority on Sunni Islam, Al Azhar University in Cairo, proclaims the death penalty for apostasy as unquestioned dogma. So, who cares what the Koran REALLY says? What counts is how it is currently interpreted by the top dogs in Mohammedan dogma. And on most of the issues cited by Crane, Spencer’s reading seems to match prevailing currents in contemporary Mohammedan thought.
For example Crane denies that Mohammed ordered the beheading of hundreds of captives of the Banu Qurayzah tribe in Medina about 627 A.D. Indeed, he calls it the “spurious story about the massacre of the Banu Qurayzah,”. Spencer’s argument against the classical Islamic scholars, including the modern scholar, W. N. Arafat, in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, is that they rejected the very possibility of such a slaughter “chiefly for the anachronistic reason that it would have violated Islamic law.”
Respected Islamic scholars argue that this story has to be apocryphal because the strict rule in Islamic law is to punish only those who are responsible for the sedition. The large number of those allegedly beheaded contradicts the Qur’anic prohibition of collective guilt ordained in Surah Fatir 35:18: “No soul shall bear another’s burden.” The leaders of the Banu Qurayzah even in the apocryphal story were well known and even named.
Crane then inveighs against the abrogation doctrine that Spencer takes for granted:
“The worst heresy among Muslims is evidenced by the official Saudi translations of the Qur’an, which assert that the above two verses and all like them have been abrogated by verses that say only Muslims can enter heaven. …. This doctrine of abrogation has functioned like a computer virus and has multiplied into the abrogation of hundreds of verses. Those who justify their new, hate-filled religion by asserting that God changed his mind through abrogation are playing God. This process of selective interpretation and deletion eventually would gut the entire Qur’an of all meaning."
"This bias is strikingly evidenced in the contrast between Spencer’s unquestioning acceptance of falsehood and his rejection of truths that are beyond question. He accepts the Banu Qurayzah massacre, because doing so serves to prove the points he is trying to make throughout his book, but he is skeptical about the very existence of the Medina Covenant and Constitution which granted equal rights to Jews, Christians, and Muslims."
However that is not to say that all of Crane’s objections to Spencer are fatuous. He cites many ancient Mohammedan scholars who seem to favor a relatively mild form of Islam. Perhaps Spencer DOES paint too dark a picture.
But there can be no doubt that extremists have taken control of Islam world-wide and consequently Islam will be in practice an extremist doctrine for the foreseeable fyooch.
Accordingly, even though Spencer may err on certain points -- perhaps even intentionally distort Mohammedan writings, as Crane charges – he offers the inestimable advantage of pointing out the threat posed by contemporary extremist islam, which is the islam we must actually deal with, and that he counteracts the soothing stories of so many pro-islam propagandists who – for whatever reason -- wish to banish our justified fears.
In a nutshell, islam is today, in Crane’s words, a “new, hate-filled religion“.
 Perhaps Spencer misconstrues the ancient writings, but all contemporary Moslem scholars agree that apostasy must be punished by death. If Spencer is wrong, then so are all contemporary Mohammedan scholars. Igor Slamoff
 Ayatollah Khomeini used the Banu Qurayzah story to threaten those who questioned his authority. Hence Khomeini does not appear to doubt the Banu Qurayza story. Igor Slamoff
 This alleged ban on collective guilt contradicts historical accounts of punishment of dhimmis, where all dhimmis paid for the transgressions of a few of them. Indeed, transgressions by individual dhimmis against the Pact of Omar have regularly been the occasion for mass slaughters of dhimmis. In 1945 Moslem mobs in Libya murdered many local Jews – why? Because they were incensed at acts that Jews in Palestine allegedly committed against Moslems in Palestine . The Jewish survivors of the Libyan pogrom were promptly deported. Igor Slamoff
 The author claims that abrogation is merely a Wahhabi heresy that Spencer misrepresents as the authentic Moslem doctrine. But the important point is not whether it is a heresy or not. The important point is that the Wahhabis’ “new, hate-filled religion” dominate Moslem discourse in the US & Europe, and consequently abrogation appears now to be the predominant view. It appears that most mosques built of late in Europe and North America were funded by Saudi petrodollars and staffed by fanatical Saudi zealots. Igor Slamoff
 Even if the Medina Covenant existed, Mohammed violated it by turning Medina into a homogeneously Mohammedan city through terror. Igor Slamoff
Friday, 28 September 2012
In line with the Palestinian Authority's drive to encourage non-traditional exports, a Palestinian firm has started brewing whisky of a quality that rivals the best Scotland has to offer. Here is a photo of the new product:
|Al-Aqsa Premium Single-Malt Palestinian Whisky|
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Consortiumnews September 17, 2012
· Please noted that none of what follows should be construed as a justification for US or Western foreign policy.
· Rehmat claims that “Most of anti-Islam propaganda filth” is financed by Jews.
· Perhaps Rehmat can give me some tips on where I could get my hands on some shekels to continue my campaign of pitiless mockery of Islam.
· At college I minored in Islamic Studies, learnt Arabic, read the Koran, traveled to the Middle East, studied Islam and its history and slowly but surely came to detest it.
· I detest Islam because in my experience the Muslims that most stand out, and consequently those that characterize Islam in my view, are ethnocentric, arrogant, dogmatic, insensitive to other cultures, prone to violence, irrational, quarrelsome, sneaky and obsessive about their alleged superiority to non-Muslims.
· In other words, Muslims are easy to hate, just like the proverbial Ugly American.
· It does not improve matters when Muslims make a point of sanctifying their founder, who according to reliable biographical records, was a gangster, a torturer and a slave trader.
· Islam proposes this berserk killer as a model of human behavior and forbids any criticism of Mohammed under pain of death.
· I don't understand how anyone can have the slightest respect for such a grotesque concoction of lies, cruelty and stupidity as is Islam. Islam is truly a blight on humanity.
· By the way, Czech out my detailed critique of Mohammedan malarkey at www.prophetless.blogspot.com
· And I have not been paid my first shekel yet!
· Slalom aleikum, Igor Slamoff
Igor Slamoff’s letter to AlterNet, Sept 2012
The doughty Roy McGovern is an expert at guilt-tripping us about (mostly true) US imperialist misdeeds and then calmly turning around and demanding that we kowtow to deranged Islamic ideology to assuage our consciences.
Mohammed was a gangster, a torturer and a psychotic killer. Those are well-established historical facts, and they are accurately depicted in the film. If those Mohammedan shit-heads don’t like the facts, that’s their problem.
This does not excuse US imperialism or Israeli adventurism. (Although as I explain elsewhere, I think history shows that Israel has a definite right to exist, and to exist right where it exists now and to keep Arab interlopers from returning).
Accepting Islamic lunacy (i.e. tacitly obeying sharia law) is NOT the proper way to make up for US imperialism. Islam is a grotesque concoction of lies and forgeries held together by naked terror.
Ray McGovern belongs to that contemptible swarm of do-gooders who are aware of only one side of any controversy, and who ruthlessly conceal any fact that doesn´t fit snugly with their pet whims. In other words, he denounces Israeli harshness to Gazza, but meekly acquiesces in the brutal tyranny of Hamas over the Gazzan people.
Igor Slamoffs letter to Common Cause Sep 2012
I agree that it's not nice to bomb foreign countries. On the other hand, the parts of Pakistan the US is bombing i namely North Waziristan, is a hotbed of terrorist training activity, the graduates of whom then proceed to wreak havoc on European countries and North America. Consequently North Waziristan is a legitimate military target and I fully support the US bombing the daylights out of it.
Pakistan is a country where human life is worth very little, thanks to the terrorist ideology of the Mohammedan sects that dominate it politically. So called honor killings are extremely frequent in Pakistan, as a matter of fact much more frequent that drone missile killings.
It is rampant cynicism to whine about legitimate attacks on military targets in Pakistan when Pakistan itself is a lawless free-for-all where intra-sectarian killings are commonplace. Recently the governor of Punjab state was murdered by his own bodyguards because he was in favor of relaxing the strict blasphemy laws that many Christians are imprisoned under.
The fact that you select a single one of Pakistan’s many problems from the huge number of problems it has, solely because this problem can be blamed on the United States, shows that your journalists have an anti-Western, pro–terrorist agenda.
Friday, 21 September 2012
Thursday, 20 September 2012
I hereby announce a prize of one million Palestinian rubles to anybody who supplies a method of safely and reliably harnessing the mechanical energy released by uttering the words “dogshit Muhammad” in the midst of a crowd of Gangstapimps.
Signed: Igor Slamoff
c/o Ministry of Energy, Cairo, Egypt
Friday, 14 September 2012
Randy Poodle is hot stuff!
There ain’t no Randy Poodle round these parts what we folks knows about, ‘ceptin’ for Randy Poodle hisself.
And Randy Poodle his speakin’ tube be that yellow-bellied varmint Scrotum-Face, yessirree.
Hillbilly Sleaze-Lam Proverb
How to avoid becoming a victim of Islamophobia
by Placenta Joe
Islamophobia is one of the great evils of our time. Many people’s lives have been ruined by this widespread social blight, which seems to be growing from day to day.
However there is a simple solution that can spare you the victimization that accompanies Islamophobia: simply convert to Buddhism or to some other religion that does not provoke the intense hatred that Islam inevitably elicits. After all, nobody hates Buddhists.
A moment’s reflection will reveal that being associated with a crappy murder cult like Islam is looking for trouble. Islam is the only major religion founded by a mass murderer. Islam is also the only major religion whose faithful are commanded to kill enemies of the faith, a term that is often construed very broadly.
Accordingly Mohammedans have a well-earned reputation as fanatical cutthroats. By forsaking Islam you can release yourself from the intense animosity that Islam’s countless crimes over the centuries have instilled in much of the world’s population.
Let the other Gangstapimps sweat it out! You have no obligation to continue bearing the shameful stigma that attaches to that pack of bloodthirsty hyenas.