Saturday, 4 May 2013

Leftist dhimmis? Yes, but ...



Empirical observation puts some nuance into a conservative cliché 

Igor Slamoff

David Horowitz wrote a book called  Unholy Alliance about an alleged  leftist-Islamist political alliance. Many of Horowitz charges are warranted. Indeed, I have observed that leftist political parties, web sites and so forth in many Western countries are generally very uncritical of Islam.

HOWEVER, rightists generally exaggerate the Left’s sympathies for Islam. There are important exceptions to the “leftist dhimmi” rule.

Juan Cole, a notorious islamophile, recently published an article on the left-wing AlterNet web site claiming that  Islam strictly forbids terrorism, Top Ten Ways Islamic Law Forbids Terrorism (WOW!).

Beneath  is a selection of replies by readers’ critical of Islam (about half of all replies). 

 The moral:  David Horowitz hasn't noticed (and probably never will) that:
  1. Many leftists are critical of Islam, and
  2. Leftist web sites do not indiscriminately suppress all Islam-critical replies from their readers.

No, we're talking about this site [i.e. AlterNet] - a site that claims to be progressive but has an obvious blind spot when it comes to Islam. No fundamentalist Christian would write for this site pretending to be progressive, but the author of the article in question thinks progressives can be conned into believing that the Quran is compatible with a progressive agenda.
Really? I think promotion of, acceptance of or turning a blind eye to Islam's plethora of brutal 'excesses' pretty much sums it up. Otherwise Sharia law would already have been banned by Muslims themselves, and the basic right to choose to leave Islam should one wish would have been embraced by all Muslims, and encoded its laws. Instead, with the full right to choose their own way after the 'Arab Spring' they vote in the Muslim Brotherhood in places like Egypt, and call for Sharia law to become The Law in the western nations they live in. The vast majority of 'moderates' are cowed into submission by the cult. Perhaps you're aware of a Muslim movement which has instituted a non-Sharia, progressive government somewhere recently? Where are these multitudes of progressive Muslims who are speaking out and taking it to the streets? Do tell.
Holy shit, idiotic articles like this really make me reconsider to ever look at this website again.
And this at a time when over 100 000 muslims physically gathered in Bangladesh to demand the hanging of atheist bloggers. Not to mention what they do with gays and people who want to leave the cancer of Islam in every Islamic hellhole in the world.
And let's not even talk about the outright denial of whole branches of science.
There is no totalitarian ideology more inimical to democracy, reason, progress and human rights than Islam.
The holy koran teaches that democracy is not Islamic. Ask any Islamic scholar. Seriously.
Many democracies in the Islamic world? Name "the top ten".
If this Muslim religion is so peaceful in 10 different ways, what has been going on for the last, oh, the last 10 years or so? I see men with Muslim names, expounding Muslim beliefs, carrying out openly heinous crimes. Since Chechens happen to be the latest group, has everyone forgotten what what happened in Beslan? Kids, no older than the one who died in Boston, were were shot dead by Chechens. Cold brutality on a level that's just unfathomable.
Islam … preaches peace in many verses of the Qur’an and the author
highlights some. But they are not in context. Take for example the idea that murder and terrorism are forbidden by Islam. By the way, they are forbidden in the Hebrew and Christian Bible as well. We call it terrorism and murder they call it killing, which is totally acceptable:
- Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. -
2:191
When it comes to religious tolerance the article again only quotes the supporting ideal passages and ignores the host of other passages. If you look at how kaffur (unbelievers), shirk (idolatry) and mutard( apostate) are to be treated:
- Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. Hell shall be their home, evil their fate. - 66:9
- Muslims are harsh against the unbelievers, merciful to one another. - 48:25
Suicide is forbidden, so it becomes martyrdom. Go to Gaza and the West Bank and see how these “shahids” are revered. Women and Children are not supposed to be targets but they make the argument that they are combatants by supporting the kaffur
Another mistake the article makes is it ignores the Hadith, Shari’a, and fatwas. Each of these sources offers more perspective and context on what is acceptable behaviour
within Islam. An important concept in Shari'a is Adat (custom). Many tribal customs make their way into Islam.
The last gap in this article is history. History is replete with examples that contradict each point raised in this article. Islam was spread by conquest, forced conversions and persecution. The same way Christianity spread.

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