After hearing about the furor created when four Korans were burned with garbage at a U.S. military facility in Afghanistan I tried to recall the last time similar rioting broke out when Old and New Testaments were destroyed by Muslims.
Bibles are destroyed all the time in many Muslim countries where Christian and Jewish religious items are forbidden. But I have yet to see armed Christians and Jews march on Saudi or Iranian embassies in protest.
That is what is happening in Afghanistan, however. So far 12 people have died in riots and two American soldiers have been shot to death in retaliation for the Koran burning incident.
Naturally, Barak Obama, who has already bowed to the Saudi King thereby demeaning the office of U.S. President, quickly issued a hang-wringing written apology for the Koran burning. God forbid that the White House should ignore any affront to the world’s most violent and confrontational religion and the fanatics who wallow in it.
|Obama Bowing to Saudi King|
Muslims, as we are seeing in Afghanistan, are a peace-loving people. Except, of course, when somebody says anything–and I mean ANYTHING–negative about their blood-stained religion; burns the Koran; or attempts to depict a likeness of Islam’s founder and prophet Mohammed. Then, watch out! Blood will be spilled.
Islam a tolerant religion? I think not. As a foreign correspondent I spent a lot of time in Islamic nations. I quickly discovered that Islam is the most intolerant and vicious religion on our planet.
Both the Koran and Hadith collections clearly tell Muslims to “kill infidels, kill Jews, and make treaties with your enemies until such time as you are able to make war and plunder them.” Mohammad also instructed his followers to give the enemy the opportunity to convert to Islam, and if they did not, they were to kill them. These are facts taken from Islam’s holy books.
Not long ago Ergun Mehmet Caner and Emir Fethi Caner, two Arab Muslims who converted to Christianity, wrote a book (“Unveiling Islam: An Insider’s Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs”) in which they gave an eye-opening account of Islam’s prophet.
Citing passages from the Hadith, the collected sayings of Muhammad, the Caners note that, by his own account, the founder of Islam was often possessed by Satan. The phrase “Satanic Verses” refers to words that Muhammad first claimed had come from God, but which he later concluded were spoken by Satan.
During his life Muhammad married 11 women, kept two others as concubines and recommended wife-beating. His third wife was 6 years old when he married her and 9 when he consummated the marriage. The argument can made, therefore, that Muhammad was a demon-possessed pedophile. Not something many Muslims would concur with. Yet this information comes from Islam’s holiest books.
So here we are in the 21st Century and one of those books has been burned, probably by mistake. That event has triggered three days of bloody riots in city streets all across Afghanistan.
|Muslim Rioters in Afghanistan|
One has to ask, therefore, if Mohammed would condone such violence? Jesus Christ, whom Muslims regard as just another prophet of God (and secondary to Mohammed) would not have–at least one does not find a call to violence in any of his teachings.
Yet the violence we are seeing in Afghanistan is condoned and encouraged by Islamic leaders in that country, many of whom are calling for Jihad against Americans.
Jihad defined is the forcible advancement of Islam, coupled with a contrived hatred for the Western world. It appeals to the hearts and minds of millions of disaffected Muslims worldwide, many of them young and eager to give their lives in the cause of Allah.
Many well-educated Muslims, in the Middle East and in the West, have taken hold of the intellectual cause of Islamism and support this jihad wholeheartedly. Witness the exultation of Muslims worldwide at the destruction of the World Trade Center towers…not only in Palestinian, Pakistani, and Egyptian villages and slums, but also in more well-to-do North African neighborhoods in France and on many college campuses in North America.
So my question is simply this: Given the obvious nature of this most violent, intolerant, iniquitous of religions, why should our government issue a groveling apology for burning a few pages of paper called the Koran–a book that commands and commends religiously-motivated violence against unbelievers?
Given its intolerance of Christians, Jews, Buddhists and others, why should we wring our hands when someone dares to depict what the Prophet Mohammed might have looked like?
For my part, I still like the way the animated comedy South Park handled the issue of what the Prophet looked like.
During an episode in 2010, the prophet appeared disguised in a bear suit.
See for yourself: