The Dupe of Islam
The real face of Islam is a peaceful religion based on the dignity of all human beings. It’s one where Muslim communities are leading the fight against poverty. It’s one where Muslim communities are providing basic healthcare and emergency assistance on the front lines of some of our most devastating humanitarian crises. And it is one where Muslim communities are advocating for universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the most basic freedom to practice one’s faith openly and freely.
If the likes of ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, the Taliban, and Hamas are not following real Islam then what are they following? Unreal Islam?
And passages like the following from the Koran, how are they to be explained away?
Sura 2:193: "fight against them until Allah's religion reigns supreme."
Sura 8:39: "make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme."
Sura 3:151: "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve [or "infidels"] for what they have associated with Allah [reference to Christian Trinity] of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers."
Sura 8:12: "When the Lord inspired the angels [saying to them], ‘I am with you; so make those who believe stand firm. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite their necks and smite of them each finger’."
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its 2012 Annual Report, in which more than 16 nations were designated as “countries of particular concern” (CPC) for their flagrant and consistent human and religious rights violations. They include Iran (2 -- just behind North Korea); Pakistan (3); Egypt (4); and Saudi Arabia (6). Of Iran the report states, “Christian persecution, particularly for Muslim converts, has steadily intensified in Iran in recent years, where many Christians suffer from societal ostracism, discrimination, and abuse. Because Islamic law is strictly observed in Iran -- a country that has boasts the highest population of Shi’a Muslims in the world -- the court system even reserves the right to execute male apostates and impose a life sentence on female apostates. Nearly all Christian activity, including proselytizing and Bible publishing, is illegal in Iran.
Does this not then mean that Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia are not following real Islam since real Islam supports “the most basic freedom to practice one’s faith openly and freely”?
This would be all quite funny if the Dupe of Islam were not shaping U.S. foreign policy. This is a propaganda war as well as guns and bullets war. The Honorable Secretary of State, John Kerry, has been co-opted in the propaganda war at the outset. He has failed the basic first step articulated by Sun Tzu in The Art of War -- know thine enemy. With his leadership in concert with the rest of the president’s inner circle the U.S. and the West will be crucified on the cross of Islamophilia.