“Nothing in Islam forbids clitorectomy,”– I guess that settles it then (Atlas Shrugs)
The Zebiba Boyz & The Arab Spring
Three are asleep, another three are bored, one reads something, another one sends text messages: Islam ARRIVED in the Egyptian parliament!
According to Article 2 of the existing constitution, which is not likely to budge from the next one, Islam is the religion of state, Arabic the official language, and Sharia the basis for legislation, so the improvised addition to the oath is somewhat redundant. Still, some form of Islamic supremacist touchdown dance was probably inevitable. “Egypt Islamist MP scolded for religious reference,” fromÂ Agence France-Presse, January 23 via JW.
- “Antisemitic discourse and incitement have become more extreme and violent” since the “Arab Spring”Â — Â But hey, now, all of these remarks have surely been “taken out of context.” That’s what we’re always told. “Arab Spring sees rise in anti-Semitism,” by Gil Shefler for theÂ Jerusalem Post, January 22:
Freedom & Democracy Watch:
The New Buzzword is Â “anti-Arab sentiments”
“Prejudices about Islam will be shaken by this show”
- Koran Armstrong. (Spit! *&$#@)
Poland hasn’t forgotten history:
- Almost 55 percent of all Poles have a negative attitude to Islam, 30 percent more than four years ago…
Bianca JaggerÂ Â signed up:Â Letter in theÂ Guardian, 24 January 2012:
Of course. Nothing uttered frankly to a Muslim audience that has been picked up with alarm by non-Muslims has ever been taken “in context.” That only proves that the message changes with the audience.
As Mohammed HusseinÂ noted in his speech, the hadith that says “there is a Jew behind me, come kill him,” comes from hadith collections considered reliableÂ by Muslims, including Sahih (“sound,” “reliable”) Bukhari 4.52.177: “Allah’s Apostle said, The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him’.”
That doesn’t stop our occasional comment-box apologists from throwing these collections under the bus and claiming that Islam depends only on the Qur’an, so these ahadith don’t matter. In reality, the Qur’an-only movement is a small set of dissenters. “Israeli leader condemns Palestinian Muslim cleric,” by Diaa Hadid for theÂ Associated Press, January 22:
JERUSALEMÂ (AP) â€” The Palestinians’ top Muslim cleric faced sharp Israeli criticism Sunday for a speech in which he quoted a religious text that includes passages about killing Jews in an end-of-days struggle.Mufti Mohammed Hussein’s comments came at a political gathering of supporters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He said his remarks were taken out of context and that he didn’t incite people to kill Jews. But by speaking at the venue, Hussein appeared to be linking the battle to the conflict with Israel.
“The hour of resurrection will not come until you fight the Jews,” Hussein told the gathering, citing a hadith, or saying attributed to the Prophet Muhammad. “The Jews will hide behind stones and trees. But the trees and the stones will call: oh Muslim, oh servant of God, there is a Jew hiding behind me so come and kill him.”…
The mufti delivered his three-minute speech on Jan. 7 in an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem during celebrations of the 47th anniversary of the Palestinian movement Fatah, said Itamar Marcus of Palestine Media Watch, an Israeli watchdog group that tracks incitement.
Marcus’ group posted excerpts of the speech on YouTube last week. The comments drew angry reactions from Israelis on Sunday.
“We’re talking about a heinous offense that all nations of the world must condemn,”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement sent to reporters by text message. He asked the Israeli attorney general to launch an investigation.
It is unclear what authority Israel would have since Hussein is appointed to his position by the Palestinian president. There was no immediate comment from Abbas’ office.
Hussein, who is based in Jerusalem, said his comments were taken out of context.
“I was speaking about the final signs of the day of resurrection,” Hussein said. “I did not incite, and I did not call for killing. We are not, at present, at the end of days.”
Even if that were true, passages like these inform how Muslims regard Jews in the present day.
The Quran, Islam’s holy book, offers contradictory attitudes toward Jews and Christians. There are texts that enshrine tolerance and respect for other faiths, while others are spiked with hatred and incitement.
See next:Â Naskh, or abrogation. Search our archives. While the AP is teaching us about religion, here is one giant leap of moral equivalence:
Some extremist rabbis also have found passages in Jewish texts that they believe justifies violence against the Palestinians….