Hugh Fitzgerald: “What Century Do They Live In?”
The U.N’s top migration official called German Chancellor Angela Merkel a hero on Friday, saying she had taken a principled stand to support refugees while some European leaders had failed a test of human decency.
Popular support for Merkel has tumbled to its lowest in 4 1/2 years, a poll showed on Wednesday, after 1.1 million migrants entered Germany last year. Mistrust of migrants grew after some were linked to sexual assaults on women during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne.
“In my opinion Mrs Merkel is a hero,” Peter Sutherland, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative for international migration, told a news conference in Geneva.
“She knew it was a moral issue. She knew she was going to take political attack … with her popularity affected negatively as a result…
“Some have said we will take refugees ‘as long as they are Christian’. What century are they living in? What about the concepts of the dignity of the human being and the equality of man?” Sutherland asked…..
“The evidence is irrefutable. Migrants in general, and in every country in Europe, make greater fiscal contributions than they take in benefits. They’ve lower levels of unemployment and in general a greater interest in education.”
The European Union, with a substantial proportion of the global economy, had an obligation to help, [sic]
“Why can’t a continent that has over 500 million, living in the most prosperous part of the world, take in a million who come across the Mediterranean every year, and share them on the basis of fair allocation?” Sutherland asked. — Reuters, Feb. 5
Peter Sutherland declares Angela Merkel a “hero” because she is ignoring the clear will of her own people (her “popular support has tumbled to an all-time low”) and has this year alone allowed, with a despot’s fiat, more than a million Muslims into their midst.
Peter Sutherland is outraged that Germans, or any Europeans, should be worried about Muslim migrants: “What century are they living in?”
Perhaps, in order to help answer that question, we might look at what is now widely known about the theory and practice of Islam, but that apparently has managed to escape the notice of Peter Sutherland, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative for international migration.
Islam is a faith whose adherents believe the Qur’an to be the Word of God, immutable and uncreated. The Qur’an tells them that they, as Muslims, are the “best of peoples” (3:110), and that Unbelievers are “the most vile of created beings” (98:6). The Qur’an tells them over and over that they are to “fight in the way of Allah” against the Unbelievers, in order to spread Islam, that the “punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned,” (5:33) that they should “fight those who do not believe in Allah…nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection” (9:29). Allah “will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them” (8:60).
There are more than 160 such “jihad verses” in the Qur’an, all of them commanding Muslims to engage in Jihad against Unbelievers, to kill them or, if they agree to submit to Allah and become Muslims to spare them, or — if they are Christians or Jews — agree to submit to a crushing host of economic and social disabilities, most notably the head-tax known as the Jizyah. These verses are all variations on the same aggressive theme, and should worry any sensible non-Muslim not in thrall, as Peter Sutherland and Angela Merkel are, to feelgood denial.
But perhaps Peter Sutherland needs still more evidence, and would benefit not just from the handful I’ve quoted above, but from an expanded list of such Jihad verses:
Allah is an enemy to unbelievers. – Sura 2:98
On unbelievers is the curse of Allah. – Sura 2:161
Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. –Sura 2:191
Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme. – Sura 2:193
Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. – Sura 2:216
If you should die or be killed in the cause of Allah, His mercy and forgiveness would surely be better than all they riches they amass. If you should die or be killed, before Him you shall all be gathered. – Sura 3:157-8
You must not think that those who were slain in the cause of Allah are dead. They are alive, and well-provided for by their Lord. – Surah 3:169-71
Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of God, whether he is slain or victorious, soon we shall give him a great reward. – Sura 4:74
Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil. – Sura 4:76
But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever you find them. – Sura 4:89
Therefore, we stirred among them enmity and hatred, which shall endure till the Day of Resurrection, when Allah will declare to them all that they have done. – Sura 5:14
O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people. – Sura 5:54
Make war on them until idolatry is no more and Allah’s religion reigns supreme – Sura 8:39
O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there are 20 steadfast men among you, they shall vanquish 200; and if there are a hundred, they shall rout a thousand unbelievers, for they are devoid of understanding. – Sura 8:65
It is not for any Prophet to have captives until he has made slaughter in the land. – Sura 8:67
Allah will humble the unbelievers. Allah and His apostle are free from obligations to idol-worshipers. Proclaim a woeful punishment to the unbelievers. – Sura 9:2-3
When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. –Sura 9:5
Believers! Know that idolators are unclean. –Sura 9:28
Fight those who believe neither in God nor the Last Day, nor what has been forbidden by God and his messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are People of the Book, until they pay the tribute and have been humbled. –Sura 9:29
Whether unarmed or well-equipped, march on and fight for the cause of Allah, with your wealth and your persons. – Sura 9:41
O Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites. Be harsh with them. Their ultimate abode is hell, a hapless journey’s end. – Sura 9:73
Allah has purchased of their faithful lives and worldly goods, and in return has promised them the Garden. They will fight for His cause, kill and be killed. – Sura 9:111
Believers! Make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Let them find harshness in you. Sura 9.123
As for those who are slain in the cause of Allah, He will not allow their works to perish. He will vouchsafe them guidance and ennoble their state; He will admit them to the Paradise He has made known to them. – Sura 10:4-15
Allah has cursed the unbelievers and proposed for them a blazing hell. – Sura 33:60
Unbelievers are enemies of Allah and they will roast in hell. – Sura 41:14
When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds, then set them free, either by grace or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens. – Sura 47:4
Those who are slain in the way of Allah – he will never let their deeds be lost. Soon will he guide them and improve their condition, and admit them to the Garden, which he has announced for them. – Sura 47:5
Muslims are harsh against the unbelievers, merciful to one another. – Sura 48:25
Muhammad is Allah’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another. Through them, Allah seeks to enrage the unbelievers. – Sura 48:29
Prophet! Make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal sternly with them. The unbelievers among the People of the Book and the pagans shall burn forever in the fire of hell. They are the vilest of all creatures. – 98:5-6
This florilegium of violence and fanaticism is sufficient, I think, to convey to most people what the Qur’an teaches and what dutiful Muslims believe. But Peter Sutherland is not most people.
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