* From our “all your founding fathers are belong to us” series:
And now, a word from the cinematic classicÂ Masked and Anonymous:
Editor: So, are you still a journalist or a novelist?
Tom Friend: Same thing out here….
Editor: Make something out of it. And if you can’t do that, sir, thenÂ make it up!
This is how the exaggerated lists of Muslim inventions get started — someone justÂ makes it up. But don’t laugh: consider for a moment howÂ the myth of a tolerant, pluralistic Muslim SpainÂ has entered the popular consciousness.
Note that underneath the bluster of the claim in the press release’s headline (below) is the Islamic dogma that everyone is born a Muslim. By such means Muslims can claimÂ anyone’saccomplishments. But the assertion that the abolition of slavery is in the Qur’an is false.Â The Qur’an takes slavery for granted, and it is no accident that there has never been a Muslim Wilberforce or Garrison.
Nor does the Qur’an teach equality of any kind between the Muslims, “the best of people” (3:110) and the unbelievers, “the most vile of created beings” (98:6).
“Abraham Lincoln was Born a Muslim, Says Film Maker,” aÂ press releaseÂ from Hoo Productions, April 20 (thanks to JW):
ATLANTA, April 20 /PRNewswire/ — Barack Hussein Obama is not alone. The 16th President of The United States, Abraham Lincoln, was born a Muslim, says Faruq Masudi, producer and director of the new Islamic movie, Quran Contemporary Connections.In a casting coup, Abraham Lincoln shares equal footage with luminaries of Islamic history like Saladin, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and the former President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed. What do they have in common?
Faruq Masudi said, “According to the Quran, everybody is born a Muslim. It is only by his own free will that a man chooses a different course for himself. In that Abraham Lincoln was not only a born Muslim but he chose to live by Islamic edicts like abolishing organized slavery; establishing equality of all human beings, democracy and accountability to God and Man; core Islamic concepts as propounded in the Holy Quran.”…
* Democracy? In the Koran? Â Oh Faruq, you cheeky little bullshitter, you! Trying to paint a giant pussy for infidel consumption? Â I have a better idea: why not explain it to this guy who must be reading a different Koran?
Islamic supremacist leader: “There is no room for democracy in Islam”
He said it. Oh, Sufi Muhammad, you Islamophobe!
“No room for democracy in Islam: TNSM Chief,” fromÂ Dawn, April 19 (thanks to JW):
MINGORA: While addressing a large rally here on Sunday, Chief of the Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat, Maulana Sufi Mohammed said thatÂ the movement for the implementation of Sharia began in 1994.‘The fifteen year struggle of the TNSM for the implementation of Sharia in Malakand is now bearing results,’ the Chief of the Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat said.
He saidÂ the democratic system is an un-Islamic oneÂ and the judicial system of Pakistan should be according to the Sharia.
‘Now any appeal against the Qazi courts’ decisions can be made only through the Darul Qaza,’ he added. ‘There is no room for democracy in Islam.’
In line with these statements, Sufi has demanded the abolition of all judges in Malakand, giving April 23 as a deadline for the establishment of Darul Qaza….