Leslie S. Lebl
City Journal, Winter 2010
Edited by Andy Ross
A God Who Hates by Wafa Sultan
Cruel and Usual Punishment by Nonie Darwish
Traditional Islamic law, or sharia, underpins Islamic life.
that during Islam's golden age, sharia's
most important aspect was "total control of ... everyone's behavior, loyalty, mind and even soul."
The system was
all-encompassing and punishments were strict. But the caliphs, or rulers,
were exempt from penalty for theft, adultery, killing, or drinking. They
alone could have an unlimited number of wives. Richer, older men acquire numerous wives at the
expense of poorer young men.
Darwish: "The bottled-up sexual rage of
the Muslim male must explode in the faces of the foreign infidel." Jihad is
thus essential for the maintenance of sharia law.
The Koran's 99
attributes of God include "The Harmer," "The Compeller," "The Imperious,"
"The Humiliator," and "The Bringer of Death."
Hatred of Jews is
deeply rooted in Islam, which divides the world into two parts, Muslim and
Sultan: "Jew must be one of the words Muslim children
hear most frequently before the age of ten. It is also one of the hardest
words they hear, as in their imagination it conjures up visions of killing,
depravity, lies, and corruption. When one person wishes to express his
disdain for another, he will call him a Jew."
Sultan: "We imbibed
with our mother's milk hatred for the Jews and for anyone who supported
their cause. We justified this hatred by devising a conspiracy theory, and
we called anyone who disagreed with us a Zionist agent. This conspiracy
theory helped keep Muslims inside the straitjacket in which Islam had
imprisoned their minds."
The Koran: "O ye who believe! Take not the
Jews and Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends
and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for
friendship) is of them."
Darwish: "Don't even think for a second
that the above verse does not cause a major divide between Muslims and
non-Muslims. Those apologists who claim it has little effect on Muslim
society are in denial and are unable to see Muslim society objectively."
Darwish: "Women who follow the maze Islam has created for them will not
be noticed and will be safe. On the other hand, if anyone deviates and is
noticed, she will get no mercy from anyone. Other women in society — mothers,
aunts, sisters, cousins — were among those who reinforced such attitudes."
Darwish cites repeated examples of Islam's reliance on vigilantism:
Muslims who kill unbelievers, infidels, or non-Muslims are regularly
absolved of their crimes, and the use of civilian enforcers is a constant
feature of Islam. She would have sharia declared an illegal, dangerous
totalitarian ideology, in much the same way that the United States did
decades ago with Communism.
Sultan: "No one can be a true Muslim and
a true American simultaneously. Islam is both a religion and a state, and to
be a true Muslim you must believe in Islam as both religion and state. A
true Muslim does not acknowledge the U.S. Constitution, and his willingness
to live under that constitution is, as far as he is concerned, nothing more
than an unavoidable step on the way to the constitution's replacement by
Islamic Sharia law."
These two books will no doubt prove highly
unpalatable for many Americans.
AR The rage — reminds me of the
movie 28 Days
Later. Is it perhaps time to man the firestations and resist Sharia with all
our resources, or even — shades of
Apocalypse Now —
to terminate it with extreme prejudice?
Slate, February 8, 2010
Edited by Andy Ross
In Malaysia last month, following a complaint by Muslim groups that local
Christians were using the word Allah in their services and publications, the
high court ruled that the Catholic Herald could say Allah in its
Malay-language edition, provided that the paper was sold "only on church
grounds and bearing the label FOR NON-MUSLIMS ONLY." Even this restriction
was too lenient for the Islamists. Several churches and convents have been
firebombed and defaced.
Muslim propagandists sometimes like to say reassuringly that we all —
Christians, Jews, Muslims — worship the same God. We are all children of
Abraham,we are all "peoples of the book," blah blah blah. The
Bahasa Malaysian language contains many borrowings
from Arabic, including the G-word, but this doesn't stop its Christian
speakers from being told that they can't follow their own faith in their own
tongue. This quite clearly negates the notion that Islam is universal, that
it preaches brotherhood, that it is a "religion of peace," blah blah blah.
AR Religion is no place to look
for consistency — look rather to a new science of psychology.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Islam
By Tunku Varadarajan
The Daily Beast, May 22, 2010
Edited by Andy Ross
Nomad: From Islam to America
By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Free Press, 277 pages
Hirsi Ali asserts that "the subjection of women within Islam is the biggest
obstacle to the integration and progress of Muslim communities in the West.
It is a subjection committed by the closest kin in the most intimate place,
the home, and it is sanctioned by the greatest figure in the imagination of
Muslims: Allah himself."
Of Somali birth and upbringing, Hirsi Ali
narrated much of her story in her previous memoir, Infidel. In her new book,
Hirsi Ali widens her personal narrative to tell us of her parents, siblings,
and cousins, as well as of the wider Muslim community in the West.
Hirsi Ali has rejected Islam as her personal creed. In a chapter addressed
to her grandmother, she says: "Salvation lies in the ways of the infidel ...
I have compared the infidels' morals to those that you taught us, and I must
report that they have, in practice, a better outcome for humans than the
morals of your forefathers."
Hirsi Ali writes that "virginity is the
obsession, the neurosis of Islam," and that "the fundamentalists seem
haunted by the female body and neurotically debate which fractions of it
should be covered, until they declare the whole thing, from head to toe, a
gigantic private part."
Hirsi Ali ends her book with some
suggestions: "The Muslim mind needs to be opened. Above all, the uncritical
Muslim attitude toward the Quran urgently needs to change, for it is a
direct threat to world peace." She says the Christianity of "love and
tolerance remains one of the West's most powerful antidotes to the Islam of
hate and intolerance."