Religions of Hate

“Killing infidels assures you of Paradise.”
Qur’an, 47:4-6

“Certain Men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying ‘Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known’; Then shalt thou enquire, and make search and ask diligently, and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you, Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein… and shalt burn with fire the city… for the LORD thy God.”
Deuteronomy 13:13-16

 

On November 14th CNN’s Glen Beck asked Representative Elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to congress, to prove that he wasn’t a terrorist “working with our enemies”.

The question was answered as best it could be. There were no cries for Beck’s resignation, no major newspaper articles, and no concerns raised over a CNN representative asking such a question.

The first problem, known to journalists, logisticians, philosophers, politicians, and lawyers alike, is that it’s often impossible to prove negative. How would you go about proving that you have never committed murder, robbed a bank, or attended a communist rally? While proving that you have not been caught doing any of these things may be relatively simple, proving you haven’t done them is all but impossible, and any responsible news commentator should know that.

But that Glen Beck could ask such an unfair question is not the most frightening part. What is most frightening is that it’s been five years since 9/11, and members of the mainstream media (and the public at large) still don’t understand who our enemy is, or appear to have any interest in making a concerted effort to distinguish between them and us.

While most Americans are cognizant of the fact that not all Muslims hate America or believe in killing infidels, many none the less still, at the very least, hold in the back of their minds some reservations about members of the religion. Many, if they encounter a Muslim who claims not to condone the murder of innocent people, do not believe him. If they believe him, they do so with a nagging sense that he could at any time be converted to the violence of his faith. If they believe he never would, they applaud his courage in standing up to his religion while secretly wondering if they can trust the kind of bankrupt individual would choose a faith and then turn his back on it.

How do we know Islam a violent faith? Because they kill each other, because they kill us, and because their holy book commands that they kill non believers?

While they may be true, none of these facts are even remotely exclusive to Islam.

The Christian bible (their holy book, made up of the Old and the New Testaments) advocates the exact same thing, expanding the definition of “infidels” to include anyone who disagrees with a judge (Deut 17:12), homosexuals (Lev 20:13), people who claim to be psychic (Lev 20:27), people who curse or strike their parents (Prov 20:20, Lev 20:9), adulterers and fornicators (Lev 20:10 – 21:9), and people who work on the Sabbath – all of whom it is one’s obligation to kill.

Most Christians do not follow these commandments, since they are in the Old Testament. Yet the Old Testament is a part of the Christian bible. If there are parts of the bible which Christians feel they are not bound to (and in fact should ignore), why is it so hard to believe that Muslims might feel the same way about parts of the Qur’an? Is it not hypocritical to condone Muslims for violent commandments in the Qur’an but not Christians for violent commandments in the Bible?

The 9/11 hijackers may have been Muslim, as may Al-Qaeda be. But while they are prominent villains in our society, they represent an interpretation of the Qur’an held by less than 1% of 1% of the Muslim population. Over 1.3 billion Muslims live on this planet, the vast majority of them peacefully.

The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan are terrorists (for what is a cross burning if not an act designed solely to terrorize). They fire bomb homes and churches, they murder African Americans and homosexuals, and have even been known to advocate the overthrow of the United States government. They are also Christians, or, at the very least, call themselves Christian and commit their terrorism in the name of the Bible.

While members of the KKK consider themselves Christians, the overwhelming majority of Christians disagree, and vehemently oppose both their views and methods. The same is also true for Al-Qaeda, an organization calling itself Muslim, but denounced by the vast majority of Muslims who shutter at the thought of being associated with these murderers.

Yes, a number of Shiites and Sunnis kill each other. So do Protestants and Catholics, whose violence in Belfast is checked only by the vigilance of military and civilian authorities (who had successfully contained the sectarian violence in Iraq until we disbanded them).

Muslims didn’t cause World Wars I or II. They didn’t cause the Spanish or Medieval Inquisitions, or the Holocaust, and are no more to blame than Christians for the Crusades. They represent the second largest religion in the world, but Islam has been used to justify far fewer atrocities than other religions.

And Muslims in this country try to tell us this, that violence in their religion is the exception, not the norm. But we don’t listen to them, because… well… they’re terrorists, they’ll say anything.

If we decry getting drunk and blaming Jews for all the wars in history, or someone throwing the “N-Word” at hecklers during a comedy act, but allow news commentators from respected networks to ask Muslims to prove that they are not terrorists, we become a country, not of freedom and acceptance, but of hypocrisy and ignorance.

And if we become those things, what exactly is it we fighting to defend?

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nicksoutter
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@Marilyn: “If they don’t believe in terrorism, they should get a new religion” Well, it’s not fair to judge them all by the extremists. We can crunch the numbers: Not every Taliban member wants to kill us – most just want to rule Afghanistan with an iron hand – and have no interest in terrorism state-side. But lets assume they’re all terrorists. That’s about 50,000 people. According to the State Department’s 2008 report on the status of al-Qaeda, the terrorist group only has a few thousand members. Lets be generous and say it’s 10,000. The leaders of Iran are bad… Read more »

Naofal Bahri
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اني اسف لاكن هذه حقيقة الاسلام او ما موجود في القرئان حاربوا اليهود والنصارى قاتلوهم طيب لماذا ماذا فعلوا بكم انه مجرد نقاش حظاري بدون شتائم او ذم الاخر مذا نحن لسنا نصارى اننا مسيحيين ولن نقاتلكم ولن ننعتكم او نذمكم طيب لماذا ها كنا كل عمرنا نعيش الاسلام والمسيحيين مع بعظ وحتى اليهود في زمن كانوا في العراق لن يعملوا اي شيء غلط اننا فقط نريد واح واحد فقط منكم كا اخ يتكلم بصراحة بعيدا عن التزمت الديني الحقيقة عن اليهود والمسيحيين اذهبوا على الانترنيت واكتبوا يهود العراق سوف ترون انهم الى الان عادات وتقاليد وحيات واغاني على الطريقة… Read more »

Khattab Allahloob
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يا اخي مرحبا المشكله ليست مع اليهود حتىاليهود في فلسطين عايشين كاخوان ومتحابين المشكله والكراهيه. مع حكومه محتله مشتته اصحاب الارض والبيت وتنكر حقهم في العيش في سلام في ارضهم ولن تقبل وساطة اين كان واعتبر نفسك من اصحاب هذه الارض هل تحب وتسامح هذا المحتل وهذا سبب الكراهيه من ناحية الشعوب العربيه ما علينا في حكومات هذه الايام وتكلم ضميرك
اما من ناحية الاخوه المسيحين لايوجد اي كراهيه بالعكس نحترم هذا الدين وننحب النبي عيسى ووالدته عليهم السلام لانه من الديانات السماويه وشكرا اخي ولكل الديانات السماويه احتران

Khattab Allahloob
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ولكل الديانات السماويه الاحترام والتقدير ولشخصك الكريم اينما كنت

N Lamar Soutter
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شكرا جزيلا

Khattab Allahloob
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شكرا لك اخي العزيز انشاالله يسود السلام كل شعوب الارض والمحبه بين جميع البشريه باطيافها ودياناتها

N Lamar Soutter
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شكرا لدعمكم. سوف يكون لي أن أغتنم هذه أسفل. اشتكى شخص لالفيسبوك. يقرأون العنوان ونظن أن هذا كان رسالة من الكراهية. إنها ليست رسالة الكراهية. إذا كنت تقرأ هذا، كنت أعلم أنه ليس من الكراهية. لكن الفيسبوك لا يعرف، ويتم حظر حسابي. إلى الناس الذين قرأوا هذا، وشكرا لكم. لقد فعلت جهدي. هذه الكتلة سيء للغاية بالنسبة لي. أنا أعمل في الفيسبوك.

Khattab Allahloob
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انا اسف يااخي على ازعاجك انا لن اعرف حضرتك وديانتك واتشرف بك وبالديانه الذي انت منها وكما قلت سابقا اننا نحترم كل الديانات السماويه ولان انبيإ هذه الديانات هم انبيإ الله ورسله. الموضوع السنه الماضيه ذهبت الاعلاميه الاخت رهام سعيد مصرية الجنسيه الى القدس وقابلة مجموعه من اليهود فوجدة في بيوتهم اعلام فلسطينيه وساكنين بجوار الفلسطينين وسالتهم سوال اذا الفلسطنين حصلوا على الاستقلال اي جنسيه تختارون فقالوا لهانختار الجنسيه الفلسطينيه لانه يوجد احترام وعايشين كاخوان. اما يا اخي العنصريه والطائفيه ظهرة وفي معظم الدول سنة 2003واستمرت حتى الان حتى المسلمين مع بعض هذا سني وهذا شيعي واحد يقتل الاخر والذي… Read more »

Naofal Bahri
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اخواني لقد قرائت تعليقاتكم انها اخوية وجميلة جدا ولاكن ما عن بعظ المتزمتين كما يقول المثل لقد خافوا الاخظر واليابس مع بعظ اي حتى ان كان موجودين من الاخوة المسلمين ناس طيبين اصبحوا مذمومين من وراء هكذا اناس لا يعرفون لله ولا يوجد لله في قلوبهم وانتم لله يحفظكم لكم معرفة جيدة ولله يحفظكم ويكون معاكم اخوتي الاحباء وكثر لله من امثالكم على الايخاء والمحبة بين الديانات والمهم اخواني لا يهم ديني او دينك المهم انك انسان مثلي وانا مثلك ولله خلقنا سواسية بني ادم ومرة اخرى اخوتي لله يحفظكم ويقويكم للخير امين … امين …. امين

Rachel Gobar
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Oh no! I hope they read the english version. Can you write to them?

Rachel Gobar
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That sucks. More than likely they they block it immediately until they can vet it. So sorry.

Dima Subeih Omran
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I read the Arabic version and it was great and informative. It’s a pity that the ignorant, prejudiced person who didn’t bother to read it reported you. What’s ironic is he is no different from the uneducated, prejudiced and ignorant Trump supporter!! The cycle of hate needs to stop somewhere

Mohamad Omran
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Is it back up? I clicked on the word “Arabic” and it launched the article in Arabic!

Abby Manheim
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And when I think of some of the #@&*%$ I read that is allowed to remain online… don’t get me wrong, I don’t think things that offend me should be removed. I’m anti-censorship. I’m just never-ending-stunned at what FB chooses to remove.

Mohamad Omran
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What can we do? Can we email Facebook? Is there an appeals process?

Val Thomas
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That’s so stupid! I’m sorry, hope you can get it up again.

Christopher Gatley
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Facebook and Twitter both are rampant in their use of censorship. You’re much better off using those platforms to redirect to your own website. Horrible companies. Data-mining bastards masquerading as heavens of free-speech and tolerance.

Christopher Gatley
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Total garbage. The link looks like a criticism of Islam, and that’s a no no in FB land. Next time make the picture and link something more innocuous, like “Christianity is the Devil” or “How to no-platform Pentecostals” That merits not a second glance to the ban-brigade. Or just say something obvious like, “All your problems are caused by White People”….TIFTFY (BTW I read that article when you posted it and it was a balanced critique of things. )

Dima Subeih Omran
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Lena Khalaf Tuffaha you need to connect with Nick Soutter

Christopher Gatley
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You know it chaps my hide because this sort of reasoned discourse is the only cure to the ails caused by fringe elements of religion.

Maggie Gatza
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Good grief.

Dima Subeih Omran
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Nick Soutter she’s a great writer and she’s connected to articulate educated Arabs and Muslims who would appreciate your articles.

Christopher Gatley
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Any resolution yet?

Christopher Gatley
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Nick Soutter Sorry about that dude. Keep your chin out man.

Abby Manheim
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In their defense, I needed a good laugh.