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October 12, 2002

Moslems Riot and Kill Over Being Called Violent

Ok, let's be fair, not all Moslems are behaving this way, so the heading isn't that accurate. But the reaction of Indian Moslems, supposedly to Jerry Falwell's comment on Sixty Minutes has to be the most outrageous act of hypocrisy seen in a long time. After being pressed by Bob Simon of Sixty Minutes about Muhammad's behavior and involvement in war Falwell finally said, "I think Muhammad was a terrorist. I read enough, by both Muslims and non-Muslims, [to decide] that he was a violent man, a man of war,"  Falwell later clarified his statement in a WorldNetDaily interview, that he didn't intend to antagonize Moslem people. 

Meanwhile in India Moslems are rioting, claiming it is because of Falwell's comments. Did you get that? Because they are offended that Falwell would call Muhammad violent, they're rioting and killing people.

Ok let's look at the pieces of this ugly mess. Was Muhammad violent? Yes. Were other religious leaders violent? I guess that depends on your definition of "religious leader". Islam is founded on the teachings of Muhammad, so if you limit the term to those whose teaching the religion is based on (or through whom God or whatever power it is that's believed in, delivered the teachings) the list would be somewhat limited. Christianity is founded on the teachings of Jesus and it can be argued that it is also on the teachings of Paul, since most of the New Testament was written by Paul. Neither were noted for even much violence, let along killing anyone. Judaism would be based on the Torah, which was through Moses and other Israeli leaders. According to the Bible Moses did kill an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave. The final plague resulted in the deaths of lots of Egyptians, but it would be hard to say Moses did that. Moses did lead the Children of Israel in several early battles, but many were battles of self defense. The rest were still wars, and not attacks. There were various incidences where Moses commanded people to be executed that could be called terrorism. As for the founders/leaders of other religions I'm not aware of much violence associated with them. So while we do have some violence associated with early Judaism, Muhammad does seem to lead the field in violent behavior. As for whether he was espousing violence as a means of furthering Islam, or only using it as a disciplinary tool is disputed even by Moslems. It should be noted that the use of violence to enforce religious obedience in Christianity was clearly forbidden by Jesus, and among Jews it really has not been a common practice for quite some time.

OK, next question. Was what Falwell said out of line? Well, first of all as a Christian, observing the history of Islam, his conclusion can hardly be called outrageously false. Muhammad used and endorsed violence, whether rightly so or not would be different to different people. You can hardly fault Falwell for noting that Muhammad's use of violence fell within what he personally defines as terrorism. Moslems are fond of tossing their own accusation, with much, much less backing that Falwell had.

In the Al-Iqtisadi [The Economist], a Iraqi weekly owned by Saddam Hussein's son Uday, editorial write Munthir 'Aref called for, "boycott, closing air and sea ports to civilian ships and airplanes that belong to the U.S. and its allies, striking their economic interests and establishments, and considering everything American as a military target, including embassies, installations, and American companies, and to create suicide/martyr [fidaiyoon] squads to attack American military and naval bases inside and outside the region, and mine the waterways to prevent the movement of war ships".

The Iranian Farsi-language conservative daily Jumhur-ye Eslami devoted an editorial to the parallels between George W. Bush's America and Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany

Recently, Al-Watan published a series of poems titled, "Yes I am a Terrorist" and, "The Ape," which was accompanied by an image of President George W. Bush together with one of a howling chimpanzee. The poem depicts Bush as an ape worshiped by some Arab leaders.

An article by Islamist Dr. Rif'at Sayyid Ahmad, titled "Guantanamo, the Auschwitz of the American era: J'accuse!!" recently appeared in the Lebanese daily Al-Liwa. The article described the detention of the Al-Qaida and Taliban members at Guantanamo as a war crime.

Renowned Egyptian author and columnist for the Egyptian government daily Al-Ahram, Anis Mansour, describes the treatment of the Al-Qa'ida and Taliban prisoners as 'worse than prisoners under the Nazis.'

In a recent article published in the Saudi state controlled daily Al-Jazirah, columnist Dr. Muhammad bin S'ad Al-Shwey'ir, a past advisor to former Saudi mufti Sheikh Abdallah bin Baz and editor-in-chief of the Islamic Research periodical published by the Islamic Clerics Association of Saudi Arabia, wrote that Jews use human blood for their holiday celebrations.

All that and we didn't riot one time. Amazing isn't it.


Posted by Jack Lewis at October 12, 2002 06:44 PM