R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. posted his column “An arsenal of cruelest quotes” in the Washington Post today. In this column, he explained how he was once accused by Joe Klein of dealing him “a low blow” in a Wall Street Journal article Tyrrell wrote. Tyrrell’s response was, “But Joe, all I did was quote you.”
Charles Johnson, designer and chief editor of Little Green Footballs, is one of America’s most hated people. He is hated by the Marxist Left, but he is most hated by the Islamic fanatics around the world. He is hated because he shows up the Islamic fanatics for who they are. And he does this by using their own words to testify against them. Charles Johnson is a master of the cruelest quotes, but these are things that were actually said.
President Bush, among others, has called Islam a “religion of peace.” People who post comments on Little Green Footballs often abbreviate this phrase to “RoP.” But this phrase is also derided with comments like “religion of pieces” after Palestinian homicide bombers do their thing. A very common response to the latest act of “peace” by a Muslim is to write “RoPMA,” which stands for “Religion of peace, my ass.”
Obviously I hate Islam and all Muslims, right? Wrong. I do not hate anyone, but just as Tyrrell and Johnson have found out, quoting people’s own words at them is often seen as an attack and prima facia evidence of hate. So if quoting people’s own words now constitutes hate, then I will be guilty of hatred today as I cite several examples of the “religion of peace” in the words of its followers. Ready? Here we go.
First up is a news item from the daily newspaper Al-Jazirah in Saudi Arabia. It reported that 40 people were arrested in that nation for the crime of “performing Christian religious rites in an apartment in the Thaharat Al-Badi’a neighborhood in western Riyadh”:
A Saudi religious police source explained the reason for the arrest: “These people tried to spread the poison and their beliefs to others, by means of distributing pamphlets and [missionary] publications.” He said that all the detainees “had been transferred to the relevant bodies for investigation.”
Nice people, these religious police. They are known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. In the name of preventing vice, these same folks stopped schoolgirls from fleeing their burning school, resulting in the death of fifteen and injuring of dozens. You see, they didn’t have on the head scarves and robes mandated by their beliefs as a way of showing modesty.
One witness said he saw three policemen “beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya.”
In New York, Amina Wadud led a congregation of men and women in prayer, starting up controversy and threats.
Only a handful of protesters showed up outside the event and they conducted a counter prayer service on the sidewalk, led by a young American man who would only give his name as Nussruh. “These people do not represent Islam,” said the clearly furious Nussruh. “If this was an Islamic state, this woman would be hanged, she would be killed, she would be diced into pieces.”
On that cheery note, I’m sure Wadud is glad that America isn’t an Islamic state. Neither is Holland, but that hasn’t stopped the death threats against Ayaan Hirsi Ali because of the movie Submission, which she wrote and Theo van Gogh directed. Nor did living in a non-Islamic state prevent Mohammed Bouyeri from shooting van Gogh, cutting his throat, and impaling a multi-page letter in his chest with a knife.
Over in Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei spoke out against the evils of the West and the tools that are being used against Islam:
Khamenei also explained how Iran is viewed globally in the role that it plays within the context of Islam. As the supreme leader of the Islamic republic, he said, that the “country has contributed to the awakening of Muslims and our enemies are trying to compensate for their poverty of thought, and so they have raised the banner of terrorism and are armed with human rights in order to defeat Islam and Muslims.”
Nasty stuff, that human rights nonsense. The next thing you know, women will be taking their head-scarves off, wanting to drive cars, and flaunting their non-burqa limbs at Allah-fearing men. Once that happens, hell can’t be far behind. It’s enough to make a Muslim male ask, How can I train myself for jihad?. The AK-47 on the top of the page puts the lie to the oft-touted explanation that jihad is a spiritual struggle against evil. The physical aspect of jihad is echoed in mosques around the globe. Sheik Saleh Al Luhaidan was taped speaking in Saudi Arabia advocating fighting against the U.S. in Iraq.
If someone knows that he is capable of entering Iraq in order to join the fight, and if his intention is to raise up the word of God, then he is free to do so.
This ideology of hate has also been seen in mosques here in the United States. Apparently America is worthy of contempt because we are not governed by Wahhabi-style Islamic law, and democracy is un-Islamic. And found in print in many of these mosques is a call to shed the blood of anyone who converts to another faith from Islam.
These Islamic words and actions have an underlying theme: they have been pointed out by Charles Johnson on Little Green Footballs, and because he has pointed out their own words and actions, he is often accused of being filled with hate. But it is hard to say Johnson is filled with hate when these are not his own words. And since a picture is worth a thousand words, Johnson has several image galleries on his site. One is listed as Palestinian Child Abuse because of the way children are pushed into jihad. Another contains more graphic images of death: Palestinian Car Swarms. For some reason, Palestinians will gather around a car destroyed by Israeli forces in an attempt to get body parts of the martyrs for relics.
You may think I believe that all the world’s billion-plus Muslims are fanatics and are calling for America’s death. That’s not true, but the voices and actions of the fanatics are loud and hard to ignore. But as Daniel Pipes points out, it is possible to identify moderate Muslims. I only wish there were more.
President Gordon B. Hinckley was once asked what was the symbol of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He responded that “the lives of our people must become the most meaningful expression of our faith and, in fact, therefore, the symbol of our worship.”
Likewise, the acts of these fanatical Muslims have become the symbol of their worship.
Religion of peace, my ass.