The slaughter of the Qurayza was not unusual behavior for Mohammad. He had spoken extensively on violence in his Quran (Koran). Read on, if you dare:
“Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing… but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”
(Translation is from the Noble Quran ) The historical context of this passage is not defensive warfare, since Muhammad and his Muslims had just relocated to Medina and were not under attack by their Meccan adversaries. In fact, the verses urge offensive warfare, in that Muslims are to drive Meccans out of their own city (which they later did). The use of the word “persecution” by some Muslim translators is thus disingenuous (the actual Muslim words for persecution – “idtihad” – and oppression – a variation of “z-l-m” – do not appear in the verse). The actual Arabic comes from “fitna” which can mean disbelief, or the disorder that results from unbelief or temptation. Taken as a whole, the context makes clear that violence is being authorized until “religion is for Allah” – i.e. unbelievers desist in their unbelief.
Quran (2:216) – “Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.”
Not only does this verse establish that violence can be virtuous, but it also contradicts the myth that fighting is intended only in self-defense, since the audience was obviously not under attack at the time. From the Hadith, we know that this verse was narrated at a time that Muhammad was actually trying to motivate his people into raiding merchant caravans for loot – which irritated the Medinian Arabs.
Quran (3:56), (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”
The martyrs of Islam are unlike the early Christians, who were led meekly to the slaughter. These Muslims are killed in battle as they attempt to inflict death and destruction for the cause of Allah. This is the theological basis for today’s homicide bombers.
Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”.
This speaks directly of polytheists, yet it also includes Christians, since they believe in the Trinity (i.e. what Muhammad incorrectly believed to be ‘joining companions to Allah’ – which explains the first, and most important, Pillar of Islam: “There is no true god (deity) but God (Allah), and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.”).
Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.” Self-explanatory.
Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight (jihad) in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit (at home). Unto all (in Faith) hath Allah promised good: But those who strive and fight Hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a special reward, ”
This passage criticizes “peaceful” Muslims who do not join in the violence, letting them know that they are less worthy in Allah’s eyes. It also demolishes the modern myth that “jihad” doesn’t mean holy war in the Koran, but rather a spiritual struggle. Not only is the Arabic word used in this passage, but it is clearly not referring to anything spiritual, since the physically disabled are given exemption. (The Hadith reveals the context of the passage to be in response to a blind man’s protest that he is unable to engage in jihad and this is reflected in other translations of the verse).
Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” Is pursuing an injured and retreating enemy really an act of self-defense?
Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.” [The detail of the proscribed mutilation is peculiarly sadistic and evidence of a psychopathic personality.]
Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore, strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
Sound familiar? It is 7th Century barbarity still practiced by followers of Mohammad today.
Quran (8:57) – “If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that happily they may remember.” The very definition of terror.
Quran (8:67) – “It is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a great slaughter in the land…” A prediction of what would come to the Jews.
Quran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”
According to this verse, the best way of staying safe from Muslim violence is to convert to Islam (prayer (salat) and the poor tax (zakat) are among Islam’s Five Pillars). This popular claim that the Koran only inspires violence within the context of self-defense is seriously challenged by this passage as well, since the Muslims to whom it was written were obviously not under attack as they awaited the end of the “sacred months”.
Quran (9:30) – “And the Jews say: Ezra is the son of Allah; and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah; these are the words of their mouths; they imitate the saying of those who disbelieved before; may Allah destroy them; how they are turned away!”
Of course, nowhere in the Bible is Allah mentioned since the Old Testament was written thousands of years before Mohammed and the New Testament was over 500 years old at the time of Mohammed.
Quran (18:65-81) – This parable lays the theological groundwork for honor killings, in which a family member is murdered because they brought shame to the family, either through apostasy or perceived moral indiscretion. The story (which is not found in any Jewish or Christian source) tells of Moses encountering a man with “special knowledge” who does things which don’t seem to make sense on the surface, but are then justified according to later explanation. One such action is to murder a youth for no apparent reason. However, the wise man later explains that it was feared that the boy would “grieve” his parents by “disobedience and ingratitude.”
He was killed so that Allah could provide them a ‘better’ son. (Note: This is one reason why honor killing is sanctioned by Sharia. Reliance of the Traveler (Umdat al-Saliq) says that punishment for murder is not applicable when a parent or grandparent kills their offspring. This could also justify abortion on demand. Currently, there are more than 25 “honor killings” in the United States every year, mostly of young women, and more than 5000 worldwide.)
These horrific actions (honor killings) are attributed to a devotion to Islam. Almost none of them is attributed to active terrorists. Because of this, assigning all of the violence of associated with Islam to a few radicals is, at best, just part of a propaganda campaign to describe Islam as a peaceful religion except for a few “crazies”.
Quran (33:60-62 – “If the hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and the alarmists in the city do not cease, We, verily shall urge thee on against them, then they will be your neighbors in it but a little while. Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.” Here is the command to kill all infidels – the non-believers.
From the Hadith (primarily an anecdotal-type biographical text):
Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.” The command to kill all of the Jews. Hitler would be proud!
Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).”
In this command, Muhammad establishes that it is permissible to kill non-combatants in the process of killing a perceived enemy. This provides justification for the many Islamic terror bombings the world is enduring.
Bukhari (52:65) – The Prophet said, “He who fights that Allah’s Word, Islam, should be superior, fights in Allah’s Cause.”
Muhammad’s words here are the basis for offensive jihad – spreading Islam by force. This is how it was understood by his companions, and by the terrorists of today.
Bukhari(52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… “I have been made victorious with terror.”
Need I go on?
These quotes (in fact, scholarly translations), espousing violence and terror against Muslims, non-Muslims, non-combatants, etc. and the practices they have spawned across the modern world, provide certifiable truth that Islam is a political entity [von Clausewitz again: “War is merely politics by other means.”] whose constitution consists of allegedly religious edicts of the Koran! Again, as the Ayatollah Khomeini himself, stated so clearly; “Anyone who will say that religion is separate from politics is a fool; he does not know Islam or politics.”
But, Islam also calls for violence against its own believers. The term “honor killings” is the popular euphemism for the killing of family members, who defy any law of sharia, by other family members! If they cannot find the actual transgressors, they will kill others from the same family in their stead. Muslims have been quoted as saying; “This is what differentiates us from the West. We can discipline our daughters according to our own rules.”
As such, Islam, with its calls for violence, murder, terror, hatred, coercion, misogyny, child abuse, judgment, bigotry, intolerance and the rule of man, is incompatible with our Constitutional democracy and cannot possibly be considered a “religion” for 1st Amendment protection purposes. It can only be considered as a political system, referred to in the popular press as a “theocracy”, reminiscent of 17th and 18th Century European realms based on the “Divine Right of Kings – where all political power was concentrated in a cult-like coterie around an undisputed and unchallenged figurehead who was both secular ruler and head of the state religion [everything the “new” Americans fought against during the Revolution].
Khomeini, his successors and the mullahs in Qum, are only the latest incarnation of the Courts of the English Charles’ and the French Louis’ – at least until the Roundheads of Oliver Cromwell and the “Terror” of Robespierre took off their heads – just as “modern” Islam does to non-believers today. It is the precise form of government that our Constitution was designed to prevent!
In 1979, the Iranian Khomeini first came on the international scene and into the political vacuum created by the administration of Democrat President Jimmy Carter, who had abandoned long-term American ally in the region, the Shah of Iran, due to political pressure from his liberal base, knowing no better but stating it was a moral decision – you see, the Shah had a “secret police” force. I wonder what Iranians think of the terror they now face.
Khomeini brought a virulent and violent form of Islam, known as Wahhabism (developed in Saudi Arabia, another U.S. ally), where it metastasized. Fortunately, Carter only served one term, defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980 with the help of newscaster Walter Cronkite and his daily count of days that 52 American hostages had been imprisoned in Iran – finally amounting to 444 days.
The cancer that is the Khomeini inspired, worldwide Radical Islamic Terrorism struck the U.S. first in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983, where homicide bombers killed over 250 U.S. Marines in their barracks while they were on a peacekeeping mission at the direction of President Reagan. Despite reprisals, the attacks kept coming – against the U.S.S. Cole in the Gulf of Aden; against American embassies in Africa and against the World Trade Center in New York in 1993.
After the Cold War ended (due to the leadership of Ronald Reagan and his successor, Republican President George H.W. Bush) with the implosion of the Soviet Union and into the vacuum created by the withdrawal from world leadership in favor of a Cold War “victory dividend” championed by the next Democrat President, Bill Clinton, a radical, militant and emboldened Iran sponsored a consolidation of radical Islam in Afghanistan by supporting the “Taliban” army, fresh from victory over the Soviet Union. From this base of operations, radical Islam, infamously and unexpectedly struck America on September 11, 2001 and turned the world upside down.
Now, stateless, “Islamic terrorism” – Islamic because they base their violent conduct, boastfully, on the verses in the Koran that require it – threatens the entire world order in general and Western Civilization in particular.
Having already provided the philosophical proof of the universal truth of moral good (see The Progressives, above), and the ethical behaviors that implement it (morality), as prescribed in the Commandments of the Hebrew Yahweh and the Christian God, it is not a long journey to see them inscribed in our Great Document, most specifically in the Amendments contained in the Bill of Rights, and the canon of law proceeding from them. Its (the Constitution’s) truth is confirmed by the great attraction it has for people from all over the world for the moral truth of the rule of law.
No such attraction exists in Islam. Although some familiar precepts are embedded in the Koran, they are buried by calls for the destruction of all non-believers and their religions, those with non-traditional proclivities and women – by men who impose their “truth” (secular, relative and situational) on their own people. The teaching of the tenets of Islam, in the mosques and prisons of America, the silence of and perhaps the tacit support by an unknown number of Muslims in America for the pure evil of radical Islamist terrorism in its quest for America’s destruction, must be considered subversive and, therefore, closely monitored – as was the mob, the American Nazi Party, the Communist Party of America and the Ku Klux Klan.
Although the progressive/liberal, “Blame-America-first” crowd will label this approach as racist, bigoted, hateful policy, I would remind all that:
– under the leadership of Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt, after the surprise and unprovoked attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy, which killed over 2400 Americans on December 7, 1941, more than 115,000 Japanese-American citizens were officially rounded up by the U.S. government, dispossessed of all they owned and herded into “relocation camps” eerily reminiscent of concentration camps under Hitler and gulags under Stalin
– while, under the leadership of Republican President George W. Bush, and after the surprise and unprovoked attack on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC by radical, terroristic Islamists, which killed almost 3000 Americans on September 11, 2001, not one single American Muslim was officially sanctioned just for being Muslim – not one.
I would suggest that this is the classic example of the moral relativism of progressive/liberal thought v. the moral righteousness of traditional Constitutional thought that still defines the political spectrum in America.
As long as Islam remains wedded to the dark-age mentality inscribed in the Koran, then Islam, as it is practiced today overseas and as it is countenanced today in America, accepts evil – the absence of good – which is the fundamental tenet of the Judeo/Christian ethic – and therefore cannot live in peace with Western Civilization.
Evil doesn’t recognize good, evil doesn’t acknowledge good, evil doesn’t value good, evil seeks to destroy good. Good cannot ignore evil. Good cannot negotiate with evil. Good cannot empathize with evil. Good cannot accept the unchallenged existence of evil.
Again, it must be understood how the term “religion”, in a theological sense, was used in the Constitution by the Founders – who were mainly Christians, or Deists (a Renaissance concept of those who believe in the existence of a benevolent Creator on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation (as distinguished from theism). Simply, theirs was a belief in, and reverence for, a singular, supernatural power (or being) who is both creator and ruler of the universe and one who controls man’s destiny; what we commonly refer to as “God”.
Religion in America is based upon a set of beliefs central to Western Civilization; values, morals, ideals, and practices following the teachings put forth as God’s word in The Holy Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16: ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God’). Judeo-Christian America was founded upon the holiness and supremacy of this God. Thus at its inception, America became a Judeo-Christian society; as in ‘One nation under God’, ‘In God We Trust, and the taking of the oath of office on the Bible – because of these very beliefs, values, morals, practices and ideals.
Beginning with Woodrow Wilson, who institutionalized lying to the American people through an official department of wartime propaganda, to Franklin Roosevelt, whose picture hung alongside the Pope’s on many a living room wall at the same time he was shredding the Constitution during his “New Deal”, to John Kennedy who ill-preparedness to deal with international life or death matters brought America within hours of nuclear annihilation, to Bill Clinton who violated the dignity of the White House while breaking numerous laws during a tawdry affair with a subordinate, to Barack Obama, who is attempting to usurp the entire power of the federal government into the office of the President for his personal use – these Democrats were and are lauded and defended viciously nonetheless by party faithful, the press, the judiciary in the persons of activist judges and dishonorable attorneys’ general, academia and the entertainment industry. President Obama even received the Nobel Peace Prize before he ever took office!!!??? For what?
In fact, of all the groups discussed in detail above, whose monolithicity (and thus, the myth of their political uniformity) has been debunked: Aboriginal-Americans; African-Americans; Hispanic-Americans; LGBTQ-Americans and those Americans in “non-protected” classes of Americans (essentially straight, white Americans), the most monolithic group (the one who would have you believe is a myth) is the Progressive/Liberal/Democrat Cabal – the PLDC! They think, talk, believe and act in lockstep – no matter how absurd they appear or sound – recall “deconstruction”.
Even the federal government cannot really believe that Islam is a religion. According to federal law, a religion must function as an institution only for religious practice and its associated educational and charitable arms; must be non-profit, non-political and conduct only legal activities or activities not disruptive of settled public policy. If an organization violates these principles, it is not a religion in a legal sense and not entitled to special exemption under the 1stAmendment.
Next time: The case for decertifying Islam.