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A respectul but hard hitting discussion of the sources of intolerance in Islam,
This review is from: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion (Hardcover)
Robert Spencer is one of the voices speaking clearly about where the Jihadists derive their core beliefs and patterns for their actions. The title of this book is not speaking against Islam or saying that Muslims are hiding some secret about their faith (although there are some difficult points they do not like to discuss much). What the title of the book is referring to is the false notion that the Western multi-culturalists like to peddle: that Islam is principally a religion of peace and that our conflict with them comes from not treating them as if they were another kind of Congregationalist sect.
Because of the centrality of Muhammad to Islam, Spencer takes us through what can be known about the life of Muhammad. However, the Qur'an alone is not enough for that task. The author also uses the Hadith (traditions about Muhammad), and the Sira (a biography of Muhammad written down 150 years after his death). Using these secondary sources helps illuminate what the Qur'an is saying to the believers through their Prophet.
As Spencer takes us through Muhammad's life and conquests, we learn the sources and traditions for what the Jihadists do today. Rather than twisting or hijacking the faith as some claim, there is a reason that so many within Islam feel proud and agree with the way the Jihadists act towards non-believers, what is preached against believers in their mosques, and the constant work to establish Sharia as a replacement for established law all over the world. This is what Muslims have done since their beginning and what they feel their mission is today. To them, all non-Muslim culture is inferior and all non-believers deserve second-class status at best. Tolerance and equality with non-believers is not possible according to Muhammad's teachings, even on his deathbed.
This paragraph of Spencer's sums up the core of the book:
"It is nothing short of staggering that the myth of Islamic tolerance could have gained such currency in the teeth of Muhammad's open contempt and hatred for Jews and Christians, incitements of violence against them, and calls that they be converted or subjugated. While human nature is everywhere the same and Muslims can, of course, act as tolerantly as anyone else, the example of Muhammad, the highest model for human behavior [according to Muslim belief - CSM], constantly pulls them in a different direction. The fact that Western analysts ignore all this demonstrates the ease with which people can be convinced of something they wish to believe, regardless of overwhelming evidence to the contrary." (pp. 182-183)
The author also provides a chapter showing how the examples from Muhammad's life are preached and lived today, including jihad, violence against unbelievers, death penalty for apostates, and the marriage of young (very young) girls in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Spencer is quite clear that the marriage of young girls was not unusual in Muhammad's life and place, but despite the changes in the modern world it is the power of these traditions that keeps such practices alive.
This is a respectful book, but does not shy away from difficult examples or teachings. Spencer does not go out of his way to try and create a kinder and gentler Muhammad, but he doesn't create a negative caricature of the man a billion people regard as a great prophet. Spencer is also clear about the inferior status of Jews, Christians, and Pagans in the Muslim view of the world. He even shows how Muhammad "corrected" Christian teaching about Jesus in the Qur'an. Among other things, the Muslim scripture declares that Jesus was not the Son of God nor was he crucified.
This is a very interesting and informative book. Yes, it scares the heck out of the mainstream media, but that only shows the intolerance of Islam towards anyone who even raises difficult issues about the faith in even a respectful way. There are thousands of books on Christianity that are much harsher and are actually virulent and no one thinks twice about promoting them everywhere. But if you get the imams railing against you, well, like Spencer, Steve Emerson, and others, you need to live in "secure undisclosed locations". I don't know why you even need any more proof than that for the thesis of this book about the intolerance of Islam towards non-believers.
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Initial post: Jan 4, 2010 8:48:02 PM PST
The very existence of Jew - Christian - Muslim proves that most of humanity is totally insane; a little better than chimps but only marginally. And worst of all, they all have the atomic bomb. What a crazy freaking juggernaut of absolute lunacy. No wonder we are never seriously contacted by aliens.
Posted on Jan 12, 2010 9:28:53 PM PST
Amanda A says:
Posted on Feb 13, 2010 8:59:10 AM PST
Anne McLaughlin says:
The sad thing is our press is 90 % corrupt and have failed all Americans in regard to their
duty as members of thr Fourth Estate. Political correctness, a most insidious destroyer of truth keeps our population silent when they should be screaming for answers. This
book should be required reading for all members of Congress, judges, and of course the
President who seems almost willfully unable to call terrorists by their name. This book
will do much to depict more clearly the life of the prophet Muhammid, the effects of that life, and the danger of his teachings that are being interpreted by his followers in a literal sense today.
Posted on Mar 9, 2010 4:54:57 PM PST
K. Luse says:
Muslims have the right to lie to infidels,if it helps to promote their faith. It is called "taquia".
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2010 7:24:15 PM PDT
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Ard Fhaidh says:
So Amanda A, you are telling us that we can confidently know that Mohammad did not hate Jews because after "Allah" failed to provide booty stolen from Mecca in a timely fashion Muhammad demonstrated his "love" for the Jews by plundering the weaker Jewish settlement of Khaibar.
Let's review how that happened. First Muhammad expressed his love for the Jews by leading his horde of murdering cut-throats and attacked peaceful Jews while the Jewish farmers were on their way to work on their date palms. After much violence Mohammad accepts the surrender of the remaining Jews who were defending their families from rape, pilage and enslavement. Mohammad then shows his love for the Jews by having had several of the captured leaders of the Jewish settlement beheaded, one leader (Kinana) was tortured to reveal where buried treasure was hidden. Then when Kinana was near death, Muhammad again shows his love for the Jews and commands that Kinana, a Jew whom Mohammad had robbed and tortured, be beheaded. (Allah is all merciful!) Mohammad then shows his abiding love for the Jews by then enslaving Jewish women and children. Muhammad even took the most beautiful Jewish woman for himself and married her (Safiyah). How Safiyah felt about her sudden forced coupling with a mass murdering brigand chief after the brutal murder of much of her family and her friends I guess wasn't of much interest to the Muslim chroniclers.
So Immediately following the mass murder, enslavement and plunder of the Jews of Khaibar, Muhammed demonstrates his love and respect for the Jews by condescending to feast upon the plunder prepared for Muhammad and some of his men by an enslaved Jewish woman ... who was unable to properly reciprocate Muhammad's beneficence to the Jews after her likely brutal humiliating public rape, enslavement, the murder of her male kinfolk and defilement of her children.
BTW: we do hear some of this in Islamic tradition. Otherwise you would not have brought it up Amanda
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2010 8:05:21 PM PDT
Sigurd Gustafsson says:
There is an eternal solution to all of this human evil. And He is the only solution. If you miss this soon to arrive solution, it will be a very difficult time for you. This solution gives you peace about such matters and you see the big picture at the end, which is all that really matters. Most of humanity has and will miss this solution because of their own choice, not because there the message has not been readily available. And because most are looking for their own solution. His name is used by preachers and those who swear, and offends most. What other name causes such turmoil when mentioned...none because it is ALIVE. Let's just try it and see. JESUS! What is your reaction?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2010 3:53:41 PM PDT
If he existed at all, Jesus is dead. This is a book discussion not a pulpit. Your preaching is inane. Why do you idiots feel the need to constantly jam "Jesus" down everyone's throat. Please leave and do not come back.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 15, 2010 6:03:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2010 11:34:57 AM PDT
Sigurd "JESUS! What is your reaction? "
My reaction is you're just as nuts as the Islamists. Christians/Islamists, all want to enslave you. Their way or the hiway (if you're lucky).