Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Do as we say, not as we do: Remember back in the opening days of the war on terror when Muslim countries throughout the Middle East and Arab/Islamic organizations in the United States were warning us not to bomb Afghanistan during Ramadan because it would show disrespect to their religion?
Well, it should come as no surprise that while Muslims insist on respect for themselves, they exult in showing disrespect for others. The Washington Times reports:
BETHLEHEM, West Bank — The Palestinian gunmen holed up in the Church of the Nativity and later deported by Israel seized church stockpiles of food and "ate like greedy monsters" until the food ran out, while more than 150 civilians went hungry.
They also guzzled beer, wine and Johnnie Walker scotch that they found in priests' quarters, undeterred by the Islamic ban on drinking alcohol.
It appears that Muslim charity should only go to organizations that sponsor terrorists, because the Muslim militants' treatment of their hostages, and even their fellow Palestinians was anything but charitable. They gorge themselves on food and drink, while others go hungry.
Organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations defend this sort of behavior because the perpetrators are fellow "Muslims." But, like the terrorists who flew the planes into the World Trade towers, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside, these aren't "good" Muslims. The Muslims in Jerusalem drink alcohol -- a no-no according to their religious precepts. The Sept. 11 hijackers reportedly visited a strip club one night before their murderous attacks. When it comes to Muslim spokespeople, all you have to do is declare yourself a "Muslim" and nothing you do is wrong.
In addition to the gluttony displayed by the "freedom fighters," they also committed what CAIR would consider a hate crime.
Catholic priests said that some Bibles were torn up for toilet paper, and many valuable sacramental objects were removed.
Where is the denunciation of these acts from Muslim religious leaders? Where are the calls for tolerance and respect? If a bunch of Jews broke into a mosque and started using copies of the Koran to wipe themselves with, you can imagine the screams of outrage from the Middle East to Europe.
The whole situation is indicative of the state of Islam. From the Islamic-based governments to scholarly religious work, dissent is followed by death threats. The tired mantra that "Islam is a religion of peace" is not supported by the facts. Certainly some of Islam's adherents are peaceful and do embrace that view. But, at least in America, Europe and the Middle East, the majority demonstrate no acceptance of that belief, with their calls for intifadas and jihads.
It's been said before that Islam needs to undergo a period of enlightenment, and cease to call for the murder Jews, Christians and adherents to any other faith. Many liberals call for us to try to understand "root causes." We understand the root cause. It is hatred. Hatred cannot exist in a "religion of peace."
The coming Islamic Enlightenment may be bloody, but it must happen.