Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Two Faces of Islam

by Paul Austin Murphy

Muslims kill and persecute non-Muslims on a massive and systematic scale in Muslim countries. Yet in the U.S. many Muslims take part in ecumenism and talk of 'tolerance' and whatnot. But what if it's all one big deceit on their part? What if U.S. and European Muslims only talk about 'mutual respect' and practice ecumenism because they are a minority? What if they say these things, and practice ecumenism, simply to advance and/or protect Muslims and Islam itself. What if they also use interfaith as a simple means of Islamic dawah (proselytizing)? 

What I say isn't simple conspiracy theory because many Muslims have more or less admitted this. They have talked about never turning down an opportunity (at interfaith meetings and events) to tell non-Muslims how superior Islam is.

If all this is indeed the case, then that vast difference and dissonance between how Muslims (on the whole) behave in the West and how Muslims behave in Muslim/Islamic countries will make sense. Moreover, the facts about persecution which follow will not come as a surprise; especially if readers have so far placed these facts against the smiling faces of the Muslims they have met or seen at interfaith events or in the pages of Leftist/Liberal newspapers.

Fact: the killing of Christians is on the rise in Islamic countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria, and Egypt. This is according to various human rights groups. The Vatican has also said that 100,000 Christians are being killed each year.

One organization and website, Persecution.Org, says that about 200 million Christians currently live under persecution, particularly in countries such as Egypt, Pakistan, and Nigeria. The organization also said that the first major killing sprees happened between 1998 and 2003, when 10,000 Christians were murdered in Indonesia alone. (Indonesia is often said to be a 'moderate' Muslim country.)

This group added that the persecution of Christians has also been on the rise in places such as Africa and the Middle East over the last decade.

A Vatican spokesman, Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomassi, has also said that research has revealed that an estimate of more than 100,000 Christians are killed on an yearly basis in the Muslim world.

Tomassi also said that Christians are subjected to forced displacement, destruction of their places of worship, rape, and the abduction of their leaders.

Pakistan is a particularly bad case; which is very ironic because there are over a million Muslims of Pakistani heritage who live in the UK. For example, there was a series of attacks on Christians living in Pakistan. One such case occurred in March this year when Muslims attacked a Christian neighborhood in Lahore, where more than 100 houses were burned to the ground.

The United States Government has deemed to note all this. The State Department's Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Jane Zimmerman, said that numerous cases in recent years have involved Christians being attacked or killed on account of their religious beliefs. But there may be a big problem with this insubstantial recognition of what's going on in the Muslim world. For a start, Barack Obama says that there is 'no such thing as "Islamic terrorism". What if he also says, or believes, that there is no such thing as Islamic persecution either? (This parallels the problem in the UK in which none of the authorities see our big problem of the sexual grooming of young girls as a problem specifically and overwhelmingly with Muslim gangs.)

But it's not all Obama's fault. The U.S. and Western media generally tends to describe this Muslim persecution of non-Muslims as 'sectarian strife'. Calling what happens in Pakistan, the Sudan, and even Egypt (regarding the Copts) 'sectarian strife' is almost as bad as saying there was 'sectarian strife' between the Jews and Germans/Nazis in 1930s and 1940s Germany.

But, again, why this huge anomaly between how Muslims act -- on the whole, that is -- in the U.S. (as well as in Europe and the UK), and how they act in virtually every Muslim country? 

Of course most members a minority religion will talk about tolerance and ecumenism while a minority. But when Muslims are the majority, they tend to kill and persecute as they systematically do today throughout the world.

All this is best explained by 'the example of the Prophet himself. 

Ever wondered about those nice and tolerant passages, from the Koran, which Muslims often quote at you? You know; the passages which certainly don't need to be 'taken in context' or 'interpreted'. (Only the violent, nasty and hateful passages, which are far more numerous, need to be seen 'in context' or be 'interpreted'.) These passages were all spoken or written when Muhammad and his fellow Muslims were a weak minority in Arabia. Thus they had to use Islamic taqiyya about 'ecumenism' (though obviously that word wasn't used at that time) and tolerance. Such sweet words were required for simple reasons of survival.

Nevertheless, when Muhammad and his followers gained the requisite power and numbers, all that lovey-dovey stuff changed almost overnight. Then the Islamic killing spree began. It has continued ever since. That's a killing spree of around 1,400 years; with, of course, a few intermissions in certain places and at certain times (which Interfaith Muslims overstress whenever they can).

Not only all that. All Muslims know that those early nice and peaceful passages in the Koran were all 'abrogated' (rejected and then substituted) precisely because they were a product of Muslim weakness. Nonetheless, don't expect Muslims to tell you this at interfaith meetings or in the pages of the Guardian. Why not? It's because Islamic taqiyya is also something many Muslims practice simply because Muhammad frequently practiced it. Indeed the Koran says that Allah himself is 'the greatest deceiver'. 

So it's all there for people to see. You can see it in the Koran; in the history of Islam; in the life of Muhammad; and, indeed, in what Muslims are doing to non-Muslims throughout the world today. If only Western Leftists and Liberals would look and these facts and realities instead of playing obscene and foolish games with the American and European people and indeed with Muslims themselves.

Paul Austin Murphy


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