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May 19, 2006

On Messages Of War And Peace: Iran's Khomeini-inspired Islam Verses Pope Benedicts' Christianity

Topics: Faith

So just how fanatic is Iran's Islamic regime? Does it really pose a danger to civilization? Is the Islamists' version of "peace and love" just a bit skewed toward the insane? How does the message of Iran's Islam inspired by Khomeini compare to that of Pope Benedict and the Christian world? Here's some hints to the answers...

I received an email from member of Free And Secular Iran, a forum on which members debate the news and the latest events in Iran. The Group is described as supporting regime change and a free and fair referendum which would be held after the total overthrow of the clerical regime.

I'm sure many other bloggers and readers received a copy of the same email, and although I usually don't post on these, this one contains excerpts in English and Persian from Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's speech in 1981 on the day of celebration of the birth of Muhammad and provides astonishing insight as to what is going on in many Islamic societies.

Read the following excerpts from Khomeini's speech, keeping in mind that Iran's current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the son of a blacksmith, is more of a religious fanatic than any other president since the beginnings of the Islamic Republic, and a devotee of Khomeini.

Then compare them to recent comments by Pope Benedict from his message of World Peace Day on January 1, 2006 (below). His message is representative of the non-Islamist world, one that includes Muslims, Christians, and people of all other faiths as well as people of no faith at all.

The contrast says it all:

Khomeini's speech on the day of celebration of the birth of Muhammad: 1981
سخنرانی آقای خمينی
الروز تولد رسول اسلام , سال 1360

The real Day of God is the day that Amir al mo'menin (1) drew his sword and slaughtered all the khavarej (2) and killed them from the first to the last. يوم الله واقعی روزی است كه امير المؤ منين عليه السلام ، شمشيرش را كشيد و خوارج را از اول تا به آخر درو كرد و تمامشان را كشت

The Days of God are when Allah, the gracious, the almighty, causes an earthquake.
ايام الله روزهائی است كه خداوند تبارك و تعالی يك زلزله ای وارد ميكند

It is when He slaps on the face.
يك سيلی را وارد ميكند

It is when he causes a hurricane.
يك توفانی را وارد ميكند

He whips this people to become humans.
به اين مردم شلاق ميزند كه ، آدم بشوند

If the Amir al mo'menin (1) wanted to be tolerant, he would not have drawn his sword killing 700 people in one go امير المؤمنين اگر بنا بود مسامحه كند شمشير نميكشيد تا 700 نفر را يكدفعه بكشد

In our prisons we have more of the same kind of people who are corrupt.
در حبس های ما هم بيشتر از اين اشخاص هستند ، كه مفسدند

If we do not kill them, each one of them that gets out, will become a murderer! اگر ما اينها را نكشيم ، هر يكی شان كه بيايد بيرون ميرود آدم ميكشد

They don't become humans.
... آدم نميشوند اينها

Why do you Mullahs only go after the ordinances of prayer and fasting?
شما ، علما چرا فقط سراغ احكام نماز و روزه ميرويد

Why do you only read the Quranic verses of mercy and do not read the verses of killing? چرا هی آيات رحمت در قرآن را ميخوانيد و آيات قتال را نميخوانيد

Quran says; kill, imprison! قرآن ميگويد بكشيد ، حبس كنيد

Why are you only clinging to the part that talks about mercy? چرا شما همان طرفش را گرفته ايد كه صحبت از رحمت ميكند

Mercy is against God. رحمت مخالف با خداست

Mehrab (3) means the place of war, the place of fighting. محراب يعنی مكان حرب ، يعنی مكان جنگ

Out of the mehrabs, wars should proceed, از محرابها بايد ، جنگ پيدا شود

Just as all the wars of Islam used to proceeded out of the mehrabs. چنانكه بيشتر جنگهای اسلام از محرابها پيدا ميشد

The prophet has [had] sword to kill people.. پيغمبر شمشير دارد تا آدم بكشد

Our [Holy] Imams were quite military men. ائمه ما همگی چندی ، نظامی بودند

All of them were warriors. همگی جنگی بودند

They used to wield swords; they used to kill people.
شمشير ميكشيدند ، آدم ميكشتند

We need a Khalifa who would chop hands, cut throat, stone people
ما خليفه ميخواهيم كه دست ببرد ، حد بزند ، رجم كند

In the same way that the messenger of God used to chop hands, cut throats, and stone people.
همانطور كه رسول الله دست ميبريد ، حد ميزد ، رجم ميكرد

In the same way that he massacred the Jews of Bani Qurayza (4) because they were a bunch of discontent people. همانطور كه يهود بنی قريظه را ، چون جماعتی ناراضی ! ... بودند قتل عام كرد

If the Prophet used to order to burn a house or exterminate a tribe that was justice.
اگر رسول الله فرمان داد كه فلان خانه را آتش بزنيد ، فلان طايفه را از بين ببريد ، حكم به عدل كرده است

The lives of people must be secured through punishment.
زندگی بشر را بايد به قصاص تامين كرد

Because, the protection of the masses lies beneath these very punitive executions. زيرا حمايت توده ، زير اين قتل قصاصی ، خوابيده است

With just a few years of imprisonment things don't get fixed. با چند سال زندان كار درست نميشود

You must put aside these childish sentimentalism.
اين عواطف بچه گانه را كنار بگذاريد

We believe that the accused essentially does not have to be tried. He or she must just be killed.
ما معتقديم كه مجرم اصولا محاكمه ندارد و بايد او را كش

Here are excerpts from the "MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS
POPE BENEDICT XVI FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE, 1 JANUARY 2006":
9. Nowadays, the truth of peace continues to be dramatically compromised and rejected by terrorism, whose criminal threats and attacks leave the world in a state of fear and insecurity. My predecessors Paul VI and John Paul II frequently pointed out the awful responsibility borne by terrorists, while at the same time condemning their senseless and deadly strategies. These are often the fruit of a tragic and disturbing nihilism which Pope John Paul II described in these words: ''Those who kill by acts of terrorism actually despair of humanity, of life, of the future. In their view, everything is to be hated and destroyed''.(9) Not only nihilism, but also religious fanaticism, today often labeled fundamentalism, can inspire and encourage terrorist thinking and activity. From the beginning, John Paul II was aware of the explosive danger represented by fanatical fundamentalism, and he condemned it unsparingly, while warning against attempts to impose, rather than to propose for others freely to accept, one's own convictions about the truth. As he wrote: ''To try to impose on others by violent means what we consider to be the truth is an offence against the dignity of the human being, and ultimately an offence against God in whose image he is made''.(10)

10. Looked at closely, nihilism and the fundamentalism of which we are speaking share an erroneous relationship to truth: the nihilist denies the very existence of truth, while the fundamentalist claims to be able to impose it by force. Despite their different origins and cultural backgrounds, both show a dangerous contempt for human beings and human life, and ultimately for God himself. Indeed, this shared tragic outcome results from a distortion of the full truth about God: nihilism denies God's existence and his provident presence in history, while fanatical fundamentalism disfigures his loving and merciful countenance, replacing him with idols made in its own image. In analyzing the causes of the contemporary phenomenon of terrorism, consideration should be given, not only to its political and social causes, but also to its deeper cultural, religious and ideological motivations.

11. In view of the risks which humanity is facing in our time, all Catholics in every part of the world have a duty to proclaim and embody ever more fully the ''Gospel of Peace'', and to show that acknowledgment of the full truth of God is the first, indispensable condition for consolidating the truth of peace. God is Love which saves, a loving Father who wants to see his children look upon one another as brothers and sisters, working responsibly to place their various talents at the service of the common good of the human family. God is the unfailing source of the hope which gives meaning to personal and community life. God, and God alone, brings to fulfilment every work of good and of peace. History has amply demonstrated that declaring war on God in order to eradicate him from human hearts only leads a fearful and impoverished humanity toward decisions which are ultimately futile. This realization must impel believers in Christ to become convincing witnesses of the God who is inseparably truth and love, placing themselves at the service of peace in broad cooperation with other Christians, the followers of other religions and with all men and women of good will.

One religious leader speaks of violence, hate, war, chopping off hands, cutting throats, and stoning people - the other of peace, love, kindness, and service to others. There's actually no comparison, only contrast between the two beliefs.

Our take home message here is that yes Iran's Islamist regime does in fact represent a threat to world peace beyond anything previously faced by civilization.

The message of Ahmadinejad and Iran's genocidal mullahs is a dangerous and fanatical path toward the destruction of civilization.

The Christian message is representative of the non-Islamist world, one that includes Muslims, Christians, and people of all other faiths as well as people of no faith at all. It is about peace, love, kindness, and forgiveness. The contrast is like oil and water. There can be no comproimise between the two. The difference represents drastic conflict.

Unfortunately the contrast exactly represents where the world is heading like a speeding locomotive - drastic conflict, complete with all that implies - especially with the advent of a nuclear Iran.

Posted by Richard at May 19, 2006 8:33 AM



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