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April 21, 2008

Book ''Why We Left Islam' may face Muslim wrath

Topics: Understanding Islam

amd_book.jpgAs much as radical Muslims riot over cartoons, surely we can expect them to go crazy once again next week when "Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out" hits the bookshelves. And the Islamists might not be too happy with the book's contents, either; it's filled with first-person stories of former radicals who began to question the Koran, and who have changed their lives.

As Daily News describes the book and some of the reactions so far (emphasis is mine):

Khaled Waleed says he believes he received the same type of teachings as fellow Saudi Arabian Osama Bin Laden, starting in early childhood. "Our teacher and other Islamic scholars told us that as Muslims, we are the best people in the world. I listened to my imams and was disturbed when they used abusive language to describe non-Muslims as the grandsons of monkeys and pigs ... [they] told me that it was my duty to revile and ridicule non-Muslims."

While he always questioned this, Waleed says it was the attack on the World Trade Center that changed him for life. "On Sept. 11, 2001, I saw the real face of Islam. I saw the happiness on the faces of our people because so many infidels were slaughtered so easily. I saw many people who started thanking Allah for this massacre."

Ali Sina, a Pakistani man who started a Web site to promote peace and women's rights among Muslims, said: "I was brought up as a religious person. I believed in whatever I was told. ... But when I started to read the Koran seriously from cover to cover, I felt nauseated. All those lies suddenly appeared in front of me."

Sina does psychoanalysis of Muhammad, founder of Islam, asserting that "he grew up as an orphan in the care of five different foster parents before he reached the age of 8. ... [He was] a person who has not received enough love, who is incapable of loving. ... Muhammed was a ruthless man with no feelings."

Moderate Muslims were dismissive Wednesday. "This book is put out by WND Publishing, which promotes hate every day on its extremist anti-Muslim hate site," Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic relations, told us. "The editor is a guy who suggested air-dropping pig's blood over Afghanistan. There are 7 million American Muslims and over a billion worldwide who love Islam and practice it peaceably on a daily basis."

Although the Daily News article is relatively straight forward, the idea that Ibrahim Hooper, an Islamist apologist, is or could ever represent what "moderate muslims" think or believe is assine, ill-informed, and naive. Ibrahim Hooper is not a moderate Muslim, he is a spokesperson for the Islamist group CAIR that pretends to be moderate but in fact is an Islamic terrorist front organization. Ibrahim Hooper, who was a former ABC affiliate news producer named Doug Hooper prior to converting to Islam, made news when he was quoted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as wanting to see the United States governed by sharia law. It should be noted that sharia law, when embraced, is intended to govern both the public and private lives of citizens.

As for the book, those "peaceful" Muslims will likely become very angry, to put it mildly.

Very much related: Fitna, the movie.

Posted by Richard at April 21, 2008 11:54 AM

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