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August 11, 2010

Re: Iran's descent into barbarism

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Shmuley Boteach, on the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old woman awaiting death by stoning in the Iranian town of Tabriz after a sham conviction for adultery (emphasis added):

International pressure has so far granted her a reprieve, but is that what it takes -- outside objectors persuading Iranian villagers that it's wrong to pick up a stone, take out a woman's eye and turn her brain into mush? How can these men have lost the universal voice of conscience? Can any of us even conceive of picking up a stone and throwing it as hard as we can at a helpless woman dug into a pit? Only the truly barbaric, those who have become utterly detached from humanity could behave this way.
Interestingly, Boteach blames the West for this continued barbarity, not only because we passively condone it, but also because we continue to provide excuses for Islam's barbarism. He then uses as an example, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Ground Zero Mosque:
IN HIS speech last week from Governor's Island about why the 'Ground Zero' mosque ought to be built, Mayor Mike Bloomberg said the 9/11 attacks were committed by 'fanatics.' He refused to mention even once that the attackers were Muslims. Are we doing our Islamic brothers and sisters a favor when we whitewash crimes committed by Islam, or should we be encouraging them to cut out the stubborn cancer in global Islam? It may be tough love, but is it not more helpful to be honest about the growing brutality in the name of Islam so that those who love and practice this great world religion and wish to restore it to its former glory can reclaim it from the killers and fanatics? Fareed Zakaria just returned a humanitarian prize he received from the ADL because the organization came out against the Ground Zero mosque. He explained that the mosque organizers are Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare because they are moderates who repudiate violence. How patronizing. That's the most we can expect from Muslims, that they not support terrorism? Islam was once the most educated and forward-looking civilization in the world. It degrades itself and is betrayed by so-called friends who tell it to aspire to nothing more than not being Osama bin Laden.
Take the time to read it all here ...

Posted by Richard at August 11, 2010 9:28 AM

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