March 10, 2011
Amil Imani to Rep. King: Forget 'Radical' -- Islam is the CulpritTopics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
Amil Imani isn't afraid to come right out and tell it like it really is ... the problem with Islam isn't "radical Muslims" -- the problem is Islam itself (emphasis mine):
[...] The liberal media and pundits engage in willful misinformation and deception when it suits them. Terms such as "Political Islam," or "Radical Islam," for instance, are contributions of this group. These terms do not even exist in the native parlance of Islam, simply because they are redundant. Islam, by its very nature and according to its charter -- the Quran -- is a radical political movement. It is the liberal media and politicians who sanitize Islam and misguide the populace by saying that "real Islam" constitutes the main body of the religion; and, that this main body is non-political and moderate.Read the whole piece.
[...] Regrettably, a large segment of the population goes along with these nonsensical euphemisms depicting Islam because it prefers to believe them. It is less threatening to believe that only a hijacked small segment of Islam is radical or politically driven and that the main body of Islam is indeed moderate and non-political.
We must recognize that Islam is political to the core. In Islam the mosque and State are one and the same -- the mosque is the State. This arrangement goes back to the days of Muhammad himself. Islam is also radical in the extreme. Even "moderate" Islam is radical in its beliefs as well as its deeds. Muslims believe that all non-Muslims, bar none, are hellfire bound and well deserve being maltreated compared to believers.
M. Zhudi Jasser, founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, strongly supports King's hearings and agrees with Imani's view that the problem is Islam itself and that Islam is in desperate need of reform.
As Jim Geraghty points out, there's a prequel to Peter King's radicalization hearing that's been largely ignored. Joe Lieberman, of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government affairs, unveils the committee's conclusions in the following video. Unfortunately, it fails to recognize Imani's key point that Islam itself is the problem, not just "radicalized" Muslims:
Posted by Richard at March 10, 2011 10:49 AM
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