April 10, 2015
Raymond Ibrahim on Easter under IslamTopics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam
As millions of Christians around the world were celebrating Easter Sunday, the Christians of the Muslim world were once again under attack. So often we are told that it is a tiny minority of terrorists -- the Islamic State, Boko Haram, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, ad nauseum -- who have "hijacked" Islam for their political goals. But what do we make of the "everyday" Muslims who attack Christians and their churches?
Of this, Raymond Ibrahim writes:
[...] The mainstream media and White House brushed aside the Islamic State's ritual beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by portraying it as a "criminal" act and not mentioning that the Copts were slaughtered simply for being Christian, as the Islamic State emphatically insisted. Instead, the White House condemned the killing of "Egyptian Citizens."ebookRead the whole thing here ...
[...] The reason for this animus is, of course, as simple to understand as it is taboo to mention in "polite society": Islamic law makes unequivocally clear that churches must never be built or even renovated. As relics of a conquered people, churches must go the way of the dodo, one way or another.
And that's the point. Violence and intolerance against non-Muslims is not limited to "terrorist" organizations like the Islamic State. It's a product of Islam's core teachings as found in the Koran and Sunna, or example, of Muhammad. Even the aforementioned stipulations for the Samalout church to have no crosses, narrow side door, etc., are a product of Islamic documents, in this case, "The Conditions of Omar."
This hostility for and persecution of Christians is of course evident among "terrorist" organizations like the Islamic State, Boko Haram, etc. But it's also evident among Muslim governments, Muslim police, and the Muslim populace. The reason is that it's evident in Islam. We can continue playing games, euphemizing, whitewashing, invoking "grievances," and so on, but in the end, it is the Koran, it is Muhammad, it is Sharia -- in a word, it is Islam.
As Ibaramim goes on to point out, And it is a testimony to the blindness of the West that a thing so self-evident such as the fact that this is Islam being Islam ... this is what Islam is all about, so obvious, so well-documented -- for nearly 1,400 years -- is still, nonetheless, so difficult to acknowledge.
Posted by Richard at April 10, 2015 9:18 AM
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