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Friday, November 21, 2003

ISLAM: religion of peace?

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Larry Elder interviews author Robert Spencer
Investigative journalist Robert Spencer, in his new book "Onward Muslim Soldiers: How Jihad Still Threatens America and the West," argues that what we call "Islamic extremism" stems from a straightforward reading of the Quran and interpretative Islamic texts.
Elder: You write, "Muslims must present non-Muslims with the three choices of Sura 9:29 of the [Quran]: conversion, submission with second-class status under Islamic rule, or death."

Spencer: Correct. This is a deeply rooted tradition in Islam. Islam is unique among religions in having a developed doctrine theology in law that mandates violence against non-believers. Not all Muslims take it seriously, but the radicals do, and they are working to recruit and motivate terrorists.

So ... whenever anybody says we want to institute Sharia Islamic law in a country, they mean these laws. They do not provide for the equality of rights and dignity of non-Muslims in a Muslim society ... [but] mandate just the opposite – that non-Muslims are not to be given equality of rights, but denied various jobs because they're not allowed to hold authority over Muslims.

They must pay a special tax called the jizya, which is referred to in the verse you mentioned ... Their humiliation and inferior status is enforced with numerous other regulations, still part of Islamic law, and liable to be enforced by radical Muslims and who want to gain power and institute Islamic law ... Anybody who is concerned about human rights would be resisting and be happy to join in the War on Terror.
Full interview at WorldNetDaily.

See also Dhimmitude: The Status of Non-Muslim Minorities Under Islamic Rule.

UPDATE: Plans for a French translation of Islam Unveiled: Disturbing Questions about the World's Fastest Growing Faith, also by Robert Spencer, have been cancelled due to death threats (made to both translator and publisher).

Read all about it and be glad you don't live in France. Unless you do, of course, in which case you should move to Israel :)

Don't be a dhimmi.