“How Do They Hate Thee? Let Them Count the Ways . . . How About, Ummm, Twenty?”
Vol: 46 Issue: 26 Tuesday, July 26, 2005
I have been studying the Koran and the background story of Islam as it relates to the West since long before the majority in the West had begun to realize the threat fundamental Islam poses to the non-Islamic world.
It first got my attention during the OPEC crisis that accompanied the Yom Kippur War in 1973. That was when I came to realize that Islam is as much political as it is religious, making it a doubly-potent threat.
The Framers of the Constitution recognized the danger posed by a theocratic government, which is why they included the provision prohibiting Congress from establishing a state religion.
Often (and incorrectly) called the ‘separation’ clause; the relevant part of the 1st Amendment says that the “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. . .”
We won’t go into the extremist interpretation of it as now applied by an activist judiciary, that’s for another topic. The reason that the Framers included that clause was because they recognized the danger inherent in any form of government that presumed to speak for God.
There is no more deadly form of government than a theocracy. That is why I thank the Lord we don’t have a president who makes decisions based on his understanding of the Bible.
I want a president who has the spiritual integrity of a Christian, one who trusts God and believes the Scriptures, but I don’t want him governing according to his interpretation of Scripture.
Scripture is infallible, men are not. George Bush’s understanding of the Bible is not the same as mine. I sure don’t want him making decisions based on the Methodist view of Bible prophecy and Israel.
The Koran is somewhat different, in that it authorizes its clerics to be infallible and speak on Allah’s behalf via the issuance of a fatwa, or cleric’s ruling.
Hence, Osama bin Laden’s fatwa of jihad against the United States and Israel has the infallibility of Allah to those who follow Osama.
Iran’s Islamic Republic is a theocracy. It is ruled by clerics who also are authorized to speak for Allah. One famous example is Iran’s fatwa ordering the death of British author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy following the publication of his book, “The Satanic Verses.”
Iranian government agents fanned out across Europe to kill him. Scotland Yard has been hiding Rushdie for almost twenty years, now.
The United States is not a theocracy — by design — although it is known universally as ‘the world’s most Christian’ nation. Israel, interestingly enough, is ALSO not a theocracy, again by design, although it is the world’s ONLY Jewish nation.
Judaism is the state religion of Israel, but Israel is governed as a secular state. Its clerics have no binding authority over Israel’s government.
Paradoxically, the fact that the world’s most Christian nation and the world’s only Jewish nations are NOT governed as theocracies is what gives Islam its strategic edge.
Islam, even five years after 9/11, remains a mystery to the Western mind. George Bush apparently is convinced, for example, that Islam is a religion of peace and love that has been perverted by a minority of its adherents, whom he terms, oddly enough, ‘fundamentalists’.
It is so mysterious to the Western mind that it evidently makes it somewhat loopy. How can the ‘fundamentals’ of a religion of ‘peace and love’ simultaneously form the basic doctrine of Islamic terrorism?
If the ‘fundamentals’ of a religion are death and destruction, how is it possible that it is, as practiced by the majority of its adherents, a religion of ‘peace and love’?
It is this loopy Western understanding of Islam that makes the members of the international ‘Quartet’ believe they can impose their ‘road map to peace’ on Israel and the Palestinians and eventually bring about peace.
The Palestinian ‘people’ are an Islamic construct not found in history. Prior to 1967, the Arabs now called the Palestinian people were citizens of Jordan or Egypt.
If there is a Palestinian ‘people’ — they would be Jordanian. Jordan’s population is 80% ‘Palestinian’ and different from those ‘Palestinians’ on the West Bank only in that they live on the other side of the Jordan River.
The ‘Palestinian people’ are motivated, not by aspirations to statehood, but by religious hatred of Israel and the Islamic goal of Israel’s destruction and the imposition of an Islamic state in its place.
No imposed peace, or grant of statehood will bring peace to Israel. The Western mind doesn’t fully grasp the meaning of the sentence, “The goal is not an Islamic Palestinian state BESIDE Israel, it is an Islamic Palestinian State INSTEAD of Israel.”
The following are a few excerpts from a Q&A session from Islam Online’s fatwa database.
The question was, “What, according to the Koran, are the main characteristics and qualities of the Jews?”
The answer began with a quote from a fatwa issued by Sheikh `Atiyyah Saqr, former Head of Al-Azhar Fatwa Committee, in which he states the following:
“The Qur an has specified a considerable deal of its verses to talking about Jews, their personal qualities and characteristics. THE QUR ANIC DESCRIPTION OF JEWS IS QUITE IMPARTIAL; [emphasis mine] praising them in some occasions where they deserve praise and condemning them in other occasions where they practice blameworthy acts. Yet, the latter occasions outnumbered the former, due to their bad qualities and the heinous acts they used to commit. The Qur an praises them on the verse that reads: And verily We gave the Children of Israel the Scripture and the Command and the Prophethood, and provided them with good things and favored them above (all) peoples. (Al-Jathiyah:16) i.e. the peoples of their time.”
The ‘impartial Koranic’ view of the Jews as understood by mainstream Islam is divided into the ‘good’ and ‘the bad’. On the ‘good’ side . . . well, that was all the ‘Sheikh’ had to say. On the bad side, however, the Koran’s ‘quite impartial’ evaluation of the Jews included TWENTY ‘bad’ characteristics.
I’ll summarize the list, and I’ll post a link to the actual fatwa posted on the website version of today’s OL for those who want to investigate it more deeply. But this is the evaluation of the Jews, as viewed by the Koran, the wellspring of the Islamic mainstream religion of ‘peace and love’:
1. They used to fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah.
2. They love to listen to lies.
3. Disobeying Almighty Allah and never observing His commands.
4. Disputing and quarreling.
5. Hiding the truth and standing for misleading.
6. Staging rebellion against the Prophets and rejecting their guidance.
8. Giving preference to their own interests over the rulings of religion and the dictates of truth.
9. Wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them
10. They feel pain to see others in happiness and are gleeful when others are afflicted with a calamity.
11. They are known of their arrogance and haughtiness.
12. Utilitarianism and opportunism are among their innate traits.
13. Their impoliteness and indecent way of speech is beyond description.
14. It is easy for them to slay people and kill innocents. Nothing in the world is dear to their hearts than shedding blood and murdering human beings.
15. They are merciless and heartless.
16. They never keep their promises or fulfill their words.
17. They rush hurriedly to sins and compete in transgression.
18. Cowardice and their love for this worldly life are their undisputable traits.
19. Miserliness runs deep in their hearts.
20. Distorting Divine Revelation and Allah s Sacred Books.
Had enough? Well, there’s more. After listing the above, (which included the Koranic chapter and verse plus a short summary — which I omitted for the sake of space) the Sheikh went on to say,
“After this clear explanation, we would like to note that these are but some of the most famous traits of the Jews as described in the Qur an. They have revolted against the Divine ordinances, distorted what has been revealed to them and invented new teachings which, they claimed, were much more better than what has been recorded in the Torah.”
These are “but some of the most famous” examples of the evils inherent in the Jewish race, according to this source of Islamic theological understanding.
The Sheikh concluded that, “All this gives us glad tidings of the coming victory of Muslims over them once Muslims stick to strong faith and belief in Allah and adopt the modern means of technology.”
This is the mainstream understanding within Islam of the nature and character of the country that the Quartet believes can live side by side in peace with a new Islamic State of Palestine. If only Israel will just trust their security to the good intentions of the Palestinian Authority, and to the security guarantees offered Israel by impartial mediators like Russia, the United Nations, the United States and, last but not least, the European Union.
This morning, I was interrupted by a telephone call from a very nice lady from a documentary production company producing a documentary on the last days for National Geographic. The purpose was to determine if I would make a suitable interviewee for the program. One of the questions that she asked me was why I believed that we are living in the last days before the return of Christ. She asked me to give the most compelling example of evidence to support my contention.
I outlined Daniel’s prophecy of the false peace covenant as it compared to the current peace process. When I was finished explaining it, she offered to fly me to New York to tape my segments in August.
The point to my mentioning that phone call isn’t that I explained it well, or that I am smart, or particularly charming. The point is that the evidence is so abundantly clear. (And partly to explain why I am running a bit late)
These ARE the last days. The Lord is coming soon. Even National Geographic is starting to wonder, “Can it be true?”
It not only CAN be true. It is.