Hypocrisy Most Holy

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Wall Street Journal Online By ALI AL-AHMED May 20, 2005

With the revelation that a copy of the Quran may have been desecrated by U.S. military personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Muslims and their governments — including that of Saudi Arabia — reacted angrily. This anger would have been understandable if the U.S. government’s adopted policy was to desecrate our Quran. But even before the Newsweek report was discredited, that was never part of the allegations.

As a Muslim, I am able to purchase copies of the Quran in any bookstore in any American city, and study its contents in countless American universities. American museums spend millions to exhibit and celebrate Muslim arts and heritage. On the other hand, my Christian and other non-Muslim brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia — where I come from — are not even allowed to own a copy of their holy books. Indeed, the Saudi government desecrates and burns Bibles that its security forces confiscate at immigration points into the kingdom or during raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately.

Although considered as holy in Islam and mentioned in the Quran dozens of times, the Bible is banned in Saudi Arabia. This would seem curious to most people because of the fact that to most Muslims, the Bible is a holy book. But when it comes to Saudi Arabia we are not talking about most Muslims, but a tiny minority of hard-liners who constitute the Wahhabi Sect.

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  1. Even more hypocritical than much of the Moslem reaction to alleged Koran abuse is the phony pious reaction of Democrat liberal types. Only a few years ago they were the prime defenders of those who use tax money to place crosses in urine and feces on images of Our Blessed Mother. Insultingly many said: “Get Over it. What’s the big deal?” But a Koran may have been used to get info to save American lives and they scream “OOOOH NOOOOO!!” Maybe we Christians should next time riot,kill a few people and burn some Bill of Rights then maybe liberals will ask: “Gee! why are they so angry????

  2. Just a quote on Islam and sensitivity:

    “As a Pakistani journalist told The New York Times, the Newsweek item confirmed suspicions of “a straight disrespect for the sensitivities of Muslims.”

    Please. We see the “sensitivities” of some Muslims blowing up other Muslims on a daily basis in Iraq. We saw the sensitivities of Albanian Muslims on a rampage in March 2004, when they destroyed more than 30 Orthodox churches and monasteries in Kosovo. We saw the sensitivities of Taliban Muslims in 2001 when they dynamited the Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan. We saw the sensitivities of Palestinian Muslims when in 2000 they violently obliterated Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. In 2002, Nigerian Muslims took their sensitivities to the streets after This Day newspaper reported on beauty pageant contestants so lovely the prophet Mohammed would “probably have chosen a wife from one of them.” Before you could say, “The Quran is in the toilet,” more than 200 people lost their lives in riots that also left 11,000 people homeless. Also in 2002, armed Palestinian guerrillas and their sensitivities occupied the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. As the Jerusalem Post reported, “Catholic priests later said that some Bibles were torn up for toilet paper.”

    I don’t recall riots breaking out in St. Peter’s Square. Which is why the West still stands on one side of the chasm, and Islam stands on the other.”(Diana West (5/23) TownHall).

    Islam, in my opinion, is parasitic (even it’s foundations are a stolen, undigested mish-mash of Christian, Judaic, Zoroastrian and diverse Arabic tribal religious ideas). It invades a culture, uses its resources and creative achievements, but within 2-3 generations it has, by infecting and thus effectively killing the creative energies of that culture, exhausted the same. For proof of this process look into the history of any civilisation that was ever “converted” to Islam.

  3. Of course we have done everything we can to validate and strengthen anti-western propaganda and stereotypes throughout the Islamic world:

    “Amnesty Takes Aim at ‘Gulag’ in Guantanamo”
    http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050525/ap_on_re_eu/britain_amnesty_report_5

    LONDON – Amnesty International branded the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay a human rights failure Wednesday, calling it “the gulag of our time” as it released a report that offers stinging criticism of the United States and its detention centers around the world.

    The 308-page report accused the United States of shirking its responsibility to set the bar for human rights protections and said Washington has instead created a new lexicon for abuse and torture. Amnesty International called for the camp to be closed.

    “Attempts to dilute the absolute ban on torture through new policies and quasi-management speak, such as ‘environmental manipulation, stress positions and sensory manipulation,’ was one of the most damaging assaults on global values,” the annual report said.

    Some 540 prisoners from about 40 countries are being held at the U.S. detention center in Cuba. More than 200 others have been released, though some have been jailed in their countries; many have been held for three years without charge.

    “Guantanamo has become the gulag of our time,” Amnesty Secretary General Irene Khan said

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Hypocrisy Most Holy

Article available seven days only.
Wall Street Journal Online By ALI AL-AHMED May 20, 2005

With the revelation that a copy of the Quran may have been desecrated by U.S. military personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Muslims and their governments — including that of Saudi Arabia — reacted angrily. This anger would have been understandable if the U.S. government’s adopted policy was to desecrate our Quran. But even before the Newsweek report was discredited, that was never part of the allegations.

As a Muslim, I am able to purchase copies of the Quran in any bookstore in any American city, and study its contents in countless American universities. American museums spend millions to exhibit and celebrate Muslim arts and heritage. On the other hand, my Christian and other non-Muslim brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia — where I come from — are not even allowed to own a copy of their holy books. Indeed, the Saudi government desecrates and burns Bibles that its security forces confiscate at immigration points into the kingdom or during raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately.

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Hypocrisy Most Holy

Wall Street Journal Online BY ALI AL-AHMED Friday, May 20, 2005 12:01 a.m. EDT

Muslims should show some respect to others’ religions.

With the revelation that a copy of the Quran may have been desecrated by U.S. military personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Muslims and their governments–including that of Saudi Arabia–reacted angrily. This anger would have been understandable if the U.S. government’s adopted policy was to desecrate our Quran. But even before the Newsweek report was discredited, that was never part of the allegations.

As a Muslim, I am able to purchase copies of the Quran in any bookstore in any American city, and study its contents in countless American universities. American museums spend millions to exhibit and celebrate Muslim arts and heritage. On the other hand, my Christian and other non-Muslim brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia–where I come from–are not even allowed to own a copy of their holy books. Indeed, the Saudi government desecrates and burns Bibles that its security forces confiscate at immigration points into the kingdom or during raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately.

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  1. Not to mention the continuing enslavement and persecution of Christians in the Sudan, the unwillingness of the “secluar” governement of Turkey prevent the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from decaying, etc., etc., etc.

  2. I have a report from a very reliable source disproving the *Newsweek* report about Koran desecration. We know this source is reliable because he’s anonymous, which means he isn’t a cheap publicity seeker with a motive to exaggerate. Here is the source’s account:

    “I was shocked that *Newsweek* would run a story about the U. S. military flushing a Koran down the toilet. If they had only done their homework, they would have found that this is impossible. I’ve done numerous experiments and I can authoritatively state that a Koran is much too big to flush down a toilet all at once. The only way I’ve been able to flush the Koran has been in installments. What I do is, whenever I feel the call of nature, I rip out several pages and wipe my ass with them. Then I flush. I make the Koran available in the bathroom so my guests can do the same. Through this gradual process, I have been able to dispose of two and two-thirds Korans over the past five months. In this way, I have been the first person in history who actually found a good use for the Koran.”

  3. Victor Davis Hanson – “Only democracy and freedom, not Western money or cheap guilt, will remedy the deep sickness of radical Islam that now so tires and sickens the rest of the world that daily has to watch and endure it. ”

    No. Democracy in a Muslim state usually means that the population votes for a fundamentalist government. The Turkish military has overthrown the government four times since WWII in order to keep the fanatics on a short leash (not that a military that murders in the millions could be considered ‘reasonable.’). Even there the military gave up and allow a ‘soft-Islamic’ party to achieve power. In Algeria, the pro-Western military cancelled a fundamentalist electoral victory. In Iraq, the foreign minister of Iran was just treated to royal honors by the Shiite-dominated government we helped install.

    The local elections in Saudi Arabia recently? Dominated by religous parties who proclaim that the Saudi monarchy are too Western. Across the Middle East, the loudest voices for Democracy are organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood. They have the votes, after all, and would win if the elections were fair. Is that going to be a good thing?

    Democracy is a solution to the Middle East? Freedom to vote in the Sharia is a solution? Mr. Hanson is as delusional as the rest of the pretend conservatives at NR. Religion is the source of culture. Politics and political systems are not. As long as Islam has no concept of ‘render unto Ceasar,’ the state will continue to be a religious institution. That will continue the current trend. If you managed to reform Islam to the point that it could conceive a state which did not enforce Muslim law, then it would cease to be Islam.

    That is not a bad thing, though rather than waste all that effort reforming a false religion, perhaps we should just put more effort into evangelization. Jesus saves, not mob rule.

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