They are stupid, or they are lying. Those are the only two options in examining the reasons for the Obama Administration’s defense of Islam even as it promises to make war on ISIS/ISIL.
Secretary of State John Kerry continued this week to defend the Administration’s propaganda, following on President Obama’s claims in his nationally broadcast speech last week that ISIS is not Islamic.
Speaking to the press during a break in talks in Paris, where the U.S. is trying to build some sort of international “coalition” to go get ISIS, Kerry said that military force was only one component of Obama’s brilliant “strategery,” to borrow a phrase first used by President Bush’s critics:
It has to start major efforts to delegitimize ISIS’s claim to some religious foundation for what it’s doing and begin to put real Islam out there and draw lines throughout the region. And I think this is a wake-up call with respect to that because every Arab leader there today was talking about this, about real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are and where they need to go. Those are critical components of this strategy.
Note to Kerry: “Real Islam” has been putting itself “out there” for some 1,400 years. Of all the major world religions, Islam is the only one founded by a warlord.
To name just one example, when Mohammed defeated the Jewish Banu Qurayza tribe, according to ibn Ishaq, he personally ordered the beheading of between 600 and 900 men who had surrendered unconditionally. The women and children were sold into slavery. The men’s bodies were said to be buried in a mass grave under the Medina marketplace.
In modern times, ISIS kills prisoners by the hundreds, then rapes and sells the little children and women into slavery. In doing so, they are merely imitating Mohammed, the “perfect” believer, who also taught his followers to lie, steal and kidnap random strangers for ransoming — more practices that continue today.
To the outside “infidel” world, Islam presents itself as a rather clueless “religion of peace,” whose “legitimate” members have nothing to do with the murder, raping, pillaging and terror committed by their brethren. These are the so-called moderate Muslims. You’ll often find them at fund-raising dinners for CAIR, which funnels their money to the Muslim Brotherhood, which in turn distributes it to jihadis around the world.
You’ll also find moderate Muslims in the mosques, nodding in approval at the latest sermon preaching death to Israel and the infidels. “Real Islam” is spread by violence. It knows nothing of compassion, honor or mercy. It even counsels its followers to engage in “taqiyyah,” the art of lying to further Islam.
Self-appointed scholars of religion, such as the likes of Kerry and President Obama, often try to draw moral parallels between the Quran and the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, but there is no such parallel. At their worst, when the ancient Hebrews conquered another group, orders about the treatment of the conquered applied only to that specific enemy. There was never any universal commandment in the Bible comparable to the Quran’s instructions to spread the faith by the sword, to conquer the world and for believers to put their feet on the necks of the infidels.
Atheists and other critics also try to demonstrate that the Bible encourages slavery, despite multiple passages discouraging the practice and warnings to believers not to sell themselves into slavery. What you will find in the Bible is mostly counsel to slave owners to behave decently toward their servants, and to servants to serve their masters faithfully and with honesty until they can legally buy their freedom. The Bible doesn’t condone slavery but deals with it as a fact of life.
The Quran, on the other hand, makes no bones about allowing and encouraging the enslavement of women and children. It contains lengthy sections regarding the treatment of women as property. A man is allowed to have up to four wives, but he is also allowed to own sex slaves and to hire long-term prostitutes under temporary “marriage” contracts.
Regarding behavior toward children, Muslims also have the model of Mohammed, who married a 6-year-old girl but demonstrated his alleged virtue by not having sex with her until she was 9. One of the oft-stated pleasures of the Muslim Paradise is the gift of 72 virgin slave girls.
But it’s an ongoing project of the Left and of Islam’s PR wing to make “real Islam” appear as something closer to Quaker pacifism in the popular mind, when nothing could be further from the truth.
This Administration now proposes to engage the United States in a war it is setting itself up to lose because it will not admit that the enemy is as Islamic as apple pie is American. Like the Muslims he so admires, President Obama is engaging in taqiyyah, telling us what he wants us to hear rather than the truth.
Like his infamous Cairo speech in 2009 was really a message to Muslims that he is on their side, the Obama Administration’s insistence that ISIS is not “real Islam” is meant to reassure Obama’s desired allies in the Muslim world that all this talk of bombing is just for show. As he asserted in 2009, “America is not — and never will be — at war with Islam.”
At least not while he’s in charge.
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