The Archbishop of Canterbury used the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America yesterday to defend religion against claims that it promotes division and violence.To equate Christianity and Islam in their capacities to inspire violence demonstrates not only the archbishop's ignorance of Islam, but also his lack of moral fortitude.
Dr Rowan Williams said that although Islam and Christianity had histories scarred with violence, they carried the “seeds of non-violence and non possessive witness.”
An essential difference between the two religions is that one God commands, "Love your enemies," while the other mandates, "kill the unbelievers wherever you find them."
Apart from its beginning, while Mohammed's movement was numerically, politically, militarily, and economically weak, where does Islam possess even a "seed" of non-violence? Non-violence and cooperation are only tools to be used to gain whatever advantages possible until strong enough to succeed martially.
Jihad, or holy war, could nowadays be interpreted as a “struggle of the heart” rather than the defence of the Muslim community against its enemies, he said.Someone should have told Mohammed, the first "heart struggler." Billions would have been spared rape, torture, slavery, and death.
If jihad only meant defense of the ummah, that would be acceptable. Every person has a right to self-defense.
The problem is, not only does "defense" include violence even in response to cartoons, Allah goes beyond that. He requires offensive warfare against non-Muslims to make the world Islam.
He added that both faiths could offer society an ideal of peaceful co-existence despite their violent histories because they were guided by beliefs that transcended human conflict.
A disgusting moral equivalence, for Allah requires human conflict.
The Archbishop’s lecture to a Christian Muslim Forum conference in Cambridge follows mounting criticism of religion as dangerous and destablising.One is.
But Dr Williams argued that religion should not be judged by the failures of its adherents but on its vision of a social order that is “without fear, oppression, the violence of exclusion and the search for scapegoats”.I'm all for that sort of judgment. Let's get started with Islam, shall we? It turns out that when its adherents are successful in obeying its essential doctrines, humanity suffers. For Mohammed practiced and taught:
"fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war) . . . " (Qur’an 9:5).The last bit of absolute ignorance and moral cowardice from the archbishop:
"Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of Believers . . . " (Qur'an 9:14).
"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued" (Qur'an 9:29).
"Allah's Apostle said: 'I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle . . . '" (Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 24).
He compared the “act of nightmare violence” six years ago, when extremists flew aeroplanes into the twin towers in New York, with the birth of Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent protest movement on September 11, 1906, in Johannesburg.
He said that Gandhi’s movement showed it was possible to reject a response to oppression that “simply mirrors what has been done by the oppressor.”
Saddam and his sons fed people into wood chippers feet first, tortured unsuccessful athletes, raped women they took off the streets, and slaughtered villages.
For nearly fourteen hundred years, Muslims have imitated Mohammed's example toward and obeyed his commands regarding non-Muslims, apostates, and women by lying, stealing, destroying, enslaving, raping, maiming, and slaughtering them.
America exports MTV and Big Macs and liberates oppressed Muslims.Clearly, we had it coming.