Wednesday, December 15, 2004

A word from the Ayatollah Khomeini

Maybe some of you are uncomfortable with the sarcasm I embed in unnaffectionately referring to Islam every other day as the "Religion of Peace" when I bring you another story of a Muslim stoning, amputation or beheading. Often comfort doesn't accompany reality.

I'm not foolish enough to believe peace is at Islam's core when none an estimated billion Muslims have ever protested when a mentally handicapped Iranian girl is sentenced to death for having pre-marital sex after being sold into prostitution at the age of 8 by her mother. Or when two Muslim teens stone a girl to death for denying their advances. In the unlikely event that the Council on American-Islamic relations (CAIR) does make a statement, it ignores the violence and tries to sell Islam as peaceful and tolerant.

I'm not buying it. Never will. Not when participants of a Muslim demostration last Friday oozed down the streets of Dearborn, Michigan carrying pictures of the Ayatollah Khomeini, who said this about the duties of all Muslim males:
As Khomeini himself put it: “Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled or incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world....But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world.”

The goal of this conquest would be to establish the hegemony of Islamic law. As Khomeini put it: “What is the good of us [i.e., the mullahs] asking for the hand of a thief to be severed or an adulteress to be stoned to death when all we can do is recommend such punishments, having no power to implement them?”

Khomeini accordingly delivered notorious rebuke to the Islam-is-a-religion-of-peace crowd: “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter [their armies].... Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Qur’anic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”
If onverting the planet to Islam and killing those who refuse are two main tenets of Islam, I wouldn't take it so seriously.

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