Friday, March 17, 2006

WorldNetDaily: Wafa wows the West (but not Muslims and media)

Dr. Wafa Sultan surprises me. I didn't think she had it in her to question every part of what it means to be a Muslim. But in a recent appearance on an Al-Jazeera TV show, she absolutely did. I quote:
When you recite to a child still in his early years the verse: "They will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off," ... you have made the first step towards creating a great terrorist.
Absolutely correct--and accurate, too.

On the clash of civilizations, again I quote:

The Muslims are the ones who began using this expression. The Muslims are the ones who began the clash of civilizations. The Prophet of Islam said: "I was ordered to fight the people until they believe in Allah and His Messenger." When the Muslims divided people into Muslims and non-Muslims, and called to fight the others until they believe in what they themselves believe, they started this clash, and began this war. In order to [stop] this war, they must re-examine their Islamic books and curricula, which are full of calls for takfir and fighting the infidels.
And she later said that she was "questioning every single teaching" in the Koran.


Now where would I get the idea that Dr. Sultan was not questioning the Koran directly? I admit--I didn't do due diligence. I accepted this kind of comment, quoted in The New York Times:

Dr. Sultan bitterly criticized the Muslim clerics, holy warriors and political leaders who she believes have distorted the teachings of Muhammad and the Quran for 14 centuries.
Not true--not if the quotes from MEMRI-TV and Al-Jazeera are at all accurate. And certainly not when she said this:
The Jews have come from the tragedy [of the Holocaust], and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror, with their work, not their crying and yelling. Humanity owes most of the discoveries and science of the 19th and 20th centuries to Jewish scientists. Fifteen million people, scattered throughout the world, united and won their rights through work and knowledge. We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them.
All historically correct. But as for what Muslims must ask themselves, I would suggest this: They must ask themselves what kind of god they believe in, and whether their entire belief system is a lie.

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