AP Misses

"The two pillars of 'political correctness' are: a) willful ignorance and b) a steadfast refusal to face the truth."
~George MacDonald

In an article, the Associated with terrorists Press tries to waterdown a hate-filled speech by Palestinian's top Muslim cleric. Since the cleric's comments cannot be repudiated using Islamic texts, the press instead tries to weaken them by offering alternatives. The attempt only illustrates the AP's lack of understanding about the Quran:

The Quran, Islam's holy book, offers contradictory attitudes toward Jews and Christians. There are texts that enshrine tolerance and respect for other faiths, while others are spiked with hatred and incitement.

The text is not contradictory to those who understand the Quran. The Islamic holy book itself provides clarification in verse 2:106: "None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?"

The Quran was compiled, not in chronological order, but rather by length of each chapter. If you did sort the book by chronological order, you'd discover two things - first, the earlier chapters were revealed by Muhammad when he lived in Mecca and the later chapters were revealed after he left to Medina. Second, that the Mecca verses are more peaceful while the Medina verses call for force and violence.

This isn't coincidental. While in Mecca, Muhammad had few followers. He attempted to convert people through persuasion. When they laughed at him and his new 'faith,' he tried to maintain composure with peaceful verses such as 109:6, "Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion."

It was only after he fled Mecca that he became angry and bitter, and this was reflected in later verses in the Quran. The new verses were increasingly violent and intolerant in direct contradiction to earlier verses. When his followers began to notice this, Allah, via Muhammad, conveniently added verse 2:106, which essentially replaced earlier, peaceful verses with "something better."

All holy books have contradictions. After all, they may contain the words of gods, but they were written by humans. Where the Quran stands alone is with its specific instruction on how these contradictions should be recognized. That isn't to say Muslims can't choose to follow the peaceful verses while ignoring the violent ones. They certainly may.

But lets stop pretending that radical clerics and Islamists are the ones taking verses out of context and "misunderstanding" the words of Muhammad. If we are to defeat radical Islamists, we need to first acknowledge that their motivation is a very real part of Islamic history. Let us - all of us, peaceful Muslims and non-Muslims alike - stop making this politically correct category error. It only puts us at a disadvantage.

Posted by: DMartyr at 09:51 AM


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