Santa Maria Sun / Letters to the Editor
The history of Islam is violence
Justin M. Ruhge - Lompoc -
The two commentaries by Dr. Rushdi Cader try to be apologetic for the actions of the Muslim radicals in the Middle East and elsewhere (“Reawaken Muhammed’s words,” Sept. 4 and “‘These murderers are not our own,’” Sept. 11). When it is your faith being besmirched, it raises anxieties and defensiveness. Can’t blame him, considering just what is going on all over the world today where there are Muslims. Dr. Cader tries to put a good face on the situation for what it is supposed to be instead of what it is.
The history of Islam and the world that saw it develop is one of war and violence toward any different faith.
The United States developed its navy to defend its merchant ships from Muslim corsairs whose only reason for attacking us was that we were “infidels,” as explained to President Jefferson by a foreign minister from an Islamic country.
What we see today is the modern version of what has been the norm in the world since Mohammed founded his religion in what is today Saudi Arabia in 627 AD, 600 years after Christ.
Islamic countries like Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, etc., are intolerant of any other religion and any break from the established Muslim religion. Anyone who deviates is apostate and subject to death by one violent means or another. Islam is like the Mafia: You never leave it. Dr. Cader’s efforts at speaking out are heroic. In America, our First Amendment permits us all to express our views on anything—but not in those countries.
Seriously, Islam is violent
Endre Vargha - San Luis Obispo -
I am appalled at reading the supposedly scholarly researched articles written by Dr. Cader, which promote the idea of Islam as the religion of peace (“Reawaken Muhammed’s words,” Sept. 4 and “‘These murderers are not our own,’” Sept. 11). That is just utter nonsense. Instead of reading the Koran, Dr. Cader should read the history books.
Ever since the founding of the religion by Mohammed 1,400 years ago, the Muslims have waged wars and violence against all other religions, Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc. In the process, they conquered vast territories and converted the people to Islam by force. The latest display of barbarism by ISIS is another sordid chapter in Islam’s playbook toward the goal of world domination.
As that old advice goes: Look what they do, and not what they say.
Actually, everybody's been violent
Don Casebolt - Santa Maria -
Dr. Cader sounds like a very urbane, cosmopolitan gentleman, much like the erudite Muslim scholar, Abdelwahab Meddeb, whose French broadcast, Culture D’Islam, I listen to weekly. Both try to combat Muslim fundamentalism. Unfortunately, their erudition is waging an uphill battle against the Wahhabi madrassas sponsored by Saudi Arabian petro-dollars.
The bloody ISIS massacres in Iraq merely repeat the religious slaughters of other true believers who insisted on taking their “revelations” for Allah’s/Yahweh’s very word. All Abrahamic religions started this gory tradition when Yahweh commanded the Jews to slaughter even Canaanite women and babies. This has formed the divine basis for killing the heathen and heretics without mercy ever since. The Catholic church continued the tradition by massacring “heretics” as in the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, (1572 massacre of 30,000 Protestants by French Catholics). Both the Catholic and Protestant leaders prepared the ground for the Holocaust by arguing for centuries that the Jews were obstinate, devilish Christ-killers. In 1543, Luther published On the Jews and Their Lies, in which he says that the Jews are full of the “devil’s feces ... which they wallow in like swine” and advocated that their “synagogues and schools be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed,” concluding that “we are at fault in not slaying them.” The Catholics’ blood-libel elevated Simon of Trent to sainthood; claiming that Jews had slaughtered the toddler to use in their Passover rites; and attributing hundreds of miracles to this mini-Christian martyr. The Sunni and Shia Muslim have been massacring each other since the First Fitna or First Islamic Civil War (656–661).
More ecumenical/secular Christians, Muslims, and Jews would like to forget this heritage, like hiding the disreputable relative in the closet. (But Luther and the popes weren’t fringe fanatics.) Unfortunately, murderous, religious intolerance is solidly rooted in the Abrahamic religions; the Koran and Christian scriptures being largely similar to a second and third edition of the Jewish Torah. Today’s ISIS simply does what Luther and multiple popes advocated prior to when secularism via the Enlightenment loosened the hold of superstitious, biblical inerrancy in the West. Unfortunately, fundamentalist Jewish settlers insist their scriptures promised them Greater Israel; fundamentalist Christians say their scriptures agree with the Jewish fundamentalists; whereas fundamentalist Hamas claim that the Koran gave them the same territory. And since Yahweh/Allah/Jesus and their revelations are all infallible, a nuclear war to settle the question appears inevitable unless all three groups become secularized.
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