The cult of violent radical Islam

This photo released by the FBI shows who the FBI was calling Suspect No. 1, in black cap, and Suspect … Continued

This photo released by the FBI shows who the FBI was calling Suspect No. 1, in black cap, and Suspect No. 2, in white cap, walking through the crowd in Boston on April 15 before the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Islam is to violent Islam as Christianity is to white supremacy, the Klu Klux Klan, and countless other misuses of religion for violent purposes. Penalizing or judging all Muslims for violence of self-proclaimed jihadists like the Tsarnaev brothers in Boston is like blaming all Christians for the Spanish Inquisition and for Protestant persecution of Catholics in medieval England. Islam is not a monolith. The religion is practiced around the world by many different sects and schools of thought that are centuries-old. To discount this fact is to discount a large sector of the human race, some 1.5 billion people. And that attitude is hurtful to Muslims.

Cults typically originate with a charismatic leader and attract followers who are disenfranchised from the mainstream of society. The result is a fringe element that may share common roots with a ‘mainstream’ ideology, like Islam, but splinters off to create a unique ideology that deviates in thought and practice from its root religion. In the case of jihadism, the product is dangerous and incendiary. The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism and to Osama Bin Laden, with thanks to Sayyid Qutb.

There is no one absolute interpretation of Islam. Just because a cult says killing innocent people is Islamic does not make it so. The actions and beliefs of the Boston bombers as well as Al Qaeda, its copycats and Wahhabist and Salafist strains do not reflect the teaching of all Muslims. They are violent, oppressive cults. And Muslims who follow this cult do so to the detriment of all Muslims.

The American people can handle this nuance. Why can’t many in the media? After the Boston bombing, too many in the media used wildly inaccurate stereotypes to perpetuate prejudice about regular Muslims. For example, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield declared on May 2 that since the bombing suspect’s wife was wearing a full abaya and hijab that she was “probably under his influence.” Erik Rush, who has appeared as a commentator on Fox News multiple times, tweeted his “kill them all” comment after being asked, “Are you already blaming Muslims?”

Let’s focus on the crime at hand, rather than hurtful statements about all Muslims.

Reports indicate that Katherine Russell married an abusive man who later became a terrorist. That is why she was probably under his influence, not because of what she wears. Peaceful, non-violent Muslim women around the U.S. and the world dress just like her. So the conjecture of Banfield and others is extremely offensive to thousands of American Muslims, including those women who choose to dress modestly.

Today’s so-called Muslim jihadists are yesterday’s Christian, pagan and other persecutors in the name of religion. Muslims and Christians all worship the same God, acknowledge most of the same prophets and recognize Abraham as the first believer in one God. Yet human nature and its tendency to paranoia and violence is the common factor all communities share.

Violence, murder, and oppression have been present on this earth since the beginning of humanity–good religion aims to lesson all of these in the pursuit of true peace and justice. The actions of jihadist cults should not dominate the public’s view of all Muslims. It’s time for a new way to think about Islam.

Editor’s note: This piece originally read that Erik Rush “appears as a contributor on Fox News.” Rush has made multiple past appearances as a commentator, but is not a “contributor.”

Alison Lake is a journalist, author and analyst based in Washington, D.C.

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  • bobaluchowdury

    The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism”
    What? Read the Quran violence can be traced to the religions origin (as with Christianity)

  • bobaluchowdury

    The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism”
    What? Read the Quran violence can be traced to the religions origin (as with Christianity)

  • Secular1

    Yet another apologia for Islam. In my world view all religion is glorification of any and every superstition, fantasmo, bigotry, and mindless magic. That said, most religions have been tamed, either through enlightenment (Christianity) or through centuries of subjugation (as in Judaism, and to some extent Hinduism). In case of Islam has not yet broken its original mold. So we see these plethora of silly apologia. It starts of with “Islam is to violent Islam as Christianity is to white supremacy, the Klu Klux Klan, and countless other misuses of religion for violent purposes.” Two things wrong with the above comparisons. First of all there were right from the beginning several white christians that have opposed the klan, not just with obligatory condemnations but engaging he Klan blow for blow. When they did not do that they too carried the stigma. In fact to this day southern whites do carry an implied stigma of (if not out right racist) at least as one predisposed to be prejudiced. So this vailing is just another manifestation of manufactured outrage.

    “Cults typically originate with a charismatic leader and attract followers who are disenfranchised from the mainstream of society. The result is a fringe element that may share common roots with a ‘mainstream’ ideology, like Islam, but splinters off to create a unique ideology that deviates in thought and practice from its root religion. In the case of jihadism, the product is dangerous and incendiary. The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism and to Osama Bin Laden, with thanks to Sayyid Qutb.” This could be said of both Christianity and Islam too. In case of Christianity it has shucked itself (to a great extent). In case of Islam it started out as Anti-Quryshism and then Anti-Judaism, after the Jews of Yathrib mocked MO, for his lack of intellectual depth, and had seen him for what he was, a bully and caravan robber.

  • Secular1

    Yet another apologia for Islam. In my world view all religion is glorification of any and every superstition, fantasmo, bigotry, and mindless magic. That said, most religions have been tamed, either through enlightenment (Christianity) or through centuries of subjugation (as in Judaism, and to some extent Hinduism). In case of Islam has not yet broken its original mold. So we see these plethora of silly apologia. It starts of with “Islam is to violent Islam as Christianity is to white supremacy, the Klu Klux Klan, and countless other misuses of religion for violent purposes.” Two things wrong with the above comparisons. First of all there were right from the beginning several white christians that have opposed the klan, not just with obligatory condemnations but engaging he Klan blow for blow. When they did not do that they too carried the stigma. In fact to this day southern whites do carry an implied stigma of (if not out right racist) at least as one predisposed to be prejudiced. So this vailing is just another manifestation of manufactured outrage.

    “Cults typically originate with a charismatic leader and attract followers who are disenfranchised from the mainstream of society. The result is a fringe element that may share common roots with a ‘mainstream’ ideology, like Islam, but splinters off to create a unique ideology that deviates in thought and practice from its root religion. In the case of jihadism, the product is dangerous and incendiary. The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism and to Osama Bin Laden, with thanks to Sayyid Qutb.” This could be said of both Christianity and Islam too. In case of Christianity it has shucked itself (to a great extent). In case of Islam it started out as Anti-Quryshism and then Anti-Judaism, after the Jews of Yathrib mocked MO, for his lack of intellectual depth, and had seen him for what he was, a bully and caravan robber.

  • Secular1

    “There is no one absolute interpretation of Islam. Just because a cult says killing innocent people is Islamic does not make it so. The actions and beliefs of the Boston bombers as well as Al Qaeda, its copycats and Wahhabist and Salafist strains do not reflect the teaching of all Muslims. They are violent, oppressive cults. And Muslims who follow this cult do so to the detriment of all Muslims.” Ms. Lake do you even pause read the above few sentences that you penned. Do you know what is advocated by Iranian religious leadership? Do you know what percentage of Saudi Population subscribes to the Wahhabi world view? Do you even know what is the status of minorities in any of the 47 OIC countries? Did you know that even in the so called moderate islamic countries are ripe with discrimination of minorities amongst them and the treatment meted out to the emigres in their midst..

    “For example, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield declared on May 2 that since the bombing suspect’s wife was wearing a full abaya and hijab that she was “probably under his influence.” ” And “Reports indicate that Katherine Russell married an abusive man who later became a terrorist. That is why she was probably under his influence, not because of what she wears. Peaceful, non-violent Muslim women around the U.S. and the world dress just like her. So the conjecture of Banfield and others is extremely offensive to thousands of American Muslims, including those women who choose to dress modestly.” Another manufactured outrage. A white woman born and raised here in the US to willingly wearing Hijab would mean probably mean she is a person with little assertiveness and low self esteem. So she was quite likely under his influence. Even the so called peaceful women wearing hijab are also under the inordinate influence of the male kin that they are wearing hijab. Please do not ring me anecdotal stories about this woman or that woman. This is not physical sciences, it is social science.

  • Secular1

    “There is no one absolute interpretation of Islam. Just because a cult says killing innocent people is Islamic does not make it so. The actions and beliefs of the Boston bombers as well as Al Qaeda, its copycats and Wahhabist and Salafist strains do not reflect the teaching of all Muslims. They are violent, oppressive cults. And Muslims who follow this cult do so to the detriment of all Muslims.” Ms. Lake do you even pause read the above few sentences that you penned. Do you know what is advocated by Iranian religious leadership? Do you know what percentage of Saudi Population subscribes to the Wahhabi world view? Do you even know what is the status of minorities in any of the 47 OIC countries? Did you know that even in the so called moderate islamic countries are ripe with discrimination of minorities amongst them and the treatment meted out to the emigres in their midst..

    “For example, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield declared on May 2 that since the bombing suspect’s wife was wearing a full abaya and hijab that she was “probably under his influence.” ” And “Reports indicate that Katherine Russell married an abusive man who later became a terrorist. That is why she was probably under his influence, not because of what she wears. Peaceful, non-violent Muslim women around the U.S. and the world dress just like her. So the conjecture of Banfield and others is extremely offensive to thousands of American Muslims, including those women who choose to dress modestly.” Another manufactured outrage. A white woman born and raised here in the US to willingly wearing Hijab would mean probably mean she is a person with little assertiveness and low self esteem. So she was quite likely under his influence. Even the so called peaceful women wearing hijab are also under the inordinate influence of the male kin that they are wearing hijab. Please do not ring me anecdotal stories about this woman or that woman. This is not physical sciences, it is social science.

  • ThomasBaum

    Alison Lake

    You wrote, “The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism and to Osama Bin Laden, with thanks to Sayyid Qutb.”

    Some would disagree with you and say that “The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced” to Mohammed.

    You then wrote, “Muslims and Christians all worship the same God”

    In Christianity, Jesus is God-Incarnate, in islam Jesus is merely a prophet claimed by the god of islam.

    In Christianity, God is One yet a Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in islam the god of islam gets perturbed, to put it mildly, if anyone says God is a Trinity or that Jesus is God in the Flesh which Jesus clearly said and this was one of the reasons why Jesus was called a blasphemer.

    In Christianity, Jesus taught us to call God, Our Father, however, this is another thing that the god of islam gets upset about.

  • ThomasBaum

    Alison Lake

    You wrote, “The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism and to Osama Bin Laden, with thanks to Sayyid Qutb.”

    Some would disagree with you and say that “The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced” to Mohammed.

    You then wrote, “Muslims and Christians all worship the same God”

    In Christianity, Jesus is God-Incarnate, in islam Jesus is merely a prophet claimed by the god of islam.

    In Christianity, God is One yet a Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in islam the god of islam gets perturbed, to put it mildly, if anyone says God is a Trinity or that Jesus is God in the Flesh which Jesus clearly said and this was one of the reasons why Jesus was called a blasphemer.

    In Christianity, Jesus taught us to call God, Our Father, however, this is another thing that the god of islam gets upset about.

  • ThomasBaum

    You wrote, “Read the Quran violence can be traced to the religions origin (as with Christianity)”

    How is that with Christianity?

  • ThomasBaum

    You wrote, “Read the Quran violence can be traced to the religions origin (as with Christianity)”

    How is that with Christianity?

  • ThomasBaum

    Alison Lake

    You wrote, “Violence, murder, and oppression have been present on this earth since the beginning of humanity–good religion aims to lesson all of these in the pursuit of true peace and justice.”

    According to your definition above, Christianity is not a “good religion”, it is not even a religion since Christianity is about God becoming One of us and doing what He did to bring about the reconciliation of God and man (humanity).

  • ThomasBaum

    Alison Lake

    You wrote, “Violence, murder, and oppression have been present on this earth since the beginning of humanity–good religion aims to lesson all of these in the pursuit of true peace and justice.”

    According to your definition above, Christianity is not a “good religion”, it is not even a religion since Christianity is about God becoming One of us and doing what He did to bring about the reconciliation of God and man (humanity).

  • ThomasBaum

    ScottinVA

    Farther below you wrote, “The Eucharist is the crucifying of Christ daily, when the Bible clearly states that He died “once for all” for the sins of the world.”

    First, maybe you should read what Jesus said concerning the Eucharist.

    Second when you wrote, “when the Bible clearly states that He died “once for all” for the sins of the world”, it does clearly state this, why don’t you believe it?

  • ThomasBaum

    ScottinVA

    Farther below you wrote, “The Eucharist is the crucifying of Christ daily, when the Bible clearly states that He died “once for all” for the sins of the world.”

    First, maybe you should read what Jesus said concerning the Eucharist.

    Second when you wrote, “when the Bible clearly states that He died “once for all” for the sins of the world”, it does clearly state this, why don’t you believe it?

  • Forward thinker

    Muslims have long decried that Islam is a peaceful religion. I have studied this for a long time and I don’t see the facts to back this up. The fact is that is only one Koran yet, different interpretations of the same are practiced. All share the same verses calling for death and destruction to unbelievers. With so many Muslims in the world, why isn’t there any opposition to that message?.The reason is that they know and understand full well what the Koran says about unbelievers and they apologise that it not how they practice Islam. Well, again… the Koran is said to bed Gods words. God said Kill all unbelievers…do you not follow his literal message?

    When a Global Calafate dominates the middle east, based on the literal word of God…all unbelievers will be hunted down by the very same religion of peace. Their message…convert or die.

  • Forward thinker

    Muslims have long decried that Islam is a peaceful religion. I have studied this for a long time and I don’t see the facts to back this up. The fact is that is only one Koran yet, different interpretations of the same are practiced. All share the same verses calling for death and destruction to unbelievers. With so many Muslims in the world, why isn’t there any opposition to that message?.The reason is that they know and understand full well what the Koran says about unbelievers and they apologise that it not how they practice Islam. Well, again… the Koran is said to bed Gods words. God said Kill all unbelievers…do you not follow his literal message?

    When a Global Calafate dominates the middle east, based on the literal word of God…all unbelievers will be hunted down by the very same religion of peace. Their message…convert or die.

  • xexon

    There’s no better lubricant out there.

    “Religion”. Opiate of the masses.

    If you can manipulate that, nations will bend a knee to you.

    I don’t want to hear about radical Islam. Because you religious people out there? You’re ALL vulnerable. And if you’re religious and vote, well, people are looking for you.

    Cast that first stone if you like. I call your hand.

    x

  • xexon

    There’s no better lubricant out there.

    “Religion”. Opiate of the masses.

    If you can manipulate that, nations will bend a knee to you.

    I don’t want to hear about radical Islam. Because you religious people out there? You’re ALL vulnerable. And if you’re religious and vote, well, people are looking for you.

    Cast that first stone if you like. I call your hand.

    x

  • MadAtHumanCruelty

    “Islam is to violent Islam as Christianity is to white supremacy, the Klu Klux Klan, and countless other misuses of religion for violent purposes”

    BIG LIE !!! Christianity does not have text to be “misinterpreted’ into violence against other ‘races’ .. if there were any then they’re probably, very rare, vague and metaphorical. Islam’s book has straight orders to KILL, PERSECUTE AND TORTURE infidels/disbelievers. It has verses that say Christians are our best friends and other verses that say “if you ever befriended them, you are as infidel as they are”. Most Moslims around the world’ignore’ the radical” call for violence in their religion and pick the peaceful verses to survive with. But violence in Islam is genuine, dogmatic and inherent. Time for Muslims to accept criticism and stop calling it”assault of Islam”.Time for the world to stop patronizing Muslims to avoid their dogmatic violence because it will get back on you sooner or later.

  • MadAtHumanCruelty

    “Islam is to violent Islam as Christianity is to white supremacy, the Klu Klux Klan, and countless other misuses of religion for violent purposes”

    BIG LIE !!! Christianity does not have text to be “misinterpreted’ into violence against other ‘races’ .. if there were any then they’re probably, very rare, vague and metaphorical. Islam’s book has straight orders to KILL, PERSECUTE AND TORTURE infidels/disbelievers. It has verses that say Christians are our best friends and other verses that say “if you ever befriended them, you are as infidel as they are”. Most Moslims around the world’ignore’ the radical” call for violence in their religion and pick the peaceful verses to survive with. But violence in Islam is genuine, dogmatic and inherent. Time for Muslims to accept criticism and stop calling it”assault of Islam”.Time for the world to stop patronizing Muslims to avoid their dogmatic violence because it will get back on you sooner or later.

  • MadAtHumanCruelty

    WHERE IN THE BIBLE CAN YOU FIND VERSES AS SUCH????

    “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)

    “Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons…he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home…” (Surah 8:12-)

    “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-)

  • MadAtHumanCruelty

    WHERE IN THE BIBLE CAN YOU FIND VERSES AS SUCH????

    “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.” (Surah 5:51)

    “Believers, when you encounter the infidels on the march, do not turn your backs to them in flight. If anyone on that day turns his back to them, except it be for tactical reasons…he shall incur the wrath of God and Hell shall be his home…” (Surah 8:12-)

    “Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.” (Surah 8:36-)

  • Secular1

    Well spoken Sin. Following a decrypt tome of 2000 years is not a religion. And to top it all of Christianity is absolutely not a religion, RIGHT.

  • Secular1

    Well spoken Sin. Following a decrypt tome of 2000 years is not a religion. And to top it all of Christianity is absolutely not a religion, RIGHT.

  • ThomasBaum

    ScottinVA

    As far as “being the door to the sheepfold”, you do realize that shepherds were the actual door back then, don’t you?

    There was a wall and an empty spot being the gate and the shepherds laid across this empty spot and were in effect the “gate”, is this your definition of a metaphor?

    This is the dictionary.com’s definition of metaphor:
    1.
    a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.” Compare mixed metaphor, simile ( def 1 ) .

    2.
    something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol.

  • ThomasBaum

    ScottinVA

    As far as “being the door to the sheepfold”, you do realize that shepherds were the actual door back then, don’t you?

    There was a wall and an empty spot being the gate and the shepherds laid across this empty spot and were in effect the “gate”, is this your definition of a metaphor?

    This is the dictionary.com’s definition of metaphor:
    1.
    a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “A mighty fortress is our God.” Compare mixed metaphor, simile ( def 1 ) .

    2.
    something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol.

  • ThomasBaum

    Part II

    f: Are you sure that what you are telling me, you still consider good news?

    hnb: Of course I consider it good news and I would like for us to go out and celebrate this good news.

    f: I don’t know, I just don’t feel up to going out and celebrating right now, sorry.

    hnb: I sure wish that you would help me to celebrate this good news since you are such a good friend and I wish you would do it now since I’ve also found out that you are also going to hell for ever and ever and this might be the last time that the two of us can celebrate this good news of mine.

    As I have said many times if the GOOD NEWS is not, ultimately, for ALL than it is not only not good news but it is horrific news.

    God’s Plan which God has had since before creation is for ALL, ultimately to be with God in God’s Kingdom.

    See you all in the Kingdom.

    Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • ThomasBaum

    Part II

    f: Are you sure that what you are telling me, you still consider good news?

    hnb: Of course I consider it good news and I would like for us to go out and celebrate this good news.

    f: I don’t know, I just don’t feel up to going out and celebrating right now, sorry.

    hnb: I sure wish that you would help me to celebrate this good news since you are such a good friend and I wish you would do it now since I’ve also found out that you are also going to hell for ever and ever and this might be the last time that the two of us can celebrate this good news of mine.

    As I have said many times if the GOOD NEWS is not, ultimately, for ALL than it is not only not good news but it is horrific news.

    God’s Plan which God has had since before creation is for ALL, ultimately to be with God in God’s Kingdom.

    See you all in the Kingdom.

    Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • ThomasBaum

    Part I

    All, especially to those that think/believe that the Good News really means the good enough news.

    This is a hypothetical dialogue between one who believes in the good enough news which is actually horrific news as opposed to the Good News that Jesus wanted us to proclaim and a friend, something to ponder.

    hnb (horrific news bearer): Glad that you could stop by, I got some really good news to tell you.

    f (friend): Glad to hear it, what is it?

    hnb: I just find out that when I kick the bucket I am going to heaven to be with God for ever and ever.

    f: That’s good to hear, so you’ll be able to see your parents again, I always liked them.

    hnb: Well no, I’ve found out that they are in hell forever but the good news is that I’m going to heaven.

    f: That sounds terrible but at least you’ll be able to see your wife and children again who were killed in that terrible accident, I was so sorry to hear about that when it happened.

    hnb: Well not exactly, I’ve also heard that they are in hell for ever and ever but the good news is that I am going to heaven.

    f: Man that sounds quite horrible but at least you will be able to see your brothers and sisters who were lost in that terrible set of tragedies on their way to that family reunion a couple of years ago.

    hnb: No I won’t, unbelievable as it may seem but they are also all in hell for ever and ever but still isn’t it really good news that I am going to heaven.

  • ThomasBaum

    Part I

    All, especially to those that think/believe that the Good News really means the good enough news.

    This is a hypothetical dialogue between one who believes in the good enough news which is actually horrific news as opposed to the Good News that Jesus wanted us to proclaim and a friend, something to ponder.

    hnb (horrific news bearer): Glad that you could stop by, I got some really good news to tell you.

    f (friend): Glad to hear it, what is it?

    hnb: I just find out that when I kick the bucket I am going to heaven to be with God for ever and ever.

    f: That’s good to hear, so you’ll be able to see your parents again, I always liked them.

    hnb: Well no, I’ve found out that they are in hell forever but the good news is that I’m going to heaven.

    f: That sounds terrible but at least you’ll be able to see your wife and children again who were killed in that terrible accident, I was so sorry to hear about that when it happened.

    hnb: Well not exactly, I’ve also heard that they are in hell for ever and ever but the good news is that I am going to heaven.

    f: Man that sounds quite horrible but at least you will be able to see your brothers and sisters who were lost in that terrible set of tragedies on their way to that family reunion a couple of years ago.

    hnb: No I won’t, unbelievable as it may seem but they are also all in hell for ever and ever but still isn’t it really good news that I am going to heaven.

  • TheTruthShallSetYouFree

    The ignorant author says ” The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism and to Osama Bin Laden, with thanks to Sayyid Qutb.”.

    The ignorant author does not know the origins of islam, nor care to understand it. The ignorant author does not wonder how and why islam spread initially. Read the origins and its accounts in the books of islamic scriptures themselves (quran, the various hadiths and biography of muhammed). Maybe then the ignorant author can learn that islam was violent to begin with – medina onwards – its been one big tale of violence and islamification of societies it went in.

  • TheTruthShallSetYouFree

    The ignorant author says ” The first origins of violent Islam can arguably be traced to 18th-century Wahhabism and to Osama Bin Laden, with thanks to Sayyid Qutb.”.

    The ignorant author does not know the origins of islam, nor care to understand it. The ignorant author does not wonder how and why islam spread initially. Read the origins and its accounts in the books of islamic scriptures themselves (quran, the various hadiths and biography of muhammed). Maybe then the ignorant author can learn that islam was violent to begin with – medina onwards – its been one big tale of violence and islamification of societies it went in.

  • Armored Knight

    Poor typical ignorant liberal…I know this article is old…but I know young journalists read all their comment sections…In hindsight, as Sweden still burns , the English soldier is laid to restafter being beheaded, and the Frensh soldier recovers from being stabbed in the neck….I hope you wake up one day. This article is “hurtful” to common sense,

  • Armored Knight

    Poor typical ignorant liberal…I know this article is old…but I know young journalists read all their comment sections…In hindsight, as Sweden still burns , the English soldier is laid to restafter being beheaded, and the Frensh soldier recovers from being stabbed in the neck….I hope you wake up one day. This article is “hurtful” to common sense,

  • painterly111

    This article is a slap in the bloody faces of the millions and millions of people who have been slaughtered in the name of Allah over the centuries!

    The early history of Muhammad and his ceaseless Islamic conquests are horrifying — he presided personally over 100 raids and deadly battles. In his “safe-haven” of Medina he ordered the beheading of all males (as many as 900) of one of the Jewish tribes that lived there, the Qurayza, which had fought many battles for Muhammad but had reached their limit. Even though they had surrendered — this slaughter was carried out. Two other Jewish tribes in Medina had earlier been offered a choice: convert or be exiled. Lucky for them they HAD choice.

    If there’s any doubt as to the butchery of early Islam, any amout of research into Khalid ibn al-Walid, the so-called “Sword of Islam”, a crony of Muhammad, will help you see the dark. Muhammad’s letters to regional kings have been well-preserved. The overall message: convert or lose everything.

    Within a century the bloodbath started by Muhammad had spread well beyond the Arabian Peninsula in the form of a Muslim Empire that stretched from the borders of China and the Indian subcontinent, across Central Asia, the Middle East, Persia, North Africa, Sicily, and the Iberian Peninsula, to the Pyrenees. Centuries of Islamic military campaigns into India killed untold millions. Centuries of trying to overthrow the Roman Catholic Church from Constantinople finally succeeded in 1453.

    The history of Islam is at once fascinating and sickening. The Quran taught Muslims to fight in the way of Allah until all of humanity submits. That mindset is alive and well today — even “peaceful” Muslims will admit their mission is to convert the world. But there are plenty of “old-school” Muslims who feel the use of force is more effective — THEY are the ones responsible for the estimated (as of 08/18/2013) 21,439 terror attacks aross the globe since 9/11.

    PS: I’m a liberal on EVERYTHING else.

  • painterly111

    This article is a slap in the bloody faces of the millions and millions of people who have been slaughtered in the name of Allah over the centuries!

    The early history of Muhammad and his ceaseless Islamic conquests are horrifying — he presided personally over 100 raids and deadly battles. In his “safe-haven” of Medina he ordered the beheading of all males (as many as 900) of one of the Jewish tribes that lived there, the Qurayza, which had fought many battles for Muhammad but had reached their limit. Even though they had surrendered — this slaughter was carried out. Two other Jewish tribes in Medina had earlier been offered a choice: convert or be exiled. Lucky for them they HAD choice.

    If there’s any doubt as to the butchery of early Islam, any amout of research into Khalid ibn al-Walid, the so-called “Sword of Islam”, a crony of Muhammad, will help you see the dark. Muhammad’s letters to regional kings have been well-preserved. The overall message: convert or lose everything.

    Within a century the bloodbath started by Muhammad had spread well beyond the Arabian Peninsula in the form of a Muslim Empire that stretched from the borders of China and the Indian subcontinent, across Central Asia, the Middle East, Persia, North Africa, Sicily, and the Iberian Peninsula, to the Pyrenees. Centuries of Islamic military campaigns into India killed untold millions. Centuries of trying to overthrow the Roman Catholic Church from Constantinople finally succeeded in 1453.

    The history of Islam is at once fascinating and sickening. The Quran taught Muslims to fight in the way of Allah until all of humanity submits. That mindset is alive and well today — even “peaceful” Muslims will admit their mission is to convert the world. But there are plenty of “old-school” Muslims who feel the use of force is more effective — THEY are the ones responsible for the estimated (as of 08/18/2013) 21,439 terror attacks aross the globe since 9/11.

    PS: I’m a liberal on EVERYTHING else.

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