You may want to pop over to Michelle Malkin's corner of the net for some links to the trial, starting today, of journalist and writer Oriana Fallaci.
What she do?
Oriana Fallaci is 75 years old. The renowned Italian journalist lives in hiding because of death threats she received after the publication in 2001 of her book The Rage and the Pride. She is dying of cancer. And now she is going to go on trial for “defaming Islam.”
The complaint comes from Adel Smith, president of the Muslim Union of Italy, who was never charged with defaming Christianity after he referred to a crucifix as a “miniature cadaver” during his 2003 efforts to have depictions of Christ on the Cross removed from Italian schools.[
(Robert Spencer, "Muslim Target," FrontPage)
Yup. She's being tried for writing a book that says some very critical and negative things about Islam.
You'll want to read the key terms again: A book. Critical. Negative. Of Islam.
If we put folks on trial here for saying very negative and critical and even obscenely ugly stuff about Christianity, we'd need about 10,000 more courts and judges just to handle that one crime.
Personally, I think it's the demon-spawns with a decapitation fetish who defame that idealized form of Islam. I believe it's the weasels who happily live off Western European, Canadian, and US welfare while plotting the downfall of democracies in favor of restrictive Shariah rule who defame that idealized Islam. I'm pretty sure it's the pieces of Muslim poop in Britain who demand the British stop flying their flag and displaying the beloved Piglet figure in schools cause it offends them that defame Islam. I'd venture to add that the slimeball mysogists who kill women that refuse to cover up from top to bottom and become, essentially, cloth versions of Cousin It, because any display of female identity and personhood offends them, they defame Islam. The tyrants who refuse to let Christians and Jews build or repair churches or other houses of worship or print sacred texts or go about their normal religious lives defame Islam. The bloodthirsty freakazoids who stab their daughters to death if the women so much as kiss a boy, they defame Islam.
Lots and lots of Muslims are defaming idealized Islam out there.
But various scholars and politicos and bloggers would disagree and say: No, all these acts are sanctioned and approved by true Islamic teaching.
That's a very scary thought, indeed.
I'm not a Koranic scholar. I refuse to say definitively what "true" Islam is or is not. Perhaps, and horribly, all these demonspawns and weasels and misogynists and poopheads are really just being authentic to their core faith, and that the mantra of "Religion of Peace" is a blatant fib. The National Post is examining just that. (Heads up for that link to LGF.) I strongly recommend you read that. Here's a pertinent--and ominous--snippet, emphases mine:
Unfortunately, the Islamic principle of abrogation runs in the opposite chronological direction in relation to violence. Because the commands to fight and kill in the Koran are considered by Muslims to be among the recitations made very late in the life of the prophet of Islam -- at a time when his conquest of Arabia was almost complete -- Muslims scholars have been inclined to read the peaceful texts as subordinate to the later ones.
In other words, Muslims seeking to find a peaceful message in the Koran must fight not only the plain meaning of the Koran's text and the current fashion for militancy, but also the arrow of Muslim history.
Here's a discussion on that matter including those who say yes, a religion of peace, and those who say no, a religion of war.
Read up on it. You decide.
I've already decided.
These kinds of verses (the ones the abrogate the peaceful ones, as Gordon Nickel notes in his article) helped sway me:
- al-Taubah (9):29 - "Fight (qaatiloo) those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what Allah and his messenger have forbidden -- such men as practise not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book -- until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled."
- al-Taubah (9):123 - "O believers, fight (qaatiloo) the unbelievers (kuffaar) who are near to you, and let them find in you a harshness (ghilza)."
- Baqara (2):191 - "And slay them (aqtuloohum) wherever you come upon them"
- Baqara (2):191 - "But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then if they fight you, slay them (aqtuloohum) -- such is the recompense of unbelievers."
- Nisaa' (4):89 - "then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them (aqtuloohum) wherever you find them"
- Nisaa' (4):91 - "If they withdraw not from you, and offer you peace, and restrain their hands, take them, and slay them (aqtuloohum) wherever you come on them; against them we have given you a clear authority."
- al-Taubah (9):5 - "Then when the sacred months are drawn away, slay (aqtuloo) the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them, and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every place of ambush."
- Nisaa' (4):74 - "So let them fight (yuqaatil) in the way of Allah who sell the present life for the world to come; and whosoever fights (yuqaatil) in the way of Allah and is slain, or conquers, we shall bring him a mighty wage."
- Muhammad (47):4 - "When you meet the unbelievers, smite (darba) their necks, then, when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds; then set them free, either by grace or ransom, till the war lays down its loads."
The above are excerpted from Gordon Nickel's list here.
Here's a more comprehensive list, charted and compiled for you by Yoel Natan, 164 Jihad Verses In The Koran.
Whereas Christ's message of peace and tolerance and mercy is AFTER the harder passages of the Old Testament--offering a way of the turned cheek for individuals-- and Christ never conquered a single country or murdered a single person or took a single slave for his concubine or ordered his followers to do so, the Islamic prophet was a conquerer and ordered conquest. One could point to bloodthirsty acts by professing Christians and say, "Ah, but they act in opposition to the teachings of the Lord." When Osama acts, one can say with some authority, "Oh, he acts in obedience to the prophet."
Just saying. . .
But back to Oriana and her trial for defamation:
If we must have judicial intervention, here is what I suggest: Book the defamers who defame with vicious deeds, put them on trial for offending Islam with their gnashing teeth and bloody hands. Leave those who only use words, such as Oriana, be left alone to scribble and rail. Answer her scribbles and railings with reasoned argumentation and books. Arrest Adel Smith for using the Italian judicial system as his own little personal peeve patrol for his anti-Non-Muslim behavior.
He's the menace. Not Fallaci.
I say this to Adel Smith and those who support him:
Show us that you know how to reason and debate in the public square, instead of just threatening everyone who says something you, as a Muslim, don't like. Answer back with the best you have, apologetically speaking. And offer your enemy a cup of tea as you demolish their vitriolic statements.
If you can demolish them.
That's the challenge. Can you systematically demolish, using the Koran, the justification for the acts of Islamists when they claim they are merely following the Koran?
I can decry the acts of some loony fringe "Christian" when they blow up a school or a clinic or any other place in the name of God. The Jesus we follow was clear that some acts of retribution are not permissible.
Can the Muslim world demolish the Islamists rationale for trying to conquer every place they stand and murder or imprison all who speak something offensive and oppress those of non-Muslim religions in their midst?
Oriana hasn't gotten close to really defaming Islam. The Danish newspaper's cartoons didn't come anywhere near to it. All the criticism in the op-ed pages doesn't brush the heart of the matter: Muslims have stopped creating great art and music and architecture, and become creators of the headless, the oppressed, the fearful and destroyers of free speech and open debate and artistic expression.
Theo Van Gogh, were he alive, and the artists and writers who've had fatwas put on them over the years, should speak at Oriana's trial.
Oriana Fallaci was writing her point of view. One may not like it, one may even be offended by it, but freedom of speech has always been a major foundation of Western democracy. It's starting to go down the drain, folks.
Seems to me political correctness and all the EU derriere-kissing of Muslim groups has grown to scary proportions when someone can't write their own mind about a system--governmental or political--without being jailed or going to trial.
Italy has lost it. The Muslims have cowed the Catholics and Atheists.
And if you saw the articles coming out of Canada about the terrorist capture, the first ones that refused to call them "Islamic," no matter how far down the reports you read--well, that shows we're on the way to losing it, too, in this part of the world. . . if we don't say no to the encroaching madness.
If you don't think it is encroaching, here this, from the co-founder of CAIR:
Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." - Omar Ahmad
Don't think he's alone in that belief and that goal.
If you're in Atlanta, Chicago, or Washington D.C., you may want to go see this documentary. It releases and shows in those cities July 7-13.
And to Adel Smith and Omar Ahmad and their ilk, those who want to wipe out every religion on earth but theirs:
Make them like tumbleweed, O my God,
like chaff before the wind.
As fire consumes the forest
or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
so pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your storm.
Cover their faces with shame
so that men will seek your name, O LORD.