Sunday, January 21, 2007

Signs of the Times - Blair praises Islam in journal of the one world

Blair praises Islam in CFR journal.
Tony Blair has written an article entitled ‘A Battle for Global Values’
in the January – February edition of the journal ‘Foreign Affairs’ which
is published by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). As I pointed out
last month the CFR is a secretive organisation in which world leaders come
together in the cause of global government.

He began the article by stating that the war on terrorism is ‘a battle
of values, and one that can only be won by the triumph of tolerance and
liberty. Afghanistan and Iraq have been the necessary starting points
of this battle. Success there, however, must be coupled with a bolder,
more consistent, and more thorough application of global values, with
Washington leading the way.’

He then went on to make an astonishing statement about Islam:
‘To me, the most remarkable thing about the Koran is how progressive it

I write with great humility as a member of another faith. As an
outsider, the Koran strikes me as a reforming book, trying to return Judaism and
Christianity to their origins, much as reformers attempted to do with
the Christian church centuries later. The Koran is inclusive. It extols
science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and far ahead of
its time in attitudes toward marriage, women, and governance.

Under its guidance, the spread of Islam and its dominance over
previously Christian or pagan lands were breathtaking. Over centuries, Islam
founded an empire and led the world in discovery, art, and culture. The
standard-bearers of tolerance in the early Middle Ages were far more
likely to be found in Muslim lands than in Christian ones.’

The idea that the Koran was trying to reform Christianity and Judaism
and return them to their origins could not be more wrong. Islam seeks to
replace Christianity and Judaism and denies the central beliefs of Christians.
According to the Koran anyone who believes that God is a triune unity
and that Jesus is the Son of God will be tormented in hell (al-Maa’idah
5:73, Maryam 19.34-38 and 88-93), whereas the Bible teaches that those who
believe that Jesus is the Son of God will be saved for eternal life in heaven.

According to the Koran Jesus did not die on the cross (and therefore
was not resurrected) but ‘it appeared so to them the resemblance of Jesus was
put over another man (and they killed that man).’ al-Nisaa’ 4:157-158. The
Bible teaches that ‘Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and
that he was buried and that he rose again on the third day according to the
scriptures. … And if Christ is not risen, then is our preaching vain,
and your faith is also vain’. I Corinthians 15:3-4,14.

In comparison with the Roman Catholic Church which Tony Blair upholds
as authentic Christianity, medieval Islam may have appeared more tolerant.
But that is only a comparison of two dark houses neither of which have the
light of the Gospel in them. In fact early Islam was only tolerant for the
short time that Mohammed was preaching as a minority faith in Mecca and his
opponents were stronger than he was. Once he had the upper hand Islam
became fiercely intolerant of opposition as is testified by early accounts
written by Muslims of the Islamic conquest of Arabia.

Muhammad taught his followers to oppress or kill non-Muslims.
Generally, Jews and Christians were allowed to continue to practice their faiths,
provided they paid a special tax. This tax is Jizya, a tax revenue
given to the Muslims as a sign of their status as ‘dhimmis’ (protected people
under Islam). If the Jews and Christians refused to pay this extortion tax
they would have to convert to Islam or be killed. Idolaters or pagans had to
convert to Islam or be killed. Generally they didn’t have the option of
paying the tax. Here is the verse that teaches Muslims to oppress Jews
and Christians:

‘Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do
they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the
religion of truth, (which is Islam that abolishes all other religions) of the
people of the Book, (meaning the Jews and the Christians) until they pay the
Jizya (the tax imposed upon them) with willing submission and feel themselves
subdued. (with humiliation and submission to the government of Islam.)
9:29 .’ (Commentary in parenthesis is from the Tafsir Al-Jalalein. i.e.,
Al-Jalalein Interpretation of the Koran.)

Muhammad ordered his followers to fight those Christians and Jews to
convert them or pay the Jizya, and if they don’t convert or pay, do you think
that he told the followers to let them go in peace? It is very clear:
convert... or pay with submission ... or die.

Here is the verse in the Quran that teaches Muslims to attack and kill

‘When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find
them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them. If
they repent and take to prayer and render the alms levy, allow them to go
their way. God is forgiving and merciful.’ Sura 9:5

Tony Blair aspires to be a mediator in the Middle East conflict. If
this is the level of his understanding of a major component of that conflict it
is yet another sign of the dangerous self delusion which is contributing
to the weakness of the west in the face of the Islamic world.
For full text of article go to:
Saudi Conference calls for lawsuits against those who abuse Islam.

The Muslim World League called for legal action against those who abuse
Islam and its Prophet Muhammad and Islamic sanctities, at local and
international courts of justice. The conference titled ‘In Defence of
the Prophet’ called upon Islamic countries and governments to stand united
to defend the Islamic faith and its Prophet. It denounced the smear
campaigns to tarnish the image of the Prophet and urged Muslims to make all-out
efforts to project the true picture of Islam and the great divine
teachings of the Prophet. Its spokesman, Al-Turki called upon Western countries
to protect human rights of Muslim communities and take action against
those who create unnecessary fear about Islam by linking it with terrorism and

If applied internationally this would make it illegal to criticise
Islam or its prophet, thus denying freedom of speech world wide. It would appear
that the application of this in Europe is not as improbable as we might
think. A French teacher, Robert Redeker wrote an article ‘Face aux intimidations
islamistes, que doit faire le monde libre ?’ (In the face of
intimidations by the Islamists what should the free world do?). This was published in
the leading newspaper, Le Figaro in September 2006. Since then he and his
family have secreted away on advice of the French government to a safe house
for fear of death by fatwa.

Having been posted online, the article was read all across France and
in other countries as well, and was quickly translated into Arabic.
Denunciations of Redeker’s ‘insult of the prophet’ spread across the
Internet. Within a day after publication, the piece was being condemned
on al Jazeera by the popular on-air preacher (and unofficial voice of
Osama bin Laden) Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi. In Egypt and Tunisia, the offending
issue of Le Figaro was banned.

As for Redeker himself, he soon received a large number of threats by
letter and e-mail. On an Islamist website, he was sentenced to death in a
posting that, in order to facilitate a potential assassin’s task, also provided
his address and a photograph of his home. Fearful for himself and his
family, Redeker sought protection from the local police, who transferred the
case to the national counter-espionage authorities. On their advice, Redeker,
his wife, and three children fled their home and took shelter in a secret
location. Since then, they have moved from city to city, at their own
expense, under police protection.

Even more disturbing than this incident has been the reaction of the
media and educational establishment in France. France’s two largest teachers’
unions, both of them socialist, stressed that ‘they did not share
Redeker’s convictions.’ The leading leftist human-rights organizations went much
farther, denouncing his ‘irresponsible declarations’ and ‘putrid
ideas.’ A fellow high-school philosophy teacher, Pierre Tévanian, declared (on a
Muslim website) that Redeker was ‘a racist’ who should be severely
punished by his school’s administration. Among members of the media, Redeker was
scolded for articulating his ideas so incautiously. On the radio
channel Europe 1, Jean-Pierre Elkabach invited the beleaguered teacher to
express his ‘regret.’ The editorial board of Le Monde, France’s leading
newspaper, characterized Redeker’s piece as ‘excessive, misleading, and
insulting.’ It went so far as to call his remarks about Muhammad ‘a blasphemy,’
implying that the founder of Islam must be treated even by non-Muslims in a
non-Muslim country as an object not of investigation but of veneration.

So much for ‘liberté, égalité and fraternité.’ How much longer do we
have for freedom of speech here in Britain as well? Notice that there has
been no reporting of this incident in our press or TV.

Tony Pearce

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