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Sunday, November 23, 2003

GWB Plays Theologian, Sticks Foot in Mouth

At a news conference with Prime Minister Tony Blair in England on Thursday, a reporter noted that Bush has often said that freedom is a gift from "the Almighty" but questioned whether Bush believes that "Muslims worship the same Almighty" that he does.

"I do say that freedom is the Almighty's gift to every person," the president replied. "I also condition it by saying freedom is not America's gift to the world. It's much greater than that, of course. And I believe we worship the same god."

I am sure GWB is desperately pandering to the Moslem vote which voted for him overwhelmingly in 2000 has only the best intentions at heart. Unfortunately, his attempts to blur the differences between Islam and Judeo-Christianity are downright dangerous.

Jesus Christ and Mohammed were polar opposites in lifestyle and philosophy. (Some might say that it's unfair to compare Jesus, a god to his followers, with Mohammed, who was just a prophet. But since Mohammed was the "perfect Moslem," he is the great example that Moslems aspire to emulate. As a role-model he is the same to Moslems as Jesus is to Christians.) Jesus preached nonviolence even when faced with his own crucifixion; Mohammed led or participated in dozens of individual campaigns as he subjugated Arabia, killing thousands, including the massacre of 800 shackled Jews in the marketplace of Medina in just one instance. Jesus remained within the bounds of his society's laws on adultery. Mohammed decreed that every Moslem was to have four wives, but ended up having 11 himself. His favorite wife he married when she was six years old. (He justified his 7 extra sexual playthings wives by a vision from the angel Gabriel, who said God said he could have as many wives as he wanted.)

The New Testament, on which Christianity is overwhelmingly based, has no exhortations to violence. The Koran says pretty much the opposite. Even with misogyny, the New Testament comes out much cleaner than the Koran; St. Paul's less-than-feministic quotes, at which modern Christians cringe, were at least able to be repudiated, since it was St. Paul, and not God, who laid down those rules. The Koran, on the other hand, is the word of God. Thus has female inferiority been enshrined in Shariah.

"...now that a Book confirming their own has come to them from God, they deny it...they reply: 'We believe in what was revealed to us.' But they deny what has since been revealed, although it is truth...Say: 'Whoever is an enemy of Gabriel' (who has by God's grace revealed to you [Muhammad] the Koran as a guide...confirming previous scriptures)..will surely find that God is the enemy of the unbelievers.'...And now that an apostle has come to them from God confirming their own Scriptures, some of those to whom the Scriptures were given cast off the Book of God behind their backs...The unbelievers among the People of the Book, and the pagans, resent that any blessings should have been sent down to you from your Lord. " (Surah 2:88-, 98-, 103-)

"Slay the infidels wherever you find them...Idolatry is worse than carnage...Fight against them until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme." (Surah 2:190-)

"Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it." (Surah 2:216)

"Men are tempted [in this life] by the lure of women...far better is the return of God. Say: 'Shall I tell you of better things than these, with which the righteous shall be rewarded by their Lord? Theirs shall be gardens watered by running streams, where they shall dwell for ever: wives of perfect chastity..." (Surah 3:14, 15)

"The only true faith in God's sight is Islam." (Surah 3:19)

"Believers, do not make friends with any but your own people...[Infidels] desire nothing but your ruin. (Surah 3:118)

"If you should die or be slain in the cause of God, His forgiveness and His mercy would surely be better than all the riches..." (Surah 3:156-)

"Forbidden to you are...married women, except those you own as slaves." (Surah 4:20-, 24-)

"Seek out your enemies relentlessly." (Surah 4:103-)

"Try as you may, you cannot treat all your wives impartially." (Surah 4:126-)

"The Jews and Christians say: 'We are the children of God and His loved ones.' Say: 'Why then does He punish you for your sins?" (Surah 5:18)

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

"The God will say: 'Jesus, son of Mary, did you ever say to mankind 'Worship me and my mother as gods besides God?' 'Glory to You, 'he will answer, 'how could I ever say that to which I have no right?" (Surah 5:114-)

"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 (polytheists) [including Christians as the Koran seems to imply] until idolatry shall cease and God's religion shall reign supreme." (Surah 8:36-)

"...make war on the leaders of unbelief...Make war on them: God will chastise them at your hands and humble them. He will grant you victory over them..." (Surah 9:12-)

"Fight against such as those to whom the Scriptures were given [Jews and Christians]...until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued." (Surah 9:27-)

"It is He who has sent forth His apostle with guidance and the true Faith [Islam] to make it triumphant over all religions, however much the idolaters [non-Muslims] may dislike it." (Surah 9:31-)

"If you do not fight, He will punish you sternly, and replace you by other men." (Surah 9:37-)

"Prophet make war on the unbelievers and the hypocrites and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home." (Surah 9:73)

"Believers, make war on the infidels who dwell around you. Deal firmly with them." (Surah 9:121-)

"Say: 'Praise be to God who has never begotten a son; who has no partner in His Kingdom..." (Surah 17:111)

"'How shall I bear a child,' she [Mary] answered, 'when I am a virgin...?' 'Such is the will of the Lord,' he replied. 'That is no difficult thing for Him...God forbid that He [God[ Himself should beget a son!...Those who say: 'The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son,' preach a monstrous falsehood..." (Surah 19:12-, 29-, 88)

"Fight for the cause of God with the devotion due to Him...He has given you the name of Muslims..." (Surah 22:78-)

"Blessed are the believers...who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave-girls, for these are lawful to them)...These are the heirs of Paradise..." (Surah 23:1-5-)

"As for the faithful who do good works and believe what is revealed to Muhammad...He will forgive them their sins..." (Surah 47:1)

"Muhammad is God's apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another." (Surah 48:29)
(source)

Additionally, the Koran says that women are a "step below" men, that a female child deserves half the inheritance of her brother, and that the testimony of a man is equal to that of two women.

Basically, Mr. President, Moslems and Jews and Christians definitely don't have the same God, so quit theologizing already.

When he was told of Bush's mangled theology, Sayyid M. Syeed, Secretary-General of the purist Wahhabi/Saudi-funded Islamic Society of North America, said, "Alhamdullah," or "Thanks be to God." He should be thankful, seeing what a miserable failure the Sunni establishment has been at separating Islamic doctrine from jihad against infidel civilizations. It's so much easier to let infidels like Bush, who have some moral credibility on religion with the general public, apologize for the Sunni establishment, rather than the Sunnis repudiating their own sacred texts.

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