Sunday, December 09, 2007

The Price Of Islam's Brutal Heritage

A recent survey by the think-tank 'Policy Exchange' found that 36% of young Muslims in the UK believe that those who leave Islam should be killed.

Unsurprising, really, when 'The Daily Telegraph' reports that there is considerable support for those barbaric and ignorant views in the Qur'an and other sacred Islamic texts - which may explain why, out of the 57 Islamic states in the world today, seven have a legal code that punishes Muslims who leave the religion with death and Pakistan is currently considering a Bill that would make apostasy a capital crime for men and one carrying a sentence of imprisonment for women.

Patrick Sookhdeo was born a Muslim, but later converted to Christianity. He is now international director of the Barnabas Fund, an organisation that aims to research and to ameliorate the conditions of Christians living in countries hostile to their religion. He says:
"All four schools of Sunni law, as well as the Shia variety, call for the death penalty for apostates. Most Muslim scholars say that Muslim religious law - sharia - requires the death penalty for apostasy.

In 2004, Prince Charles called a meeting of leading Muslims to discuss the issue. All the Muslim leaders at that meeting agreed that the penalty in sharia is death. The hope was that they would issue a public declaration repudiating that doctrine, but not one of them did."

As 'The Daily Telegraph' article concludes:

Given the acceptance by some that Muslim religious law does indeed require that apostates be killed, it is hardly surprising that many ordinary Muslims think that it is their religious duty to carry out that punishment - or at least to threaten it.

But not all Muslims in Britain agree with that conclusion.

Ibrahim Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), says that it is "absolutely disgraceful behaviour… In Britain, no Muslim has the right to harm one hair of someone who decides to leave Islam." And Inayat Bunglawala, also a spokesman for the MCB, insists that such behaviour in Britain is "awful and quite wrong. The police should crack down on it." However, Mr Bunglawala's words have to be seen in their proper context, since he subsequently refused to condemn those Muslim states which impose the death penalty for apostasy, claiming that such barbaric and ignorant treatment was "a matter for those states".

What is perhaps more surprising is that these spokespersons for the MCB do not appear to be aware of what is happening in their own mosques in this country.

According to Denis MacEoin's report for 'Policy Exchange' the following is just typical of the documents found in influential mosques here:

Fatawa Islamiyah - Islamic Verdicts, volume 5, which states, inter alia:

And if he apostatises after that, his head should be chopped off, according to the Hadith: 'Whoever changes his religion, kill him'[emphasis added].(in the East London Mosque; the London Central Mosque and Islamic Centre
Frankly, the real problem with Islam is that it makes much of it's barbaric past as if it is relevant today. Furthermore, there is little consensus among Muslims about many aspects of their faith and no supreme imam to rule on their differences of interpretation. Nor does there appear to be any Muslim with sufficient moral authority and gravity amongst the ummah to act as arbiter. Consequently, it is unsurprising that so many ordinary Muslims are frightened to speak out against the barbaric and inhumane punishments ordered in the name of Islam - for they themselves could become the next victims of the brutal misanthropes who hide behind their religious texts and use these as justification for their vile atrocities.

Nevertheless, that does not excuse the actions of the Muslim leaders who refused to issue a public declaration repudiating the doctrine that the punishment for apostasy is death.


papalazarou said...

I am sorry - I can comprehend being born male, I can comprehend being born left-handed, I can even (just) go along with the idea of being born British but how is one born Muslim? Or any other religion come to that?

The Merchant of Menace said...

Strictly speaking everyone is born an atheist but immediately after parturition theistic parents start the indoctrination so that theism seems to be the natural state of things to the emerging child's psyche. Hence people, like Dr Sookhdeo use language loosely and describe themselves as being 'born a Muslim' when pedants, like us, know otherwise.

Don't be too critical of his mild indiscretion his mild indiscretion - more important is the fact that all he has achieved is to exchange one version of mumbo-jumbo and make-believe for another rather than realise for himself just how puerile and dysfunctional all versions of theism are, Muslim and Xtian alike.

papalazarou said...

thanx for your erudition - more nonsense is nothing new from these strange cults but why do we let them hijack language and common sense?

The Merchant of Menace said...

They simply have to hijack language and common sense because they know that what they claim to believe in is actually irrational nonsense - which is why Professor Georges Rey claims that at some level they all know that they are lying to themselves and the rest of us. Rey calls this meta-atheism, and they are meta-atheists.