Pardon my Intolerance

By: Rachel Marsden

Islam is a religion of peace. Right—and Paris Hilton is a virgin. But “moderate” Muslims—an oxymoron if ever there was one—would have us trying to reconcile the completely irreconcilable.

After last week’s civilian bombings by Islamists in London, England, I was walking through Toronto’s Dundas Square when a man handed me a booklet entitled “Islam: Does it Make Sense?” Complete with subheadings like “the religion of balance and moderation”, “the religion of human equality”, “the most tolerant and inclusive religion”, and “the liberating religion”, it makes for a nice spun-out version of Islam for kids, lefties, or anyone with an uncontrollable drooling problem.

But the real kicker is on page 49, in bold type: “Al-Islam – the religion of Islam – means a religion that brings peace to individuals and human society through people’s obedience, servitude and submission to Allah.”

If you’re a self-proclaimed “moderate” or “good” Muslim who doesn’t accept the fact that your religion was founded on—and openly advocates—violence for the sake of conquest, then get out, because after fourteen centuries, you’re not going to change it.

Here’s the crucial difference between Islam and Christianity: If a Christian comes to your door and tries to sell you on God, you can slam it in his face and he’ll still pray for you, as per the Bible’s teachings. Do the same thing to an Islamist, and the Quran instructs him that “when ye meet in battle those who disbelieve” then “smiting of the necks” shall occur. Neck smiting! Oh great, all the more reason to hide behind the furniture and pretend you’re not home when that doorbell rings!

The soft peddling of Islam conveniently leaves out the story of its architect, Muhammad. This supposed man of peace didn’t use Jesus’ approach of winning people over with fish, bread, water-walking and other such magic tricks.

Evidence suggests that Muhammad was like the Courtney Love of prophets: Lacking Jesus’ crowd-pleasing talents, he resorted to the seventh century religious equivalent of microphone tossing to make a name for himself—picking up his sword and wreaking havoc on everything he could in the name of Allah.

Even after Muhammad’s death, his “peaceful” followers spent the next hundred years murdering their way to a geopolitical empire.

The booklet conveniently omits some of the Quran’s greatest hits, translated here courtesy of the Skeptic’s Annotated Quran:

• If the unbelievers don’t surrender, “then take them and kill them wherever ye find them.”

• “For disbelievers We prepare a shameful doom.”

• Those who resist “Allah and his messenger will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. That is how they will be treated in this world, and in the next they will have an awful doom.”

• “Whoso is wont to think that Allah will not give Muhammad victory in the world and the Hereafter, let him stretch a rope up to the roof, and let him hang himself.”

Feeling the peace and tolerance vibe yet?

The Quran also instructs: “never be a helper to the disbelievers”. That might explain why the few token condemnations of the London bombings by Muslim clerics ring about as true as O.J. Simpson’s vow to search for the "real killer" on golf courses across America.

You want us to buy into your denunciation? Then how about staging a huge rally in front of the Washington Monument? Get Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam, Stephen Georgiou—or whatever his name is now—up there belting out some tunes. Vow that there will be no more killing of Jews, or Americans, Westerners, or "infidels" of any sort. Heck, I'm sure the lefties will even help you inflate the attendance numbers like they do with gay pride parades.

But it’s all about as likely to happen as a remake of the movie Ishtar. Mainly because, according to the Koran, Allah “hath prepared a dreadful doom” for those “who take for friends a folk with whom Allah is wroth”.

Western democracies have to wise up to the fact that “tolerance” of Islam is as much about "freedom of religion" as allowing your kids to trash your house while you're away on vacation.

Maybe Canada can start with deporting all the card carrying Islamic terrorists, rather than giving them asylum here.

Then before any new immigrants set foot in Canada, they should be required to correctly answer the following question:

What do you do with an infidel?
a) Kill him
b) Fidel? I thought this was Canada!
c) Make her the newest Liberal Cabinet Minister in charge of Democratic Renewal

Since 9/11, al-Qaeda has singled out five target countries: America, Australia, Spain, England and Canada. Four down (Australia via the Bali bombings) and one more to go.