JLH has translated an article from an Austrian newspaper comparing Miloš Zeman with the Egyptian-German scholar of Islam Hamed Abdel-Samad, who lives under a death fatwa for his own words about Islam. The translator includes this note:
This article contains an interesting contrast: “Islamophobia” — said to have been invented some years ago by one of the Iranian ayatollahs (Khomeini or Khamenei) and used to great effect as a motto for those taking advantage of the PC/MC movement — is contrasted to “Islamofascism” as coined by Abdel-Samad.
It makes me wonder whether Abdel-Samad’s greatest sin against Islam was not the powerful description of its totalitarian qualities, but the creation of a motto of equal and opposite power. Islam has discovered that language is a powerful tool in the West, and he has created a linguistic Uzi to match their propagandistic Kalashnikov.
The translated article from Die Presse:
“If a Jew is Hiding, Go There and Kill Him!”
Czech President Zeman claims a direct connection between Islam and anti-Semitic crimes. That’s Courage!
By Christian Ortner
Whenever a small massacre is carried out in the name of the religion of peace, as recently happened in Brussels’ Jewish Museum, public opinion is accustomed to dutifully drawing the distinction between “Islam” and “Islamism” or even “radical Islamism.”
‘Islam” — that’s the harmless religion of those nice Turkish greengrocers next door. “Islamism” on the other hand is a bloodthirsty ideology which has arisen from an alleged abuse of Islam. And the two have nothing to do with each other. So it was the more noteworthy that the (Socialist) Czech president Miloš Zeman publicly rejected precisely this ritual separation and the degradation it alleges. After the terrorist attack in Brussels, he said: “I am not comforted by explanations that this is only a small group. Quite the opposite, I suspect that this xenophobia, this, let us say, racism or anti-Semitism comes from the genuine basis of the same ideology which supports these fanatic groups. Allow me to quote one of the sacred texts as evidence of this claim: ‘The tree calls out, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him. The rock calls out, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him.’” (Speech on May 26th at the celebration of the independence of the state of Israel in the Hilton Hotel in Prague.)
Zeman can be understood in no other way than this: It is not the radical Islamism of a couple of screwballs with explosives that is the problem. Islam per se tends toward racism and anti-Semitism, and so — even if indirectly — is the basis for violence and terror.
The Czech president would be well advised as of now to triple his personal protection, for anyone who makes such statements stands a good chance of up-close-and-personal acquaintance with the notions of relevant groups on freedom of expression. The Egyptian-German Islam scholar, Hamed Abdel-Samad, for instance, has been deluged with death threats since his lecture in Cairo in 2013, when he indicated parallels between Islam as a holistic religion and 20th century European fascism, and coined the term “Islamofascism.” The substance of which is not so different from the statement by the Czech head of state. Since then, the German ministry of the interior has had to provide bodyguards for the protection of the scholar against especially determined adherents of the Religion of Peace.
However stupid, contrary to fact and unsound it may be to sweepingly indict all the individual adherents of any religion of racism, xenophobia or a propensity to violence, it must necessarily be legitimate to investigate individual religions for possible problem areas in this regard. Muslims who denounce as Islamophobic the very question of whether the theory and lifestyle of Islam demonstrate anti-Semitic tendencies do their religion no service.
In his readable book Islamic Fascism, Abdel-Samad impressively proves that Islam has anti-Semitic and fascistoid tendencies, thus confirming Zeman’s thesis, Even the earliest Islam was equipped by its founder with certain characteristics of fascistic movements. For instance, “demanding unconditional obedience from his followers, allowing no divergent opinions and striving for world domination.” And no less than the religion’s founder himself made hatred of Jews an integral element of his ideology, as Abdel-Samad shows with, among other things, the quotation presented by Zeman: “…a Jew is hiding, go and kill him.”
Zeman has expressly refused to apologize for his speech. And that is good.