Before we watch some real news clips, let’s look at this Fox News spoof from 2007:
Needless to say, no one would dare broadcast a sketch like this today, not on any major television outlet. But it doesn’t matter — there’s no need to lampoon media denial about Islam anymore, because the industry is busy satirizing itself 24/7.
As a case in point, check out the following excerpts from news reports about the San Bernardino jihad massacre that have appeared on TV in the last few days. Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for compiling and uploading these clips:
Media reluctance to engage the real motives behind this and other jihad massacres may be influenced by Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent announcement about her intention to prosecute “violent” speech about Islam — that is, they never know when something they say that mentions Islam might invite the scrutiny of the Department of Justice and its battalions of overpaid lawyers.
The peculiar tongue-tied bafflement on display in these clips is brought about by the application of the precepts of sharia to those who speak in public. As Vlad points out in the second half of his compilation, Ms. Lynch and the mainstream media are implementing UN Resolution 16/18, which requires UN member states to criminalize criticism of “religions” — that is, effectively impose sharia codes on Islamic blasphemy.
For anyone who may be new to this general topic, here’s a brief overview of how laws against blasphemy work under Islam:
Insulting Islam is considered a form of slander (ghiba), which is, according to sharia, a serious crime.
An important source on the details of sharia may be found in ’Umdat al-salik wa ’uddat al-nasik, or The reliance of the traveller and tools of the worshipper. It is commonly referred to as Reliance of the Traveller when cited in English.
The Revised Edition (published 1991, revised 1994) is “The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law ’Umdat al-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1368) in Arabic with Facing English Text, Commentary, and Appendices”, edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller. This is an authoritative source on Sunni Islamic law, because it is certified as such by Al-Azhar University in Cairo. There is no higher authority on Sunni Islamic doctrine than Al-Azhar; it is the closest equivalent to the Vatican that can be found in Islam.
The following material is from Reliance of the Traveller, Book R. “Holding one’s Tongue”, §2.0,“Slander (Ghiba)”.
First, from r2.1:
Slander and talebearing are two of the ugliest and most frequently met with qualities among men, few people being safe from them. I have begun with them because of the widespread need to warn people of them.
Slander (ghiba) means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike…
As for talebearing… it consists of quoting someone’s words to another in a way that worsens relations between them.
This is not the Western understanding of slander. According to this definition, to slander someone is to say something about him that he would not like — that is, something that offends him. When a Muslim is offended by something you say, according to sharia he has been slandered.
Under “Evidence of Prohibition”, r2.4, we find:
The above define slander and talebearing. As for the ruling on them, it is that they are unlawful by consensus…of Muslims.
This means that the legal ruling is absolute — these crimes are considered serious crimes by all Muslims, everywhere, by consensus of the scholars.
Quoting the prophet Mohammed for the point of law, r2.6:
The Prophet… said: (1) “The talebearer will not enter paradise.”
So if you are a Muslim and you engage in talebearing or slander, you will go to Hell, which is an indication of how serious the crime is.
|(2)||“Do you know what slander is?” … “It is to mention of your brother that which he would dislike.”|
|(3)||“The Muslim is the brother of the Muslim. He does not betray him, lie to him, or hang back from coming to his aid. All of the Muslim is inviolable to his fellow Muslim…”
So if I say something about Islam that is true, but Muslims would prefer that nobody know, I am still guilty of slander under Islam. This is a vastly different from any definition of “slander” that Westerners are used to. This is why telling the truth about Islam may be considered offensive to Muslims and therefore unlawful.
News anchors and government spokescreatures don’t actually have to know the nature of this rule or understand Islamic law in order to enforce it on themselves. All they need is a nebulous awareness that their lives may become very, very miserable, or even come to an end, if they say certain things about Islam. They don’t know exactly what those things are, so they say as little about Islam as possible — beyond asserting that it is a religion of peace, of course.
The vague aura of menace that surrounds all things Islamic is enough to cow most infidels into silence.
This is how sharia is enforced among non-Muslims. Once the preliminary softening-up has been done, it pretty much enforces itself.
Welcome to the Caliphate!