Book Reviews: The Koran

Book Reviews: The Koran

Compiled by Michael Copeland

  • “This wretched book … I have been unable to discover in it one single idea of value.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
     
  • “So long as there is this book there will be no peace in the world.”— William E. Gladstone
     
  • “When I have time, I must put it into German so that every man may see what a foul and shameful book it is.” — Martin Luther
     
  • “It’s a depressing book. It really is. It’s just the rantings of a schizophrenic. There is also the barrenness of the message. It has no ethical dimension.” —Sebastian Faulks
     
  • “[It] teaches fear, hatred, contempt for others. Murder as a legitimate means of spreading and maintaining this devil’s doctrine. It denigrates women, divides people into classes and demands blood and more blood.” — Voltaire (Quoted by Julius O’Malley, comment)
     
  • “He bestows praise upon such instances of treachery, inhumanity, cruelty, revenge, bigotry, as are utterly incompatible with civilised society.” —David Hume
     
  • An “incoherent jumble of fable and precept and declamation which seldom excites a sentiment or an idea, sometimes crawls in the dust and is sometimes lost in the clouds.” —Edward Gibbon
     
  • “…an incentive to war, and propagator of hostility…” —Dayanand Saraswati, Indian sage, 1883
     
  • “An ill-arranged collection of badly translated plagiarisms of earlier Jewish and Christian stories.” — Christopher Hitchens
     
  • “… right there in black and white, absolute encouragement — no, a divine instruction — to act atrociously towards the rest of the world. Page after page of it. Sex slaves, the lot. The thing is horrific. … and if you ask my opinion, the thing should be banned for inciting racial and religious hatred on almost every page.” —Tommy Robinson, in Enemy of the State
     
  • “…at times violent imagery of torment and punishment in hell, at other times direct commands to believers to deal mercilessly with unbelievers, conveyed in a frenzied torrent of words repeatedly revisiting the theme of hatred and vengeance…” — Mathieu Baudin, comment, Jihad Watch

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When Justice Isn’t

Tabitha Korol’s latest essay confronts the current craze for Social Justice Warfare.

When Justice Isn’t

by Tabitha Korol

A letter written by a local elementary school teacher — I’ll call her “Mrs. Krieg” — was brought to my attention by a mutual acquaintance. In light of the notice that honor classes will be discontinued, she thoughtfully agreed that equity (defined as fairness and impartiality) in the schools should benefit all students. Regrettably, she has been influenced by terminology that has been devalued and redefined to become a tool for social engineering among students. Such revisionism has been applied to Equity, Diversity and Social Justice, and comes at the expense of freedom and true justice.

Honors classes were designed to challenge students academically. The advanced work, faster pace, and higher course-credit weight have provided for smarter, happier, well-rounded children who had the opportunity to flourish according to their capabilities and not misbehave out of boredom. But now, the authorities have determined it best to cancel the honor courses across the country because of a “lack of diversity” — that is, more Caucasian and Asian students were engaged than Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans. Instead of also providing honors classes that meet the interests of the low-energy students — perhaps music, theater, artisanal handicrafts — the Department of Education has decided to close the achievement gap by lowering the bar and expectations and discontinuing all incentives. Mrs. Krieg did not foresee that by eliminating the incentives and opportunities, the resulting “equity” would be mediocrity and the loss of exceptional achievement.

Now the Department of Education will generate equity in boredom, discontent, resentment, truancy and delinquency. Academia is not unaware of these inevitabilities. Their purpose is not an improved education but the decline of achievement and the elimination of the exceptional. Former President Obama expressed a similar derogatory outlook when he denounced high-achieving Americans by saying, “You didn’t build that.”

Diversity in the schools no longer describes a richness of ideas, course studies, or specialty careers, but defines and categorizes the students themselves, by race, religion, ethnicity, financial status, sexual orientation, and however else the students choose to differentiate themselves. As with the term “equity,” the meaning of “diversity” has been corrupted, as it now implies division, divisiveness, and discord, the opposite of E Pluribus Unum — Out of many, One. These differences have led to a totalitarian-style monitoring and bullying — called Speech Control, necessitating “Diversity Officers” with doctoral degrees, credentials in counseling and inclusion techniques, and six-figure salaries reflected in higher tuition costs. The officers’ mere presence confirms the growing disharmony, isolation, discrimination, harassment, and violence that characterize the socialist strategy. These points are significant:

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Who Pulled the Plug on the Muezzin?

A few weeks ago we featured the preparations for the first public call to prayer (adhan) from the Blue Mosque in Amsterdam. When the big day arrived, however, there was a little problem — the mosque’s rooftop PA system experienced an inexplicable failure.

Many thanks to C for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling. The translator includes these notes:

They’re taking the sabotage rather well, it seems. That spokesman may look familiar: he’s Nourdeen Wildeman, a convert who appeared in earlier videos. He knows how to sound reasonable and civilized in front of a camera, in the Dutch context.

However, despite the PR, it’s still a Kuwait-backed mosque that regularly hosts extremist speakers.

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Paul Sutliff on the Process of Civilization Jihad

The following video is the latest in a series from the riverside retreat held in Quebec back in September. In this installment José Atento of the Brazilian blog Lei Islâmica em Ação interviews Paul Sutliff, the author of the book Civilization Jihad and the Myth of Moderate Islam. In his talk Mr. Sutliff describes the infiltration of American institutions by the Muslim Brotherhood, and warns Brazilians that the same process will be applied to Brazil, if it isn’t underway already.

The Portuguese translation of the English-language portion of the clip is included in the transcript below. José has also translated his Portuguese introduction into English.

Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for the recording and subtitling:

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Vox Takes a Stance for the Protection of Spanish Women

Rocío Monasterio is a member of the populist Vox party in Spain and the president of the Madrid branch of the party. The following video features some of her remarks during a debate with members of the other parties, which was held during the run-up to the recent elections (in which Vox did very well).

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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“And Take Their Wives as War Booty”

Michael Copeland’s latest essay concerns slavery, especially sex slavery, under Islam, and the violence mandated to enforce it.

“And Take Their Wives as War Booty”

by Michael Copeland

“Bomb Denmark, so we can invade their country, and take their wives as war booty,” shouted a demonstrator hoarsely in London. He was recorded on a mobile, and the clip can be seen on the internet. Perhaps, just a little, he was performing for the camera: it has been known. How does that shout come across to us? Bombast? A revealing fantasy? A theatrical insult? Some sort of Old Testament curse? Most English hearers would react in such a way, not prepared to give it any more serious value, and just regard the shouter as out of touch with modern life.

Here is the surprise: he meant it. Though angry and excited, and staging a performance, he was deadly serious. The occasion was one of those organized rent-a-mob Islamic protests where the demonstrators obey instructions from the mosque to go out and cause a loud and aggressive disturbance, a “Day of Rage”. Once instructed, it becomes the “right” thing to do. As a result they would be beaten up if they did not do it. “Commanding the Right and Forbidding the Wrong,” in the Manual of Islamic Law, specifies that to enforce the “right” the Muslim is entitled to employ “threatening and intimidation” (q5.7). The next step is “directly hit or kick the person” (q5.8), after which comes “the armed assistance of others” (q5.9). All that violence is absolutely fine under Sharia, Islamic law, though it violates criminal law, as does so much else in Sharia. That “swift Islamic manner”, as Anjem Choudary describes it, is how Islamic law is enforced. Force is Islam’s prevailing theme:

“Does Islam, or does it not, force people by the power of the sword, to submit? Yes!”

wrote Osama bin Laden. The ancient scholar Ibn Khaldun decreed centuries ago:

“… holy war is a religious duty, … [to] convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.”

That is, of course, hardly a choice: it is compulsion. The Woolwich killer explained:

“We are forced by the Koran….”

Islam is submission to force, hence the sword emblem on the flag of Saudi Arabia and the badge of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saracen of history is well known for his scimitar, which was no mere emblem: it was put to much use. Currently news item after news item from Syria’s civil war, many with images too gory to show on main channel bulletins, reveal Islam’s obsession with force. There is a need in the West to tune in, or try to tune in, to Islam’s unchanged seventh-century tribal mindset of force.

The idea of “wives as war booty” is foreign to Europeans, not something that is part of Western culture, but more like something from the Old Testament, from the harsh cultures of the Near East. It was not the Old Testament, however, that the shouter was quoting: he is a Muslim, after all, and Islam does not permit Bibles anywhere in their teaching. In certain Muslim states, such as Kyrgyzstan and Saudi Arabia, merely to possess one is a criminal offence: no “diversity” there. It is the Koran that is the source: it has a whole chapter entitled “Spoils of War”. Wives as war booty, part of desert tribal life, have remained a continuing feature of Islam from its seventh-century origins to this day:

“Slavery is a part of Islam. Slavery is part of jihad, and jihad will remain as long there is Islam”,

says Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, eminent Saudi scholar of Islam. The Manual of Islamic Law (o9.13) makes it clear:

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Islamophobia!

The following exchange of views took place recently in the Dutch parliament. The principals were Nevin Özütok, a Turkish-Dutch politician for the GreenLeft, and Martin Bosma for the PVV (Geert Wilders’ party).

Many thanks to C for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Zineb el-Rhazoui: The Veil is Not a Choice

Zineb el-Rhazoui is a French writer who was born in Morocco and apostatized from Islam when she was young. She was on the staff of Charlie Hebdo at the time of the massacre in 2015, but was on holiday and thus escaped the fate of her colleagues. Jordan Bardella is the spokesman for National Rally, the party of Marine Le Pen (formerly the National Front).

The two videos below show excerpts from an appearance by Ms. El-Rhazoui and Mr. Bardella in a panel discussion on French television. The occasion was unusual, in that it allowed two “far-right” participants to express their views — normally there is only a single token representative of the Right, who is ganged up on by the rest of the participants.

The topic of discussion in these videos is the national controversy over the wearing of the Islamic veil by the mother of a child visiting a local parliament on a school trip. Since this program aired, the French Senate passed a ban on the wearing of the Islamic veil on school trips, but the bill is not expected to pass in the lower house.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

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It’s Poppy Time

It’s Poppy Time

by MC

“Religion is the opiate of the people,” said a man who was busy creating his own political religion.

Opioids are very dangerous and powerful drugs. They sit in the bodies’ pain receptors and calm them, but at the same time they distort those receptors so that that the bodies’ own natural painkillers no longer work. This is why ‘cold turkey’ is very painful.

Karl Marx was building a religion, a religion aimed at bringing down Judeo-Christianity and free market capitalism and replacing it with a revised form of secular feudalism and an associated cartelism.

He identified an enemy: the ‘class’ enemy, consisting of any nebulous personage who disagreed with his doctrine or offered a threat to it.

He also discarded conventional morality, a morality based upon the journey, not the destination. His doctrine held that the desirability of the destination justifies any immoral action required to get there.

In this, he, Marx, whether knowingly or unknowingly, was following the same path as his predecessor, Mohammed, over a thousand years earlier.

We do not have much actual history about Mohammed, but we can see the results of his religion. It, too, was primarily a political religion, and it, too, expanded massively and violently and without mercy. Convert, be enslaved or die.

And the ‘cold turkey’ of political religion is also very painful.

We are looking here at the highly intoxicating effects of the same, but deeper problem of humanity — the innate desire to be part of something, to enslave and maybe to be enslaved by a ‘good’ cause; to be part of something exciting.

Historians tend not to use the word ‘slave’. It is too emotive, so they use euphemisms: vassals, serfs, workers, peons, the proletariat, indentured servants, and the like. We reserve the word ‘slave’ for use when we want to emphasize a negative cause.

But slavery is the normal state of mankind, and what was so exceptional about the Bible was that it described the way Yahovah took His people out of slavery. That was the real revolution. It was that revolution that inspired Protestant Christianity in the West, along with the translation/printing of the bible in the common languages — the real revolutionaries being the likes of Luther, Tyndale, Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley, whose ideas led King James to authorise a public version of the Bible in English.

So the great British anti-slavery movement had its roots in the Exodus of the King James Bible, and likewise in the USA.

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Muslima Rages Against Michael Stürzenberger in Offenbach

The doughty German anti-Islam activist Michael Stürzenberger, who is often prosecuted but never daunted, appeared in the city center of Offenbach a few days ago to give one of his informative presentations on Islam. A young Muslima was so enraged by his actions that she threw a tantrum while the video cameras were running.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

MissPiggy has also translated the text that accompanied the video at Politically Incorrect:

On Friday October 25th, as part of their Germany tour, the citizens’ movement Pax Europa (BPE) were in Offenbach. BPE members hung up 160 posters at 80 locations and distributed thousands of flyers to interest citizens in the event. The planned mosque construction by Millî Görüş in the already strongly “enriched” city means it has great need for information.

The establishment parties are happy about the €4.5 million project with a minaret for 600 Muslims. It is estimated that 14,000 Muslims live in Hessen’s fifth-largest city, and to date there are already ten mosques. Friday’s rally at the Aliceplatz between 12 noon and 7pm included a very exciting discussion with the citizens (See video). According to the Frankfurter Rundschau, the magistrate of the city reacted to the posters on Tuesday with a statement in which it wished to have “no imported debates on the subject for parties to catch votes”. If a mosque was a topic, then it would be discussed by those affected. Well, this magistrate is obviously badly informed. The BPE is not a “party trying to catch votes”, but rather a citizens’ movement that has been enlightening people about Islam for over 15 years. And this magistrate should be grateful when the discussion is enriched with extensive facts about the threat of political Islam. The BPE provided citizens with information that has been withheld from them by the mainstream media and the old parties.

OP Online also reported about the poster campaign and the BPE rally, tendentiously as expected, and called it a “controversial right-wing populist campaign”:

“Offenbach is not a good place for hate demonstrations by right-wing or right-wing populist movements: in 2017, an appearance by the AfD politician Alexander Gauland at the Stadthof in front of just forty sympathizers was drowned by the whistling concert of the counter-demonstrators.

“Also the action of the right-wing populist ‘citizen movement Pax Europa’ (BPE) planned for Friday (October 25, 2019) is already encountering resistance. The fact that the BPE is advertising its event throughout the city with the right-wing populist and Islam opponent Michael Stürzenberger, who has been watched by the Bavarian Office for the Protection of the Constitution and convicted of incitement of the people, has caused controversy.”

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Fathers of Daughters

This week’s edition of Dymphna’s Greatest Hits was originally posted on Fathers’ Day in 2005.

Fathers of Daughters

by Dymphna
June 19, 2005

Father’s Day is a pale feast compared to what we do in May for mothers. That’s understandable since mothering roles have changed less than fathering has in the last generation. The daddy template is broken, or if not broken, certainly skewed and bent by stress. As the job has become more thankless and more easily taken from them, fewer daddies are to be found at their posts.

The easiest piece to see of this sad situation is the animus that the previous generation’s feminists have for men. Their anti-male bias has taken its toll on men, but it has not served women well either. Feminist politics are those of resentment and victimization. The younger generation of women coming along behind them are not eager to trap themselves in this ghetto where men are vilified and condescended to.

The most damaging thing the feminist movement did to women was to push fathers to the periphery. “I’d-rather-do-it-myself” was a mantra whose end result was not stronger, happier children. Long-term studies of the children of divorce do not paint a pretty picture.

In contrast to this philosophy, I offer two anecdotal pieces of evidence of the importance of fathers for girls. We know they’re crucial for boys if they are to grow up able to strive and to maintain themselves in the world as productive adults, able — as Freud said — to work, to love, and to play. Without Dad, some of that will wither. What about the girls, then?

Here are two stories that show what a woman can only accomplish with the help of her father. These are fathers who had to buck the culture to give their daughters what they needed. They are brave and courageous and anonymous men who deserve our attention on Father’s Day.

The first story appeared this week in the print edition of The Wall Street Journal. Neo-neocon reports the serendipitous appearance at her front door of a copy of the Journal which contained an article entitled “Married at 11, a Teen in Niger Returns to School,” with Roger Thurow’s byline. Neo-neocon relates the sad story she read of the young Muslim girls of the Southern Sahara who face several horrific problems directly related to gender.

The first is genital mutilation. The second is premature marriage at wholly inappropriate ages to men much older than they. These early marriages result in pregnancy in little bodies that are not yet ready to bear babies to term. When the babies are ready to be born they cannot easily leave a womb which has no room to let them pass. The result is protracted labor in which long days of pressure on the walls of the uterus cause it to tear a hole between the uterus and vagina. The result is a fistula. The result is urinary incontinence and social ostracism for smelling so bad.

The girl under discussion here was sold by her father into marriage in exchange for a camel. Mr. Thurow gives us her story:

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No Women Allowed in the Cafés of Creil!

The following video contains excerpts from a “Dossier Tabou” documentary from October of 2017, showing the way women are de facto banned from streets and cafés in a neighborhood of Creil (a town 70km [45mi] north of Paris). The source was this video; Vlad and I simply converted the close-captioned version to full subtitles, so I am unable to credit a translator:

(For a previous documentary about the woman-free cafés of the banlieues, see this 2016 video.)

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“For Peace”

“For Peace”

by Michael Copeland

“For peace to reign in the land, all Christians must convert to Islam. Allah has tasked all Muslims in Quran 9:29 to continue to attack Jews and Christians who refuse to believe in him and his messenger, Prophet Mohammed.”

Thus spoke the Nigerian Abu Qaqa, of “The People of the Prophet’s Tradition For Preaching and Jihad”, the Muslim group locally nicknamed Boko Haram, meaning “Western education is forbidden”. Is he mistaken about Islam’s task? No. This is no “distortion”, or “warped interpretation”. Here is the verse he cited, Koran 9:29:

“Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and his Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth [Islam] from those who were given the Scripture [Jews and Christians] — [fight] until they give the jizyah [extortion tax] with willing submission.”

The word translated “fight” means “fight to the death, kill”, Arabic speaker Ashraf Ramelah, of Voice of the Copts, explains. Abu Hamza, late of Finsbury Park mosque, confirms that “When you fight, you fight to kill, you kill” (BBC News, 7 Feb. 2006).

About fifty Christians in the fearfully persecuted Jos region took refuge in the home of their pastor. This was in July 2012. Armed members of “People… for… Jihad” came, entering the home and opening fire: then they burnt the house. The death toll later rose to sixty-three. The Rev. Dachollom Datiri, vice president of the Church of Christ in Nigeria, said:

“Fifty of our church members were killed in the church building where they had fled to take refuge. They were killed alongside the wife of the pastor and children.”

“It’s been a long-term thing planned by the Boko Haram. This is a jihadist movement with the agenda to Islamise the country. It is a jihad, a religious war against Christians for refusing to embrace Islam. So, they are using terrorism as a weapon. That is the reason you see that the target of their attacks are Christians and our churches.”

As both aggressor and victim make quite clear, Islamic Jihad is the motivation. The Koran, which is part of Islamic Law, commands (8:12):

“Strike terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve.”

Ragab Hilal Hamida, Egyptian MP, said in the Egyptian Parliament, January 2006:

“The Quran directly commands us to commit terrorism, so why are we afraid of it?” (www.americanthinker.com/2009/06/nonie_darwish_an_Arab_for_isra.html)

Yusuf al Qaradawi, spiritual adviser to the Muslim Brotherhood, explained:

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The Muezzin Will Yodel the Adhan Above the Streets of Amsterdam

Other cities in the Netherlands have been blessed with the Islamic call to prayer, but not Amsterdam. That is about to change: the city authorities have agreed to allow the Blue Mosque to broadcast the Adhan every Friday.

In the following video, you’ll hear residents of Amsterdam voice their reactions to the news. Generally speaking, they’re down with it. It’s no big deal. It’s like an emergency siren — loud, but routine. Once you get used to it, it’s no problem. We’re a diverse city. We allow church bells — why shouldn’t the soldiers of Allah ululate “Allahu Akhbar” from their minarets?

Many thanks to C for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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