Quotes and quoting.
Posted by Exile on September 18, 2006
It’s always nice to find something on the web that you can agree with or nod your head at as you surf round the various points of view that the internet affords one. I spend a lot of time browsing round for thoughts and information and make no secret of the fact that I do read through a lot of news articles every day. The response to the Pope and his “evil and inhuman” quotation from a christian 14th century emperor has been widely discussed by all parties. I found a rather balanced look at the latest source of muslim outrage and disaffection (not to mention brutality and murder) at The Times from William Rees-Mogg:
The question is whether the emperor is justified in what he said. His main thrust was at least partly justified. There is a real problem about the teaching of the Koran on violence against the infidel. That existed in the 14th century, and was demonstrated on 9/11, 2001. There is every reason to discuss it. I am more afraid of silence than offence.
The Pope’s actual quotation is not just a medieval point of view. It is a common modern view; even if it seldom reaches print; it can certainly be found on the internet. “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and then you shall find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”
Is it true that the Koran contains such a command, and has it influenced modern terrorists? The answers, unfortunately, are “yes” and “yes”.
Read the article.
As he says, the answers are yes and yes. So how is it that the muslims can go ape over this?
Putting all that to one side, it appears to me, that if you quote their book they go mad. Why? Is it because they know that we have the wherewithall to read their handbook on death and destruction? Is it because half (more than half?) of them can’t read it for themselves? Does it come as a shock to them when they discover that we can quote their own chapter and verse at them?
Perhaps the greater part of the Ummah hasn’t read the bloody koran because they can’t. They are illiterate. They rely on the spoken words of the Imams. And they don’t like it when we start telling them what really lies in those bloodstsained pages of their “holy book”. In or out of context.
Maybe our greatest enemy is their ignorance and this is merely another point of shame for them, and this is what brings on the wild and overstated reactionary tantrums to which we have become so accustomed.