Monday, October 02, 2006


French philosophy teacher Robert Redeker had an article published in the leading French newspaper where he wrote an attack on Islam on Sept. 19, in which he called the Koran "a book of incredible violence" and Islam's prophet Muhammad "a merciless warlord, a looter, a butcher of Jews and a polygamist." Islam, Mr. Redeker said, "exalts violence and hate." He felt the need to give his thoughts on Islam based on his research. The real news is not the writing or publishing of the article, but rather the fact that now Mr. Redeker has had to go underground, due to threats to his life. He moves from safehouse to safehouse under police protection. This is another among too many examples of the reality that is Islam today. You cannot disagree, criticize or even quote historical sources, if it is going to go against Islam or Mohammed.

It seems that we have just accepted that this is the way that it is. It seems that we accept that if Islam is offended some of their followers will take to violence. You rarely hear of any repercussions on those who create the violence. And it does not matter if it is a French philosopher or the Pope, whomever criticizes Islam, better put, whomever states the facts of Islam, they are at risk. If this is a religion of peace, I would hate to see a religion of violence!

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