In the words of a group of Muslim apostates: “We have left Islam. Most of us took a prolonged period of time to study, evaluate and contemplate on Islam, the religion of our birth. Having meticulously scrutinized Islam, we concluded that it is not a religion of peace at all. The core of Islam — that is, the Qur'an, Hadis and Sharia — is filled with unbounded hatred of the unbelievers, is unbelievably intolerant toward them, and is extremely cruel and merciless to non-radical Muslims who dare to deviate from its doctrine.”



Wow! That’s pretty strong talk!



It does seem that whenever there is a suicide bombing or an attack on a Christian compound by Muslim perpetrators, and people of other faiths remark on that, they hear “but Islam is a religion of peace,” and you’re an “intolerant hater.”



Remember, this is my opinion, but it does seem to me Islam is not a religion of peace. Neither is Christianity (The Crusades) or Judaism (Joshua fit the Battle of Jericho).  Maybe the Buddhists and Hindus are more peaceful. At least you don’t hear of them killing lots of people at one time.



The violence in the name of religion I’m concerned about is a TODAY thing. Modern-thinking Muslims who attempt to speak peace and reform the religion’s inhumane doctrines are targeted for death, often by their own families.



Many will rightly say that Christians and Jews are ignorant of true Islam. That we are blind to commonalities. That we share ancient history. That it’s all the same God. And that we take each other’s scriptures out of context.



OK. To be fair, let’s take some scary stuff out of context from the Bible. I’ll skip the references to save column space:



·         Elisha went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go away, baldhead! Go away, baldhead!” When he turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and ate the boys.”



·         Moses said, "You have been set apart to the LORD today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day."



·         (We) utterly destroyed every inhabited city, with the women and the little ones; we left none remaining



·         Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys



·         Their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open



I’m offering no commentary, and no explanation because that’s what we do when we take scripture out of context.



 Because of Islam’s fundamentally political nature, it has a law code called Sharia (“the way”).  It’s basically do’s and don’ts. The Ten Commandments make a good code of law, too, but court rooms had to take them off the wall in the interest of political correctness and separation of church and state. 



I can’t list all the troubling laws of Sharia, but I chose a few, out of context. I only hope someone can tell me they aren’t really as awful as they sound:



·         Jihad “to war against all non-Muslims” is the duty of every Muslim



·         A Muslim who leaves Islam (apostasy) must be killed.



·         Honor killings for offenses against Islam are permitted.



·         A Muslim will not get the death penalty if he kills a non-Muslim.



·         Homosexuality is punishable by death.



·         There is no age limit for marriage of girls. The marriage contract can take place anytime after birth and be consummated at age 8 or 9.



·         Defiance on the part of the wife invalidates the husband’s responsibility to support her. It is also gives him permission to beat her, and keep her from leaving the home.



·         A Muslim woman must cover every inch of her body with a burqa when in public.



·         To prove rape, a woman must have four male witnesses.



 And the one I really want to understand is “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying; ‘Angels of Mercy, do not enter a house wherein there is a dog’ ” and “The Messenger of God said: ‘You shall kill all black dogs; because they are devils.’ ”



 The Bible also seems to dislike dogs: “Outside (Heaven’s gates) are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.



Again, that’s out of context, but I’d like to think my little black dog doesn’t deserve to be in the company of sorcerers, murderers, and liars.



Gee, could “dogs” be a metaphor?



 



Mary Ready of Destin is a twice-retired English teacher and long-time area resident. Her columns are published on Saturdays.