Monday, September 18, 2006

Wow.

AP is finally carrying a story that lays it all out. I wonder if the MSM will recognize their complicity in this debacle?

Al-Qaida in Iraq and its allies said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross," saying "you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose the 'jizya' tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (being killed by) the sword."

Islam forbids drinking alcohol and requires non-Muslims to pay the "jizya" tax, though those who convert are exempt. The tax, sometimes called a head tax, has not been imposed in Muslim nations in about 100 years, though Islamic militant groups have tried to force non-Muslims to pay it on a local level in some countries.

"You infidels and despots, we will continue our jihad (holy war) and never stop until God avails us to chop your necks and raise the fluttering banner of monotheism, when God's rule is established governing all people and nations," said the statement by the Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of Sunni Arab extremist groups in Iraq.

Al-Qaida in Iraq said Muslims would be victorious and addressed the pope as "the worshipper of the cross" saying "you and the West are doomed as you can see from the defeat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya and elsewhere. ... We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose the 'jizya' tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (being killed by) the sword."

snip

Another Iraqi extremist group, Ansar al-Sunna, challenged "sleeping Muslims" to prove their manhood by doing something other than "issuing statements or holding demonstrations."

"If the stupid pig is prancing with his blasphemies in his house," the group said in a Web statement, referring to the pope, "then let him wait for the day coming soon when the armies of the religion of right knock on the walls of Rome."


I particularly like this aside:

Islam forbids drinking alcohol and requires non-Muslims to pay the "jizya" tax, though those who convert are exempt. The tax, sometimes called a head tax, has not been imposed in Muslim nations in about 100 years, though Islamic militant groups have tried to force non-Muslims to pay it on a local level in some countries.


Which means, of course, that it has been imposed in the last 100 years, but by these militant groups that don't represent Islam... except that they seem to be the loudest protesters when Christians actually say what they believe.

I can be content, at least, that AP is finally beginning to report what's actually happening.

I've been reading the Qur'an lately (a bilingual translation by Majid Fakhry), and there's an interesting note concerning the translation for the word "peace" in Surah 2, verse 208. Fahkry's note indicates that "[t]he Arabic equivalent for 'complete peace' can also be rendered as 'complete submission' or 'true religion.'" (page 37)

Hmmm. So when we say "religion of peace" and think "religion of nonviolence," Muslims may very well be thinking "religion of complete submission."

I think that communicates the disconnect quite well.

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