In the last two articles on the Foundations of Islam, I have pointed out that the violent coercion of Jihad is deeply embedded in its founding doctrinal texts: the Koran, the Hadiths, and the Sira. These are essentially the alleged revelations to Muhammad of Allah’s words in the Koran and of Muhammad’s words and example recorded by his closest companions in the Hadiths and Sira. Sharia Law is also based on this textual trilogy. The only way to judge the true nature of Islam is through the Koran and the words and example of its Prophet, Muhammad. It will not do to call Islam a religion of peace, when 9 percent of the Koran and 31 percent of Islam’s doctrinal trilogy is about Holy War on all non-Muslims, and Muhammad claims that he is called by Allah to make Islam the only religion and that all nations should be subject to Sharia Law. None of the Jihad spoken of in these doctrinal standards is a “spiritual struggle” of prayer and fasting, as is falsely claimed by Muslim Brotherhood propagandists. One of the most shocking incidents of Muhammad’s early leadership is the beheading of 800 Jewish prisoners of war in Medina, because they would not accept the Muslim faith. This ghastly massacre is taught approvingly by Muslim scholars and leaders. There are 328,000 words in the Islamic trilogy devoted to political violence, almost all against non-Muslims, whereas the Hebrew Bible has only 34,000, and the New Testament has almost none.
Far from being a religion of peace and tolerance, a huge portion of Islamic doctrine is devoted to Holy War, coercion, deception, and trickery against unbelievers, and that has been the Muslim pattern for 1400 years, because that was the example of Muhammad, 91 times called the perfect Muslim in the Koran. Muhammad is the golden rule of Muslim conduct.
Yet the prevailing official belief about Islam in the U.S. and many Western governments is taken from Muslim Brotherhood propaganda dispersed through our educational, media, cultural, and government institutions. It is that Islam is a harmless religion of peace and tolerance much like Christianity and Judaism. Politicians of both major parties continually repeat Muslim Brotherhood deceptions like “Islam is a peaceful religion hijacked by extremists.” The fact that suicide terrorists are a small minority of Muslims blinds our political leaders to the fact that most Muslims support Sharia Law, and few are willing to deny the teachings of Jihad and Islamic Supremacy. Widespread subjugation of Muslim women and astonishingly high rates of sexual assault and rape of non-Muslim women and girls is ignored and blamed on Western prejudice. Because we have some personal anecdotal evidence of some apparently nice or moderate Muslims, we dismiss the danger of massive Muslim settlement. We dismiss the high probability that significant Muslim immigration will lead to political fifth columns that strongly oppose most American religious, cultural, and political values.
Most of the Republican Presidential Primary candidates in 2016 have been too politically correct to oppose President Obama’s massive importation of unvetted Muslim immigrants. George W. Bush and Barack Obama both hold to the fairytale that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.
Here are a few disconcerting quotations from Bush:
“The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam….Islam is peace.” 9-17-2001.
“There are thousands of Muslims who proudly call themselves Americans, and they know what I know—that the Muslim faith is based upon peace and love and compassion.”
“The Islam that we know is a faith devoted to one God, as revealed through the Holy Quran. It teaches the value and the importance of charity, mercy, and peace.” 11-15-2001.
“Islam brings hope and comfort to millions of people in my country, and to more than a billion people worldwide.” 12-4-2002,
On October 26, 2004, Bush gave this answer to ABC’s Charles Gibson’s question on whether Christians and non-Christians and Muslims go to heaven: “Yes they do. We have different routes of getting there.” This contrasts sharply with John 14:6; Acts 4:12; and 1 Timothy 2:5.
Bush’s universalist leanings were made clearer in an October 11, 2007 interview with Al-Arabiya TV:
“Well, first of all, I believe in an almighty God, and I believe that all the world, whether they be Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, prays to the same God. That’s what I believe. I believe that Islam is a great religion that preaches peace…. See, I believe there is a universal God. I believe the God that the Muslim prays to is the same God that I pray to. After all, we all came from Abraham. I believe in that universality.”
Here are two quotes from President Barack Obama:
“This great religion in the hands of a few extremists has been distorted to justify violence.” 11-11-2010
“The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam. The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer.” “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” 9-25-2012.
Contrast these quotes with those of the past in the U.S. and Europe:
“I studied the Koran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad.”—Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859).
“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.”—Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
“Those who have declared Jihad against the West, and Western values, such as freedom of speech, are doing all in their power to mobilize against us the large Muslim communities living in our midst. Unbelievably, Washington is urging Europe to admit Turkey to the EU. Were that to happen, the Muslim population of Europe would skyrocket to 100 million — an act, in my view, of consummate folly. Already Judeo-Christian Europe is under siege from a tidal wave of Islamic immigration. The admission of Turkey would hasten its demise...”—Winston S. Churchill (1940-2010), grandson of Winston Churchill.
Tony Blair, the British Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007 was as politically correct on Islam as George W. Bush in 2001, but this 2016 quote shows he is coming closer to the truth:
“There is not a problem with Islam... But there is a problem within Islam, and we have to put it on the table and be honest about it. There are, of course, Christian extremists and Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu ones. But I am afraid that the problematic strain within Islam is not the province of a few extremists. It has at its heart a view of religion—and of the relationship between religion and politics—that is not compatible with pluralistic, liberal, open-minded societies. At the extreme end of the spectrum are terrorists, but the worldview goes deeper and wider than it is comfortable for us to admit. So, by and large, we don’t admit it. This has two effects. First, those who hold extreme views believe that we are weak, and that gives them strength. Second, those Muslims--and the good news is that there are many—who know the problem exists, and want to do something about it, lose heart.”
Common sense national patriotism must prevail against the deadly cultural and political poisons of multiculturalism, political correctness, and hysterical diversityism. Failure of our next President and Congress to comprehend the true nature of Islam and take strong and immediate action to correct our misguided immigration and refugee resettlement policies would be national suicide.
Leonard M. (Mike) Scruggs is the author of The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths, UniversalMedia, Asheville, 2011.