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Story ID:10427
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
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By Fred Wickert

Over and over again I hear it said, especially by Muslims, that Islam is a religion of peace. I hear many commentators on TV say their religion is one of peace and to see that it is, all one has to do is read the Quran. I will be the first to admit I have never read the Quran and so I cannot say what that book says from my own study. I can only comment on what others have said, and have not been contradicted.

For more years than I care to remember, I have learned things about some Muslims. How much of it applies to all Muslims I cannot say. It first came to my attention with a case in New York City. A Muslim man was employed as a Taxi driver. He had been arrested for the brutal murder of his daughter. She was a teen ager and his motive for the murder was that she had brought dishonor on his household. What was the dishonor? She had gone out of the house in public, wearing American or Western style clothing. She wore a skirt and bared her legs.

Over the years there have been similar stories all over the country, where a brother or a father and mother killed a girl for bringing dishonor on the family. Then there were reports of girls being what they called circumcised and Americans called mutilated. Before reaching the age of puberty they held a girl down while some one cut off her clitoris. Nothing was used for the pain either.

Then, came the horrific day of 9/11. I was watching the news at the time and saw the planes crash in to the towers of the World Trade Center and all the devastation that followed. A short time later was the crash in to the Pentagon and that was followed by the cell phone calls by passengers aboard another airliner that the passengers attacked the hijackers and forced the plane to go down in a vacant field in Pennsylvania. The intended destination was another building in Washington. It is believed the target was the Capitol Building.

Since that time we have had nothing but years of war and of terrorist attacks all over the world. We have the group in Algeria that attacked a school and kidnapped 350 girls to sell as sex slaves. They have attacked and killed people in shopping malls. They have killed hundreds of people all over the globe. They have fired rockets into Israel by the thousands. They have killed Jews in a deli in Paris and in Syria and Iraq, and Libya and Yemen they have killed Christians in wholesale lots.

They have killed by burying alive, by burning alive, by beheading, by crucifixion and by shooting them in the head. For Christians, they are killed because they are Christians. If Jews, because they are Jews. If anyone else, they are offered a chance to convert to Islam or be killed. It doesn’t end there. If you are Shia Muslim you are killed by a Suny Muslim and if you are Suny Muslim you are killed by Shia Muslims.

If you are a young woman perhaps you won’t be killed. Instead, you will be repeatedly raped and finally sold to someone as a sex slave. All of these actions are done in the name of Allah as they yell and holler while doing their killing, “Allah Ahkbar.”

Islam has a law as part of their religion. It is called Sharia Law. I am told the provisions of this law are spelled out in the Quran. A man is allowed to have four wives. He is expected to beat his wives to keep them in line and make them behave. As previously mentioned, girls must be circumcised before they reach puberty. A man may marry a child as young as two but he cannot consummate the marriage until she is age nine.

Under Sharia Law if a woman is raped she must have three male witnesses to testify that she was raped before anything can be done to the rapist. She has a long list of things she may not do or must do or suffer brutal punishment.

Anyone who is not of the Muslim faith must be offered a chance to convert. If he does his life will be spared. If he does not he must be killed.

Just for fun I looked up the word PEACE in Webster’s Convenient College Dictionary. It defines peace as:

1. Freedom from war or civil disorder
2. A contract to end war.
3. Harmony in human relations.
4. Tranquility; quietness.
5. Not quarrelsome.
As far as I can see, none of those definitions fit Islamic behavior worldwide.

I suspect someone got their words mixed up. It seems to me there is nothing about it that can be called PEACE. Do you suppose maybe they meant to call it a religion of pieces? It sure does tear things to pieces but there is no peace to be seen in it anywhere. A religion of Peace it certainly is not.

I invite Muslims to comment and tell me where I am wrong.

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