While the bodies of Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists et al pile up in the cause of Islam, we are treated to extraordinary dissembling and deception, and anyone who doesn't toe this reprehensible line is ostracized, demonized and ruined.
The machine for this propaganda is most formidable. This video went live on the 3rd of July and has over 200,000 views. We have our work cut out for us.
"Mehdi Hasan tries, fails to prove that Islam is a peaceful religion" Robert Spencer, July 11, 2013
Mehdi Hasan (like so many Islamic supremacist spokesmen) refuses to debate me, so I will debate his recent Oxford Union appearance, in which he argues that Islam is a peaceful religion.
Hasan begins by apologizing to Anne-Marie Waters, one of those who was arguing that Islam was not peaceful. He apologizes for the Bali bombing, the murder of Theo Van Gogh, and more, and then says, voice dripping with irony, "Yes, that was all of us, that was the Qur'an, that was Islam..." The camera cuts to Waters shaking her head, as she is apparently aware that Hasan is indulging in a common rhetorical trick that Islamic supremacists employ: to claim that those who point out that the Qur'an, Sunnah, and Islamic law teach violence against unbelievers are blaming all Muslims collectively for the misdeeds of a few. No one of any significance in this debate actually does this, but it is a slick diversionary tactic. It is, however, completely empty of any real substance. To see why, imagine if a Christian behaved in a way that was merciful and forgiving (hard as that may be to imagine for some), and someone pointed out that Christ taught mercy and forgiveness, so that the Christian's actions accorded with Christ's teaching -- and then the Mehdi Hasan figure in this analogy said, "Oh, you're saying that all Christians are merciful and forgiving." What Hasan is saying here is equally absurd.
Hasan then invokes "the Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom," who he says has declared "these views" to be "anathema." He is apparently referring to Cameron's statement that "there is nothing in Islam that justifies acts of terror." But this is just another rhetorical trick, again devoid of substance. For surely Hasan would not argue that the office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom confers upon one some special knowledge of Islam. And Cameron is not known for being a scholar of Islam: if a Prime Minister who had studied just as much about Islam as Cameron has, or more, were ever to say that Islam was not a religion of peace, Hasan would not be repeating his views as if they carried weight, but would condemn him for his ignorance. Consequently, this is just an argument from authority, which is the weakest of all arguments -- particularly when the authority in question is not even an authority on the matter at hand.