Michael Moore, an American film maker, has launched a campaign in reaction to Donald Trump’s recent comments about Muslims. He recently took a photo of himself outside of Trump Towers with a sign saying “We are all Muslims” and promoted #WeAreAllMuslims on social media.
Like Moore, many liberals see Muslims as a minority that is discriminated against for the actions of Islamic Jihadists. They want to show their solidarity with all minorities, including Muslims, in a fight against bigotry. That would be a noble cause if it weren’t for some inconvenient truths.
What is a Muslim? Many people think Muslim denotes race when it actually means a follower of Islamic ideology. Muslims may be a minority in the United States but they are the majority in many other countries. Islam was started by Mohammed and a few followers in the 7th century but it has grown into an ideological superpower, having conquered over 70 countries and 1.5 billion minds. To understand what it means to be a Muslim, it is critical to understand Islam itself.
Islam is the belief in the God Allah, as revealed by the Prophet Mohammed in the Quran and other books like the Hadith. One of the main topics in the Quran is non-Muslims, or disbelievers. If you search Quran.com for “disbelievers” you will find 377 results. Searching for “disbelieve” returns 243 distinct results, “unbelievers” an additional 218, and “disbeliever” another 41.
According to Quran.com, the first occurrence of the word “disbelievers” is in chapter 4, verse 51.
“Those are the disbelievers, truly. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating punishment.”
Some insist the Quran is misquoted or misinterpreted. Quran.com provides translations of this verse by Pickhall, Sahih International, Dr. Ghali and Muhsin Kahn. The translation given above is from Sahih International and differs slightly in the ending which is translated by Pickhall as “shamefull doom” and by Kahn as “humiliating torment”.
With close to a thousand references to “disbelievers” or variants, it’s not hard to find other verses…
“Indeed, those who disbelieve in Our verses – We will drive them into a Fire. Every time their skins are roasted through. We will replace them with other skins so they may taste the punishment. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted in Might and Wise.” Quran 4:56
“So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah – never will He waste their deeds.” Quran 47:4
Yet other verses call for cutting off the heads, feet, hands, fingertips of disbelievers, or beheading and crucifying them (see Quran.com 2:191, 2:216, 3:151, 4:89, 8:12, 9:5, 9:29, 9:123). Despite all this, some claim that Islam is a religion of peace. They cite Quran chapter 5, verse 32 as “whoever saves a person, saves all mankind”. However, the actual verse in the Quran conveys a lot more than the excerpt.
“Because of that, We decreed upon the Children of Israel that whoever kills a soul unless for a soul or for corruption [done] in the land – it is as if he had slain mankind entirely. And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely. And our messengers had certainly come to them with clear proofs. Then indeed many of them, [even] after that, throughout the land, were transgressors.” Quran 5:32
It is important to note that Mohammed, the founder of Islam, was addressing the “Children of Isreal” or the Jews in this verse, not Muslims. That is not surprising as the verse was inspired by Jewish scripture (Torah, Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:9).
In the very next verse, Mohammed addresses Muslims in sharp contrast to his message for the Jews…
“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment…” Quran 5:33
Such verses have been used for hundreds of years to justify genocide such as the slaughter of 1.4 million Christian Armenians and tens of millions of Hindu Indians. After murdering 120 people in the Bataclan massacre in Paris, ISIS provided a statement citing Allah 14 times and quoting several verses from the Quran.
It is important to recognize that there are over a billion Muslims and the vast majority of them have never killed a disbeliever. Many of them were born into the faith and don’t know that the Quran contains such violent calls to action. An ever increasing number are disappointed by what they find in the Quran and they are leaving Islam.
If Michael Moore was a true liberal, he might question why so many people adhere to an ideology that advocates killing non-believers. He might stand with those who leave the faith or call for reform. Instead he vows solidarity with outdated beliefs and tries to guilt others into joining him.
In fact, Michael Moore has made a nice business out of guilt. His Twitter profile cites his book “Stupid White Men” as his main achievement. Moore has amassed a net worth of over 50 million dollars with such initiatives.
So when Michael Moore pulls a stunt like “We are all Muslims”, he is not defending minorities or fighting a noble cause. He is simply fanning the flames of Regressive Liberalism to make a quick buck.
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