Tuesday, May 03, 2011

It Takes Little to Incite the Ignorant

And yet it happens all the time among Muslims.

Imagine if a top American historian appeared on the MSM insisting that the only reason Europeans conquered the Americas was to "defend" the Native Americans--who somehow had adopted Christianity centuries before Jesus was born--from being persecuted by heathen tribes.
In te4h process of constructing a rationalization for the cruelty of the mobs that “the scholars” incite, they come up with generally elementary implausible nonsense, such as the idea that the Copts should be “liberated” through coercion and violence, but that it’s okay because deep down they’re really not Christians. Deep down they were muslims before Muhammad.
Consider the case of Fadel Soliman, a celebrated Sharia expert and Arab media darling, who regularly appears on al-Jazeera. Director of the Bridges Foundation--which teaches Muslims "how to present Islam" to non-Muslims--Soliman also lectures at Western universities, churches, and governmental agencies, including the U.S. Dept. of Defense.

His new Arabic book, Copts: Muslims Before Muhammad, asserts that, at the time of the Muslim conquest of Egypt (c. 640), the vast majority of Egyptians were not, as history has long taught, Christians, but rather prototypical Muslims, or muwahidin, who were actually being oppressed by Christians: hence, the Muslim conquest of Egypt was really about "liberating" fellow Muslims. Soliman's evidence is that the Arian sect, which rejected the claim that Jesus was coequal with God, was present in 4th century Egypt. Therefore, according to Soliman, the indigenous Egyptians were practicing Islam hundreds of years before it was founded in the 7th century.
In fact half of the original muslims of Muhammed’s time were converted from Judaism. Were THAT magically somehow Muslims before that happened?
The question remains: Are Islam's apologists disingenuous or deluded? When it comes to "bridge-building" Soliman--who provides "sensitivity training" to the FBI and Pentagon--one is inclined to answer in the former: his book contains academic crimes, including flagrant mistranslations to support his thesis and wild, but undocumented, assertions (for example, that the Arians, like the Muslims, used to proclaim "There is no god but Allah and Jesus is his prophet").
Of course. They did it all the time. I just did it on Sunday. After all “Allah” translated, if God. Not necessarily one that the most ignorant Muslims think that they have a monopoly on.