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Exposing The Lies

Barbara Stock writes about a very courageous Arab woman:

Within Islam, there is no greater sin than to question the teachings of Islam or Mohammed, and to do so is considered heresy and blasphemy and is punishable by death. Dr. Sultan is now a marked woman and no one is more aware of this than she. She now receives daily death threats but takes them all in stride. She is a woman at peace with her decision to speak out.

As she put forth one accusation after another, the two Islamic scholars had no answers. Their only response was that they didn’t have to respond to her because she was blaspheming Islam.

There is no logical response that the two Islamic religious leaders could have given when a strong and defiant Dr. Sultan tore into them with statements such as this: “The Jews have come from the tragedy and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror, with their work, not with their crying and yelling. We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people.”

Dr. Sultan finished her opening salvo with: “Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people, and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them.”

More will have to be as brave as her before this war is over. I hope that she can stay safe, but she is a very grave threat to the totalitarian monsters who make war on us, and want to reenslave her.

[Update at 9:40 AM EST]

Jim Geraghty is looking for ideas on how to help her. He doesn't have a comments section, though, so feel free to post them here.

He does have at least one good idea:

The prosecution of those threatening cartoon protesters (see below) is a positive sign. Let’s unleash the hounds and have law enforcement nail the guys threatening Wafa Sultan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Irshad Manji and the signers of the Manifesto Against Islamism. Threatening to kill someone is a crime, fellas, and if we can nail Al Capone on tax evasion, we can nail you guys for leaving threatening messages to Muslim reformers.

I notice we didn’t see any “Massacre those who insult Islam” signs in the United States. I think it’s because enough Americans don’t take threats lying down and because we’re armed. Let’s just make very, very clear what’s acceptable in American discourse. You want to argue, fine. But if you threaten to kill somebody, it’s time for the authorities to step in.

Somehow I suspect that if you take away the Islamists’ threats, they’ll have a hard time coming up with other things to say.

Yes. For too long the calculus has been that if you criticized Islam, you were threatened with murder, while there has been no penalty for those making the threats. It's easy to see that, with those kinds of incentives, we're going to continue to get a lot more threats, and a lot less criticism. We need to change that incentive structure.

Posted by Rand Simberg at March 17, 2006 06:24 AM
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Maybe we can create a state where all of the "blasphemers" can go to be free from persecution, maybe move all of the Palistinians out of their territory to make room for this new state. :)

Posted by B.Brewer at March 17, 2006 07:59 AM

I notice we didn’t see any “Massacre those who insult Islam” signs in the United States.

Or India, for that matter. What do the two have in common? (Hint: it begins with "d" and ends with "y")

Posted by Ilya at March 17, 2006 10:12 AM

Ilya, Britain and the Euro countries where the protests occurred are democracies, too, sort of, for now anyway. India didn't have protests probably because the Indians don't put up with that @#$%. The U.S. didn't have any because all our Muslims are either very well integrated, nice people, or in sleeper cells. That and our MSM has already submitted to Islam.

Posted by lmg at March 17, 2006 11:08 AM

Well, I forget the sites, and can't eyeball them right now, I think one is called "arquol" and such makes a very good point about this woman. While she is right, and while she is arab, and while she is a woman and she is willing to take the chances, she is not a muslim. I don't think any of those who signed the manifesto are muslim, and there are only 2, I think, that have any direct experience from within the world of the islamic faith. That doesn't mean they are wrong, it just means that the number of muslims who give any credence to the statements made in the manifesto will be about the same as survivors of "jonestown."

It isn't necessary for secularists, or converts to denounce islam, by definition they already have, it is necessary for Kaysar from big brother to denounce extremism, and find some more of his frat boy US muslims to join in.

Posted by wickedpinto at March 17, 2006 06:56 PM

Also? Ilya, IMG There were protests, and while I didn't see any "slaughter those who insult islam" there were calls for the usurpation of the US government. Check little green footballs, about 3 weeks back.

Posted by wickedpinto at March 17, 2006 06:58 PM

While the Good Dr Sultan makes a really good point, she
obviously has never read about the "Jewish Defense League"
and the infamous Rabbi Meir Kahane.

While the JDL never bombed any german restaurants they sure
did quite a few other public places.

Posted by anonymous at March 19, 2006 09:01 PM

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