At first it might sound evil, but when ISIS started their terrible massacres I felt hope. I was hoping that this time we would not mess it up and would finally stop ignoring this abnormal violence, that we would get enough bravery to fight the real problem, which is not today's murderers, like ISIS, but the ideology that will keep bringing us new killers tomorrow.
My hopes were rapidly deteriorated. Again we heard all these hysterical "Islam is peace", "IS is not Islamic", "stop Islamophobia". This dangerous hypocrisy brings me to wonder if we will colonize Mars before being able to criticize religion and admit the objective fact that religion teaches to kill?
Islam might be peace for some, surely, but Islam is also ISIS. And this should be finally declared without any barriers. But as we see, it's still not the case.
In his speech responding to the horrific murder of the journalist James Foley, President Obama said: "ISIS speaks for no religion... and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. ISIS has no ideology of any value to human beings..."
Sam Harris answered on his website: " It may be true that no faith teaches people to massacre innocents exactly - but innocence, as the President surely knows, is in the eye of the beholder. Are apostates "innocent"? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is "no." "
In the same hysterical way, French authorities demanded mass media stop using the word "Islamic" to qualify ISIS, and furthermore not to call the terrorist group ISIS in order to avoid insulting French Muslims, whereas many participate in ISIS's jihad in Iraq and Syria.
All this is keeping us from progress and future safety. Not admitting that ISIS is an Islamic group that is strictly following Quran's teachings is agreeing on more terror and killings against unbelievers, not fanatic muslims or followers of other religions than Islam.
Bill Maher, an outspoken atheist and famous American TV-host declared in his show last week that "vast numbers of Muslims around the world believe that humans deserve to die for merely holding a different idea, or drawing a cartoon, or writing a book, or eloping with the wrong person."
He added: "Not only does the Muslim world have something in common with ISIS, it has too much in common with ISIS."
All this can of course be called "Islamophobia" and an "insult to peaceful Muslims" and it surely will be. Let me ask - until when will politicians and opinion makers support this intellectual bankruptcy in which every criticism of the doctrine of Islam is seen as an insult towards Muslims as people? Why are we fine with criticizing other ideologies and not changing their names to avoid insulting their peaceful followers? Why aren't we attacked in this way for pointing violence in any other ideology than Islam? That's ridiculous.
Whereas I know many will argue that Islam doesn't teach killings and is a totally peaceful religion, by matter of fact, the Quran has more than 100 verses calling Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.
Here are a few examples:
Quran (2:191-193) - "And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing...
Quran (9:14) - "Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people.
Moreover, some verses are teaching how to punish unbelievers, commanding to behead, mutilate and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.
Quran (5:33) - "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement"
Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
Quran (4:95) - "Not equal are those believers who sit (at home) and receive no hurt, and those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons. Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than to those who sit..
Quran (9:5) - "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them..."
Finally, the Quran instructions are not linked to any historical context or specific situation as wartime etc. They are part of the eternal, unchanging words of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Quran.
Islam teaches Quran (4:76) - "Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah..." and this is what ISIS jihadists are doing as faithful Muslims.