Islamism is to Religion as Sadism is to Human
You must demand that politicians, Islamic apologists, and paid-for media do not abuse freedom by lying about Islam. When these people portray Islam as a religion of peace, they are lying through their teeth. Just take a quick look at Islam’s history as well as what is happening today in the Islamic lands. Islam is not a religion of peace and it has never been. Islam is violent, oppressive, racist, and irrational at its very core. It is treachery for people to present it as otherwise, either out of ignorance or because of their own personal reasons.
Amil Imani knows Iran & Islam from the inside. He is trying to warn us before its too late to save ourselves. Please do not ignore his warning. Read his excellent article, take it to heart and act on it.
Yes, he writes at a relatively high level of abstraction. There is too much detail to include all of the evidence in one editorial. Those who have been reading my posts have been exposed to a great deal of evidence from Islam's canon of scripture, tradition & jurisprudence.
For newcomers, the forgetful & indolent, the Know Thine Enemy series of 14 articles is available in the July '07 archives of Take Our Country Back.
Amil Amani does not have a monopoly on inside knowledge. Raymond Ibrahim was a translator for the Library of Congress. In that position, he had access to rare manuscripts most of us would never know existed. He has written a scholarly article first published at Middle East Review of International Affairs. An Analysis of Al-Qa'ida's Worldview: Reciprocal Treatment or Religious Obligation?
Ibrahim includes copious quotes from Al-Qaeda leadership.
Ayman al-Zawahiri similarly exhorts Muslims:
We also extend our hands to every Muslim zealous over making Islam triumph till they join us in a course of action to save the umma from its painful reality. [This course of action] consists of staying clear of idolatrous tyrants, warfare against infidels, loyalty to the believers, and jihadin the path of Allah. Such is a course of action that all who are vigilant for the triumph of Islam should vie in, giving and sacrificing in the cause of liberating the lands of the Muslims, making Islam supreme in its [own] land, and then spreading it around the world. [p. 113]
That last sentence--"making Islam supreme in its [own] land, and then spreading it around the world"--raises questions regarding al-Qa'ida's statements to the West, the fundamental one being: Even if all of the West's perceived or real hostilities vis-à-vis the Islamic world were to cease, would Islam then be at peace with the outside world?
Those two articles are full of information and wisdom. Please make good use of them and share them with your friends & family.