He must have been reading Islamophobic literature -- after all, Muslim spokesmen in the West constantly tell us that only greasy Islamophobes believe such things. They never explain, however, how so many Muslim clerics misunderstand Islam in the same ways. "Democracy, Elections are Forbidden in Islam: Salafist Leader," by Alaa Elayyan for AmmonNews.net, January 6 (thanks to all who sent this in):
AMMONNEWS - The Jordanian leader of the hardliner Salafi Jihadi current said that democracy in its concept as "ruling of the people by the people" is in contradiction with Islam's concept of the sovereignty of God's law.
Abd Shahadeh, known as Abu Muhammad al-Tahawi said in statements to Ammon News that democracy in its common conception is forbidden in Islam, where sovereignty and ruling belongs to God's law and not people's authority.
Al-Tahawi considered the upcoming Jordanian parliamentary elections, slated to be held on January 23rd, as forbidden and contradictory to Islamic Shariah, because "the parliament legislates laws and regulations that contradict God's law," according to his expression.