I was browsing around the always entertaining Q&A section of the “Supporters of Shariah” website, which is operated by supporters of the notorious radical British imam, Abu Hamza Al-Masri. I came across this:
Question: I have been hearing some people say that the Jews and Christians are People of the Book. And since they are people of the book, we are not to call them kuffar, mushrikun (pagans) or any other derogatory terms, because Allah called them the People of the Book. May we call the Jews and Christians kuffar or pagans?
Answer: … Only the most ignorant and animal minded individuals would insist that prophet killers (Jews) and Jesus worshippers (Christians) deserve the same right as us. If you want to know the rights of Jews and Christians, read Surat ut-Tawba, ayah 29.
Surat ut-Tawba, ayah 29 is Sura 9:29 of the Qur’an:
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
This verse is the foundation of the entire Islamic legal superstructure of oppression of dhimmi Jews and Christians. The next time you hear an American Muslim spokesman talking about tolerant Islam, ask him what he is doing to disabuse his radical coreligionists of the notion that Sura 9:29 should be applied today to compel Muslims to war against and subjugate Jews and Christians.