Hugh Fitzgerald has alerted me to this astounding example of dhimmi idiocy from a US official in Pakistan. From Pakistan’s Dawn, “Islam religion of peace, justice: diplomat”:
PESHAWAR – Principal Officer of the US Consulate in Peshawar, Michael A. Spangler, has said that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States and his country is eager to promote Islam’s message of peace and justice.
“We stretch our hands to you in friendship and peace on this auspicious day, the birthday of the Holy Prophet (pbuh)”, he said while speaking at a function held here on Sunday. The function was arranged in connection with Eid Milad-un-Nabi by the US Consulate, Peshawar in collaboration with Jamia Ashrafia, Peshawar.
He said: “The message of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) has strengthened the ideas of democracy, tolerance and moderation in my own thinking and action.
Spangler has learned democracy, tolerance, and moderation from Muhammad? What was Spangler like before he learned about Muhammad?
I beg all of you Muslims to help me understand the message of Islam more clearly. Please condemn acts of terrorism and stand up for the message of peace and justice that the Holy Prophet has taught.”
He said the US would extend all possible help and assistance to the MMA government in the NWFP to empower and improve lives of people.
Provincial Minister for Local Governments Sardar Mohammad Idris, in his keynote address, said: “We don’t believe in clash of civilisations; rather we wish harmony and cohesion among different world civilisations. We should come closer to each other. This process of nearness can help us understand each other.”
We should follow in the footprints of the Holy Prophet who preached peace, tolerance against barbarism, ignorance and injustice, the minister said.
Yeah, the H.P. was quite a tolerant fellow. Here’s one of my favorite examples of his tolerance:
Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them….If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them. (Sahih Muslim 4294)
Here’s another, specifically depicting his tolerance of barbarism:
While the Prophet was prostrating, surrounded by some of Quraish, ‘Uqba bin Abi Mu’ait brought the intestines (i.e. abdominal contents) of a camel and put them over the back of the Prophet. The Prophet did not raise his head, (till) Fatima, came and took it off his back and cursed the one who had done the harm. The Prophet said, “O Allah! Destroy the chiefs of Quraish, Abu Jahl bin Hisham, ‘Utba bin Rabi’al, Shaba bin Rabi’a, Umaiya bin Khalaf or Ubai bin Khalaf.” (The sub-narrator Shu’ba, is not sure of the last name.) I saw these people killed on the day of Badr battle and thrown in the well except Umaiya or Ubai whose body parts were mutilated but he was not thrown in the well. (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 193)
I can see how all that fighting and cursing of enemies would move Spangler to become more tolerant. So can Idris:
He praised Mr Spangler for arranging a graceful and solemn function on Eid Milad-un-Nabi. He also lauded US’s support for the MMA government in various fields….
Mufti Kifayatullah, spokesman for MMA, in his thought-provoking speech said the Muslims, like other nations, should also be viewed as broadminded people. He said: “We believe in Bible as a divine book, Christ and Moses as Prophets of Allah like Muhammad (pbuh). Even we name our children after Christ and Moses. People from other religions should follow us”…
…into dhimmitude, eh, Kifayatullah? It is appalling that he could stand up there and say that they believe the Bible is a divine book without bothering to mention that they also believe it has been corrupted and that those who believe it are under Allah’s curse (see Qur’an 9:30).