Alec Rawls at the Error Theory blogspot has pointed out to me an appalling example of academic dhimmitude. I don’t agree with his point about using “Koran” rather than “Qur’an,” as I prefer the more accurate Arabic transliteration. However, what he reveals about the Columbia Encyclopedia is astonishing:
Want to see a truly sick example of al-Newsweek-like dhimmitude? Infoseek’s Koran entry describes the Koran as: “Revealed by God to the Prophet Muhammad…” It does not say: “Believed by Muslims to be revealed by God.” It says “Revealed by God.” What dirtbags. I don’t care if they are true-believing fundamentalist Muslims. This is an encyclopedia entry, borrowed from The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed., 2005, Columbia University Press. It is supposed to state facts. The fact is that Muslims believe that the Koran is the word of God. It is NOT a fact that the Koran IS the word of God. Anyone who confuses these two is moral trash, which explains a lot about our Islamist enemy, but what explains Columbia University?
Let’s see what Infoseek/Columbia says about the Bible. Ah, this is better. The first line reads:
The traditional Christian view of the Bible is that it was written under the guidance of God and that it therefore conveys truth, either literally or figuratively.