Now Geoff Metcalf, Michael Graham‘s replacement, has annoyed CAIR just as much as Graham did by noting that the Qur’an tells Muslims to lie to unbelievers. Note that in this CAIR press release, Radio Host Claims Quran Teaches Muslims To Lie (thanks to Twostellas), they don’t say that what Metcalf said was false. They can’t. Why not? Because it’s true.
As I explain in The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), religious deception of unbelievers is taught by the Qur’an itself: “Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers. If any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah; except by way of precaution, that ye may guard yourselves from them” (Qur’an 3:28). In other words, don’t make friends with unbelievers except to “guard yourselves from them:” pretend to be their friends so that you can strengthen yourself against them. The distinguished Qur’anic commentator Ibn Kathir explains that this verse teaches that if “believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers,” they may “show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly.” The Qur’an also warns Muslims that those who forsake Islam will be consigned to Hell “” except those forced to do so, but who remain true Muslims inwardly: “Any one who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters unbelief “” except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith “” but such as open their breast to unbelief, on them is wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful penalty” (Qur’an 16:106). Ibn Kathir explains that “the scholars agreed that if a person is forced into disbelief, it is permissible for him to either go along with them in the interests of self-preservation…”
This is not the first time CAIR has protested as “anti-Islamic incitement” a statement about Islam that was simply true.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — (OfficialWire) — 08/03/05 — A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today called on a Washington, D.C., radio station to address the incitement of anti-Muslim hatred caused by its talk show hosts. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued that call after a replacement for a talk show host suspended for anti-Islam remarks made similarly Islamophobic comments.
On Friday, July 29, WMAL-AM replacement host Geoff Metcalf stated: “And by the way, let me just add a sidebar here that’s significant, and everybody forgets this, but according to the Quran, believers in Islam are not required to tell infidels, and that’s us, the truth. So they apparently have permission to lie when it is appropriate.” Most callers to the program expressed similar hostility to Muslims and to the faith of Islam.
Metcalf was replacing host Michael Graham, who was suspended without pay by the station for stating repeatedly that “Islam is a terrorist organization.” Graham was suspended when CAIR initiated a public campaign against WMAL and the station’s advertisers after receiving complaints from Muslim listeners.
In a statement, WMAL President and General Manager Chris Berry said that Graham would be suspended for statements that “crossed the line.” “We do not condone his position and believe his statements were irresponsible,” said Berry. (WMAL is owned by the Walt Disney Co.)
“We are strong supporters of the First Amendment, but it is disingenuous to misuse it as a shield for incitement to religious hatred,” said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “WMAL needs to address the promotion of Islamophobia by its talk show hosts if the station is to maintain credibility with mainstream listeners and advertisers.” Hooper said CAIR is calling on Washington-area Muslims to contact WMAL advertisers and express their concerns. He added that people of all faiths may obtain a free copy of the Quran, Islam’s revealed text.
Get that Qur’an and look up 3:28 and 16:106. CAIR hasn’t taken them out of the book.