Charles Moore skewers dhimmi Western Christians in the Telegraph:
‘The Koran is the Muslim Bible” is something that most Westerners would say by way of a shorthand description. Although Koran and Bible are the most sacred scriptures of their respective religions, the comparison may be misleading.
Last month, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, visited Pakistan. He went to the Islamic University in Islamabad, and told his audience what he thought Christianity was. He did this with scholarly, scrupulous fairness. Part of his speech, naturally, was about the Bible. He pointed out that it was composed by “ordinary human writers” over hundreds of years, and could therefore err about minor facts. The Bible was inspired by God, he said, but, “We do not think that God dictates the Bible to its writers, but that he works with and in their human minds to communicate his purpose”. It “tells one story in different voices”.
I am looking at a book called What Every Christian Should Know about Islam, published by the Islamic Foundation. So far as I know, it presents an orthodox account of Muslim belief. It says that Mohammed was probably illiterate, and that the Koran was therefore dictated by him from memory after he had received it in visions. It is not his teaching: it is the unmediated word of God: “The Holy Koran differs from any other religious text in that it was not written or edited by any human author; no word has been added to it or subtracted from it.”
What this means is that all Muslims are what we call “fundamentalist” in a way that no Christian, not even the most literalist, can quite be. One man, the Prophet, was given the perfect truth in one form, and so the truth, and the form, are absolute. To question the status of the Koran as described above is to insult God.
Read it all.