They banned a couple of jihad books, but have approved this one, because it contains no reference to “specific violent acts or threats of jihad.” I see. So if a book says, “Slay the unbelievers wherever you find them” (Qur’an 9:5), that’s all right, but if it says, “Slay the American (or Israeli, or Australian, or Indian, or British, or whatever) unbelievers with bombs,” that’s no good.
This seems to me to be a distinction without a difference.
Note also that this article once again quotes a section of the Qur’an as an example of hate speech, without realizing that it is the Qur’an.
“Hate book applauds holy war,” from the Sunday Herald Sun, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
AN ISLAMIC hate book that encourages martyrdom and war against non-Muslims has been approved by Australian regulators.
They accept that the book, Jihad in the Quran and Sunnah, advocates fighting for Islam, but contend it is too old and vague to do any harm.
The Office of Film and Literature Review has classified the title as unrestricted, meaning it can be imported freely and sold in Australia.
It contains references to bloodletting in the name of Allah and calls to rail against other faiths.
“When you meet those who disbelieve, smite at their necks ’til when you have killed and wounded many of them, then take them as captives,” it reads.
That, of course, is Qur’an 47:4. “Smite at their necks,” of course, means “behead them.” The fact that many Muslims take it literally and seriously has been abundantly established in Iraq, Afghanistan, Thailand and elsewhere in recent years.
“You are ordered by Allah to continue carrying out jihad against the disbelievers until they embrace Islam . . . those who are killed in the way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost.”
It is one of the titles the Sunday Herald Sun found during recent visits to Islamic bookshops in Brunswick. Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council director Ted Lapkin called for further review of the book.
“Anything that incites violence should be seriously checked and, if this particular book does that, I would think there would be grounds for finding it illegal,” he said.
“These are not normal times and we are dealing with a global jihadist network waging war with the democratic world.”
The Office of Film and Literature Classification termed the book “historical and general” and said it contained no call to action: “There were no specific violent acts or threats of jihad referred to.”
Oh, how reassuring.