“The Union of Islamic Communities in Italy “” which Allam has frequently criticized as having links to Hamas “” said the baptism was his own decision.
‘He is an adult, free to make his personal choice,’ the Apcom news agency quoted the group’s spokesman, Issedin El Zir, as saying. […]” — from this article
We are expected to believe that Muslims believe that he, Magdi Allam, or anyone else, for that matter, who is born into Islam and “is an adult” is therefore “free to make his personal choice.”
This merely means that, for now, given the image problems Islam has been having, official Islamic groups in Italy are going to lie about what is permitted, for fear of alarming and angering the Infidels further. Magdi Allam is frequently on Italian television (the RAI), writes frequently in the most important paper, the Corriere della Sera, and furthermore, was baptised by the Pope himself, which puts the Vatican squarely front and center. If anyone still needed proof that Benedict has got Islam’s number, whatever little pretend pieties about Interfaith-Healing may come out of the Vatican, this is surely it.
Muslims in and out of Italy are enraged, and what makes them more enraged is that this apostasy has been so public. For under the swagger and threats and arrogance lies a suspicion that Islam really isn’t so wonderful, that Muslim states and peoples haven’t done so well, and that maybe, just maybe, it is Islam that helps to explain the permanent backwardness, even paralysis, of many Muslim peoples. That is why Muslims so carefully keep score, noting every Western convert to Islam over the centuries — then there was this French doctor, and then there was that Englishman Marmaduke Pickthall, and that Italian — as if proving to the world and to themselves just how fantastic Islam must be. The list is slim, and of course filled mostly with the psychically marginal, of a type or types we all recognize.
But to be confronted with this articulate journalist and writer who was born into and raised within Islam, and even made the hajj with his mother, and who now openly becomes a Catholic — this is cause for rage and fury that, for the moment, in official circles, has to be tamped down. God, it must have been difficult for Issedin El Zir to pretend that he really believes that Magdi Allam “is free to make his personal choice.” Or perhaps what he means is not a statement of approval, but merely a statement of fact: “[Curses, in Italy, protected by the police and the army,] Magdi Allam is free to make his personal choice” [but think what we would do to him if we could].
A very important case, the significance of which is and will be under-appreciated in this country.
Tariq Ramadan, of course, will claim — as he has tried to before — that Magdi Allam was never a Muslim, was always a Christian (presumably a Copt). It’s nonsense, but it is the only way Muslims will have to deal with his scathing, unanswerable criticism of Islam and of many Muslims, including his special scorn for the meretricious Tariq Ramadan (see the “Lettera Aperta a Tariq Ramadan” appended to Allam’s penultimate book) and with his conversion to Christianity, since they cannot deal with either the way they would dearly like to, if they could only get their hands on him. Their only recourse is to pretend he was a Christian “all along” and the “Pope of the Vatican” engineered the whole thing, pretending to convert someone who was already Christian, because the Pope is “an agent of the Zionists.” Etcetera etcetera.
Just watch and see if I turn out to be right.
Meanwhile, at last report the Afghani convert from Islam to Christianity, Abdul Rahman, was still in Italy after being spirited out of Afghanistan in fear for his life.
It is illogical for Italy to admit Abdul Rahman and simultaneously to admit, or permit to remain among its many illegal aliens, those who would, if they could, kill Abdul Rahman as well as Magdi Allam, and vandalize the Pieta, destroy the madonnas in the Uffizi, and undo the laws, customs, manners, and understandings that have been slowly achieved over centuries of slow development in Europe.
You cannot have Magdi Allam and Abdul Rahman, and at the same time, continue to allow in large numbers of those who are very likely to support those who would harm either or both.