At the UK blog Harry’s Place, it is slowly dawning upon them that not just “Robert Spencer and his ilk” are responsible for people getting the idea that the Islamic concept of jihad may have something to do with terrorism. Somehow it seems to have escaped their notice — up until that item was posted in May 2008 — that Muslims are not committing acts of terror around the world because I told them to, but because they are able to explain and justify those acts of terror to peaceful Muslims by reference to the Islamic jihad theology that is embedded within the Qur’an, Sunnah, and rulings of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence (madhahib).
Over at Harry’s Place, however, they still think that “jihad is what you make of it,” as if words have no meaning and Islamic theology has no content — as if you could easily read The Brothers Karamazov as a cookbook or Mein Kampf as an adventure novel, or of course the Qur’an and Sunnah and rulings of all the madhahib as not counseling warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers. And they approvingly quote the mendacious Sheila Musaji as an authority for all this. Now they have been appropriately rewarded for their cluelessness and dhimmitude: Harry’s Place is being sued by a jihadist.
Even clueless dhimmis have the right to free speech, and if it is curtailed for them, it is curtailed for everyone. Thus Harry’s Place deserves the support of all free people.
UPDATE: With customary graciousness, Harry’s Place says our support is “unwanted and unneeded” — without, of course, specifying anything we say or have ever said about Islamic jihad as inaccurate, and tarring us with the familiar “Islamophobia” brush that jihad propagandists and their witless dupes (like Harry) wield against anyone who speaks accurately about the elements of Islam that jihadists use to incite violence. Harry asks if being a clueless dhimmi is a “bad thing.” Yes, Harry, it is, and the fact that you don’t know why is only the beginning of your troubles.