Once again, the argument amounts to: “say Islam is a Religion of Peace, or we’ll kill you.” It is worth recalling that slander (ghiba) in Islam refers to things that may well be true, but that a person does not want known or spoken of:
Slander (ghiba) means to mention anything concerning a person that he would dislike, whether about his body, religion, everyday life, self, disposition, property, son, father, wife, servant, turban, garment, gait, movements, smiling, dissoluteness, frowning, cheerfulness, or anything else connected with him” (Umdat al-Salik, r2.2).
Such a mindset only makes it more difficult to accept criticism (let alone satire). So much the worse when some uppity unbeliever “goes there.” “Islam’s the problems, not Muslims, says Senator Cory Bernardi,” by Michael Harvey and Steve Lewis for the Herald Sun, February 19 (thanks to Ken):
Tony Abbott’s official frontbench understudy has reignited immigration tensions by denouncing Islam as a “totalitarian, political and religious ideology”.
Liberal parliamentary secretary Cory Bernardi revealed last night he had received death threats after making the comments.
While the immigration debate usually differentiates between the religion of Islam and extreme fundamentalist interpretations, Senator Bernardi confronted the issue head-on yesterday.
“Islam itself is the problem – it’s not Muslims,” he told radio station MTR.
“Muslims are individuals that practise their faith in their own way, but Islam is a totalitarian, political and religious ideology.
“It tells people everything about how they need to conduct themselves, who they’re allowed to marry and how they’re allowed to treat other people.”
Senator Bernardi said Islam had “not moved on” since it was founded and that extremists wanted fundamentalist Islamic rule implemented in Australia.
The senator also inflamed the row over funeral expenses for asylum-seekers by declaring that it was “wrong” for taxpayers to foot the bill.
The remarks provoked a strong reaction from Ikebal Patel, president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, who said Senator Bernardi had “crossed the line” with his attack on Islam.
“These comments are more than offensive; they are bigoted,” Mr Patel said.
“Cory Bernardi needs to have a good read of the Bible if he is a practising Christian.
“This is hardly the language of a religious person.”
No, it’s not the language of a dhimmi who can’t speak his mind out of fear. Islam’s own texts have been saying Christianity and Judaism are the problem, and worthy of subjugation and war for almost 14 centuries. By Patel’s reasoning, was Muhammad not religious?