How is it that a sheikh who is issuing fatawa misunderstands the Religion of Peace and Tolerance so thoroughly? “Salafi-Jihadist Sheikh: It Is Permissible to Spill the Blood of the Iraqi Christians — And A Duty to Wage Jihad Against Them,” from MEMRI, April 14 (thanks to Nicholas):
On April 11, 2011, a fatwa by Sheikh Al-Khatib Al-Baghdadi regarding Iraq’s Christians appeared on the Salafi-jihadi website Minbar Al-Tawhid Wal-Jihad. The fatwa came in response to a question submitted by an inquirer calling himself “‘Izz Al-Din,” who asked whether the Christians in Iraq today were to be considered a legitimate target of jihad, even though they had not been in the past. He pointed out that these Christians were not associated with the Coptic Orthodox denomination or with its criminal imprisonment of Muslim women in Egypt, and that they were even at odds with the Copts.
But Sheikh Al-Khatib Al-Baghdadi replied that Iraqi Christians were indeed legitimate targets of jihad. Full text available to MEMRI subscribers.