A prominent Iraqi Shiite interfaith activist told BBC Arabic earlier this month that the Islamic State terror group’s violence, including beheadings, is “deeply rooted in Islam,” which makes it “a hundred times more evil.” Jawad Al-Khoei also said that Christians were “the owners of this land, and the Muslims came here as their guests.
Al-Khoei has injected truth into “interfaith dialogue.” The practices of the Islamic State are indeed backed up by Islamic texts. Al-Khoei goes on to discuss an even grimmer picture than that of the notorious beheadings committed by the Islamic State against disbelievers in accordance with Islamic doctrine:
When you read [Islamic] history, you find that people would kill someone, then exhume the body, cut off his head and then burn the body
Although Jawad Al-Khoei castigates Iraq for being too Islam-centric, while not promoting the truth about Islam and learning about other faiths, here in the West there exists a sizeable problem — though differently manifested — with interfaith dialogues accepting truth as well. Many interfaith dialogues in the West are a sham, and have done the opposite of promoting harmony, equality, peace and dialogue. Instead, they facilitate the worst kind of bigotry, with the participation of some who may be well meaning but uninformed. Some examples:
1. A bigotry of low expectations, in which any kind of bad and barbaric behaviour from visible minorities and foreigners is accepted as a matter of “tolerance.”
2. Selling the notion that the world revolves around colonialist/imperialist guilt, and that no one should dare interfere with this ironically leftist egocentric pity party.
3. The dismissal of anyone — including visible minorities — from open discussions about the importation of unacceptable practices via immigration, due to the presence of these unacceptable practices within certain cultures. Yet these practices should never be permitted to enter free and democratic societies. Many voiceless visible minorities themselves suffer the consequences of this, primarily women: FGM, forced marriage, honor killings, wife beatings, etc.
4. The failure to acknowledge that no organized religion today is more intolerant, non-pluralistic, misogynistic, and brutal today than normative Islam. Any Muslim who attempts to deviate from normative Islam is deemed an apostate and worthy of death. Interfaith dialogue sessions prefer to treat apostates as nonexistent.
5. The fact that black slavery still exists, but interfaith dialogues prefer to ignore the plight of blacks in Muslim nations in North Africa, where they are still deemed to be inferior in the modern age.
The truth is well expressed by Al-Khoei when he highlights the 1400 years of abuse committed in the name of Islam that continues today.
“Interfaith dialogue” sessions everywhere are too often bypassing stark human cruelties. Caring about humanity is absent from most of these “diversity” exercises in the West. Fake smiles, deceptive handshakes and political correctness are the orders of the day, and participants are little more than tallies at the voting polls and/or pawns to special interest groups.
A retweet by UK Muslim Labour MP Naz Shah raised shock and alarm, as it appeared to be a bizarre exaggeration of the promotion of diversity (and interfaith dialogue, which goes hand in hand with the “diversity” imperative). But it did shed some light on what is wrong with much of this movement. Shah retweeted “advice” given to the victims of Muslim rape gangs to “shut up for the good of diversity.” The general message is that anyone who tells the truth about the aggressive, brutal, barbaric and expansionary political Islam must “shut up for the good of diversity.”
Al-Khoei rightly states:
when violence “dons the cloak of religion, it is a hundred times more evil.”
“WATCH – Shiite Interfaith Activist: Islamic State’s Terror, Beheadings ‘Deeply Rooted in Islam,’” by Deborah Danan, Breitbart, March 17, 2018:
TEL AVIV – A prominent Iraqi Shiite interfaith activist told BBC Arabic earlier this month that the Islamic State terror group’s violence, including beheadings, is “deeply rooted in Islam,” which makes it “a hundred times more evil.” Jawad Al-Khoei also said that Christians were “the owners of this land, and the Muslims came here as their guests.”
Al-Khoei, who is the co-founder of the Iraqi Council for Interfaith Dialogue, said that while historically some violence in the Middle East is the result of oppressive dictatorships coupled with poverty and ignorance, much of it has its roots in religion. The Islamic State, therefore, is not an anomaly.
“It exploits religion,” said Al-Khoei.
“IS is deeply rooted in Islam. Its roots can be traced back 1,400 years, to the first century of Islam. When you read [Islamic] history, you find that people would kill someone, then exhume the body, cut off his head and then burn the body,” he said in the interview, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
The host of the BBC Arabic program then interjected, “But all nations experienced this kind of violence.”
Al-Khoei responded that when violence “dons the cloak of religion, it is a hundred times more evil.”
The Muslim scholar continued by saying that combating violence in the region is possible but will require “determination” and the “will of our rulers.”
He continues by blaming the education system in his home country of Iraq for being Muslim-centric and not promoting inclusiveness by teaching about other religions……