Islam; Christianity and Terrorism

Let me start by pointing out that Islam, Judaism and Christianity are all monotheistic religions of the same god. Call him Allah, Yahweh or Jehovah he is the same god. Something that most Christians do not know and do not want to know is that Muslims worship the same god, read the same Bible; Old and New Testament and they also believe in Jesus Christ. They, like the Jews just don’t believe he was the son of god, Islam does however see him as a prophet of god. They also differ from Christians on the Resurrection as they believe that god ascended Jesus into heaven before he died on the cross. They all three believe they are descendants of Adam, of Abraham and of Noah.

Another not well know fact and also a commonly disputed fact; as much so as their god being the same god and their holy books being the same is that Muslims claim the Quran was given to Muhhamed by the Arch Angel Gabriel. Yes that Arch Angel Gabriel.

What does all this have to do with terrorism? Just as Christians can’t all be lumped in the same group as Jim Jones, Davis Koresh, Adolf Hitler or those that took part in the Inquisitions or the Crusades, not all Muslims can be lumped in the same groups as terrorists; ISIS, Al Queda or Boko Haram.


Syria: What’s Really Going On

There are a lot of opinions about what is going on in Syria and exactly what part the United States had to play it all of it. After many heated debates on social media I realize there are many wrong ideas about what is going on there but there seems to be two extremely different views on America’s part in it, most believe we are responsible because we meddled in their civil war, I see what is happening as a direct result in America’s lack of involvement.

Most refer to the conflict as a civil war. A civil war is defined as a war between citizens or civilians of the same country, a war between opposing factions or regions of the same country. I don’t know if I would define the war in Syria as a civil war. This is a war between civilians and a Fascist regime. Actually I would say this didn’t start out as a war at all, it started out as a nation of peaceful demonstrators calling for a totalitarian dictatorship to step down and demands for a democracy. The Assad regime responded to these protests, not by meeting their demands and stepping down but by killing the unarmed demonstrators with gunfire, bombs and air strikes. This was a nation of civilians, not a militia or even a militarized rebel force, but civilians. Civilians who then became victims of chemical warfare. Since 2011 over 200,000 Syrians have been killed by Assad. For 3 years the rebel forces asked for help with weapons and a show of support from it’s western ally’s in France, Great Britain and America. These please went unanswered or with little to no actual help. All of Syria’s ally’s simply left their calls unanswered. With a force of less than a few hundred severely untrained and poorly armed rebels the terrorist group now know as ISIS took advantage of the opportunity to step in with men and might and without being asked took up arms against Assad and his regime, a regime that is now supported politically and militarily by Putin’s Russia. The tens of thousands of Syrian refugees that most Americans are rejecting and refusing asylum are fleeing from these two considerable forces who are destroying their country and who are nothing more than collateral damage.

Had we helped to fight Assad, or at the very least offered help to the rebels so that they could fight his regime ISIS never would have been able to waltz right in and take up the Syrians fight as their own. ISIS is not fighting for the justice and freedom of the Syrian people, they are fighting to take over Assad’s rule of this war torn country. The people of Syria have an oppressive regime no matter who wins this war. Now, we cannot offer aid of any kind, in the air or on the ground or even support by arming the rebels, the rebels are now the most feared terrorist group in the world. A terrorist group who we now cannot fight without our part helping a Fascist regime that is killing it’s own people.

My one question is this, where does this leave us with Russia? If ISIS wins the stronghold may be one we cannot fight without having to go up against Russia. If Assad wins we cannot then begin helping a rebel force that may no longer be a force nor can we create one without going up against Russia. If we help Russia defeat ISIS we are supporting Assad, who’s regime is committing crimes against humanity no less horrific that the crimes committed by Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot.

At this point the only help we can now offer is to help the Syrian refugees. These refugees are not terrorists nor are they poor illegals looking for a handout. They are victims of genocide and terrorism and they are victims of political games that allowed them to be betrayed by their allies.

Should Children Be Taught To Respect The Religious?

I am fortunate enough to be in a position where I not only have a hand and a say in the raising of my 2 year old twin grandsons, within this position I am also fortunate enough that they are being raised as atheists. Like my atheist father I and their father will be teaching them about religion as much as and as often as possible, but unlike my father throughout their younger years they will hear Bible stories in the same context as fairy tales and children’s stories about dragons, Hobbits, Trolls or giants. I grew up going to Sunday School in Protestant churches to learn about the Bible all the while knowing my dad did not believe in god. But I took those that did believe and their beliefs seriously; I don’t want my grandsons to think of religion as anything other than make believe. There is one drawback to this that I can foresee however; that is how do I teach them to be respectful or at least not disrespectful to the religious who take their beliefs seriously? Or do I end the unconditional respect that is granted to religion, the religious and their institutions beginning with my grandchildren.

I say I begin to end this unearned respect demanded by and given to religion. The twins will grow up looking at those that believe in the Bible and worship god the same way they would look at someone who believed in Grimm’s Fairy Tales or worshiped the Wizard of Oz. If I am going to teach them what I believe then they are going to grow up looking at god no different than Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny. The boys are not going to be lied to about these fictional characters and told they are for real, but I also cannot raise them as if they don’t exist because at least as far as Santa is concerned during the Christmas season; yes I refer to the holidays as Christmas because that is what it has always been to me, Santa is everywhere and all the other kids are lied to about him. I remember trying to explain to my youngest daughter why Santa was at every store we went to one afternoon, I think I told her he had helpers that dressed like him because everyone wanted him to be everywhere and she told me that the elves were his helpers, to which I had no reply. My grandsons however will be told the truth, Santa is just pretend, and that it is fun to pretend so lots of people pretend to be Santa and parents pretend that presents they buy were really brought from Santa just because it is fun, no other reason. I will tell them the same about the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, it’s just things we do for fun.

Although I will have a tough time selling the fun to pretend in god story; there is very little if anything about god that is ‘fun’ or ‘funny’. But then we humans do find it fun to scare the hell out of each other so I guess that works as well.

Without God We Will Behave Like Animals

It is too often said that without god we humans would behave like wild animals. That we will fornicate in the street, rape, murder and live life without morals.

Animals behave more ‘godly’ than any human, even the most pius. Think about it.

The very religious suppress male sexuality and oppress female sexuality. The Bible clearly dictates, many times that sexual intercourse and ‘wooing’ is for one reason and one reason only; to procreate and create more humans. God clearly dictates that to fornicate for pleasure is a sin and to prevent pregnancy or to abort pregnancy and even to masturbate and ‘waste’ your sperm are all mortal sins punishable by death or eternal damnation. Rape is wrong, war is wrong, murder is wrong and adultery is wrong. For females to flaunt, enhance or show their beauty is a sin. To abandon, neglect or to molest and abuse your children is a sin. To destroy the earth by the crimes of arson, pollution, poison air, radiation, nuclear or chemical weapons and by logging or fishing and polluting our oceans are sins. These are all behaviors of human beings. Animals only have sex to procreate and to assure the survival of their species, animals don’t practice birth control or abortion nor do they masturbate. They don’t rape; in fact the largest percentage of species females are the ones that choose their mates, or not choose any with no rape. Those animals that mate for life to not ‘cheat’. In the animal kingdom it is the female who plain and unassuming. This is a way of protecting her from being seen so she may protect her offspring by hiding; the males are the brightly colored, larger in stature and it is the males who fight for the right to mate or display elaborate mating dances and rituals to win the females permission. Animals don’t kill or use food and natural resources beyond what the need to survive. They don’t use or do anything out of greed or materialism. Animals don’t murder out of hatred nor do they commit suicide because they are depressed. It would seem to me that if we behaved more like animals this world would be a better place and we would be as godly as god demands we be.

Chrisitan Empathy For Nigerian Girls?

I by no means am trying to divert the focus of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria away from the Islamic terrorists that took them, but, I find it really disturbing to hear Christian leaders and clergy expressing empathy and outrage about it. Why? Because the only reason they are doing so is because they do it just to show how bad Muslims are. They do it to in a way that says Christians are better than Muslims. These are the same Christians who will be praying for the kidnapped girls AND for their kidnappers. These are the same Christians that will in the end forgive these Islam terrorists. I do not for a second believe that they have concern for these girls outside the scope of their being kidnapped by Muslims.

Rolling Stone August 2013 Issue Is One


Why is ‘The Bomber’ being on the cover of a magazine an issue? It’s an issue because it’s Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone is a music magazine that features people who people love. Popular people, to be on the cover of a Rolling Stone means that you are bigtime, topping the charts or winning Grammy’s or becoming rock and roll history. Are these stereo types fair? It doesn’t matter, it is was it is and has been for decades.

What is wrong with this cover? Let’s, for a second, put aside the airbrushed pretty picture and read the caption. Popular, Promising Student who was failed by his family…in or out of context the choice of words at the very least asks for empathy for him, Fell into radical Islam sounds like he didn’t choose to take that path.  The word Monster, that he became not is, almost becomes an R.L. Stein goose bump. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is glamorize and glorified and idolized. You would think that after the 1970 Charles Manson issue Rolling Stone would have gotten the hint that portraying a murderer and terrorist as a rock and roll star isn’t too cool.

Rolling Stone had stooped to an unacceptable tabloid level and I for one won’t buy this issue, and I buy every one.

Violence In The Name Of God

This morning Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, while giving a press conference about the Murder of an American Ambassador and 3 other Americans at the Embassy in Libya, said something that has been said by nearly every President, Vice President, Secretary of State or any other American leaders and government officials when faced with war or an act of war upon American’s ‘In the name of God’,

Those who act with violence in the name of God are not religious; this is not Islam or the word of Muhammad, or any other God etc. etc.

Yes they are and yes it is. Muslim’s who kill in the name of Muhammad are acting as true Muslim’s.

Catholic’s who kill in the name of God are acting as true Catholic’s.

Protestants who kill in the name of God are acting as true Protestants.

They are all carrying out God’s will. They are doing as their God has told them.

Since the day the Catholic Church came to be they have been killing those who were blasphemers or heretical. Today, still Protestants and Catholic are killing each other over religion. Muslims, Jews and Christians alike all believe in the same God. They all believe they are descendants of Abraham. Yet kill each other in that same God’s name, because God tells them to. God demands the death of those who oppose him, of those who do not obey him. The Wrath of God remember?

Exodus 11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast; that ye may know how that the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

Exodus 15:3 The Lord is a man of war. The Lord is his name.

Exodus 15:7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee; thou sentest forth thy wrath which consumed them as stubble.

Exodus 15:14 The people shall hear and be afraid; sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.

Exodus 17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 17:14 And the Lord said unto Moses, write this for a memorial in a book and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua; for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 17:15 And Moses built an altar and called the name of it Jehovahnissi 17:16 For he said, because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. 22:20 He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

Leviticus 24:16 And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him; as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.

From The Holy Quran

Sura IV Nissaa Section 10:74 Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fighteth in the cause of God, whether he is slain or gets victory soon shall we give him a reward of great value. 10:75 And why should ye not fight in the cause of God and of those who being weak, are ill-treated and oppressed? Men, women, and children, whose cry is “Our Lord, rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from Thee One who will protect; and raise for us from Thee One who will help” 10:76 Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil. So fight ye against the friends of Satan; feeble indeed in the cunning or Satan.

Section 11:77 Hast thou not turned thy vision to those who were told to hold back their hands from fight but establish regular prayers and spend in regular Charity? When at length the order for fighting was issued to them, behold a section of them feared men as or even more than they should have feared God. they said “Our Lord why hast thou ordered us to fight? Wouldst Thou not grant us respite to our natural term, near enough?” Say: “Short is the enjoyment of this world; the hereafter is the best for those who do right; never will ye be dealt with unjustly in the very least” 11:78 “Wherever ye are, death will find you out even if ye are in towers built up strong and high”

Section 11:83 When there comes to them some matter touching Public safety or fear, they divulge it. If they had only referred it to the Apostle or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have tested it from them direct. Were it not for the Grace and mercy of God unto you, all but a few of you would have fallen into the clutches of Satan. 11:84 then fight in God’s cause. Thou art held responsible only for thyself and rouse the believers. It may be that God will restrain the fury of the unbelievers; for God is the strongest in might and in punishment.

Section 12:88 why should ye be divided into two parties about the Hypocrites? god hath upset them for their evil deeds. Would ye guide those whom God hath thrown out of the way? for those whom God hath thrown out of the way, never shalt thou find the way. 12:89 they but wish that ye should reject faith as they do and thus be on the same footing as they, But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of God (from what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize the and slay them wherever ye find them; and in any case take no friends or helpers from their ranks. 12:90 Except those who join a group between whom and you there is a treaty of peace or those who approach you with hearts restraining them from fighting their own People. If God had pleased, he could have given them power over you, and they would have fought you; therefore if they withdraw from you but fight you not, and instead send you guarantees of peace, ten God hath opened no way for you to war against them. 12:91 Others you will find that wish to gain your confidence as well as that of their people; every time they are sent back to temptation, they succumb therto; if they withdraw no from you nor give you guarantees of peace besides restraining their hands, seize them and slay them wherever ye get them; in their case we have provided you with a clear argument against them.

In search of the anti in the film ‘The Innocence of Muslims’

It is important to understand that Islam’s central sacred text is the Quran. But this book is in addition to the same old testament all monotheistic organized religions adhere to as the word of God. Jews are the writers of the Old Testament (this is undisputed).All monotheistic religions also have additional sacred text. (There are far too many to list I chose to state the largest in terms of the number of their followers). Judaism has the Torah, Christianity has the New Testament; The Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints have the Book of Mormon; the Orthodox Catholics and the Roman Catholics have Church Doctrine and Holy Sacraments; the Gnostic Christians, the Coptic Christians, the Church of England; the Lutherans; the Calvinists; and each of the many Protestant denominations have additional sacred texts. Each one in a different language. Each one with many different translations, into many different languages, by many different translators, over a span of hundreds of years. Each one brought by a different messenger. They are all earthly Prophet,s none of which lived within each other’s lifetimes. Every one of these messengers is of the same father with no denial of the existence of the messenger’s before him. But they all claim to be the only path to the same God and each one spoke to only select few who are commanded to spread this message throughout the world and kill, torture and enslave any who don’t believe their Messenger.

So what is the message? The message is that we are to give our allegiance of armies; the payment of goods; property; money; women (who have ALWAYS been property of all men of all faiths) our children; our harvest; our chastity; our virginity; our free will and complete utter absolute faith to God and his Messenger. Or suffer eternal damnation; the torture of our children; famine; pestilence and hell. We are tested and tested and tested while being told we are not worthy and we have no hope of EVER finding happiness; peace; or the love of our creator in this life time. Only upon our death if our creator forgives us; if we grant the earthy rights of authority in his name to the Messenger can we hope and pray we will find peace in the afterlife.

I also want to point out the written history of man. Not humans. Not woman. Man. God by the word of ALL sacred texts is a man. God made man in his image. God gave man authority over woman. God demands the virginity and chastity of woman while placing the blame of man’s weakness of the sin of desire for her and punishes her for man’s right to carnal knowledge of her. God gave man authority over the children women are commanded to bear for him and were condemned to suffer pain to do so. The blood women bleed every month is part of her punishment and we are unclean because of it. And man must wash himself clean of us after he has defiled us and before he can touch anything of God’s.

If you are wondering what this has to do with The Innocence of Muslims then you haven’t seen the film. I watched this 13:50 film. This anti-Muslim film.

Nowhere in the Quran does Mohammed take a vow of Chastity. In fact Mohammed had many wives as did all Prophets before him save Jesus. (Jesus however did not take a vow of Chastity and it is believed by many he love Mary Magdalene who by the way was canonized by the Catholic Church, she was made a saint. Why? Because the Church would not have allowed Jesus to love a whore. The suggestion of Jesus having Carnal knowledge of her is considered by ALL Christians to be blasphemy. To even have a fleeting thought doubting the holiness of Jesus is a crime of heresy and that is a crime whose punishment brutal torture and painful death at the hands of Christians, Catholics and Protestants alike. Over 2000 years millions, MILLIONS of ‘heretics’ have been convicted of this crime).

It is written in the Quran that the Prophet Mohammed is to be granted the spoils of war. The spoils of war include women and children. For thousands of years girls; women of every religion and every culture have been ‘given’ to men as wives, consorts and concubines as young as 12 years old and it was expected, demanded and granted these men had the sole rights to their virginity. If a creation of God anywhere ever should be burdened with a wife who did not bear him children God would grant him another even allowing the banishment and humiliation the wife who obviously is being punished for some indiscretion or sin by God.

Apologies…back to the film. Mohammed is not raping, brutalizing, or even harming a woman or child. He given a girl by her father and the mother doesn’t like it. He’s 53 and she is about 12. It is suggested in the film that Mohammed beds married woman who offer themselves up to him after Mohammed’s army defeat their husbands in battle. The Quran states that the wives of non-believers are not to punished but given the chance to ‘convert’ and give themselves to Mohammed or to any believer of Islam. Every religion grants its men the right to the women they rape and the wives of the men they conquer. Every religion.

In the film Mohammed grants his faithful who prefer ‘children’ for copulation and the Quran grants right to them. Again, Pedophilia has only been illegal or immoral since modern times. As I said before 12 has been the average marrying age for girls (conveniently the average age of puberty and the onset of menstruation which is childbearing age) since ancient times, for thousands of years before monotheism and any written scripture.

I will close my stating clearly without defending any side that nowhere in this film is there a theme of the persecution of Jesus or a specific attack on targeted countries or religion, just a war against non-believers of Islam. Just like the Crusades of non-believers in Christ and the Inquisitions of the non-believers of the Pope in Rome or the persecution of the non-believers in Church doctrine and it’s Holy Sacraments or the non-believers in Luther’s reform or the non-believer in Hitler’s regime or the non-believers of the absolute divinity of the Emperors of Rome or the non-believers in Zues and the Gods of Ancient Greece or the non-believers of Egyptian Pharaohs….I hope you have gotten my point.

So I will leave you not with an answer but with the question, where is the anti in this film.

Female Genital Mutilation

There are four classifications for this procedure.

1. Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris (a small, sensitive and erectile part of the female genitals) and, in very rare cases, only the prepuce (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoris).

2. Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora (the labia are “the lips” that surround the vagina).

3. Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris.

4. Other: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.

This ‘procedure’ is usually performed on girls between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. It is done in the girl’s home or the home of a female relative. It is performed by a female relative with other females holding the girl down while a kitchen knife, a shaving blade (used), a piece of glass or even the top to a can is used to do the cutting. No anesthesia is used, not even a topical, and no antibiotics are given to prevent infection.

In a large percentage of women the vaginal opening is sewn almost completely closed. The ‘opening’ is about the size of a pencil eraser, which results in it taking up to 30 minutes to urinate and several days (after menstruation ends) for the blood to slowly drip out. The diseases and infections cause constant pain and sometimes death.

When the girl is married off to the man of her father’s choosing he is presented with a penknife, or worse, as a wedding gift which he will use to open his wife to consummate the marriage. If the husband has to go away a night or more she is sewn shut again until he cuts her open when he comes home.

A percentage of the time the vaginal closing is cut minutes before childbirth though most women are left to endure the baby passing through this small opening only to have whatever vaginal skin wasn’t ripped and torn stretched and used to sew her vagina shut again almost immediately afterwards.

The belief that has been held for countless generations is thus. Female ‘circumcision’ is medically necessary because if not done the female clitoris would grow to hang below a woman’s knees. If circumcision is not done, a child’s head that touches the clitoris during child birth the child will contract a deadly disease. If circumcision is not done and if the man’s penis touched the clitoris during sex he will contract a disease that could make him sterile.

The belief is that if this procedure is not performed the women will not be able to control their sexual desire. In the Muslim world a unmarried woman that loses her virginity is not able to be married off. Being married is about the only security these women can hope for. If a woman that has not has this procedure will be unable to be faithful to her husband. It is common for married men who must be away from their wives for a night or more to sew their wives shut until they return only to slice them open again to have sex. Most of the men won’t marry a woman unless she has been circumcised.

The custom is so embedded in culture than separating the two is almost impossible to do. Middle Eastern countries and a large percent of African countries practice the custom and it is not only accepted but expected.

But this horrific procedure doesn’t just happen ‘somewhere else’. It happens here in America. And it is protected by The Constitution. It is Freedom of Religion. It is only a crime if the girl is under the age of 18. Since the average age of the girls who have this done is between 5 and 10 years old how many cases do you think are reported? I doubt any at all.

I get a pit in my stomach at the knowledge that the Supreme Court of the United States upholds this claim of Religious Freedom. Any and all educated people, I doubt any uneducated ones could ever believe this shit! We know our clitorises don’t grow to be below the knee, so what if it did what are the men afraid our clit’s will be longer than their penis’s? We know that the clitoris does not give babies or men’s penis’s a disease. The lifelong health issues these women endure alone is enough to stop it. And so what if they become so horny they sleep around? That is not against the law. Neither is practicing you’re own religion different from that of your family, ancestors or homeland. This is denial of one’s right to freedom of religion. We know that there are absolutely no medical benefits to this procedure.

And last time I checked performing surgery, which is what this is, in your kitchen with the lid to a tin can is a violent crime!

How can this happen? And I am not associating female circumcision to male circumcision in the way that one is okay and the other is not. Nor am I saying that they are the same. They are separate issues. If one or many or all laws apply to both then apply the laws. But if one law applies to one and not the other then that law shouldn’t apply to either one. I am not going to say that there are no laws that apply to female genital mutilation because there are more than one. It is a sex crime, it is a violent crime, and it is a crime against humanity

When Is It Wrong To Protect Rights

I am not for censorship. I am not against the First Amendment. I understand how important it is. I also know that as American’s we have a responsibility not to abuse those rights. With different ideas of what is offensive or inappropriate the First Amendment boils down to a matter of opinion. Or does it.

Using the film The Innocence of Muslims as the obvious example I think the unbelievable over reaction is nothing short of extreme fanaticism. I don’t see the anti in the film, in fact the film is a pretty accurate script taken right out of the Quran. Let me state my point of views on religion here before I go any further. I have always been VERY outspoken about my feelings towards Christianity and organized religion. I feel the Catholic Church should be held accountable for Crimes against humanity, that Christianity as a whole is responsible for Crimes against Humanity. I entertain the idea that Jesus and Muhammed were no more than another David Koresh, Jim Jones, Charles Manson or any other Cult leader. I think that anyone  who actually believes the Bible is  borderline retarded. Religion is nothing more than another way for man to control women and government.

That being said, does the First Amendment give anyone the right to speak freely outside America? Isn’t it rather arrogant of us Americans to expect other cultures and countries to just take insult when they don’t have the same political views? What gives us the right to voice our opinion outside of America? Under the Constitution we have the right not to listen to anyone expressing their right to free speech. Under the Constitution we have the right to disagree with our government. Other countries don’t know or understand this idea.

Should our government have apologized like they did? Absolutely not. Should our government have taken the movie off or banned it here? Absolutely not. Should it have available on You Tube in the Middle East? Absolutely not.

We have the right as Americans to express our views, our ideals, our opinions, or insults, and our jokes in the form of speech, print or video. American newspapers, television stations, record companies and movie theaters have the right to air, record or publish these opinions. But we shouldn’t have the right to impose these rights in someone else’s country.

Where I got my information and supporting Islamic scripture

I chose to use the Pickthall version of the Quran. Devout Muslims believe that only an Arabic version of this text is the actual Qur’an, so please be aware of this.

The Quran is divided into Surah’s or Books.

8. al-Anfal: The Spoils Of War
1 They ask thee (O Muhammad) of the spoils of war. Say: The spoils of war belong to Allah and the messenger, so keep your duty to Allah, and adjust the matter of your difference, and obey Allah and His messenger, if ye are (true) believers.

2 They only are the (true) believers whose hearts feel fear when Allah is mentioned, and when His revelations are recited unto them they increase their faith, and who trust in their Lord;

3 Who establish worship and spend of that We have bestowed on them.

4 Those are they who are in truth believers. For them are grades (of honour) with their Lord, and pardon, and a bountiful provision.

5 Even as thy Lord caused thee (Muhammad) to go forth from thy home with the Truth, and lo! a party of the believers were averse (to it).

6 Disputing with thee of the Truth after it had been made manifest, as if they were being driven to death visible.

7 And when Allah promised you one of the two bands (of the enemy) that it should be yours, and ye longed that other than the armed one might be yours. And Allah willed that He should cause the Truth to triumph by His words, and cut the root of the disbelievers;

8 That He might cause the Truth to triumph and bring vanity to naught, however much the guilty might oppose;

9 When ye sought help of your Lord and He answered you (saying): I will help you with a thousand of the angels, rank on rank.

10 Allah appointed it only as good tidings, and that your hearts thereby might be at rest. Victory cometh only by the help of Allah. Lo! Allah is Mighty, Wise.

11 When He made the slumber fall upon you as a reassurance from him and sent down water from the sky upon you, that thereby He might purify you, and remove from you the fear of Satan, and make strong your hearts and firm (your) feet thereby.

12 When thy Lord inspired the angels, (saying): I am with you. So make those who believe stand firm. I will throw fear into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Then smite the necks and smite of them each finger.

13 That is because they opposed Allah and His messenger. Whoso opposeth Allah and His messenger, (for him) lo! Allah is severe in punishment.

14 That (is the award), so taste it, and (know) that for disbelievers is the torment of the Fire.

15 O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them.

16 Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless manoeuvring for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.

17 Ye (Muslims) slew them not, but Allah slew them. And thou (Muhammad) threwest not when thou didst throw, but Allah threw, that He might test the believers by a fair test from Him. Lo! Allah is Hearer, Knower.

18 That (is the case); and (know) that Allah (it is) Who maketh weak the plan of disbelievers.

19 (O Qureysh!) If ye sought a judgment, now hath the judgment come unto you. And if ye cease (from persecuting the believers) it will be better for you, but if ye return (to the attack) We also shall return. And your host will avail you naught, however numerous it be, and (know) that Allah is with the believers (in His Guidance).

20 O ye who believe! Obey Allah and His messenger, and turn not away from him when ye hear (him speak).

21 Be not as those who say, we hear, and they hear not.

22 Lo! the worst of beasts in Allah’s sight are the deaf, the dumb, who have no sense.

23 Had Allah known of any good in them He would have made them hear, but had He made them hear they would have turned away, averse.

24 O ye who believe! Obey Allah, and the messenger when He calleth you to that which quickeneth you, and know that Allah cometh in between the man and his own heart, and that He it is unto Whom ye will be gathered.

25 And guard yourselves against a chastisement which cannot fall exclusively on those of you who are wrong-doers, and know that Allah is severe in punishment.

26 And remember, when ye were few and reckoned feeble in the land, and were in fear lest men should extirpate you, how He gave you refuge, and strengthened you with His help, and made provision of good things for you, that haply ye might be thankful.

27 O ye who believe! Betray not Allah and His messenger, nor knowingly betray your trusts.

28 And know that your possessions and your children are a test, and that with Allah is immense reward.

29 O ye who believe! If ye keep your duty to Allah, He will give you discrimination (between right and wrong) and will rid you of your evil thoughts and deeds, and will forgive you. Allah is of Infinite Bounty.

30 And when those who disbelieve plot against thee (O Muhammad) to wound thee fatally, or to kill thee or to drive thee forth; they plot, but Allah (also) plotteth; and Allah is the best of plotters.

31 And when Our revelations are recited unto them they say: We have heard. If we wish we can speak the like of this. Lo! this is naught but fables of the men of old.

32 And when they said: O Allah! If this be indeed the truth from Thee, then rain down stones on us or bring on us some painful doom!

33 But Allah would not punish them while thou wast with them, nor will He punish them while they seek forgiveness.

34 What (plea) have they that Allah should not punish them, when they debar (His servants) from the Inviolable Place of Worship, though they are not its fitting guardians. Its fitting guardians are those only who keep their duty to Allah. But most of them know not.

35 And their worship at the (holy) House is naught but whistling and hand- clapping. Therefore (it is said unto them): Taste of the doom because ye disbelieve.

36 Lo! those who disbelieve spend their wealth in order that they may debar (men) from the way of Allah. They will spend it, then it will become an anguish for them, then they will be conquered. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto hell,

37 That Allah may separate the wicked from the good, The wicked will He place piece upon piece, and heap them all together, and consign them unto hell. Such verily are the losers.

38 Tell those who disbelieve that if they cease (from persecution of believers) that which is past will be forgiven them; but if they return (thereto) then the example of the men of old hath already gone (before them, for a warning).

39 And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is all for Allah. But if they cease, then lo! Allah is Seer of what they do.

40 And if they turn away, then know that Allah is your Befriender – a Transcendent Patron, a Transcendent Helper!

41 And know that whatever ye take as spoils of war, lo! a fifth thereof is for Allah, and for the messenger and for the kinsman (who hath need) and orphans and the needy and the wayfarer, if ye believe in Allah and that which We revealed unto Our slave on the Day of Discrimination, the day when the two armies met. And Allah is Able to do all things.

42 When ye were on the near bank (of the valley) and they were on the yonder bank, and the caravan was below you (on the coast plain). And had ye trysted to meet one another ye surely would have failed to keep the tryst, but (it happened, as it did, without the forethought of either of you) that Allah might conclude a thing that must be done; that he who perished (on that day) might perish by a clear proof (of His Sovereignty) and he who survived might survive by a clear proof (of His Sovereignty). Lo! Allah in truth is Hearer, Knower.

43 When Allah showed them unto thee (O Muhammad) in thy dream as few in number, and if He had shown them to thee as many, ye (Muslims) would have faltered and would have quarrelled over the affair. But Allah saved (you). Lo! He knoweth what is in the breasts (of men).

44 And when He made you (Muslims), when ye met (them), see them with your eyes as few, and lessened you in their eyes, (it was) that Allah might conclude a thing that must be done. Unto Allah all things are brought back.

45 O ye who believe! When ye meet an army, hold firm and think of Allah much, that ye may be successful.

46 And obey Allah and His messenger, and dispute not one with another lest ye falter and your strength depart from you; but be steadfast! Lo! Allah is with the steadfast.

47 Be not as those who came forth from their dwellings boastfully and to be seen of men, and debar (men) from the way of Allah, while Allah is surrounding all they do.

48 And when Satan made their deeds seem fair to them and said: No-one of mankind can conquer you this day, for I am your protector. But when the armies came in sight of one another, he took flight, saying: Lo! I am guiltless of you. Lo! I see that which ye see not. Lo! I fear Allah. And Allah is severe in punishment.

49 When the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease said: Their religion hath deluded these. Whoso putteth his trust in Allah (will find that) lo! Allah is Mighty, Wise.

50 If thou couldst see how the angels receive those who disbelieve, smiting faces and their backs and (saying): Taste the punishment of burning!

51 This is for that which your own hands have sent before (to the Judgment), and (know) that Allah is not a tyrant to His slaves.

52 (Their way is) as the way of Pharaoh’s folk and those before them; they disbelieved the revelations of Allah, and Allah took them in their sins. Lo! Allah is Strong, severe in punishment.

53 That is because Allah never changeth the grace He hath bestowed on any people until they first change that which is in their hearts, and (that is) because Allah is Hearer, Knower.

54 (Their way is) as the way of Pharaoh’s folk and those before them; they denied the revelations of their Lord, so We destroyed them in their sins. And We drowned the folk of Pharaoh. All were evil-doers.

55 Lo! the worst of beasts in Allah’s sight are the ungrateful who will not believe.

56 Those of them with whom thou madest a treaty, and then at every opportunity they break their treaty, and they keep not duty (to Allah).

57 If thou comest on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that haply they may remember.

58 And if thou fearest treachery from any folk, then throw back to them (their treaty) fairly. Lo! Allah loveth not the treacherous.

59 And let not those who disbelieve suppose that they can outstrip (Allah’s Purpose). Lo! they cannot escape.

60 Make ready for them all thou canst of (armed) force and of horses tethered, that thereby ye may dismay the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others beside them whom ye know not. Allah knoweth them. Whatsoever ye spend in the way of Allah it will be repaid to you in full, and ye will not be wronged.

61 And if they incline to peace, incline thou also to it, and trust in Allah. Lo! He, even He, is the Hearer, the Knower.

62 And if they would deceive thee, then lo! Allah is Sufficient for thee. He it is Who supporteth thee with His help and with the believers,

63 And (as for the believers) hath attuned their hearts. If thou hadst spent all that is in the earth thou couldst not have attuned their hearts, but Allah hath attuned them. Lo! He is Mighty, Wise.

64 O Prophet! Allah is Sufficient for thee and those who follow thee of the believers.

65 O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty steadfast they shall overcome two hundred, and if there be of you a hundred (steadfast) they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are a folk without intelligence.

66 Now hath Allah lightened your burden, for He knoweth that there is weakness in you. So if there be of you a steadfast hundred they shall overcome two hundred, and if there be of you a thousand (steadfast) they shall overcome two thousand by permission of Allah. Allah is with the steadfast.

67 It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land. Ye desire the lure of this world and Allah desireth (for you) the Hereafter, and Allah is Mighty, Wise.

68 Had it not been for an ordinance of Allah which had gone before, an awful doom had come upon you on account of what ye took.

69 Now enjoy what ye have won, as lawful and good, and keep your duty to Allah. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

70 O Prophet! Say unto those captives who are in your hands: If Allah knoweth any good in your hearts He will give you better than that which hath been taken from you, and will forgive you. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

71 And if they would betray thee, they betrayed Allah before, and He gave (thee) power over them. Allah is Knower, Wise.

72 Lo! those who believed and left their homes and strove with their wealth and their lives for the cause of Allah, and those who took them in and helped them: these are protecting friends one of another. And those who believed but did not leave their homes, ye have no duty to protect them till they leave their homes; but if they seek help from you in the matter of religion then it is your duty to help (them) except against a folk between whom and you there is a treaty. Allah is Seer of what ye do.

73 And those who disbelieve are protectors one of another – If ye do not so, there will be confusion in the land, and great corruption.

74 Those who believed and left their homes and strove for the cause of Allah, and those who took them in and helped them – these are the believers in truth. For them is pardon, and bountiful provision.

75 And those who afterwards believed and left their homes and strove along with you, they are of you; and those who are akin are nearer one to another in the ordinance of Allah. Lo! Allah is Knower of all things.

58. al-Mujadilah: She Who Pleaded
1 Allah hath heard the saying of her that disputeth with thee (Muhammad) concerning her husband, and complaineth unto Allah. And Allah heareth your colloquy. Lo! Allah is Hearer, Knower.

2 Such of you as put away your wives (by saying they are as their mothers) – They are not their mothers; none are their mothers except those who gave them birth – they indeed utter an ill word and a lie. And lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

3 Those who put away their wives (by saying they are as their mothers) and afterward would go back on that which they have said, (the penalty) in that case (is) the freeing of a slave before they touch one another. Unto this ye are exhorted; and Allah is Informed of what ye do.

4 And he who findeth not (the wherewithal), let him fast for two successive months before they touch one another; and for him who is unable to do so (the penance is) the feeding of sixty needy ones. This, that ye may put trust in Allah and His messenger. Such are the limits (imposed by Allah); and for disbelievers is a painful doom.

5 Lo! those who oppose Allah and His messenger will be abased even as those before them were abased; and We have sent down clear tokens, and for disbelievers is a shameful doom

6 On the day when Allah will raise them all together and inform them of what they did. Allah hath kept account of it while they forgot it. And Allah is Witness over all things.

7 Hast thou not seen that Allah knoweth all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth ? There is no secret conference of three but He is their fourth, nor of five but He is their sixth, nor of less than that or more but He is with them wheresoever they may be; and afterward, on the Day of Resurrection, He will inform them of what they did. Lo! Allah is Knower of all things.

8 Hast thou not observed those who were forbidden conspiracy and afterward returned to that which they had been forbidden, and (now) conspire together for crime and wrongdoing and disobedience toward the messenger ? And when they come unto thee they greet thee with a greeting wherewith Allah greeteth thee not, and say within themselves: Why should Allah punish us for what we say ? Hell will suffice them; they will feel the heat thereof – a hapless journey’s end!

9 O ye who believe! When ye conspire together, conspire not together for crime and wrongdoing and disobedience toward the messenger, but conspire together for righteousness and piety, and keep your duty toward Allah, unto whom ye will be gathered.

10 Lo! Conspiracy is only of the devil, that he may vex those who believe; but he can harm them not at all unless by Allah’s leave. In Allah let believers put their trust.

11 O ye who believe! when it is said unto you, Make room! in assemblies, then make room; Allah will make way for you (hereafter). And when it is said, Come up higher! go up higher; Allah will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have knowledge, to high ranks. Allah is Informed of what ye do.

12 O ye who believe! When ye hold conference with the messenger, offer an alms before your conference. That is better and purer for you. But if ye cannot find (the wherewithal) then lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

13 Fear ye to offer alms before your conference ? Then, when ye do it not and Allah hath forgiven you, establish worship and pay the poor-due and obey Allah and His messenger. And Allah is Aware of what ye do.

14 Hast thou not seen those who take for friends a folk with whom Allah is wroth ? They are neither of you nor of them, and they swear a false oath knowingly.

15 Allah hath prepared for them a dreadful doom. Evil indeed is that which they are wont to do.

16 They make a shelter of their oaths and turn (men) from the way of Allah; so theirs will be a shameful doom.

17 Their wealth and their children will avail them naught against Allah. Such are rightful owners of the Fire; they will abide therein.

18 On the day when Allah will raise them all together, then will they swear unto Him as they (now) swear unto you, and they will fancy that they have some standing. Lo! is it not they who are the liars ?

19 The devil hath engrossed them and so hath caused them to forget remembrance of Allah. They are the devil’s party. Lo! is it not the devil’s party who will be the losers ?

20 Lo! those who oppose Allah and His messenger, they will be among the lowest.

21 Allah hath decreed: Lo! I verily shall conquer, I and My messengers. Lo! Allah is Strong, Almighty.

22 Thou wilt not find folk who believe in Allah and the Last Day loving those who oppose Allah and His messenger, even though they be their fathers or their sons or their brethren or their clan. As for such, He hath written faith upon their hearts and hath strengthened them with a Spirit from Him, and He will bring them into Gardens underneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide. Allah is well pleased with them, and they are well pleased with Him. They are Allah’s party. Lo! is it not Allah’s party who are the successful ?

60. al-Mumtahanah: She Who is Tested
1 O ye who believe! Choose not My enemy and your enemy for allies. Do ye give them friendship when they disbelieve in that truth which hath come unto you, driving out the messenger and you because ye believe in Allah, your Lord ? If ye have come forth to strive in My way and seeking My good pleasure, (show them not friendship). Do ye show friendship unto them in secret, when I am Best Aware of what ye hide and what ye proclaim ? And whosoever doeth it among you, he verily hath strayed from the right way.

2 If they have the upper hand of you, they will be your foes, and will stretch out their hands and their tongues toward you with evil (intent), and they long for you to disbelieve.

3 Your ties of kindred and your children will avail you naught upon the Day of Resurrection. He will part you. Allah is Seer of what ye do.

4 There is a goodly pattern for you in Abraham and those with him, when they told their folk: Lo! we are guiltless of you and all that ye worship beside Allah. We have done with you. And there hath arisen between us and you hostility and hate for ever until ye believe in Allah only – save that which Abraham promised his father (when he said): I will ask forgiveness for thee, though I own nothing for thee from Allah – Our Lord! In Thee we put our trust, and unto Thee we turn repentant, and unto Thee is the journeying.

5 Our Lord! Make us not a prey for those who disbelieve, and forgive us, our Lord! Lo! Thou, only Thou, are the Mighty, the Wise.

6 Verily ye have in them a goodly pattern for everyone who looketh to Allah and the Last Day. And whosoever may turn away, lo! still Allah, He is the Absolute, the Owner of Praise.

7 It may be that Allah will ordain love between you and those of them with whom ye are at enmity. Allah is Mighty, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

8 Allah forbiddeth you not those who warred not against you on account of religion and drove you not out from your homes, that ye should show them kindness and deal justly with them. Lo! Allah loveth the just dealers.

9 Allah forbiddeth you only those who warred against you on account of religion and have driven you out from your homes and helped to drive you out, that ye make friends of them. Whosoever maketh friends of them – (All) such are wrong- doers.

10 O ye who believe! When believing women come unto you as fugitives, examine them. Allah is Best Aware of their faith. Then, if ye know them for true believers, send them not back unto the disbelievers. They are not lawful for them (the disbelievers), nor are they (the disbelievers) lawful for them. And give them (the disbelievers) that which they have spent (upon them). And it is no sin for you to marry such women when ye have given them their dues. And hold not to the ties of disbelieving women; and ask for (the return of) that which ye have spent; and let them (the disbelievers) ask for that which they have spent. That is the judgment of Allah. He judgeth between you. Allah is Knower, Wise.

11 And if any of your wives have gone from you unto the disbelievers and afterward ye have your turn (of triumph), then give unto those whose wives have gone the like of that which they have spent, and keep your duty to Allah in Whom ye are believers.

12 O Prophet! If believing women come unto thee, taking oath of allegiance unto thee that they will ascribe no thing as partner unto Allah, and will neither steal nor commit adultery nor kill their children, nor produce any lie that they have devised between their hands and feet, nor disobey thee in what is right, then accept their allegiance and ask Allah to forgive them. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

13 O ye who believe! Be not friendly with a folk with whom Allah is wroth, (a folk) who have despaired of the Hereafter as the disbelievers despair of those who are in the graves.

64. at-Taghabun: The Cheating
1 All that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth glorifieth Allah; unto Him belongeth Sovereignty and unto Him belongeth praise, and He is Able to do all things.

2 He it is Who created you, but one of you is a disbeliever and one of you is a believer, and Allah is Seer of what ye do.

3 He created the heavens and the earth with truth, and He shaped you and made good your shapes, and unto Him is the journeying.

4 He knoweth all that is in the heavens and the earth, and He knoweth what ye conceal and what ye publish. And Allah is Aware of what is in the breasts (of men).

5 Hath not the story reached you of those who disbelieved of old and so did taste the ill-effects of their conduct, and theirs will be a painful doom.

6 That was because their messengers (from Allah) kept coming unto them with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), but they said: Shall mere mortals guide us ? So they disbelieved and turned away, and Allah was independent (of them). Allah is Absolute, Owner of Praise.

7 Those who disbelieve assert that they will not be raised again. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Yea, verily, by my Lord! ye will be raised again and then ye will be informed of what ye did; and that is easy for Allah.

8 So believe in Allah and His messenger and the light which We have revealed. And Allah is Informed of what ye do.

9 The day when He shall gather you unto the Day of Assembling, that will be a day of mutual disillusion. And whoso believeth in Allah and doeth right, He will remit from him his evil deeds and will bring him unto Gardens underneath which rivers flow, therein to abide for ever. That is the supreme triumph.

10 But those who disbelieve and deny Our revelations, such are owners of the Fire; they will abide therein – a hapless journey’s end!

11 No calamity befalleth save by Allah’s leave. And whosoever believeth in Allah, He guideth his heart. And Allah is Knower of all things.

12 Obey Allah and obey His messenger; but if ye turn away, then the duty of Our messenger is only to convey (the message) plainly.

13 Allah! There is no God save Him. In Allah, therefore, let believers put their trust.

14 O ye who believe! Lo! among your wives and your children there are enemies for you, therefor beware of them. And if ye efface and overlook and forgive, then lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

15 Your wealth and your children are only a temptation, whereas Allah! with Him is an immense reward.

16 So keep your duty to Allah as best ye can, and listen, and obey, and spend; that is better for your souls. And whoso is saved from his own greed, such are the successful.

17 If ye lend unto Allah a goodly loan, He will double it for you and will forgive you, for Allah is Responsive, Clement,

18 Knower of the Invisible and the Visible, the Mighty, the Wise.

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