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Islam Is A Religion Of Peace. Ayaan Hirsi Ali Spanks Muslim Apologists In Debate

This was a great debate sponsored by Intelligence Squared. In this debate, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Douglas Murray debated Zeba Khan and Maajid Nawaz. The topic was, “Islam Is A Religion Of Peace”. The audience, which contained some Muslims, was asked to vote on that statement both before and after the debate. Before the debate, the results to the question “Islam is a religion of peace” were the following:

Yes 41%

No 25%

Undecided 34%

After the debate, the results were rather startling.

Yes 36%

No 55%

Undecided 9%

Clearly, many who were undecided were convinced that Islam is not a religion of peace, while even some who thought that it was had their minds changed.

I have to admit that the debaters who were “for” Islam being a religion of peace were not what I would claim are “mainstream” Muslims. Zeba Khan heads up an organization called “Muslim Americans for Obama”. The fact that she was “for” Obama makes her politics somewhat suspect, to me. But, besides that, the fact that her parents sent her to a Hebrew school, and that she learned Hebrew, makes her, in my opinion, not a typical, mainstream Muslim. And, of course, she was not displaying many of the “habits” displayed by Muslim women, like wearing a headscarf. While she may profess to being a “Muslim”, I would say that she is probably pretty far from the mainstream Muslim women, even in the United States, although I am sure there are hundreds of thousands of women like her in the United States, and several million in the rest of the world. But, since there are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world, if you assume that 1/2 are women, that leaves a few hundred million Muslim women who are probably not accurately portrayed by Zeba Khan. Maajid Hawaz was a former terrorist from the United Kingdom, by his own admission. He said he was saved by Amnesty International while doing time in an Egyptian jail for an arrest on terrorism charges. Again, not your typical “Muslim”, although certainly closer to the jihad than Zeba.

Those stating that Islam is not a religion of peace were Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Douglas Murray. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the famous Muslim apostate that fled her native Somalia and ended up in the Netherlands as a Parliamentarian after a long journey though various countries. Her life’s adventures and her escape from Islam are documented in her excellent books Infidel, Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations, and The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam She and Theo van Gogh made the short film “Submission“, for which Theo van Gogh was brutally murdered by a Muslim. The note explaining his butchering was attached to his chest with the knife that killed him. Since that time, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been constantly under the protection of police and body guards. She now lives in the United States, again, under 24 hour protection. (It was brought up during the debate that all attendees had to go through metal detectors to attend the debate; certainly not something speaking to the peace and tranquility of Islam.)

The case against Islam being a religion of peace was very strong and it obviously swayed the opinions of many of the people in the audience. It is an excellent debate. In it you will see the honesty of the people who know that Islam is not, and never was, a religion of peace and the typical deceptions of the apologists, ranging from “you don’t understand Arabic, and thus mis-translate the Koran”, to arguments that what Mohammad did (like marrying a 6 year old girl) are taken “out of context” since this is the 21st century and that was the 7th century. (Like, it was ever appropriate for a 50 something male to marry a 6 year old girl. And, unfortunately, although the Ayatollah Khomeini of modern Iran was discussed, Ali and Murray missed a great opportunity by not pointing out that he married a 10 year old girl when he was 28, in the 20th century, and said that it was a “divine blessing” to have a prepubescent bride. He further said “Do your best to ensure that your daughters do not see their first blood in your house.” Even today, the legal age for marriage for girls in Iran is 9.) (1)

I’ve written previously about the marriage, in Gaza, of prepubescent girls to men.

Anyway, it was a great and important debate. Watch it.

ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE from Intelligence Squared US on Vimeo.

1. “Religion of peace?: why Christianity is and Islam isn’t” by Robert Spencer, p 187.

2 Comments

  1. Ali says:

    I am EXTREMELY disturbed by these people’s FALSE accusations against the holy, pure, infallible and perfect Prophet Muhammad (SAW/Peace be upon him).

    The truth is that the holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) did not do as they have said and is not as they are saying.

    The holy, pure, perfect, and infallible Prophet Muhammad (SAW/Peace be upon him) is the MOST honourable, righteous, pious, kind, sincere, handsome, humble, pure, intelligent, honest, modest, knowledgeable, and GREATEST of all God’s creation!

    The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) is the best man ever and is God’s greatest mercy upon the universe.

    The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) was persecuted. The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) was stoned, abused, harassed, etc. and when God gave him victory and Makkah was won by the Muslims, the holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) FORGAVE those who had persecuted him.

    The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) married Hazrat Aisha (RAD) when she was over 19 years old. She has always regarded the holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) as the best man ever!

    The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) fought in self-defense and for God. The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) NEVER did any harm to innocent people, and is God’s greatest mercy and creation! SALVATION is through the holy, pure, perfect, and infallible Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) who is the CLOSEST one to Almighty Allah (SWT)!

  2. Ali says:

    I am EXTREMELY disturbed by these people’s FALSE accusations against the holy, pure, infallible and perfect Prophet Muhammad (SAW/Peace be upon him).

    The truth is that the holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) did not do as they have said and is not as they are saying.

    The holy, pure, perfect, and infallible Prophet Muhammad (SAW/Peace be upon him) is the MOST honourable, righteous, pious, kind, sincere, handsome, humble, pure, intelligent, honest, modest, knowledgeable, and GREATEST of all God’s creation!

    The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) is the best man ever and is God’s greatest mercy upon the universe.

    The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) was persecuted. The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) was stoned, abused, harassed, etc. and when God gave him victory and Makkah was won by the Muslims, the holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) FORGAVE those who had persecuted him.

    The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) married Hazrat Aisha (RAD) when she was over 19 years old. She has always regarded the holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) as the best man ever!

    The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) fought in self-defense and for God. The holy and pure Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) NEVER did any harm to innocent people, and is God’s greatest mercy and creation! SALVATION is through the holy, pure, perfect, and infallible Prophet Muhammad (SAW/PBUH) who is the CLOSEST one to Almighty Allah (SWT)!!!!

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