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Wafa Sultan Speaks Out On Cartoon Controversy

In the current heated climate revolving around the triumphalist mosque that imam Feisal Abdul Rauf is proposing to build at Ground Zero and the proposed Koran burning by the Reverend Terry Jones of Florida, I thought it would be interesting to go back a few years and re-examine the infamous cartoon controversy. In that incident, which was created by scheming Muslim leaders well after the fact to inflame Muslims around the world into violence, Muslims rioted, burned, looted, and killed (generally doing what they do best) because of 12 cartoons that were posted by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten several months earlier. (The fact that they were published several months earlier without notice or incident is a very key fact.  It was not until some Muslim provocateurs  decided to use the event as a catalyst for violence and to claim victim-hood that most people in the world found out about the publication of the cartoons.)

I have written about these cartoons and their aftermath here, here, here, and here. I also wrote about the Koran burning controversy here.

I came across a 2006 video of Wafa Sultan discussing the cartoon controversy. Wafa Sultan, for those of you who don’t know, is an ex-Muslim. She was born in Syria and came to the United States in 1989. She is a psychiatrist and  has written several books, the latest of which is “A God Who Hates: The Courageous Woman Who Inflamed the Muslim World Speaks Out Against the Evils of Islam”.

In the video, she claims that the publication of the cartoons by the Jyllands-Posten was a “crack in the wall” of the prison that is Islam. As I, and others have pointed out, she states:

“Islam is not only a religion, Islam also a political ideology that preaches violence and applies its agenda by force.”

She also points out that there are no moderate Muslims, which is the same thing that Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan stated. (And, when Muslims and ex-Muslims state that there is no “moderate Islam”, we are stupid to believe those who spend their time preaching about that non-existent “moderate Islam” and the “religion of peace”.)

Wafa Sultan states:

“I believe, wrongfully, they were called moderate. I don’t believe there is moderate Islam. I believe they are moderate in terms of culture, not in term of religion, because in Islam you have to believe in every teaching as a holy teaching, you cannot change, you have to accept it the way it is.   Otherwise, simply, you are not a Muslim.”

She goes on to state that she thinks that the cartoons are good, because they will force Muslims to “get used to it”. All religions are criticized and made fun of. There is no reason why Islam should be any different.

On the ominous side, but a belief that I fully agree with, she does not think that Islam can be reformed.

“I don’t believe Islam can be reformed. I really don’t. I believe Islam shall be transformed and it will take fearless religious leaders and very well educated people to cause the transformation. If Islam was transformed absolutely, it will have a role to play in our world.”

Watch the whole video. It is instructive, especially for the weekend of September 11.

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