“At the end of his three-day visit to Turkey Pope Francis said that he understood how Muslims were offended by the stereotype that equates Islam with terrorism. “They say: ‘No, we are not this, the Koran is a book of peace, it is a prophetic book of peace. This is not Islam,’” he said.
Turkish Muslim academics and researchers from “The Centre For European Studies” at Istanbul Bilgi University, pointed out to the western media, at the end of Pope Benedict XVI visit to Turkey in 2006, that “the only thing that will change the attitude of Turkey’s Muslims toward its Christians, is if we take all of the school text books, including the Koran, that teach Muslim kids to hate Christians and burn them”.
Turkish president Erdogan supported the previous notion of the Turkish academics by showing his contempt of the West in linking directly Islamic Terrorism on growing anti-Muslim sentiments in Europe and America, and the growing Western conspiracies to dominate the Middle East. Erdogan insisted during Pope Francis’ visit to Istanbul that there was a “very serious and rapid trend of growth in racism, discrimination, and hatred of others, especially Islamophobia in the West.”
Let us analyze closely the following verses from The Koran and see who hates the “OTHERS” more, the West or Islam:
“Know that we send down to the unbelievers (Jews and Christians) Devils who incite them to evil. Therefore have patience: their days are numbered”. Koran 19:87
This verse is often chanted during the beheading rituals we often see on radical Islamic websites. For the pious Muslim beheading his defenceless hostage, it is an act of heroic proportion, because he is slaughtering the Devil incarnated in the human form of an Infidel.
“Satan has gained possession of The People of The Book (Jews and Christians) and caused them to forget Allah’s warnings. They are the confederates of Satan; Satan’s confederates shall assuredly be lost in hell. The Believers are the confederates of Allah (Hizbollah); and Allah’s confederates shall surely triumph”. Koran 58:19
Another verse recited frequently in the background of beheading rituals, to reinforce the view that by slaughtering Christians and Jews, a pious Muslim is killing Satan not an innocent captive.
“We will put terror into the hearts of the unbelievers (Jews and Christians). They serve other Gods for whom no sanction has been revealed. Hell shall be their home; dismal indeed is the dwelling place of the evil-doers”. Koran 3:149
A verse often used by Salafist radicals to spread terror and encourage Muslims to kill indiscriminately innocent children, women, and seniors attending a wedding or using the public transit system. After all Jews and Christians worship Gods that have not been sanctioned by the Allah of Islam, and they are all classified as evil-doers who shall perish in an earthly hell of Muslim design, make, and timing.
“Do you fear the unbelievers (Jews and Christians)? Surely Allah is more worthy of your fear. If you are true believers make war on them; Allah will chastise them through you and humble them. He will grant you victory over them and heal the spirit of the faithful”. Koran 9:14
A favorite passage of Hizbollah fighters in Lebanon, who scored with the help of Allah a “Divine Victory” against the mightiest army in The Middle East (IDF 2006). Hassan Nasrallah, the supreme leader of The Hizbollah movement in Lebanon exploits this passage extensively in his fiery speeches to remind his followers that Allah’s will for the believer is very clear; his or her primary religious duty should be to wage war on the Jewish State of Israel to liberate Jerusalem, destroy Christian unbelievers who sustain the existence of Israel, and thus impose on the “Kouffar” Allah’s agenda for the salvation of humanity.
“Cast into hell every hardened unbeliever, every opponent from the people of the book (Jews and Christians), and every doubting transgressor who has set up another God besides Allah. Hurl him into the fierce tormenting flames of hell”. Koran 50:21
Suicide bombers use this verse (in videos taped prior to their heroic operations) to justify the blowing up of their explosive charges on buses and in a variety of public places frequented by Jews and Christians. By becoming a “Shahid” (Arabic for martyr) and securing a place in Allah’s heavenly kingdom, the suicide bomber is hurling his victims (hardened unbelievers) into the fierce tormenting flames of hell-the inferno created by the explosion in a confined space.
Believers, do not make friends with any men other than your own people. They will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they say, but more violent is the hatred which their breasts conceal”. Koran 3:117
These verses are used extensively every Friday, in dozens of mosques located in major capitals such as London, Paris, Brussels, Spain, Toronto…to deepen the schism between Muslims and non-believers, and insulate them from any arguments that may challenge radical Islamist narratives. The time has come to reinforce the key principle that no democracy has any legal or moral obligation to tolerate the intolerable, including Muslim presidents like Erdogan.
And to all Western apologists who believe that tolerance should remain one of the most distinct characteristics of democracies, I invite them to reflect on the following statement of British novelist
“In this world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called indifference, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.” ”
Pope Benedict XVI:
“Llife is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose!”
“Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy.”
“There is also something sinister which stems from the fact that freedom and tolerance are so often separated from truth. This is fuelled by the notion, widely held today, that there are no absolute truths to guide our lives.”
(Address to Youth – Sydney, Australia, July-2008)