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Timothy Furnish: Major Nidal Malik Hasan Not An Islamic “Extremist,” But Simply A Good, Literalist Muslim

While the mainstream media outlets continue their politically-correct embrace of one another, rallying around the propaganda point that Hasan’s killing of 13 soldiers and civilians at Ft. Hood had nothing to do with his Islamic beliefs, even the more gimlet-eyed feel compelled to use terms like “extremist” to describe Hasan’s worldview. For example, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), in calling for possible Senate hearings into the murders, said he was doing so because “there had been strong warning signs that Hasan was an ‘Islamic extremist.’”
But was—is—he? The “Washington Post” today is reporting on the Power Point presentation Nidal gave to fellow doctors in 2007, entitled “The Koranic [sic] Worldview As It Relates to Muslims in the US Military.” The “Post” even has copies of the 50 slides he used for this lecture, a number of which detail the Qur’anic-prescribed afterlife rewards for “believers”—Muslims—and punishments for non-Muslims. The slides themselves simply provide the Qur’anic citations for these (and other) Islamic beliefs, and the “Post” story is ambiguous about whether Hasan was reporting dispassionately on these beliefs or advocating them. However, according to a story yesterday in the U.K. “Telegraph,” at that same talk Hasan “had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cut,” as well as “be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throat.” […]

Until it becomes acceptable in Sunni Islam to read such verses as metaphor—as, for example, rhetorical “decapitation” of non-Muslim arguments against Islam—and/or to limit them to the 7th century AD, the Hasans of the world will continue to find rational justification within the Islamic fold for personal jihad against “infidels”—totally apart from any connections to, or encouragement from, al-Qa`idah or any other Islamic terrorist group. Far from being an “extremist,” Hasan was, and is, simply a literalist Sunni Muslim who acted upon the teachings of his holy book, rather than merely pay it lip service. We should be thankful that, so far, the bulk of the world’s, and America’s, Muslims remain hypocrites–unlike Hasan.

Article continues.  Links added by OVO.  The Christian world is a fine model for the benefits of hypocrisy.  The Bible contains a comparable list of injunctions to kill non-believers.  Deuteronomy 13:6-10 is the most clear example of what Christians are expected to do to non-believers, and Matthew 5:18-19 the most clear example of Jesus Christ confirming the commandments of the LORD.  But somewhere along the way the Christian world lost that old time religion.  Christianity even lost its taste for slavery, although all the verses for slavery remain and there are still exactly zero verses against slavery to be found in the Bible.  Secular morals advance and religious moralists fight against them with everything they’ve got.  Until religious moralists adopt secular morals and say that’s what they believed all along.  Thus Christianity will bang the drum all day long that Christians like Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led the civil rights movement and speak not at all regarding the few thousand years of history in which Christianity advocated and practiced slavery.  There’s no reason the Muslim world cannot engage in the same hypocrisy, double-talk and lying that has made the Christian world a more peaceful and productive superstition.