Dearborn, Michigan, witnessed another revolution in recent days, with Muslims demanding an end to incitement to hatred, violence and extremism.
Coming out of Friday Juma prayers on September 28, 2012, Dearborn Muslims held a rally, demanding introduction of new legal measures against hate speeches that incite hatred, violence and extremism. Said the rally organizer Tarek Baydoun, “There is a need for deterrent legal measures against those individuals or groups that want to damage relations between people, spread hate and incite violence.”
This can be a truly revolutionary moment not only in Muslim American history but potentially Islam worldwide – a bold step toward civility for the Muslim people.
In American legal system, “Hate speech is defined as a communication that carries no meaning other than the expression of hatred for some group, especially in circumstances in which the communication is likely to provoke violence. It is an incitement to hatred primarily against a group of persons defined in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and the like. Hate speech can be any form of expression regarded as offensive to racial, ethnic and religious groups and other discrete minorities or to women.”
Bigotry is defined as complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one's own especially on religion or race.
Those, who believe in democracy and freedom, must join with the Dearborn Muslims to bring an end to hate speech and toleration of intolerance. We must condemn those, who hide behind Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion to spread their venomous hatred and intolerance toward others.
Hatred is demeaning to human dignity – for both the hater and the hated. Yet, abhorrent as hate speech and bigotry are, they are not necessarily criminal acts. Hate speech that calls for violence, murdering, terrorizing, enslaving or torturing of any individual or groups is criminal. Worst hate speeches are those that claim to be divine teachings of God, but justify, in God's name, all of the criminal acts listed above.
To their credit, Dearborn Muslims are calling for criminal sanctions against hate speech and incitement to violence. The farcical part of it is: such legal measures are already in place in the American legal system. What is needed is to apply those legal measures without leniency to anyone. And if the same is resolutely done, the United States have to censure or ban Islam as a religion.
Why? Here are a list of reasons amongst many:
1) Daily Muslim Prayers are acts of hate speech and bigotry
In their daily prayers, Muslims have to repeat the following from the Quran multiple times (Surah 1, Fatihah): “Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favored, Not of those who have incurred your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray.”
Here, Muslims are claimed to be God’s favored, while others (Jews, Christians) have on a wrong path (gone astray). Such utterance is extremely racist, bigoted and hateful. When the same is uttered as part of sacred prayers to God, it becomes even more hateful and worth censuring. And Friday prayers, from which the Dearborn Muslims came out to demand ban of hate speech, is even more hateful and racist, because Muslims also have to recite Surah 62 (The Friday Congregation) and Surah 63 (The Hypocrites). Surah 62 specifically condemns Gentiles as being "in gross error", and Jews are compared to "a donkey laden with books”. Surah 63 condemns "hypocrites", namely those who have renounced their Muslim faith as: "They are the enemy. Guard yourself against them."
It is needless to say that comparing a people to donkey is a worst kind of hate speech and racism. So, Muslim prayers, whether daily prayers or the Friday congregational one, are horrible sorts of hate speech, bigotry and racism, which deserves censure and even ban in civilized societies.
2) Anti-Jewish Hatred in the Quran
The anti- Jewish verses recited by Muslims in daily prayers is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the sheer amount of hatred, bigotry and racism in Islam's sacred scriptures that is directed not only at the Jews but at Christians and other non-Muslims. Jews are not only compared to donkeys but also to apes and swine.
From politicalislam.com, the sacred Islamic texts, the Quran, Hadith and Sunnah, devote 9.3% of its content to spread hatred, bigotry and even violence and genocide of the Jews, while Hitler’s proverbial Mein Kampf devote only 7%. The Medinan part of the Quran is worse in inciting hatred and violence against the Jews than Mein Kampf. Here is a small sample of Allah’s divine sanction to hatred of the Jews (For more, see http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-16.htm):
“Wretchedness and baseness were stamped on the Jews and they were visited with wrath from Allah.” [Quran 2.61]
“Jews are the greediest of all humankind. They'd like to live 4,000 years. But they are going to hell.” [Quran 2:96]
“For the wrongdoing Jews, Allah has prepared a painful doom.” [Quran 4:160]
“God has cursed the Jews, transforming them into apes and swine and those who serve the devil.” [Quran 5.60]
Christians are also hated by Islamic God, Who demands their subjugation or murder. For example, Quran 9:29:
“Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.”
Quran 9:29 is pure hate speech and incitement to violence. The Quran has given the Christians and Jews, the so-called ‘Peoples of the Book’ of Islam, the choice to submit to the superiority of Islam and pay the Jiza tax or be attacked, mass-murdered and enslaved. But its incitement of hatred and violence against the polytheists/idolaters (Hindus, Buddhists etc.) is even worse.
For example, Quran 9:5:
“Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
There are numerous such verses in the Quran, calling for attack, enslavement, murder, and even genocide of the non-Muslims in an open-ended manner until all peoples of the world become Muslim. Nothing can be greater hate speech and incitement to violence than such divine teachings. If there is one book in the world that deserves ban because of hateful and violence-inciting content, it must be the Quran. If the American legal measures against hate speech are to be applied resolutely, it must start with banning the Quran and arresting Muslims, who utter those verses, and shutting down all mosques.
3) Jihad: The Ultimate Incitement of Hatred and Violence
Jihad is the central Islamic doctrine of holy war against non-Muslims, until all of them converted are to Islam or enslaved, or annihilated. Quranic texts, exhorting to Jihad, occupies 9% of all verses, while 24% of those revealed in Medina. Jihad-related content takes up 21% of the Bukhari material and the Sira devotes 67% of its text to jihad (For more, see http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-121.htm)
Exhorting Islamic holy war or Jihad for forced conversion, enslavement or annihilation of people, just because they follow Christian, Jewish, Polytheistic or other religions than Islam, is the worst kind of incitement of hatred and violence. Any book and religion that profess such horrible teachings deserve criminal prosecution and ban under the US hate speech law.
4) Islam, the worst anti-Woman creed
Islam is a worst anti-women creed that preaches women to be inferior to men, having lower intelligence and inheritance rights, are compared to dogs and donkeys, to be subjugated to polygamy with no right to divorce their husbands, could be unconditionally beaten by husbands (4:34), and are compared to fields to be ploughed by men any time and any way they want (2:22). There are some 151 verses in the Quran dealing with women and 102 or 67% of those are demeaning to them. While in the Hadiths, 93% of the texts dealing with women are demeaning to them.
Islamic God’s hatred of women, both Muslim and non-Muslim, is second only to his hatred of non-Muslim men. Women compose 50% of humanity and the hatred, repression, subjugation and sub-humanness anti -women teachings of Islam justifying their enslavement, beating, torture and murder is hate speech incarnate. (for a sampling of anti-woman hatred in Islam, see http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-65.htm)
5) Racism and Slavery is Islam
Racism is one of the most odious attitudes practiced by the human speech. And Islam is also an extremely racist divine creed, instances of which have been cited above. So is its sanction of slavery, which is intricately linked with racism. Here’s an instance of sacred Islamic text, inspiring racism and consequent slavery.(Ishaq, p. 243):
"I heard the Apostle say: 'Whoever wants to see Satan should look at Nabtal!' He was a black man with long flowing hair, inflamed eyes, and dark ruddy cheeks... Allah sent down concerning him: 'To those who annoy the Prophet there is a painful doom." [9:61] "Gabriel came to Muhammad and said, 'If a black man comes to you his heart is more gross than a donkey's.'"
Some 120 million blacks perished in the Islamic slavery holocaust. 75% of blacks died on the way to market and those black men who survived were castrated "based on the assumption that the blacks had an ungovernable sexual appetite. (for more on racism and slavery of Islam, seehttp://www.islamreform.net/new-page-30.htm)
In Sum, Islamic sacred texts are filled with exhortations to spreading hatred, and practicing racism, violence, gender apartheid, human rights violation, and even genocide. There are 52 reasons and 22 categories of Islamic murders of people, just because they follow a different religion or refuge to abide by the demands of Islam (see http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-96.htm, http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-132.htm). For 691 Quranic verses that would amount to hate speech under American law, see http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-23.htm.
We in America believe in free speech, but also censure hate speech, and even ban speeches that incite violence and terrorism. And it is good that Dearborn Muslims have also come out in support for criminalizing hate speech and incitement to violence, which are already there is our legal system. The civilized peace-loving Americans join voices with the Dearborn Muslims, demanding that the US justice system takes the criminalization of hate speech in our legal system seriously, and starts with banning the Quran, Islamic prayers and Islam in its entirely, because nothing can be more odious hate speech and exhortation to racism and violence than Islam.
For hundreds of hate speech teachings go to next article: ISLAM IS HATE http://www.islamreform.net/new-page-193.htm