Voice of Hate

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On June 17, Georgetown University held the event “Evangelicals & Muslims: Perspectives on Mission & Partnership” at its Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. The last of its four panel discussions wrestled with the question: “Can Muslims and Christians be Partners in Reconciliation and Conflict Transformation?”

The crowd, at least 100 strong, consisted largely, if not exclusively, of professors and students. The panelists were Muqtedar Khan, professor of international relations at the University of Delaware and director of its Islamic Studies program; Louay Safi, of Indiana University and Purdue University; Chris Seiple, president of the Institute of Global Engagement; and David Shenk, a consultant for Eastern Mennonite Missions.

Khan, who spoke first, refused to appear on a 2007 academic panel with an IDF veteran who had served in the West Bank, yet somehow maintains a veneer of moderation. A fairly charismatic speaker, he got off the ground quickly by claiming a moral equivalence between Pat Robertson and Osama bin Laden. “We must condemn the extremists in our midst,” he said, patting himself on the back for denouncing bin Laden. While Robertson has undoubtedly made controversial statements, comparing him with bin Laden, whose terrorist organization has murdered thousands of people in the United States and abroad, is appalling and absurd.

Khan labored to prove his ecumenical bona fides by asserting that evangelicals and Muslims are the two most marginalized groups in the United States. If one needs proof, he noted rather bizarrely, just look at the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court, whose members represent neither group. Khan failed to note the obvious demographic error with his analogy: surveys indicate that evangelicals make up at least a quarter of the country’s population (or over 70 million people), while reliable figures placed the Muslim population at about 1.4 million in 2008. The audience nodded and murmured with approval at this statistical sleight-of-hand.

And, of course, what’s a panel discussion on religion without the gratuitous insertion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? In Khan’s own words, “Muslims and Christians make up two-thirds of the world’s population. What is a major, if not the major, thing they have in common?” Why, their “partnership in pain” under Israeli occupation. Evangelical Christians, Khan added, must reject the pro-Israel majority of their brethren, who, through their support of Israel, are helping to inflict the “greatest oppression that Muslims suffer.” No mention was made of the pain of Palestinian Christians under their Muslim brethren, nor of the oppression suffered by Muslims at the hands of their co-religionists.

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  • Asma

    Sunni Islam forbids its followers to lie in any circumstance. The only exception is that you can lie if it saves your life.

    • Brett

      The way I understand it it forbids you to lie to other muslims not infidels.

    • aspacia

      Which is lying. Besides Mohammed condoned lying to deceive enemies, and according to the Qu'ran I and my brethren, the kaffir are enemies.

    • kafir4life

      Hey asma, are you too afraid to take on your fellow followers of islam, the one ummah, and tell them that they are doing it wrong? Or do you fully support your terrorist bretheren and only come here to make mischief among the kafir?

  • zaborsky

    fuck the terror
    fuck the koran
    fuck islam
    enjoy life in the free world

  • cindy

    Someone needs to tell the world that the Israelis didn't run the Arabs out of Palestine, which by the way, was never an Arab country, they left out of fear generated by the lies of their own leaders. Someone also needs to tell the world that in all their "love and peace for one another", not one of the surrounding ARAB countries would absorb those who left into their own citizenry – these people were corralled into any appalling place they could find to exist. The Arab plight exists and persists by their own hand and their own stupidity, and will continue to do so, because they are driven by hatred and hatred alone.

    • Babs

      Just along your lines…when the State of Israel was created back in 1948, the Jews did NOT want the Arabs to leave but to live along side them…BUT how can you show the world how TERRIBLE the Jews are by doing that? Those Arabs that DID leave, moved right outside the borders of Israel, set up their "refugee" camps and then the media showed the WORLD how TERRIBLE the Jews were by kicking out the Arabs….and the lie continues to this day.

      • Hooah

        'moved right outside the borders of Israel, set up their "refugee" camps'. Babs you didn't mention the fact that they (muslims) were actually WAITING.

        There fellow muslim antagonists were confident that they could exterminate the Jews and promised them the spoils of the war. In other words they could have the Jews property, possessions and the surviving Jewish women to rape, but they had to move away so the Arab militas could have a clear shot at the Israelis.

        And they've been WAITING to collect on that promise ever since.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/indiaandislam indiaandislam

    Great article.. You are doing a great Job in exposing islam to the world.. Love from india..
    We have 80 Million Hindus killed by islam… This islam is a bad Mental disease.

    • stinkyeastindian

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  • KJSM

    Thankfully, "Professor" Khan has finally been noticed outside of Delaware!

    We citizens of Delaware, readers of the Gannett-owned News Journal, are treated to Dr. Khan's dissembling columns about once a month. Mr. Sorhaindo perfectly describes Khan's technique: prove ecumenical bona fides with a patronizing remark or two coupled with his reporting of attendance at an interfaith council last week, throw out a falsely conciliatory remark re: the West & Islam, then move on to a small lie, then escalate to much larger lies. Normally a good spicy dose of Bush-bashing is thrown in (as Emeril Lagasse says BAM!–kick it up a notch). However Bush-hatred is fading and Mr. Khan has replaced it with tales of the moral equivalence of Islamism to not the far far Christian right but the Christian right in general. He seems to prefer his future subjects to Episcopalians and Methodists of the liberal Northeast variety. Everyone else is a friend of Tim McVeigh. White Americans living in flyover country are savages. He finally rolls around to all sorts of Israel-bashing. In one particularly galling column he related to a truce Mohammed made with one of his many enemies, making the point that the prophet valued diversity and a nice truce with “the other”. The Prophet declared that all of his followers must accept their new allies. In reality the Prophet was granting this minority the right to exist. By referencing this tale from the Koran Dr. Khan was granting the rest of us the right to exist. It was big of him. I have breathed the breath of a saved man ever since.

    The sad thing is if one is not versed in Islamist double talk Mr. Khan seems like a reasonable man. Many of my liberal friends see him as a beacon of hope! In reality his tolerance is of the "some of my best friends are Jewish" brand. All of his claims are thinly cloaked. Dr. Khan is not a good writer. My liberal friends are so eager to be tolerant, so wanting of peace, that this purveyor of Taqiyah need not mask the deception very much. In reality he makes makes wildly erratic statements and claims that are really indefensible in debate with informed citizens and foreign policy experts. In reality he practices Taqiyah quite effectively, confusing, deceiving, and dividing us. And he's paid well to do so.

    He has never been outed by the News Journal Paper for the episode where he dissed the Israeli speaker. The News Journal Paper is called by some the “all racism all the time” paper. Yet Dr. Khan’s documented Jew hatred went by un-noticed.


    "Khan ended on a melodramatic note by promising “never [to] write about Israel again,” after what happened to journalist Helen Thomas, for fear of losing his job"

    Khan pulled that horse-crap previously. After the episode with the Israeli speaker, he indicated to his students that he expects to lose his job. (I know because I spoke to one of his students).

    Unstated, of course, was the idea that the Israel/Jewish control of the U.S. is so powerful that one can never voice such opinions.

    Suffice it to say that he's still at his job. As a matter of fact, the massively left-wing-controlled academia would probably REQUIRE him to speak against Israel, lest he should lose his job.

  • Turbeaux

    "The Islamic world refuses to accept Israel’s right to exist."

    Not only do they refuse to accept Israel's right to exist, but they also refuse the right of all non-Muslim kafir infidel states to exist and fully intend to eventually impose Sharia upon us. Indeed, it is Islam's sole fundamental purpose and the Muslims entire over riding altruistic mission in life.

  • aspacia

    Academics are afraid of Muslim retaliation and are cowards. Previously, I worked as adjunct in a Community College and mentioned the violent propaganda some Muslims were handing-out and speaking about. The department chair would do nothing. The Board of Trustees would do nothing. Several academics said "Why provoke them."

    So much for academic freedom and open debate.

  • Agnes

    Here is the most recent article that Muqtedar Khan wrote about Jews. Read before you accuse the man of hate. I took several classes with him and he is a strong advocate of peace.

    He was the Best of Jews

    • Hooah

      Not if he is a devot muslim he's not. Please read the Quran Agnes, I have. Once you begin to read the Quran, especially from cover to cover (not an easy task either I must say) you quickley realize it is not the religion/ideology of peace that nitwits and muslims claim it to be.
      He's decieving you Agnes.

  • David Kauffman

    The author does not report Khan's lecture accurately. I was there. Khan condemned Muslim extremism and actually argued with a co-panelist. He criticized Muslims for using the Palestinian issue to limit the possibilities of forgiveness and reconciliation. He was saying that the Palestinian cause was hurting Muslim understanding of morality. I spoke with him afterwards and found him both charming and enlightening.

  • Muhammed

    Thanks David for your comments. You should also add that Khan did not talk about losing his job. He said the Helen Thomas episode does generate fear and most people will be less willing to speak critically on the Palestinian issue.

    • Omnys

      The Helen Thomas episode does generate fear. The fear that Islamic fascists and their antisemite friends in high places are itching to ethnically cleanse Jews from their homeland.

  • Carolyn

    When are we Christians (infidels) going to take our heads out of the sand? WE have been turning the other cheek since childhood; it's time to face the enemy, put our chins up and stand up for what we know is right. If we don't, we will find our feet stuck in cement!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/oreoexpo oreoexpo

    "“The capacity for compassion comes with power” – in other words (of course he would not say this outright), because Islam is allegedly powerless, violence in its name is at least somewhat understandable."

    If that's true, then why is Israel supposedly so intolerant (at least, they're intolerant according to Kahn)? And when are we going to start seeing some compassion for the Iranian people from their mullahs? Are we really supposed to believe that if Palestine had all the power, they'd be treating the Jews with enlightenment and compassion?

    More generally, Sorhaindo misses the other side of what this statement implies: that dictatorship, the form of government with the most power, is also the most compassionate form of government, whereas a Republican government, the one with the least amount of centralized power, is the least compassionate. According to this statement, the Communists should have been much nicer than the Czars, and the Nazis much kinder than the Weimar Republic. To call powerful governments compassionate is not simply a lie, it is a call for dictatorship. And we know exactly what kind of dictatorship Kahn wants.

  • Hitler

    Fuck Israel
    Fuck Tanakh
    Fuck Talmud
    Fuck every living jew

    • thinkn1

      we reap what we sow!

  • jac

    The wily protagonists of Islam in the West have had considerable success in seducing the well educated, but neverthelless unschooled, into believing that the Deity the influential a-religious do not believe in is the the same one that Muslims follow. However, since human killing can to a rewardful act of piety in Islam, perhaps they should disabuse themselves of the dangerous illusion.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/Indioviejo Indioviejo

    This world war is going to be very long and very bloody, but we will win because man was made for freedom. It is the eternal struggle between good and evil, and Islam is absolute evil. soon we may be able to move against 5th columnist such as Khan and his stupid fellow travelers who are so easily bamboozle. My hope is for total war (Dresden), and no more rules of engagement as per Gen's McChrystal and Petraeus. They are dhimmis, but I have faith in the American people. New leadership will arise. We will destroy the Muslims.

  • Saba

    Bible believing Christians or Evangelicals have nothing in common with Muslims. Evangelicals support Israel and the Jewish people because they believe in the promises God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moslems despise Bible believing Christians simply because they support Israel's right to exist and their right to defend themselves. Muslims will do anthing they can to divide Christians from Jewish people but it will not work. The Muslims view the people of the book both Jews and Christians as infidels deserving death. They are coming after the Sabbath people now, after the Sabbath people will come the Sunday people according to their theology.

  • sflbib

    Certainly nothing new here, either. I see that the two groups have yet to agree on what words mean.

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  • thinkn1

    A book, Islam vs Terrorism, written by a former Muslim who was a university of Cairo, Egypt professor confirms exactly what you say.

  • Martin Horan

    As a Christian Zionist, why should I believe Khan when Mohammad himself was a liar. He promised the people of Medina clemency if they opened their gates to his marauders. When they did, he then slaughtered them.
    Another Moslem liar, Arafat, even boasted of the fact. Islam has taqila, a concept which allows them to lie to infidels–that's the rest of us, folks. In the 1950s the Arabs sent a delegation to the UN claiming that "Palestine" was a Zionist myth! Since 1968 a group of Arabs then called themselves Palestinians!
    I was educated as a Roman Catholic. There is only one place in the Middle East where I would be allowed to practise that faith–Israel. I then became an atheist. Again Israel was the only country in the Middle East where I could have been an open atheist–Israel. I then became a Christian. Again there's only one place in the Middle East I can practise my Christianity. Guess where? You've got it!
    It's not Jews that bomb the rest of us and practise terrorism, as encouraged in the Koran. Plus the fact, what prophecies does the Koran give that have come true? Let the Mslems name one. The Bible has predicted everything that has happened to God's chosen people the Jews right up to the present time and what is soon to happen. We know from the prophets Ezekiel and Obadiah that the Edomites (so-called Palestinians) are going to be utterly extirpated. If you want proof that the true God is the God of the Jews and the Christians, read the Bible.
    Bill Sallus' book "Isralestine" shows in detail, from the Bible, what is about to happen soon with the Arabs and the Jews. I've got news for the Hezbollah and Hamas: It's all bad.
    My hope for Arabs and Moslems everywhere is that they can turn to the true God, to save themselves from disaster. When the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob makes promises, He doesn't break them. His promises to bring the Jews back to their land has happened. The reception they'd meet from their implacable, spiteful and lying enemies has happened. Now wait and see what's about to happen, because it's going to whether Moslems like it or not. Israel is not going to be moved.
    Depend on it. So you'd better live with it.


    The reasons for Arab-Israeli conflict is the occupation of Palestine.
    Palestine Arab Islamic state like the rest of the Arab and Islamic states surrounding
    Them. Means that there are Jews and Zionists in Palestine a big mistake, because this entity
    Zionist is not consistent with the surrounding area (such as language, customs, traditions and religion)
    The only solution to end the Arab-Israeli conflict is the expulsion of Jews from Palestine
    All of Palestine. The Jewish people will not rest and will not feel comfortable and stability
    But if it gets out of Palestine and the Middle East completely. If people continue to
    Jews in Palestine and the Middle East, the death and destruction will continue.
    Palestine Arab Islamic state and will remain