The Truthophobes

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


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The far Left George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) has been busy of late trying to “expose”  those evil hatemongering “Islamophobes” and their enablers who have the audacity to tell the truth about Sharia law and Islamic ideology. CAP’s most recent publication in this regard is entitled “Fear, Inc.,” which claims that a “small, tightly networked group of misinformation experts” has been “spreading myths and lies about Islam.”

The uncredentialed authors of “Fear, Inc.” – all part of the Center for American Progress rather than outside experts on Islam – are truthophobes. They seek, in their words, to “marginalize” such people as Nonie Darwish, a woman raised as a Muslim who lived in Egypt under the yoke of Sharia law for thirty years and has provided first-hand accounts of its brutality.

Other articles on this site have already demonstrated the shoddiness, illogic and outright untruths permeating “Fear, Inc.” I am not going to repeat the obvious. Instead, I want to focus on what one of the world’s leading Islamic scholars says about Sharia law, which is far closer to how the so-called Islamophobes who are the targets of CAP’s invective describe Sharia than to the CAP authors’ idealized version.

In “Fear, Inc.,” the authors describe Sharia as nothing more than the “Muslim religious code,” focusing on “charitable giving, prayer, and honoring one’s parents—precepts virtually identical to those of Christianity and Judaism.”

In a previous CAP publication entitled “Understanding Sharia Law Conservatives’ Skewed Interpretation Needs Debunking,” written by two of the same Center for American Progress authors who participated in writing “Fear, Inc.,” Sharia is described as “personal religious law and moral guidance for the vast majority of Muslims.” The “core values” of Sharia, say the authors, are “theological and ethical and not political” and are “in harmony with the core values at the heart of America.”

To see if this benign characterization of Sharia can possibly be true, I consulted the writings of one of the most prominent Muslim scholars in the world today, Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. He is listed as fourteenth out of 500 of the world’s influential Muslim figures, according to the most recent study released by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center and the Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

A Foreign Policy Magazine reader poll on the “the world’s top 100 public intellectuals,” posted on a blog edited by one of the “Fear, Inc.” authors, Wajahat Ali, confirmed Qaradawi’s high standing. Based on 500,000 votes cast, Qaradawi came in third.

Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, was one of the scholars who endorsed the 2004 “Amman Message,” a document the CAP authors rely on to show what they called “the dynamic, interpretive tradition of Islam in practice.”

Does Qaradawi agree with the CAP authors’ description of Sharia as “not political” and “in harmony with the core values at the heart of America”? Not a chance. As he explains in his book, “Al-Din wal-Siyasa” (Religion and Politics), all Islamic scholars agree that Sharia embraces the law, the state, religion and politics:

The Islamic shari’ah governs all of the actions of those who are obligated (to it). There is no act or occurrence which exists without a corresponding ruling from one of the five shari’ah rulings (obligatory, recommended, prohibited, reprehensible, or permitted). This has been confirmed by fundamentalists and scholars from every faction and school of thought associated with Islam… Whoever reads the books of the Islamic shari’ah, I mean the books of Islamic jurisprudence, in its different schools of thought, will find that they comprise all of the affairs of life, from the jurisprudence of purity, to that of the family, society, and the state. This is very clear for every elementary student, not to mention those in the world who are more capable.

Moreover, Qaradawi said that Sharia is not a pick-and-choose menu, as CAP’s authors would have us believe. Islam “rejects the partitioning of its rulings and teachings,” he declared. Nor is Sharia an ever evolving religious guidepost for human behavior, subject to change by human beings. “Shariah cannot be amended to conform to changing human values and standards,” said Qaradawi.

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  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Don't lie. This is the real reason you are mad at George Soros: "On Israel, America and Aipac" http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2007/apr… It has precious little to do with CAP. CAP is just the frosting. Soros openly suggested that Israel not blow the peace settlement by refusing to deal with the Palestinian unity government in 2007. You all wanted to hold out for a nice big war across the Muslim world. Isn't a psychometric gamble to try to append Zionism to the populist hatred of George Soros? He is listed in discoverthenetworks as a hippie drug radical socialist from Greenwich Village and a pro-Nazi kapo, but really isn't he one of the world's richest Jewish people? Aren't you fueling hatred of Jews, Muslims, Capitalists, and Socialists all at the same time here? That kind of mixed message might make confused Norwegians start killing people again.

    • curmudgeon

      i wasnt able to discern what your rambling diatribe was all about till i looked at your name. oh, yes, the illiterate liar that favors islamic slavery. go away, moron. you are either a vicious murderous muslim, or a fool. either way, noone needs your lies. go away

    • GKC

      A "psychometric gamble"? Hah! Now I've heard it all. God take me.

    • jasonz

      yeah thats why we are mad at soros. the fact that he funds blatent operations to spread his 1 worl rule, or the fact that he worked WITH the nazis against the jews as do muslims, or the fact that he is activly trying to destroy freedom as are muslims…no thats not why we are mad. it must be this racist anti semetic keviv baconing of wyle-e coyote type conspiracies that you think evil jews are doing instead of the blatently obvious and extensivly detailed and documented evidence that proves you wrong

  • aspacia

    The problem is that too many choose violence. Many Christians and Jews cherry pick what they want to follow in their faiths, but the core is they believe in one God. This is also true of many Muslims, albeit 12 million violent Muslims are a threat.

    • Chezwick_mac

      On the contrary. Christians are FREE to cherry-pick what they follow in their faiths…or to interpret their respective holy books figuratively…or to reject their respective faiths outright. A Muslim who openly engages in such freedoms is an apostate, punishable by death.

      The problem is not how Muslims interpret their faith…the problem is the faith itself. Muslims are violent because Islam commands them to be.

      • tanstaafl

        All Muslims are required to wage jihad until the entire world is ruled by sharia law. Sharia law is a code for conquerors to rule an infidel population. Sharia has nothing in common with United States legal codes or law.

      • aspacia

        I am a Deist, and fear Islam, not Christianity and most other faiths, so please understand this is not an excuse nor apology for any faith, especially not Islam.

        Carefully reread the Old Testament, Talmud, Pauline texts, etc.. regarding the punishments it claims should be meted out for certain crimes and the misogyny these books demand. Also,these texts do not outlaw slavery, but secular law has. Oh, yes, the Talmud created so many rules regarding slavery the saying: "To purchase a slave is to purchase a master."

        Remember, Christianity and Judaism have reformed.

        • GKC

          How cd. the texts outlaw slavery given the position the Christians were in at the time the texts were written? Men needed reform, and the secular law followed, The koranic texts will not be the source of any reform. It (reform) must come in spite of Koran, Hadiths, etc. , for it will not come because of them.

          • aspacia

            Reread the texts. Even Jesus sidestepped the slavery issue.

          • GKC

            Read them in context. Don't read into them based on what they don't say. Jesus seems to have side-stepped global warming and population control, too.

          • aspacia

            LMFAO, neither the concept of global warming or population control were around during the first century, however slavery was, and Jesus sidestepped the issue, and the sages created numerous rules regarding slavery.

          • GKC

            You'll need first to prove that Jesus or the text*(s) condoned slavery as opposed to indentured servitude. Slavery such as the African type was not allowed in The OT. You are reading into the text what isn't there, thus the cracks about Jesus and global warming, etc.

            Exodus 21:16 And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.

            1Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient… for menstealers….

    • curmudgeon

      12 million my furry white donkey. they claim to be1.5 billion. thats 1.5 billion foaming at the mouth, murderous, criminal muslims. if you think there is any difference between the "moderate" muslim and the "radical" muslim, you deserve the painful violent death your friends, the "moderate" muslims have planned for you. good luck, fool.

      • aspacia

        Nope, you cite the total number of Muslims, and not all follow all its tenets. Many Muslims drink; some are tolerant. Read Jasser's blog for insight.

        BTW, why do you claim I deserve a painful, violent death when I haven't committed acts of violence? I am a patriotic U.S. citizen.

    • jasonz

      its not that they choose violence, its that the muslim entire belief system is dependant on violence and their superiority. we can be friends with non believers and other faiths. we may disagree but we can still love. islam cvannot and infact must be vigilant to destrouy anything thats different. they said it themselves in the article. islam is not changeable in light of new knowledge or beliefs. it is 1 way or death. therefore you cannot be American and muslim. its impossible.

      • aspacia

        If Christian, you are not to marry a nonChristian. Yes,Christian can be friends with nonChristians,

        My point s that many religious individuals cherry pick the parts of their faith to follow and ignore other parts, just as many Muslims do.

        • GKC

          And when a devout muslim really, I mean really decides to follow the example of the founder of his religion and the sacred text from whom it flowed? Violence by default.

          • aspacia

            True! Jesus was a peaceful man and true Christians try to emulate his peaceful nature. In contrast, Mad Mo was a violent, genocidal sociopathic megalomaniac

  • StephenD

    “’ discussing the Islamic obligation of  charitable donations  (zakat) and the Islamic prohibition of blasphemy, which are part of Sharia. He characterized charitable donations as  ‘jihad with money, because God has ordered us to fight enemies with our lives and our money.’”My understanding is that the first 10% of the Zakat must be specifically designated to go to “the Warriors of Allah”  or the “Mujahideen” I also recall our President making a speech wherein he promised he would do what he could to make it easier for Muslims to pay their “Zakat.” How thoughtfully  accommodating. Of course we know his concern was for the poor, ill and elderly (who may share in the balance of the Zakat ~ AFTER the fighters).

    • Chezwick_mac

      Stephen,

      I live in an area of the USA with a large and growing Muslim population. I recently bought a new car. Everywhere I went, the dealerships were dominated by Muslim salesmen. I knew that 10% of their commission would likely go to Zakat, which in turn would go to extremist groups. I wasn't about to indirectly support jihad, so I deliberately sought and chose a dealership in which I was sure to get a non-Muslim salesperson.

      Gotta do the little things…even if they entail a little extra sacrifice.

      • StephenD

        Good for you my friend! Every little bit helps. I wonder if you telling the dealership owner would help persuade them of the error of their ways. I continue to believe that MONEY talks and can persuade even the most tone deaf folks sometime.
        I will not buy Campbell Soup products because they've gone Halal. Just my little contribution to the cause. I understand they have lost 8% of their sales due to this.

      • curmudgeon

        if you were a muslim, you would go shoot those traitors in the guts. but you are not. they still are, and when it is convenient to them, they will execute you. good luck

  • No dhimmi

    Methinks the organization behind this sleazy Islamist propaganda should be called "CRAP," not "CAP."

  • http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/ patti

    This is what the Hard Left does not want you to see:
    DOCLEAK: Bloomberg's lie about Faith Leaders and 9/11: Inte… http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/blo

  • Ghostwriter

    Oh boy. Here we go again. More Islamophobia garbage.

    • Joseph Klein

      Are you saying that Qaradawi is an Islamophobe for the things he has said about Sharia?

    • jasonz

      melissa dont bother. people like ghostwriter dont care about thoes pesky facts. he likes his PC fantasy world because he is too scared to admit the truth. he will celebrate his head in the sand clear up to the point some 'peaceful' muslim decided to cut it off. and he will blame that on the tea party or bush

  • FlyanSosser

    REALITY CHECK: If anyone (even the muslims themselves) on this planet were to ever say anything good about muslims and/or the Islam political movement–they would be LYING THROUGH THEIR TEETH. In reality, this is the bottom line.

  • Marty

    cap is a front for "useful idiots" who refuse to recognize the menace and evil of islam. They also will not or cannot understand that islam has been relentlessly trying to destroy western civilization for 1400 years. muslims are currently waging demographic warfare on the democracies in europe and North America since they are at this point in history unable to military conquer. However, the goals are the same and identical to what they have been for more than a millenium: this is a totalitarian ideology and death cult determined to destroy human progress, enslave non-muslims, commit genocidal slaughter against any real or perceived enemies, and plunge humanity into a new dark age from which we may not ever recover.

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