The Consequences of ‘Slandering’ the Prophet of Islam


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September 25, 2012, the same day that President Barack Obama declared in an address before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly that the “future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” (more analysis on the speech here), a legal team in Germany released a press statement concerning the charges against their client.  This case, along with other recent developments in Germany, indicates just what future implications Obama’s concept of “slander” of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, can have worldwide for free expression and intellectual inquiry.

Available in German online at Politically Incorrect (PI), a German conservative website analogous in its critical treatment of Islam to Robert Spencer’s Jihadwatch in the United States, the press release of the “for the moment anonymous defense team” discusses the criminal charges brought by the state prosecutor in Marburg, Germany, against the “renowned” medical historian Professor Dr. Armin Geus.  Geus faces prosecution under Section 166 of the German Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch) against “Defamation of religions, religious and ideological associations.”  The two paragraphs of this section sanction with a fine or imprisonment up to three years anyone who “defames the religion or ideology of others” or a “church or other religious or ideological association within Germany, or their institutions or customs in a manner that is capable of disturbing the public peace.”  Geus’ prosecution followed a visit by the state security (Staatsschutz) section of the local police as, in the words of his lawyers, a “warning (or intimidation?),” but the Staatsschutz judged Geus as “unreasonable and uncooperative.”

State prosecutors view Geus liable under this section due to his book Die Krankheit des Propheten:  Ein pathographischer Essay (The Sickness of the Prophet:  A Pathographic Essay) distributed by the Basiliken-Presse, a small scholarly publishing firm founded by Geus in 1978.  As an online review (also available at the book’s Amazon.com listing) by Geus’ fellow German academician, Professor Dr. Thomas Junker, discusses, Geus in his study “has examined and evaluated without ideological blinders and false deference the manifold indications of a severe psychic disturbance of the prophet” of Islam.

As Junker’s review analyzes, such speculation concerning Muhammad’s mental soundness go back to various charges by his opponents denied in the Koran itself.  The Byzantine theologian and historian Theophanes the Confessor (760-818) also argued in a history written by him that Muhammad suffered from epilepsy.  Contemporary works not discussed by Junker explore these themes as well, as in the 2008 book Understanding Muhammad:  A Psychobiography of Allah’s Prophetby Ali Sina, a Canadian-Iranian apostate from Islam who now condemns his former faith.  Likewise, the Indian Sujit Das, who often writes for Sina’s anti-Islam website Faith Freedom International, has made available there for free download his 2010 PDF book Unmasking Muhammad: The Malignant Narcissist and His Grand Delusion Allah.

Junker notes in his review that the analysis of Geus and others “would shake the credibility of the Koran and throw up the question as to what extent the Muhammadan revelations differ from the inspirations of other prophets and from the hallucinations of psychiatric patients.”  “Islam,” Junker explains, “rests in an entirely essential manner upon the credibility of its prophet.” “Because of this very reason every criticism of Islam, to be taken seriously, must concern itself with this neurological aspect.”

The book’s conclusion “on the basis of numerous indices” (Junker), as indicated by Geus’ title and cited by Junker, is that Muhammad indeed suffered under a “paranoid-hallucinatory schizophrenia with defined delusional imaginings and characteristic sensual deceptions.”  Not only does Geus examine in his analysis the life of Muhammad, but also the characteristics attributed to what Junker describes as “Muhammad’s alter ego”, the Allah envisioned by Muhammad.  The “resulting image” of Muhammad containing “serious character flaws” such as “ruthless self-referentiality, sadism, pedophilia,” and “petty-mindedness [Krämerseele]” (Geus) is “hardly flattering.” Junker appraises Die Krankheit des Propheten as a “brave, interesting, and important book that contributes much to a realistic estimation of Islam.” “Considering the widely disseminated reluctance” to critically evaluate Muhammad, Junker judges that Geus’ work “cannot be highly enough esteemed.”

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  • kafir4life

    I'm confused. Is the "prophet of islam" as President Stinky (BO) referred to that pedophilic madman, mohamat the pig faced dog?
    If so, he's mistaken. mohamat invented allah and islam as a way to try to show people he was important. He wasn't. He was just a pedophile and a murderer (his current followers seek to emulate mad mo). Would it be ok to point out that he wrote the koran in feces in the sand? If you read the koran, you can tell it was written IN feces and is ABOUT feces.
    muz on muz action (honoring the girls) brings a smile to my face. If every muz were to"honor" just one other muz a day, within months most of the worlds problems would be gone.

    allahu snackbar!!

    • Crushment

      'Mad Mo' – I love it!

      You're spot on!

  • Chezwick

    One need not resort to pop psychology to deconstruct the historical Muhammad. Whether or not he was epileptic is entirely irrelevant; his moral turpitude and the fallacies of his claims are amply apparent.

    The key to a world-wide exposition of Muhammad's pronounced moral failings is through a careful study of Islam's own scripture…the Hadith and the Sirat Rasul. In those readings, we find a portrait that is not just unflattering, but one that is pathologically cruel, deviously deceptive, and transparently self-serving.

  • davarino

    Islam allows no critical thought or study of its "prophet" because it knows there will be a lot of head scratching and then apostasy (for you middle easterners that means leaving the religion of islam)

  • oldtimer

    Islam must be exposed for what it is. Satan's followers.

  • oldtimer

    I forgot to add, since when is telling the truth, slander? Psalm 58:3 "The wicked are estranged from the womb:
    they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies."

  • Crushment

    I love the book title: 'Die Krankheit des Propheten'. A crank? He was. I love it!

    Show us yer krankheit, baby!

  • zalukas

    In 1945 Russian tanks and drunken soldiers put such fear into German soul, that to this day they tremble at the thought of pissing off anyone.

    US should have done this in Middle East, instead of teaching baboons how to properly to do jumping jacks.

    • Drakken

      The day is coming where the only order of the day will be, make them fear you by any means neccessary.

  • LindaRivera

    Muslim Gangs Drug & Rape Children All Over The UK – Britain Finally Starts To Wake Up http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLzhI7rEYqE&fe

    A comment underneath the video:
    Can we all please note these are muslims and pakistanis at that. We hate the term asian, as it portrays all of us hindus, buddhists and sikhs in the same sick light. This is specifically a Pakistani Muslim Problem and as such, should be treated. Do not tar us all ‘Asian’ with the same brush. When have Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists ever done or created things like this? We are different. End of quote.

    The betrayal of Britain’s children by ruling elites and police is unforgivable. Eternal shame on ruling elites for importing massive numbers of Muslims to prey on Britain’s innocent children. Rape jihad has been waged in Europe and Britain for many years.

    Barbaric mass murderer and HUGE slave trader, founder of Islam, Mohammad, married a six year old child when he was in his fifties. Mohammad is regarded as the perfect man and role model by Muslims who follow Islamic teachings.

    PROTECT CHILDREN! End Muslim immigration immediately!

  • LindaRivera

    Muslim Obama sitting in the White Mosque and other Western leaders
    apologized profusely for the anti-Islam movie to the world’s Muslims and
    continually grovelled before Muslims. It was quite irrelevant to Obama
    and other merciless Western ruling elites that the Muslims barbarically
    murdered the U.S. ambassador and other non-Muslim innocents.

    Muslim Obama and Western leaders are extremely DELIGHTED to use the
    movie as an excuse to DESTROY our freedom of speech and implement
    Islamic sharia blasphemy laws.

    Barack Hussein Obama told the UN General Assembly: “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”
    One blogger stated: I consider that statement a death threat to me and all anti-Islam
    bloggers, authors, and activists by the President of the United States…

    When DECEIVER, Emperor Barack Hussein Obama declared: “The future
    must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” he meant
    the future must not belong to those who tell the TRUTH about Islam.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Why hasn't anyone — especially Romney, asked the zero to clarify just exactly what the meant by that statement?
      It would be interesting to see the zero twist in the wind while trying to concoct a lie to explain it away.

      • LindaRivera

        Absolutely, and not just Romney but every single one of our reps should be DEMANDING AN ANSWER!

  • tagalog

    The photo of the person with tape across his mouth at the head of this commentary reminded me of the pictures regularly shown of the lefty protestors with tape across their mouths showing how their freedom of speech is being curtailed as they in their numbers demonstrate without fear of retaliation.

    Where are they now that there is a REAL threat to the right of freedom of speech? Oh right, this particular issue is not THEIR issue. So much, I guess, for defending to the death our right to speak freely.

    • Kufar Dawg

      To the fascist left, as to islamofascists, some speech is more free than others.

    • Prof. L. Wessell

      You answered your own question. The so-called protesters put tape upon their mouth. Dr. Geus had tape put upon his mouth. Find me a case where the US gov. or the German gov.. has put tape upon the mouth of a intellectually written book on your side. Charlie Hebdo prints a witty cartoon on the oversexed profit, oops, prophet and that is cause for considering banning such an "art form ", ie. when and only when applied to Mohammed. I have read "Charlie" often enough, and they almost with saddistic joy have fun with Jews and Christians. (You can imagine how the Pope came out re sex scandals. And the Jews they spoof have the biggest of lips. No riots, just an occasional complaint.) But, pray tell, what is the REAL threat that you are speaking about?. I spent 20 years in an American uni. without my colleagues knowing I was Republican. The hate was too great and tenure would have been doubtful. Which country is surrounded with hostile forces, two of them wanting to do away with it? Which countries do the threatening. Is that a REAL problem for you? Since when has Israel surrounded all the Arab Muslim countries and threatened them with annihilation? Tell me really you really real threat. Confess, it is good for the soul!

      • tagalog

        If you're really a professor, you're a researcher, right, not an instructor? Your post is not very clear, and you make assumptions from what I wrote that are clearly erroneous because of lack of reading comprehension.

  • Tanstaafl jw

    Read the Qur'an. The truth is what Muslims fear. Allah is a construct of Mohammad's inner demons. Islam is a political movement wearing a religious mask. Islam is a gun pointed at the head of every human being on the planet.

  • Schlomotion

    I think these guys profit from having their books banned. Hundreds of people have claimed that the prophets are merely schizophrenics. But to write it down and then have the state ban it gives a seal of disapproval that makes it look like it was notarized as persecuted thought.

    • Ghostwriter

      Unwelcome back,Schlockmotion. Your idiocy WASN'T missed by anyone.

    • kufar dawg

      It is "persecuted thought" Ahmed, that's why a SEVENTY-FIVE year old man is facing islamic blasphemy charges in Germany.

      Isn't if hypocritical how the lying islamofascists (case in point above) are all ready to condemn hate speech against islamofascism, but have f*!k all to say about the rabid, pervasive Jew hatred that is promulgated throughout their holey muslime books of hate?

  • Fayez El Giheny

    An analysis to the outrage of the Muslims worldwide &
    The Consequences of ‘Slandering’ the Prophet of Islam

    The response to the film, “Innocence of Muslims” was lamentable, but not surprising. It is expected that Islamic religious organizations will exploit any situation to gain more funding from the Arab oil producing countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the Gulf Emirates. Those funds given ostensibly to protect and defend Islam, are also being used to foster the personal and religious agendas of the Salafi sect and Muslim Brotherhood among others. For the last thirty years these extremist organizations have asserted their power through instigating riots and violence in the “Arab street”. Even though many of these organizations have been implicated in criminal activities, they have been treated by world leaders as the legitimate representatives of Muslims worldwide due to the threat of widespread violence and unrest. The movie “Innocence of Muslims” was on YouTube for at least 12 weeks prior to September 11, 2012. Islamic religious organizations and the Islamic media were aware of its existence at that time, but they waited for the order from the Islamic leadership to organize an assault on American first amendment rights and interests. Freedom of speech is under attack by Islamic organizations and dictatorships because it calls into question the legitimacy of their rule and sheds light on their beliefs. They have been successful in curbing freedom of speech in Europe and have now turned their focus to the United States. To date their attempts to impose Sharia Law in the United States have been met with strong opposition and have been unsuccessful. In light of this there is a strong push to enact a UN resolution restricting free speech in an attempt to circumvent US constitutional protections.

    The future power of Islamic activist organizations depends on the loyalty and obedience of second generation Muslim youth in Western countries. All these Islamic demonstrations of force worldwide in response to free speech exemplified by burning the Quran day, the Danish cartoon of Mohamed, and the movie “Innocence of Muslims”, is to prevent historical Islamic eye witness accounts of the character of the founder of Islam and the flow of his message from reaching second generation Muslims in the West. The behavior of their prophet and should it become common knowledge would alienate Western Muslims in whom their hope of world domination and the destruction of Israel rest.

    Few of us Middle Eastern activists, including Dr. Morris Sadek, know the long term plan of those Islamic organizations to replace Western Civilization with Islamic rule. Dr. Morris Sadek for many years worked tirelessly to protect the human rights of the most vulnerable Copts, forgotten and marginalized by mainstream society. The controversy over this movie should not overshadow the enormous contributions he has made to the Coptic community and the Western countries by unveiling the true nature of Islam and its founder.

    It is my hope that we, as survivors of centuries of persecution and violence in the name of Islam, do not stand idly by as a history of bloodshed and atrocities is forcibly whitewashed in pursuit of global hegemony.

    Fayez El Giheny
    SF Bay Area
    Voice of the Nile Coptic Association

    • kufar dawg

      I share your hope, even though I personally think it is a pipe dream.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    I CURSE the false prophet mohammed, how about yooooooou?

  • https://twitter.com/BostonPoverty Boston Poverty Law

    Compare this to the Hare Krishna religion of which I am a member. A lot of us discuss openly on the internet the idea that the founder of our religion 500 years ago had epilepsy and was crazy in a lot of ways. Some of us think its really cool even. I don’t think its just the fanaticism that’s causing Islamists to go after critics and shut them down. Its like there is a real defensiveness like something is really worrying them about their religion.

  • Soloview

    Where is the 'slander' in the opinion that Mohammed was mentally ill ? The charge is well supported in the sacred writings of Sunnah. eg. in the address of Utba bin Rabi'a (recounted in Ishaq's Sirat) in which offered the ailing man to find a doctor to 'rid him of the ghost (jinn)' that comes to possess him. A number of his followers left Mohammed after he made a claim that he had made an overnight journey to Jerusalem. He was warned not to say such things by women who were with him that night in Mecca, and that he would would be called 'a liar' and 'insulted' if he did. He spoke out of his vision and was called 'a liar' and 'mocked'. The archangel then came to the apostle when the mockers were milling around the temple. Gabriel dealt with them by assorted methods of killing them.
    Surely, we can have a reserved opinion on stories of this nature and the man who is at the origin of the idea he was allied with an exterminating angel. We live in 21st century and not among desert primitives who just a few decades ago would ban television because they believed the pictures were carried around by Satan.

  • Jim

    No one can slander the message of the prophet Muhammad better than his followers when they rape an ambassador.

    No one can give testimony to the return of the dark ages better than the censors of those who dare speak truth

  • Drakken

    The more the left try to silence peoples voices, the more likely the next thing they will hear is the sound of rifles. So I say to the left, use as much supression are you can, for the consequences of your actions will be the stuff of legend. God may have mercy on you leftist, the rest of us won't.

    • kufar dawg

      I find myself agreeing w/your evaluation of the present situation, our corrupt, elitist demagogues in most all high level government positions would gladly sell the freedoms and liberties of the rest of us out for islamofascist petrodollars. I just wonder how many of them are being financed/bribed by islamofascist petrodollars.

  • PAthena

    The German law being used to prosecute Geus for his book Die Krankheit des Propheten is Section 166
    Defamation of religions, religious and ideological associations
    "(1) Whosoever publicly or through dissemination of written materials (section 11(3)) defames the religion or ideology of others in a manner that is capable of disturbing the public peace, shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine.
    "(2) Whosoever publicly or through dissemination of written materials (section 11(3)) defames a church or other religious or ideological association within Germany, or their institutions or customs in a manner that is capable of disturbing the public peace, shall incur the same penalty."
    The Koran does this, so the disseminators of the Koran and the Hadiths in Germany should be prosecuted under this law.

    • kufar dawg

      The f'ing hypocrisy of the corrupt, amoral politicians and law enforcement in Germany is nowhere more apparent than in what you describe. If the system itself is corrupt, then what's the point in trying to reform it?

      Here in the US moaning Mona who spray painted someone in the face was never arrested, nor charged, with assault and batter for doing so — despite the fact the attack was videotaped and witnesses were present.

  • Prof. L. Wessell

    I am a 73 year old American, retired professor ( 3 doctoral titles in philosophy and literature), have lived 30 years in Bonn, Germany and I would like to translated into German and published Fr. Botros's review of Mohammed's sexuality on Egyptian tv, translated into English by Raymond Ibrahim in "Pundicity" and seek to get published Fr. Botros's revelation of the perversions of Mohammed's sexuality, all taken from Muslim sources. But could I get it published, even if I could scratch together the money to place it as an op.ed in a major newspaper? I doubt it! Not being a German citizen I might find myself deported.

    Your article gives the telephone of the Kommisar in Bonn. Perhaps I will call the man and ask if he would take legal action against me should I place in dim light the moral character of Muhammed based on quotes from Muslim sources. That would, however, be playing with fire. particularly not being a citizen here.

    On a profound level, I learned studying at universities in four countries over 17 years that freedom of thought and freedom of communication are essential for a free society, and to a free mind. I blab with a Muslim friend. He would like to convert me. Fine, that is a compliment to me. However, before evaluating the claims of Islam, I would like to know something "objective" about its founder (as I do know about Jesus). Now, my Muslim friend is corrrect in noting that religion here conerns my eternal salvation. How I take Islam seriously (which I do not as of date) if I am not allowed to read arguments for and AGAINST Islam's founder. The surpression of the efforts of the 75 year old Prof. Geus violate the ethics of my profession and place my soul's salvation in jeopardy (if my Muslim friend is correct). So the surpression of Geus not only concerns free speech, but also free religious pursuit.

  • Thomas Wells

    Hitler was not in favor of free speech either,as he wrote in his book :" My Jihad" (Mein Kampf, in German-kampf may be translated as "struggle" ;which goes into Arabic as "jihad").