New Video Series Takes Your Questions About Islam

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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What are you infidels so alarmed about, anyway? “People are so scared of sharia law, it is crazy,” says comedian Regan, who is described as a “former member of S.O.A.,” a music group he co-founded. The site doesn’t explain that S.O.A. stands for Slaves of Allah. “I don’t even understand why you [sic] scared. Sharia law is actually a beautiful thing.” He is wearing a t-shirt exclaiming “Haram! Haram!” Haram, of course, is anything forbidden under sharia. Spoken word artist Amir Sulaiman asserts that “Sharia law is just to protect the sacred things, and the most sacred thing that God created is the human being, so it’s to protect the human being’s right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.” He seems to be confusing sharia with the Declaration of Independence. Islam values none of those concepts as Americans understand them.

The “Ask a Muslim” website calls Islam the “most misunderstood religion on the globe.” They don’t explain why that is: that they are trying to put a happy face on Islam while global jihad is inconveniently exposing it for the supremacist political ideology it is. They also don’t address why Islam is supposedly so dang difficult to understand despite the fact that after the 9/11 attacks, more non-Muslims than ever before have studied Islam to understand the religious motives of those who declared war on us. And yet we continue to be told by condescending apologists, including the speakers in this video series who treat their viewers like children, that we don’t understand the true Koran or the complexities of sharia, and that our concerns and criticisms stem from irrational fear. The problem always seems to lie with us. No other religion seems to be so intellectually impenetrable – not even Zen Buddhism.

It will be interesting to see what questions arise in subsequent episodes. But one remark unintentionally speaks volumes already. Dr. Jamillah Karim, assistant professor of religious studies at Spelman College, says in episode one, “We believe that the prophet Muhammad was the best human being, so we want to follow his model in every way.” And therein lies the contradiction: that we are expected to be reassured about a religion whose role model is a warlord who tortured, enslaved and slaughtered all who stood in his way, who advocated the genocide of Jews, who consummated his marriage with a nine-year-old, who ordered the stoning of adulterers, and who commanded that all must submit to Islam or die. Somehow I doubt that “Ask a Muslim” will honestly address that topic.

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  • Advocatus

    Jamal, please go sell crazy someplace else.

    • Mburu

      can we get straight answers when we ask questions about the view of judaism/zionism on non-jews???????????

  • Kafir Harby

    Jamal, you can't fool us anymore. Take this islam of yours back to the deserts in the middle-east, where it belongs.

    • Sunbeam

      Kafir Harby, I absolutely agree with your statement. They are liars and murderous, war monger who loves violent and unrest as we see everywhere happening wherever they reside. They think themselves as superior than any other being, refusing to live side by side with other people not of their faith. It is just as in noon day we see their deeds. They are clean while others are filthy. Who give them the right to judge?

  • kafir4life

    Jamal, you're a member of a gutter cult. It was invented by a rapist and madman named mohamat the pig faced dog. muslims are the worst of humanity, and their perfect man, mohamat, the mad dog, is the leader.

    • Mburu

      what do rabbis and secular zionists teach their followers about non-Jews???????

      • kafir4life

        dunno….don't care…..Never heard anything negative from my Rabbi. it's islam that can't exist with humanity. Never could. Never will.

      • Elliott

        Mburu – ask some questions, and I'll try and answer them. I am not a Rabbi, but I do have a reasonably clear understanding of Judaism (being Jewish myself).

        • Mburu

          Hi Elliot….doesnt judaism teach that non-jews are inferior souls created to serve jews????? straight answer please…

          the chief rabbi in Israel Ovadia Yosef was quoted saying that ,,,,,,,,was quoting from the talmud???????????????

          • JoJoJams

            No. It doesn't teach that at all. You're also confusing doctrine with the debates Rabbis of old had, which are literally outlined in their books as border commentaries. It doesn't mean they believe them – often these things taken out of complete context were no more than "devil's advocate" style debates, and the following rabbinical commentary would detail how the former was WRONG. Too much nuance involved, and I really don't expect your small mind to grasp these simple, real truths. ((pearls before swine and all that….))

          • Mburu

            Please spare us the deception…..the mask upon Judaism/zionism hides the rotten essence of that "religion" that is intensely anti-gentile…

            Dont rabbis tell IDF soldiers it is ok to kill women and children of non-jews????????

            What feeds the unbelievable hatred of israeli "settlers" and IDF soldiers towards non-jews if not the teachings of rabbis and the talmud

            it appears that secular zionists have also inherited the religious supremacism of Judaism

            Nothing has been taken out of context my brother

            Address the inherent racism/ anti-gentilism in Judaism/zionism before you can say anything about islam

            let me stop before some silly person labels me an "anti-semite"

          • Habib

            You listen to Hamas too much and don't pay attention to the real life facts. You probably think The PA Territories are occupie even though Israel left them long ago

          • poppakap

            You are an anti-semite, and I'm quite serious so spare me your condescension about being silly. What I find silly is the faux outrage Muslims express every time any perceived insult to any part of Islam takes place and how that insult is grounds for destruction, mayhem, intimidation, and murder. In other words, totalitarianism (it is no coincidence that many imams during World War 2 enjoyed the company of Hitler). That you believe the sillyness of Hamas-style propaganda regarding rabbinical statements shows you are not asking honest questions about Judaism, but rather attempting to indulge in a self-serving bit of moral relativism.

            Since you seem hell-bent on the relativism bit, please answer these questions: have any authoritative rabbinical groups advocated for the eradication of Muslim populations as Hamas, Iran, and Hezbollah have for Jews? Have any authoritative rabbinical groups advocated for wiping the entire population of Iran off the map, calling it the scourge of mankind as multiple Muslim Brotherhood and other Muslim politicians have for Israel?

            The truth is, there is no comparison between the two religions. One religion seeks to subjugate, conquer, or kill those that are not members (Islam), while the other is content to welcome those who want to join and seek harmony with those who don't (Judaism).

      • Mo Schlotion

        They teach that Mburu means stupid in any language.

        • Mburu

          address my points man, idle insults wont take us far….

          overcome the blind hostility and reawaken your objective reasoning ……….

          abandon the selfish communal ego that feeds zionist racism and recognize that humanity is equal

          none was born to b a slave to the "chosen people"

          • Prof Allison

            The difference between Islam and all other religions is simple, Islam celebrates death and killing, all others celebrate life and forgiveness. Islam is pure evil incarnate. Anyone who reads the koran and thinks this is anything but a cult is a mental retard.

            The truth shall set you free… and it hurts sometimes ! The attributes of a cult are:
            1. A leader (dead or alive) who is considered absolutely infallible.
            2. Proscribed food and dress that everyone must adhere to.
            3. Repetitive and frequent sessions to reinforce behaviour.
            4. Violent and often brutal treatment of backsliders or people that wish to leave the cult.
            5. A cult tells you what God is like. No individual contact with God is allowed.
            6. Regulation of every aspect of the day, from dawn to dusk.
            7. The leader often breaks his own rules that he has set for the others.
            8. Outsiders are demonised and cult members are discouraged from contact or friendship with people outside the cult.
            9. Cults are never tolerant of others .
            10. Obsessive ways of doing things are a hallmark of a cult.

            KNow what I am saying Mburu, actually read the scholarship of Islam it is amazing so many people (mostly illiterate I might add) could find this an acceptable way of life

          • https://www.facebook.com/Stacythecommiekiller Stacy Commiekiller

            STRAP ON YOUR BOMB YOU FILTHY SCAB!

          • poppakap

            The only religion on earth currently practicing slavery and sanctioned by that religion is Islam. And I'm not talking about metaphorical slavery either. Muslim slave traders still exist and practice their evil throughout the Middle East and Africa, subjugating Christian women and children in a barbaric world governed by the "religion of peace."

            So spare me your childish notion of being a slave to the chosen people. The fact that you can launch your little diatribes w/o retribution should be self-evident to a seeker of truth that Judaism is not enslaving anyone, metaphorically or actually.

      • Ted G

        Why do you not apply your questions to islam and its hateful teachings Mburu? You're being very disingenuous Mburu.

        Here's one from me…why does allah the moon god call for my murder for not believing.

      • Drakken

        Don't you have a goat or a Baazi boy to molest?

  • Confucius Say

    Jamal is secretly applying for a job as a professional dog walker.

    The last job stated on his resume was, "goat herder."

  • Mburu

    zionists hate islam the way they hated all prophets including Jesus Christ.

    so no big deal there. their hearts are hard as stone (impervious to truth)

    • mcwrath

      When one wants to know about islam all one has to do is study muhammad and his teachings…from there it is easy to see how evil and devious he was…that he commanded his minions to conquer and subjucate all non-muslims.. kill all who resist and enslave the world to his whim.
      You should note too that there was no other prophet of islam..the accusations he laid at jews and christians of distorting the bible were without a shred of evidence…and note too towards the end how self important he became in the self-praise 'revelations' he received..it inflated with his growing power..it is peculiar how slow muslims are on observing the megalomanic character of muhammad..but then when he murdered anyone for critising him maybe one can have some understanding. However the down side is you have evolved the bad habit of not thinking criticaly on your religion and its author…evil incarnate.

      • Mburu

        do you think critically about your religion of secular zionism and/or judaism which is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo anti-gentile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        why strive so hard to promote the interests of only one race over and above the general humanity and still have a nerve to claim to b reasonable and fair ?????////////////

        • Ted G

          Oh you 're so easy Mburu, thats because "secular zionism and/or judaism" is not trying to murder me and many other inocent people for just being non-muslim.

        • mcwrath

          For one thing my religion is not secular-zionism or judaism. But either one could never be so anti-gentile as Islam is anti non-muslim in a million years. And neither is this about the promoting of intrests of one race over and above the general intrests of humanity. In point of fact it is islam and islamists who demand the promotion of their diabolical creed over and above the general humanity. Theirs is a complete intolerance of 'otherness' Think of the millions of hindus and buddists slaughtered by the islamic invasions over the years. as well as the ongoing assaults and persecution of non-muslims throughout the world today so as to impose islamic power.
          So intolerant is islam you do'nt allow other religions to worship openly in arabia..Who is it you were claiming was promoting their intrests over all others. Can you imagine a country that denies citizenship to all non-muslims: The Maldives…

        • mcwrath

          For another thing let me tell you that I am not jewish. But when I assess the jewish contribution to humanity and to CIVILISATION, I can only conclude that it is enormous..And to think that there are only little over 12million jews on the planet!!! Now when I look at the contribution of Islam I see it is clearly in the negative. What else could it be…Islam does'nt do human rights and honour freedom. it does Islamic law..enslavement to the teachings of a tyrant..Funny how muslims revere a man who plundered and stole, murdered everyone who ever stood against him, stole the land from the jews, committed genocide against them, raped and enslaved women and children And Then cry injustice when israel confiscate land after a war that was inflicted on them. And do you cry injustice when islamic countries take by force others territory??

        • poppakap

          Anti-gentile? Compared to Islam? Are you kidding me? Do you read the stuff you write before posting?

          The only rational explanation to what you've written is farce, and that you're illustrating absurdity by being absurd.

    • Berman

      I'm a card carrying Zionist and I don't hate Jesus or Islam. I minored in Arabic in college, have bookshelves filled with books on Arab culture and Islam, and have traveled to 7 Muslim/Arab countries. I like the way you conflate "Zionists" with "Jews" though. That's a nice racist touch.

  • Schlomotion

    Mark Tapson has written a racist article. Not an implicitly racist article, an actual one.

    He begins by describing the people in the video as c.o.o.n.s. He does not say "c.o.o.n.s." because he does not want to be caught so easily. What Mr. Tapson says is that the current face of Black Islam is blackface. How does he say this? He says it is light, upbeat, soulful, smiling, and has bright and shiny teeth, easygoing. e.g. c.o.o.n.s

    Mr. Tapson goes on to describe Jews. He does not say "Jews." Mr. Tapson does not want to be caught so easily. He has learned, like David Duke and Daniel Greenfield, to use other words to be a racist. So rather than saying "Jews," he says "Americans who are legitimately alarmed about Islam." My, my what a mouthful of euphemism and camouflage in place of that one-syllable word.

    Mark Tapson would like you to think that Americans are, by and large, alarmed about Islam and legitimately. But had he said something like :

    the current face of ethnic Judaism in America today with its swarthy atonality, it's soundtrack of dissonant but skippy klezmer, it's daintily clipped on kippahs

    and described that as a cover for "The Religion of Money" that "Americans who are legitimately alarmed about Zionism truly want addressed." He would be chased by the verbal shochets of his own alleged community of concerned "Americans."

    • LibertarianToo

      A man of your oracular powers has a real future in the Caliphate, though I'm not sure they 'd let a dhimmi, however abject, write propaganda for them.

      And here Mr. Tapson wasted all that time and effort writing his own article, when he could have just called on the schloster to tell us what he really meant, which of course bears no resemblance to what he actually said.

      I particularly like how you set off in italics a whole imaginary passage, just as if you were quoting someone.

      • Schlomotion

        So you see America as starkly divided between racist Jewish saviors and the Caliphate?

        • Mo Schlotion

          I see it divided by the Rocky Mountains.

    • Mo Schlotion

      What cereal can I buy that gives me the same magic decoder ring that you've got? Does the ring light up in the dark?

    • Ted G

      Hey I'm an "Americans who are legitimately alarmed about Islam." and I'm not Jewish

      Failed again Schlo!

    • Berman

      lmao…dude, you need help

    • Drakken

      Funny how a puzzy like you constantly screams for our enemies? I still don't see you over there putting your money where your little liberal mouth is?

    • Ghostwriter

      Stupidity,thy name is Schlomotion.

    • poppakap

      Once again, slomo displays for all the reason he can't get a writing gig anywhere else.

  • Crossbow87

    I read articles on FPM for two reasons; one is because I can't get this type of analysis and opinion anywhere else, even National Review. Second reason is to read the comments. Do the contrary thinkers who post here believe they have the intellectual and writing chops to convince us readers they have a better perception of truth and reality? Let me know.

    • Ted G

      It sure appears that schlo seems to thinks he does.

      Unfortunately he's not really alone, there are national leaders, politicians and other unsavory (I'm not sure there is much seperation there) characters that also spout similar dribble. The UN for instance and most leaders of islamic states.
      Up is down, black is white you know the rest.

      • Crossbow87

        I agree Ted. I was hoping one of the self-appointed critics would respond. Thanks for the feedback.

    • A.R Momen

      Well let's talk about "Why do Muslim women cover themselves"? Any one who reads about the history of prostitution will discover that the Rabbis who altered the texts of Torah had falsified the stories of Prophets and mingled their events with unbelievable adultery stories,even in those stories you read about women covering all of their bodies ,simply because Allah gave those bodies the ability to seduce men ,provided the relations between males and females were restricted within legal marriage boundaries. Now if you have a broad study to the pornography trade you will easily find who controls it worldwide ,so modesty is their first enemy .If you have time to read about the means of planting and spreading evils in the world the verses of Quran will help you ,so they virtually wage a fierce war on Quran that reveals their inner to humanity.

  • Crossbow87

    Two things tell me that Islam is a lie Jamal. The first is that Christ said there would be no more prophets after Him. That nullifies everything and anything that Mohammad said or did. Secondly, Islam denies Christ's divinity. My Bible tells me not to believe those who deny His divinity. What else you got?

    • Mburu

      do zionists accept christ, when we know that christians in israel are living under persecution from hostile rabbis???????……in the streets, they hav to learn ducking sputum thrown at them from the men/women of the talmud

      meanwhile the "democratic" government of israel looks the other way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Ted G

        At the risk of playing into your game Mburu, I think I'd rather "duck sputum" than bullets, knives and bombs from whacko and I might add cowardly islamists.

      • Crossbow87

        What does this have to do with what my Bible tells me about the truth, or lack thereof, of Islam?

      • poppakap

        Hostile rabbis persecuting Christians? Really? Did you read that in the oh-so-authoritative Protocols? Heard it on Al Jazeera?

        Since you only seem to drink the kool-aid poured by Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, et al, let me emphatically state that you're living in a jihadist sound tunnel. I've been to Israel as a Christian, spent time (6 months) studying religion there, had open and interesting dialogue with rabbis, and didn't feel persecution at all until my friend was accosted by a Muslim.

        Sorry to bust your bubble, but facts are stubborn things and I know through personal experience your suggestion of rabbinical persecution is nothing more than Muslim projection, plain and simple.

  • RUI

    Go masturbate to photos of camels, or whatever it is you find appealing like pics of holocaust victims or Mein Kampf.

  • Gene W 1938

    http://jc.does-it.net proves God wrote the Bible on a single page [along with numerous other proofs]. This proof is based on over 450 fulfilled messianic prophecies, thousand of other fulfilled prophecies, dozens of scientific and medical facts proven valid hundreds of years and being written by ‘unschooled’ men, over 23,000 archeological sites with warehouses and museums filled with artifacts and zero evidence contrary to the Bible … Please prove what god authored the Koran?

  • Gene W 1938

    Most every battle area in the world involves Islam and they even hate each other. Your book dictates the killing of infidels [Judeo-Christians] and destruction of what God loves. However, because you were created in God's image, Biblical Christian still love you because for a miracle of God's grace, you could repent, accept and believe Jesus Christ truly died and paid for the sins of all mankind and then you will have a life changing experience of true piece in you heart that you never had before. If you can read, please pray and then read parts of the Bible which was authored by the God who created and sustains this universe and everything that it contains.

  • Ghostwriter

    JAMAL,don't you and Mburu have anything better to do than insult our intelligence? We're not idiots here. Why don't you both find another hobby. Nobody's buying what you're selling.

  • Ghostwriter

    FRIENDS!!! I BRING YOU LOVE AND PIECES FROM THE LAND OF ISLAM. I DO NOT KNOW WHY MANY AMERICANS HAVE SUCH TROUBLE WITH ISLAM. I ADMIT THAT MANY OF OUR ADHERANTS ATTACKED YOU AND MANY OF US WANT TO KILL YOU SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU EXIST BUT THAT IS NO REASON TO DISLIKE US. YES,MANY OF US SCREAM FOR YOUR DEATH AND WANT TO TAKE YOUR MUSIC AWAY FROM YOU AND WANT THE STREETS TO RUN RED WITH THE BLOOD OF INFIDELS AND JEWS THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE CAN NOT COME TO AN ACCOMADATION.
    THERE IS MUCH GREAT THINGS ABOUT ISLAM. THE BEATING OF WIVES IS PERMISSIBLE AND EVEN GREAT FUN. THERE ARE THOSE AMONG YOU THAT WOULD LIKE SUCH A THING. THERE IS EVEN THE FUN OF STONING ADULTERERS. GREAT,GREAT FUN. YES,CHRISTAIN AND JEWS ARE TREATED LIKE SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS AND WE DISLIKE DISABLED PEOPLES,BUT REALLY,WE CAN COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT SUCH THINGS. I ADMIT THAT JEWS HAVE BEEN IN AMERICA LONGER AND HAVE PROUDLY FOUGHT AND DIED FOR AMERICA,AND THAT MOST MUSLIMS WOULD HAVE PROBLEMS DOING SAME THING. I MUST GO NOW. WEEKLY BURNING OF AMERICAN FLAG AND DAILY STONING OF INFIDELS ABOUT TO BEGIN. I WISH I COULD DESCRIBE TO YOU. GREAT TIME HAD BY ALL. MY FRIENDS MBURU AND SCHLOMOTION MAY SEEM TO YOU BIG PAIN IN NECK BUT WILL GROW ON YOU ONCE YOU GET TO KNOW THEM.

    GREAT BLESSINGS UPON YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES,PROVIDED THEY ARE NOT CHRISTAIN OR JEWISH. MAY THEY WISE UP AND ACCEPT OUR RELIGION OR ACCEPT PAINFUL DEMISE. SEE YOU LATER.

    • MotherGoose

      ROFLMAO! i usually don't comment here. i just come to read and thumb down jamal and slo and thumb back up those who reply to them. This one is a gem and deserves 100 thumbs up.

    • Ghostwriter

      Why,thank you,MotherGoose. I have yet to think of a name for my JAMAL parody but I will soon. Thanks for the compliment!

    • A.R Momen

      FRIENDS, WE JEWS LOVE YOU AMERICANS ,WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU DEPRIVE YOUR ELDERLY POOR OF THEIR SOCIAL AID AND TRANSFER TO THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND , WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOUR TROOPS LOST ABOUT 4500 SOLDIERS TO APPEASE OUR FEAR OF SADDAM ,WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE TENS OF THE IRAQI AND AFGHAN AMERICAN WARRIORS ARE LEFT HANDICAPPED IN WARS WHICH WE IGNITED AND FURNISHED THROUGH OUR LOYAL MEN IN THE CONGRESS ,WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUCCESSIVE VETOES AGAINST SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS THAT WOULD STOP ISRAEL'S EXPANSION IN THE SAVAGES' LANDS OF JUDIA AND SAMARIA ,BUT PLEASE ONE MORE REQUEST HELP US ELIMINATE THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR DANGER

    • A.R Momen

      FRIENDS, WE JEWS LOVE YOU AMERICANS ,WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU DEPRIVE YOUR ELDERLY POOR OF THEIR SOCIAL AID AND TRANSFER TO THE JEWISH NATIONAL FUND , WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOUR TROOPS LOST ABOUT 4500 SOLDIERS TO APPEASE OUR FEAR OF SADDAM ,WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE TENS OF THE IRAQI AND AFGHAN AMERICAN WARRIORS ARE LEFT HANDICAPPED IN WARS WHICH WE IGNITED AND FURNISHED THROUGH OUR LOYAL MEN IN THE CONGRESS ,WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUCCESSIVE VETOES AGAINST SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS THAT WOULD STOP

  • https://www.facebook.com/Stacythecommiekiller Stacy Commiekiller

    jamal….go strap on your bomb! you worthless cult of hate filthy scab!

  • human

    No one (except for mentally ill people) believes in the suppossed beauty of that filth (dirt) known as islam.

    Muslims: Your actions speak against your despicable lies about the good nature of your (false, pseudo) "religion" and of yours.

    Al andalus is a good example: how is that muslims are "so tolerant" with other people or beliefs, when no muslim "state" ("government") protects and allows other belief system ? (living as slaves is not protection).

    • A.R Momen

      If you were a Christian search in the books of you ancestors who built schools and hospitals in Andalusia while the majority of your origins were still hunting wild pigs in the jungle ,If you were a Jew let your Jewish Virtual Library tell you the truth about how the Jews were executed as well as the Muslims (both identified by being circumcised according to Abraham's religion).You hate Muslims although they believe in Monotheism – one God -and you hate Muslims although they believe in Jesus and his pure mother ,and do not accuse him to be a liar nor his mother to be an adulterer as the Jews pretend ,but in spite of your differences , and inspite of our belief in our and your common Prophets you still hate us .I'll tell you why ,because the Rabbis who changed the scripts of the bible intended to deviate humanity from believing in Muhammed the last Prophet sent by Allah.

  • centrumekspedycyjne

    Isolation exercises include single- joint and isometrics exercises.

    The most fighters train ten to six time a week, even so not everyone has got this luxury.