John Kerry is as familiar with the Bible, any bible, as he is with the Koran or the Constitution.
Wednesday at a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States’ Biblical “responsibility” to “confront climate change,” including to protect “vulnerable Muslim majority counties.”
“Confronting climate change is, in the long run, one of the greatest challenges that we face, and you can see this duty or responsibility laid down in scriptures, clearly, beginning in Genesis. And Muslim-majority countries are among the most vulnerable. Our response to this challenge ought to be rooted in a sense of stewardship of Earth. And for me and for many of us here today, that responsibility comes from God.”
Does Kerry understand why these countries are majority Muslim? It’s because they killed or repressed other religions and continue to do so to this day.
Apparently Genesis somewhere tells us that we must protect Muslim theocracies that want to oppress and kill us from an imaginary problem that doesn’t exist… while ignoring what happens when our own countries start turning into majority Muslim countries due to migration.
And then Kerry goes on to deliver remarks that Jimmy Carter might blush at.
“There is a commonality in the Abrahamic faiths particularly, but in all faiths and in all philosophies of way of life and thinking, even Native Americanism or Confucianism and others, and that is every single one of them contains a fundamental basic notion of the Golden Rule – the importance of charity, compassion, and human improvement.”
Here you have liberal secular theology in a nutshell. Every religion is basically the same and therefore disposable.
The Prophet Muhammad said of loving your brother, “Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.”
Robert Spencer and Ali Sina have already addressed this one.
The problem with the good teachings of Muhammad is that they are reserved for fellow Muslims. When the hadith says “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself,.” it is talking about the fellow Muslims. The brotherhood in Islam does not extend to everyone. The Quran (9:23) states that the believers should not take for friends and protectors (awlia) their fathers and brothers if they love Infidelity above Islam. In fact there are many verses that tell the Muslims to kill the unbelievers and be harsh to them. A clear example that Islam is not based on the Golden Rule is the verse (48:29): “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other.” This is the perfect definition of fascism.
Specifically, the correct translation of the Hadith is “None of you truly believes (in Allaah and in His religion) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.”
A brother is a fellow Muslim. Not an infidel.
Here’s another variation of a quoted Hadith with its context.
”Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and enter the garden should die with faith in Allah and the Last Day and should treat the people as he wishes to be treated by them. He who swears allegiance to a Caliph should give him the pledge of his hand and the sincerity of his heart (i.e. submit to him both outwardly as well as inwardly). He should obey him to the best of his capacity. It another man comes forward (as a claimant to Caliphate), disputing his authority, they (the Muslims) should behead the latter.”
There’s a reason they don’t quote the beheading part.