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I voted early (and you should too)

ivoted.gif I voted this morning. Wisconsin is an early voting state, which means you can cast your vote (using the absentee ballot) in person anytime until election day itself. As it happens, I actually will be absent on election day, but anyone can cast an early ballot in this state (and 25 others).

IMG00101-20101018-0918.jpgI cast my vote for a straight Democratic ticket. The reason is my general alarm over the direction of the Republican Party – especially their War on Muslims and fearmongering about Islam, and their outright lies about middle class taxes and the federal deficit. I voted to protect Social Security from Wall Street’s casinos, I voted in defense of preventive medicine and health insurance for children, and I voted in favor of high speed rail.


I’ve several friends and family members who have indicated that they don’t see a need to go out and vote. All voted for Obama in the last election, but their apathy boils down to this: “at least the Republicans will let me keep more of my money.” They are mistaken, but only because they have real lives and are not dedicated political junkies. The failure this election cycle was entirely the democrats’ – and Obama’s – to communicate to the average voter, even a nominal supporter, why it matters. That communication needed to be year-round, it needed to be on mass media and not just political spots.

If you are in an early voting state, you need to go out and vote today. Not tomorrow. That’s the bottom line.


Related: good post by Daniel about the nonexistent threat of fraud from absentee voting. Really, absentee and early voting should be nationalized into law, as should a national Voting Day holiday (we can drop the obscene paean to a genocidal madman to keep the total number of federal holidays the same).

  • http://voting steve

    I to voted early. I may be out of town on a business trip and to make sure my vote counted I already voted. Dem or Republican all should vote. We all have a stake in good gov’t. I like this blog ..keep up the good work..

  • nnmns

    Aziz you are correct about your voting and your reasons. The Republicans are, again, all too eager to divide America to win an election.
    They are not, in any way, patriots.

  • Erik

    The ONLY debate I want is: what to DO about Islam. Of course, that debate can only begin once there is broad agreement about the true nature of Islam, as a tyrannical creed of war and domination bent on subjugating all mankind to itself. But I don’t think people come to an understanding of the true nature of Islam through debate. They come to it through reading and understanding the basic facts of the matter. The nature of Islam is not a secret. It is not esoteric. Understanding the nature and goals of Islam does not require that one be a scholar of Islam, any more than one needed to be a scholar of Nazism to have a sufficient understanding of the nature and goals of Nazism. There is no excuse for any reading person in the West not to know the true nature of Islam. If people don’t know it, it is because of the massive veil of illusion called liberalism. And no debate can break through that veil. People either see the evident truth about Islam, laid out openly in the Islamic texts and in 1,400 years of Islamic history, or they don’t. What will eventually lead liberals to see the truth about Islam, I don’t know. But debate won’t do it. The veil of liberalism needs to drop from their eyes.

  • Taha Raja

    Do hear yourself? Have you ever wondered what your rants about Islam sound like out there?
    In fact they are no different than a bigot who spoke in the 50’s about blacks or the ultra neo conservatives who talk about gays today.
    Your reference to religious history of Islam is biased and misguided. Have you read the history of Christianity? Do you recall what the catholic church and other Christians did to the world? Should we measure Christianity on that basis?
    In fact do you know what the Christians did in former Yugoslavia in recent history? Should that be the measuring stick for all Christians? Or for that matter the feud in Northern Ireland which had verious Christian factions fighting?
    Erik, I hope you can come to YOUR senses and realize that to fight any and all extremism is through education and moderation NOT more extremism on the other side. Give me one example in world history (since you are so well versed!) where one extremism has ousted another for the better overall!

  • Taha Raja

    Is the Bible a violent book and should Christians be considered a violent group Erik? Because according to the Bible here are some passages that may clearly show this is a violent streak here!
    1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
    2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
    3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness – Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
    4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
    5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
    6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination – Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?
    7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle- room here?
    8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
    9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
    10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16.
    As you can see this whole debate becomes ridiculous and nonsensical! Moderation, education and the true understanding and interpretation of the symbolic nature of all these great books is the true knowledge not some nutty interpretation.

  • nnmns

    Exactly so. Christianity, Islam and Judaism all have holy books with really ugly parts and the world would be so much better off if they could be edited, but they can’t.
    So what we should do is encourage moderates in all the religions, oppose all fundamentalists and not start unnecessary wars, like poor Erik is trying to do.

  • Sarah

    For the past several weeks I have been studying Islam as mentioned in this post. The quest started when the Wife asked me during one of our nightly conversations beneath the stars, “Who exactly is Muhammad anyway?” I knew the basics – his late (age 40) revelations, his flight from Mecca to Medina and his eventual return after much butt-kicking and converting – but nothing much beyond that. So I started reading – NOT on the Internet – but these wonderful things called “books” that it seems have become so passe these days. I checked out the sources of the books and read critically – sensitive to the author’s bias’s whether unwritten or not. Many of these books were on the shelf, but those that weren’t were easily found at
    Having studied the era he lived in from other perspectives, the rise of Byzantium and the migrations of Central and Western Europe, the cultural supremacy of China and the nascent state of Japan in Asia, I felt that it was important to approach Muhammad and early Islam from the perspective of the time. I’ve always bristled when Leftists have condemned President Truman as a war criminal for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ignoring Truman’s perspective forged in the ferocity of the Japanese resistance at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Or disregarding the contributions made by American Founding Fathers because they owned slaves and didn’t grant women the right to vote, two standards that were prevalent throughout the world at the time. The Seventh Century was a brutal one by modern standards, and so I wanted to approach Muhammad’s life in that era with that in mind.
    And the truth be told I wanted to see Muhammad as many Muslims see him: as the Ideal Man and a great prophet who founded one of the world’s great religions. Having lived and worked among Muslims I found each call to prayer by the muezzin that I heard as sublime as the first. During Ramadan I respected the fasting of the faithful by avoiding food myself or taking it in private. I celebrated Eid ul Fitr with them at Ramadan’s end. I befriended many Muslims over the years, and owe many a debt of gratitude for the kindnesses they showed me – from putting up with my naivete travelling abroad to the kindnesses shown to me by men like Jan Mohamed whom I view as one of the greatest people I have ever been fortunate enough to meet.
    I mention this to establish the fact that when I began my study I wanted to believe that Islam as laid out by the Prophet Muhammad was a religion of peace. I had personally experienced the peaceful nature of its adherents, so I wanted to find its basis in the Koran, or the Hadith, and the other writings Muslims view as part of their religion. For the amateur scientist in me, I was going to try to prove the hypothesis that Muhammad was a man of peace and deserved the designation of Ideal Man. Any evidence that contradicted that hypothesis would have to be incontrovertible to turn that bias.
    The conclusion of my research left me cold. A billion people, more than one out of every six people on the planet were following a philosophy of brutality, hatred and violence built by a man who was closer to Charles Manson in word and deed than he was to Jesus Christ or Mahatma Gandhi. Christ never preached violence or personally murdered anyone; Mohammad killed at least 700 people, and more likely many, many more. Martin Luther King jr was Christlike by preaching and practicing non-violence. By personally beheading captive Nick Berg, an infidel, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was acting according to the example of the Ideal Man, Mohammad. After all, it’s what Mohammad did when he received the captives of the Qurayzah who were brought to him in batches and he struck off their heads and kicked their lifeless bodies into trenches he himself had prepared.
    Islam has not been hijacked by extremists; it was founded by extremists, has resisted moderation for over 1,300 years, and empowers extremists today to act in its behalf. The question is not what causes Muslims to become extremists, it’s why more Muslims don’t pick up the sword and gun and follow Mohammad’s example. As with most religions there is a spectrum of belief, with the vast majority of people in between the extremes of Muslims-in-name-only and Koranic scholars. But even within that majority there are problems from the modern point of view when 2/3rds of Muslims surveyed worldwide support a global caliphate and the imposition of Sharia law.
    Mohammad dealt with moderation himself. The Koran blasts Muslims who attempt to moderate Mohammad’s teachings and Allah’s will, viewing such actions as a rejection of the faith: “That is because they believed, then they rejected Faith: So a seal was set on their hearts; therefore they understand not. When thou lookest at them, their exteriors please thee; and when they speak, thou listened to their words. They are as (worthless as hollow) pieces of timber propped up, (unable to stand on their own),” Koran 63:1-8. When a prophet of such stature as Mohammad speaks against moderation, and the Koran – a perfect copy of a book owned by Allah Himself – warns against watering down its teachings, it makes it impossible to find room within its suras for an interpretation of the religion that disregards its violent teachings and intolerance.
    Mohammad witnessed how apostasy and heresy weakened other religions: the Arabian peninsula was full of Christian and Jewish sects that deviated from the dogma preached in Jerusalem, Constantinople and Rome. He therefore made it a point for Islam and the word of Allah to be taken literally; there was little room for interpretation – and that fundamentalism carried throughout out the Koran, the Hadith and other Islamic texts.
    In so doing he prevents any interpretation of Islam that would allow Islam to compromise with other faiths or for Islam to experience a reformation along the lines that Christianity did beginning six hundred years ago. While Christ may have stopped the stoning of an adulterous woman by crying “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her,” (John 8:2-11), Mohammad had no such compunction. When a couple were accused of adultery, Mohammad ordered the couple stoned to death. A witness reported “I saw the man leaning over the woman to shelter her from the stones.”
    Mohammad built his ideology for the Ages, and after 1300 years, no religion has stayed closer to its founder’s beliefs than Islam. It is that success that allows us to judge his ideology by modern standards because the Islam that Mohammad created carries the 7th century’s attitudes and morality unadulterated into the modern era. By those standards Islam cannot coexist with Christianity or Judaism: it views the former as lied to by its founders, and the latter filth for having rejected Allah’s teachings. It cannot accept democracy when the Koran speaks of nothing but Allah’s will and law. It will not tolerate the equality of women when they are viewed in the Koran as those who corrupt the pious, nor will homosexuality be allowed to exist except under a hail of stones.
    National Review editor Rich Lowry once wrote that although Islam is a religion of peace “seems a polite fiction, it is an important one. Influential Muslims believe it to be true, and it is crucial that they prevail in the Muslim struggle for self-definition.” But it is a fiction, and finding a solution to integrating the modern world with Islam requires that we understand the facts no matter how inconvenient or down-right painful they may be.

  • nnmns

    Well Sally, I can understand you as a homosexual may have extra concerns. Possibly I, as an atheist should too. But you’d make more of an impression if you, say, list five or ten of the numerous books on Islam you read with short descriptions of each. It should be short work for a scholar like you sound.
    I see that Michael Moore wrote Juan Williams a letter saying he was right. Everyone should read his letter.

  • Timothy

    Sarah, I strongly advocate the path of Christ: the Way, the Truth, the Life. I suggest you read “The Sultan and the Saint,” about Saint Francis and his approach to the Muslim sultan. Also, look up the prayer attributed to Saint Francis, as a good example of how to live the way of Jesus. And, yes, let us look to MLK, Jr and the way he followed the Lord. How might his example be applied to engaging with Muslims today?
    What books have you read? Have you talked with Muslims about your concerns?
    I recommend the book “Faces of the Enemy” by Sam Keen. I think what he writes about has implications for the relationship among all peoples, including the current tension between Islam and the West.

  • nnmns

    Whoops, Sarah, not Sally.

  • jay kactuz

    “War on Muslims”?
    How cute. This from a blogger that loves and respects a man that waged war on non-Muslims – men, women and yes, even children.
    Aziz, I like your work but you are just like the rest of Muslims – you are incapable of looking at Islam honestly. The simple fact that where Islam dominates means hate, violence and human rights abuses is lost on you. I suppose that you think these have nothing to do with your religion. Yeah, right!
    As to a war on Islam – I wish. The only war going on is that of Islam against non-Muslims. Our leaders are too stupid and politically correct to see this. I wish they would wake up and see how Islam is threatening our freedoms. I doubt is this will happen so it is a lose-lose situation – we lose, you lose.

  • Karen S

    Peace-Loving Muslims Are Irrelevant
    There are two dangers facing the United States; one is a slow death and the other is faster. Under President Obama the country is losing its Constitution which is either ignored or revised by a Democrat controlled Congress and the White House which should be repainted pink.
    Around the world Islam is making headway and left unchecked will become the world religion (and I use the word “religion” loosely). Muslims are required by their holy book, the Koran, to eliminate everyone who doesn’t subscribe to Islam. The Islamic army comprises radical terrorists, also known as Jihadists, and those not yet terrorists. Past U.S. presidents at least recognized the threat posed by Jihadists and that they were Muslims. However President Obama, (a one-time Muslim himself?), apologizes for American action against Islamic terrorists and minimizes the danger of Islam.
    In Obama’s speech on his Afghanistan strategy a few weeks ago he said in reference to Islamic terrorists, “As we know, these men belonged to al Qaeda — a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world’s great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents.”
    Obama would have us believe that “a group of extremists” are the only terrorists slaughtering innocents but the truth is they are not a “small” group and they are not all members of al Qaeda. Poll after poll shows that at least 10% of Muslims favor terrorist actions; since there are 1.5 billion Muslims, there are at least about 150 million Muslims who support or could potentially commit murders. Yet the world takes no action to protect against the future Islamic takeover by both violence and the womb. The situation is analogous to what happened in Germany as the Nazis rose to power and implemented their horrifying goals.
    It has been reported that a German (believed to be Dr. Emanuel Tanay, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist) wrote the following:
    “A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.”
    Americans are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although there may be some truth in this at the moment, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the specter of fanatics killing people across the globe in the name of Islam.
    “The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honor-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.”
    “The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.”
    The same phenomenon where “peace-loving” people kept silent while a violent minority took over occurred in Russia, China and Japan.
    In communist Russia most Russians just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. Most of China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a 70 million people.
    The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not warmongering but Japanese murdered and systematically slaughtered 12 million Chinese killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet and still more across South East Asia.
    Peace-loving Russians and Japanese were made irrelevant by their silence; and so do the Muslims.
    In today’s world so-called “peace-loving Muslims” will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like the man from Germany, they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them; and all of us will suffer for their silence.
    Around the world peace-loving people who are in the majority must speak up against their fanatics before it’s too late to do any good. As in Germany, they may find themselves, along with the rest of us, living under a regime like the Nazis who came to power as a minority.
    The rest of us should not rely on an awakening by peace-loving Muslims to stifle the Islamic jihad’s threat. Unlike Obama we must identify the threat as Islam and do everything in our power to keep political Muslims from over-riding the freedom and liberty we enjoy through our Constitution in the United States.
    History lessons are often incredibly simple yet we are missing the most basic and uncomplicated of points, that we cannot rely on others to protect us.

  • Alan

    Obama embodies the worst of all the modern liberal political pathologies–intellectual bankruptcy, boundless arrogance, embrasure of the “transgressive” as a virtue, the postmodern critique of the concepts of objective reality and absolute moral values, contempt towards and demonization of political opponents, the elevation of self-gratification into the highest human aspiration, active hostility towards America’s British and European roots, and Chicago-style zero-sum-game political sensibilities.
    He is the least-qualified man ever elected President of the United States–he can’t give a speech without using a teleprompter, and even screws that up from time to time–and is in fact our first affirmative-action President, elected on the basis of the color of his skin, rather than the content of his character. His presidency is a textbook example of how racial preferences end up placing unqualified minorities in situations in which they are guaranteed to fail; only this time, the failure has consequences from which we as a nation may never recover.
    May each and every candidate wo has supported this man be voted out of office on Tuesday.

  • Mezba

    Here’s why I think Muslims should (not) vote (for a Democrat).

  • Fred K

    When you’re the president of the United States, and a committed leftist to boot, and your greatest achievement (the passage of Obamacare) has led directly to your greatest defeat (the destruction of the House Democratic majority that was supposed to last for a generation), how can you admit the truth and keep your presidential ego, and your leftism, intact?
    You can’t.
    Thus, at his press conference today,
    … while the president took responsibility for doing a poor job on a few issues, and said he wants to work with Republicans on matters such as energy, education and political ethics, he made clear that he does not regret passing the health-care overhaul that was a major factor in driving voter discontent.
    “We’d be misreading the election if we thought the American people want to see us, for the next two years, relitigate arguments we had over the last two years,” Obama said when asked about Republican promises to dismantle the health-care legislation….
    The president said that the economy and jobs was the main reason that Democrats suffered such a stinging loss.
    Obama is like a man who has been sent to hell for murder and rape, but who thinks he been sent to hell for not paying a parking ticket. And such cluelessness is, as Dante told us, the very nature of hell.
    Obama’s a skinny dude, but his shield against reality is as thick as the armor plating of a battleship.

  • Rabia

    This blog is good so far. Can you visit my blog. Give advice and comments.
    It is on Islam and muslims
    Thank you

  • Your Name

    Peaceably, I did not vote for anyone. My faith makes me realize that man is governed by a higher authority and I vote on that principle by changing my conduct and condition with prayer and worship.
    Man is incapable of guiding his own step and has dominated himself to his own injury. I fully realize the sacrifrices that were made for me to have the right to vote and they are appreciated.
    I will not sanction any ruler in this world other than the One who has created it. So I humbly take what some may call, the back seat, and let those destined to be fuel, feed the fire and light the debate about who does what to whom and when. And please don’t give me that my vote “counts” cause those of us with true understanding know that we are not in control of anything anyway. All things are, as God Wills and there is no human who can change that fact.

  • joel

    An excellent balanced article regarding Islam

  • Your Name

    It looks like Aziz has finally had enough of Islamophobic hateamail and has packed it. Too bad, Aziz, you will be missed. May your path, whatever it may be, nurture you and yours.

  • Teed Rockwell

    I read your “excellent balanced article regarding Islam”. Only a person who hates and fears Islam would consider this article balanced. It is full of highly insulting and inflammatory comments about Islam and Muslims, treating both as a scourge that threatens to engulf all of Western Civilization. Most importantly, none of these comments are backed up by footnotes, and I am certain that at least one of them is completely fabricated:an alleged Hadith in which Muhammad praises genital mutilation. The Arabs of Muhammad’s time and place did not practice genital mutilation, so Muhammad would have had no reason to praise that practice, if he had heard of it at all. This is an African practice, and is done only by Sub-Saharan Africans and some Arabs who live in Africa. i.e. Egypt. The fact that this article contains such an obvious falsehood gives good reason for dismissing the rest of its alleged facts.

  • Sarge

    A common complaint against Islam is that the “good” Muslims don’t condemn the Muslims who are terrorists.
    Lately, an old declaration by a fiqh council has been popping up. [A fiqh council is made of Islamic jurists who are experts in Sharia law and it applications.] Dozens of imams and Islamic groups condemn terrorism by signing a fatwa [judgment]. It sounds great, but how does it look under closer examination? Take this sentence:
    “Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives.”
    What could be possibly wrong with this strict condemnation? The possible splinter in the banister is what specific words mean. Take “extremism” for example. The average Kafir (non-believer) thinks of terror. Terror is extreme, by definition, but what we are actually talking about is religious extremism, in particular, Islam. What is extreme Islam? Surely Islamic terrorism is extreme Islam.
    Before we can examine “extreme Islam”, we must define Islam. Islam is the political/religious doctrine found the Koran and the Sunna (Mohammed’s perfect life-example.) The Sunna is found in the Sira (Mohammed’s biography) and the Hadith (the Traditions, small Mohammed stories). The Koran, the Sira and the Hadith compose the Trilogy. The Trilogy defines Islam. If it is in the Trilogy, it is Islam. If it is in the Trilogy it is normal Islam.
    What is the content of the Trilogy? Murder, plots against the enemies of Islam, assassinations, mass executions, sneak attacks, torture, Jew-hatred, theft, kidnappings, open warfare, and more. Since they are in the Trilogy, these actions are normal, not extreme. September 11 attack on the World Trade Center was not extremism.
    So far as terror goes, terror is as Islamic as a call-to-prayer.
    Koran 8:12 Then your Lord spoke to His angels and said, “I will be with you. Give strength to the believers. I will send terror into the Kafirs’ hearts, cut off their heads and even the tips of their fingers!”
    Bukhari 1,7,331 Mohammed:
    I have been given five things, which were not given to any one else before me:
    1. Allah made me victorious by awe, by His frightening my enemies for a distance of one month’s journey.
    The fiqh council’s fatwa includes a quote from the Koran:
    Koran 5:32 whoever killed a human being, unjustly, shall be regarded as having killed all mankind.
    The problem is that this quote from the Islamic scholars is taqiyya (sacred deception). Look at what they left out:
    Koran 5:32 That was why We laid it down for the Jews that whoever killed a human being, unjustly, shall be regarded as having killed all mankind
    That advice was for the Jews–the Jews, not the Muslims. Let’s examine the next two verses that advise the Muslims:
    Koran 5:33 Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorder in the land shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world and sternly punished in the hereafter: except those that repent before you reduce them. For you must know that Allah is forgiving and merciful.
    Koran 5:35 Believers, have fear of Allah and seek the right path to Him. Fight valiantly for His cause, so that you may triumph.
    When Muslims kill a Kafir, it is regarded as a sacred act, jihad.
    Now look at the word, “innocent”. Mohammed sent out his jihadists on seven raids before they were successful on their eighth attempt to destroy the Kafirs’ caravan. It is significant that they used deception to accomplish this task. The jihadists disguised themselves as “religious” pilgrims to approach the caravan drivers. They murdered one, captured those who did not escape and stole their merchandise.
    What was the guilt of the caravan drivers? They were Meccan Kafirs. That was their only guilt. We might say that they were innocent, but they were part of a group that denied the fact that Mohammed was the prophet of the only god, Allah. That is guilt enough to be murdered. No one who denies that Mohammed is the prophet of Allah is innocent.
    If you know the doctrine of Islam, the entire fatwa condemning terrorism is pure deception. Why be surprised? Mohammed repeatedly advised Muslims to deceive if it would advance the Islamic cause, and the fiqh council follows the Sunna of Mohammed to the letter.
    The reason that this deception works is the average Kafir politician, reporter, pastor, priest or rabbi is deliberately and willfully ignorant. It is not that Islam is so skillful; but that Kafir leaders are such ignorant, politically correct cowards who refuse to educate themselves to the detriment of their own religious faith and their own country.

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