Robert Gehl reports the leftist media continues to baffle us by apologizing for the violent strain of Islam that threatens Western Civilization.
Carrying water for Islam – even denying the religion’s violent past – seems to be part of the narrative, and they’re being led by the so-called “fact-checkers” at Snopes.
This time, they take on a billboard that criticizes Islamic history and points out facts that are culled from the Quran and other historical texts. Snopes claims the billboard is “Mostly False,” when their analysis mostly fits that description.
“The Perfect Man”
- Married 6 year old
- Slave owner and dealer
- Beheaded 600 Jews in one day
- 13 wives, 11 at one time
- Tortured and killed unbelievers.
Snopes labels the billboard – which was put up by the Daily Caller News Foundation – as “hate speech” and begins a long explanation of why each point is false.
Interestingly, many of the explanations that claim to disprove the facts in the billboard don’t actually disprove anything, Robert Spencer at FrontPageMag writes.
On the first fact – that Muhammad married a 6-year-old, Snopes writes that some scholars say his wife was six, or nine, or in her teen years – it’s just not certain.
The age of the young wife in question, Aisha Bint Abu Bakr, is contested — many believe she was actually in her late teens when she married Muhammad. Accounts contradict each other; while Aisha is quoted by one source saying she was six when she was married and nine when the marriage was consummated, another account describes Muhammad refusing offers from older men to marry his 9-year-old daughter because he thought her to be too young.
That doesn’t sound like a solid “debunking,” does it? At least on account says she was six and all of them have her as an underage girl anyway. If the intention is to not paint Muhammad as a pedophile, that point failed.
“Anas reported: Eight men of the tribe of ‘Ukl came to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and swore allegiance to him on Islam, but found the climate of that land uncongenial to their health and thus they became sick, and they made complaint of that to Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), and he said: Why don’t you go to (the fold) of our camels along with our shepherd, and make use of their milk and urine. They said: Yes. They set out and drank their (camels’) milk and urine and regained their health. They killed the shepherd and drove away the camels. This (news) reached Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and he sent them on their track and they were caught and brought to him (the Holy Prophet). He commanded about them, and (thus) their hands and feet were cut off and their eyes were gouged and then they were thrown in the sun, until they died.” (Sahih Muslim 4131)
FrontPageMag continues, showing that torture was indeed a major part of early Islamic history: “Muhammad, according to Islamic tradition, didn’t just justify torture. He ordered it: “Kinana b. al-Rabi`, who had the custody of the treasure of B. al-Nadir, was brought to the apostle who asked him about it. He denied that he knew where it was. A Jew came (T. was brought) to the apostle and said that he had seen Kinana going round a certain ruin every morning early. When the apostle said to Kinana, ‘Do you know that if we find you have it I shall kill you?’ he said Yes. The apostle gave orders that the ruin was to be excavated and some of the treasure was found. When he asked him about the rest he refused to produce it, so the apostle gave orders to al-Zubayr b. al-Awwam, ‘Torture him until you extract what he has,’ so he kindled a fire with flint and steel on his chest until he was nearly dead. Then the apostle delivered him to Muhammad b. Maslama and he struck off his head, in revenge for his brother Mahmud.” (Ibn Ishaq 515).
Then Snopes tries to discredit the claim that Muhammad was a rapist. Their Islamic scholar says: “The rape comment is just hateful. I don’t know what to do with that.” Says Snopes: “There are no known accounts of the Prophet committing rape — to the contrary, the image Muslims derive from the Koran is one of a compassionate person prone to mercy.”
But Robert Spencer, once again, debunks that notion as well:
No known accounts? Really? I know of a few. In two, Muhammad allows his followers to rape captive women: “The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) sent a military expedition to Awtas on the occasion of the battle of Hunain. They met their enemy and fought with them. They defeated them and took them captives. Some of the Companions of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) were reluctant to have intercourse with the female captives in the presence of their husbands who were unbelievers. So Allah, the Exalted, sent down the Qur’anic verse: (Sura 4:24) ‘And all married women (are forbidden) unto you save those (captives) whom your right hands possess.’” (Sunan Abu Dawud 2150; see also Sahih Muslim 3433)
“O Allah’s Apostle! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices, what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?” The Prophet said, “Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it. No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence.” (Sahih Bukhari 34:432)
There are several more examples that prove Snopes is – for obvious reasons – trying to cover up the violent history of Islam and its founder.
Like all religions – Christianity included – their holy books are full of passages that many would certainly not live by today. (See 2 Kings 10:18-27, or Exodus 21:1-11, Numbers 31:17-18, Matthew 13:41 or Judges 11:29-40 for just a few Biblical examples). But pointing this out to Christians doesn’t cause mass hysteria, or leftists rushing to their defense.
You also don’t see Christians rising up en masse when someone criticizes their religion – or even points out historical facts.
That’s the difference.