Sunday, July 10, 2005

Religion of Peace

You hear many people tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, including the muslims. In a Mark Steyn column on the London bombings is this plum.

The easiest way to understand is, again, to take them at their word. Bassam Tibi, a Muslim professor at GÅ¡ttingen University in Germany, gave an interesting speech a few months after 11 September: "Both sides should acknowledge candidly that although they might use identical terms these mean different things to each of them," he said. "The word 'peace', for example, implies to a Muslim the extension of the Dar al-Islam—or 'House of Islam'— to the entire world. This is completely different from the Enlightenment concept of eternal peace that dominates Western thought." Only when the entire world is a Dar al-Islam will it be a Dar a-Salam, or "House of Peace". The objective isn't a self-governing Palestine but the death of the West...

Mark's opinions are, as always, cutting and insightful. Read the rest.

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