Monday, November 14, 2005

Five Questions Non-Muslims Would Like Answered

Hat tip to Naomi Ragen for this article in the LA Times by Dennis Prager. It is called Five Questions Non-Muslims Would Like Answered. Now I realize I rarely reprint an article in its entirety, but I feel it is worth it this time.

Five questions non-Muslims would like answered

By Dennis Prager

THE RIOTING IN France by primarily Muslim youths and the hotel bombings in Jordan are the latest events to prompt sincere questions that law-abiding Muslims need to answer
for Islam's sake, as well as for the sake of worried non-Muslims.

Here are five of them:

(1) Why are you so quiet?

Since the first Israelis were targeted for death by Muslim terrorists blowing themselves up in the name of your religion and Palestinian nationalism, I have been praying to see Muslim demonstrations against these atrocities. Last week's protests in Jordan against the bombings, while welcome, were a rarity. What I have seen more often is mainstream Muslim spokesmen implicitly defending this terror on the grounds that Israel occupies Palestinian lands. We see torture and murder in the name of Allah, but we see no anti-torture and anti-murder demonstrations in the name of Allah.

There are a billion Muslims in the world. How is it possible that essentially none have demonstrated against evils perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam? This is true even of the millions of Muslims living in free Western societies. What are non-Muslims of goodwill supposed to conclude? When the Israeli government did not stop a Lebanese massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982, great crowds of Israeli Jews gathered to protest their country's moral failing. Why has there been no comparable public demonstration by Palestinians or other Muslims to morally condemn Palestinian or other Muslim-committed terror?

(2) Why are none of the Palestinian terrorists Christian?

If Israeli occupation is the reason for Muslim terror in Israel, why do no Christian Palestinians engage in terror? They are just as nationalistic and just as occupied as
Muslim Palestinians.

(3) Why is only one of the 47 Muslim-majority countries a free country?

According to Freedom House, a Washington-based group that promotes democracy, of the world's 47 Muslim countries, only Mali is free. Sixty percent are not free, and 38% are partly free. Muslim-majority states account for a majority of the world's "not free" states. And of the 10 "worst of the worst," seven are Islamic states. Why is this?

(4) Why are so many atrocities committed and threatened by Muslims in the name of Islam?

Young girls in Indonesia were recently beheaded by Muslim murderers. Last year, Muslims - in the name of Islam - murdered hundreds of schoolchildren in Russia. While
reciting Muslim prayers, Islamic terrorists take foreigners working to make Iraq free and slaughter them. Muslim daughters are murdered by their own families in the thousands in "honor killings." And the Muslim government in Iran has publicly called for the extermination of Israel.

(5) Why do countries governed by religious Muslims persecute other religions?

No church or synagogue is allowed in Saudi Arabia. The Taliban destroyed some of the greatest sculptures of the ancient world because they were Buddhist. Sudan's Islamic regime has murdered great numbers of Christians.

Instead of confronting these problems, too many of you deny them. Muslims call my radio show to tell me that even speaking of Muslim or Islamic terrorists is wrong. After all, they argue, Timothy McVeigh is never labeled a "Christian terrorist." As if McVeigh committed his terror as a churchgoing Christian and in the name of Christ, and as if there were Christian-based terror groups around the world.

As a member of the media for nearly 25 years, I have a long record of reaching out to Muslims. Muslim leaders have invited me to speak at major mosques. In addition, I have
studied Arabic and Islam, have visited most Arab and many other Muslim countries and conducted interfaith dialogues with Muslims in the United Arab Emirates as well as in the U.S. Politically, I have supported creation of a Palestinian state and supported (mistakenly, I now believe) the Oslo accords.

Hundreds of millions of non-Muslims want honest answers to these questions, even if the only answer you offer is, "Yes, we have real problems in Islam." Such an acknowledgment is infinitely better - for you and for the world - than dismissing us as anti-Muslim.

We await your response.

18 Comments:

At 10:15 AM, Blogger birdwoman said...

And you can wait for the answer... it's most likely something along the line of, if we say anything, we become the enemy...

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At 12:35 PM, Anonymous Rachel Ann said...

Those are good questions.
Of course the politically correct are very upset by those questions and well tell the Muslims they don't have to answer such. Those questions are missing the point.
Its all Israel and America's fault.

Give them a few days and they will tell us how.

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

By coincidence I finally had some time to read this one just a little bit ago. It seems to me that Prager pretty much has this topic down (same with Michael Medved). I would love to see someone answer these questions.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Yep, bw. Yes indeed.

RA, I'm sure you're right.

Gindy, you and me both.

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger Rory said...

Great post, Esther. I think many of us are fed up with the fact that these questions are the ones that most Muslims, with very few exceptions, refuse to answer. And the ones who really piss me off (and Mahmoud Abbas is a good example) are the ones who'll condemn the terrorists attacks, but not because they're immoral... but rather because, in the case of the Palestinians, it makes them look bad. But having said that, I'm still wondering why Dennis Prager ever thought it would be a good idea to have a Palestinian state.

 
At 4:13 PM, Blogger Rebekah said...

Exactly what I'd like answered.

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Esther,
Don't hold your breath while waiting for these words from the hordes of Muslims: "Yes, we have real problems in Islam."

Last spring, the Muslims Against Terror demonstration here contained less than two dozen Muslims. Of course, CAIR and MAS refused to endorse the demonstration. No surprise there--at least not for me.

I'm damned tired of the silence, aren't you?

And the lack of answers tells me something I don't like to think about. But I HAVE to think about the realities. Remember 9/11?

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Rory, thanks. And DP might be part of the population that thinks one state means death to Israel, so might as well accept their having one but I don't know for sure.


Yep, Rebekah. I'm with you!

AOW, no worries that I'm holding my breath. I'm not that far gone yet. :)

 
At 9:21 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

I posted about this at my site last evening. It was the first time I read Dennis Prager and was grateful for the questions he asked. I was also surprised the LA Times published it.

They are valid questions and the silence is so deafening from the people that should answer and has been for a long time.

I'm not holding my breath.

 
At 11:16 PM, Anonymous rachy said...

Brilliant piece. I've also asked myself where is the moral outrage from the general Muslim community, and the only exceptions I can think of are that of Irshad Manji's The Trouble with Islam as well as recent reports in the Australian media that the arrests of terrorist suspects were helped by tipoffs from within the Muslim community. But I would like to see a broader, more open condemnation of terrorist activity, not just clandestine hints.

 
At 2:07 AM, Blogger Rory said...

You might also want to check out American Congress for Truth (www.americancongressfortruth.com).It's headed by a Lebanese Christian woman named Brigitte Gabriel, who underwent an epiphany of sorts after years of Muslim indoctrination. She does a tremendous job of presenting Israel's side of the conflict, especially on college campuses.

 
At 4:03 AM, Blogger coffee and cigarettes said...

Thanks for the link Rory, so far it looks pretty good.

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Coffee and Cigarettes,
You're quite welcome. There's another site you might find interesting. It's www.shoebat.com. It belongs to Walid Shoebat, a former PLO terrorist who converted to Christianity and now travels the country speaking out against Islamic terrorism.

 
At 3:28 AM, Blogger rockmother said...

Oh nice one! I ask myself (and others who will listen) the very same questions all the time.

And another: Why do we all have to take care not to wound the feelings of the muslim "community" by the slightest criticism, yet no one demands that they even think about the deep, deep wounds (actual and figurative) that they inflict on the rest of us?

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Esther said...

RM ... cause we all know we're inferior to them.

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Can I add a fifth question?

If what terrorists do is against Islam, why does Osama Bin Laden get off lighter in criticism than Salman Rushdie?

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Er, sixth question. I can't count on Fridays.

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger Esther said...

LOL Beamish -- and that's an excellent one!

 

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