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Oprah’s Lies, Part II By: Jamie Glazov
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, October 17, 2001


OPRAH’S CRASH COURSE program "Islam 101", which aired on October 5, still has me reeling.

In Oprah’s interview with Queen Rania of Jordan, the Queen affirmed that Islam "doesn't impose anything" on people.

Professor Akbar Ahmed, meanwhile, who is a former Pakistani Ambassador to Great Britain and is now the Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington D.C., stated that the terrorist attacks are, "Not Islam, because Islam clearly says that the killing of one innocent life is like killing all of humanity. It is just not allowed in Islam."

On another part of the show, the statement was made that, "Muslims do not think that there is a non-Islamic world out there that we have to conquer. That is not the concept in Islam. Our job is to get to know one another, and the more we do that the better off we are."

Oprah did not challenge any of these remarks.

So, um, Islam "doesn’t impose anything" on people? I can’t help from wondering: what would happen to a woman in a country like Iran or Afghanistan who, let’s say, just felt like taking her veil or burqa off – and did so? What would happen to a Muslim in one of these countries who just decided to make it public knowledge that he/she didn’t feel like being a Muslim anymore?

This isn’t really a brain-stormer.

The teachings of Islam are not just ethical guidelines; they are binding laws with severe punishments attached to them – especially under Islamic states. These punishments range from public whipping to chopping off of body parts to beheading.

Let’s not overlook the foundation of this reality: in the Qur’an, Surah 9:12 instructs that a Muslim apostate must be killed.

In other words, Queen Rania is right: Islam doesn’t impose anything on anyone; the little catch is that everyone living under an Islamic state just better follow the rules, that’s all.

According to the Qur’an, there shouldn't be another religion besides Islam in an Islamic country (let alone anywhere else in the world). That’s why Surah 3:85 states that: "If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him." That’s why Surah 2:193 instructs that there should be no separation between Church and State. And that’s why Surah 4:59 teaches that there should be no opposition party either.

Sounds like a really fun place to live doesn’t it?

I am fascinated by the statement made on Oprah that, "Our [the Muslims’] job is to get to know one another [people of other faiths], and the more we do that the better off we are."

Is this why the Qur’an tells its faithful (i.e. Surah 5:54) that Muslims must not take Jews or Christians for friends?

I am even more intrigued with the statement that, "Muslims do not think that there is a non-Islamic world out there that we have to conquer."

Is this why the Qur’an instructs Muslims to attack and kill non-Muslims as a means of achieving world hegemony under Islam? Is that why Surah 9:5 tells the faithful: "When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters [non-Muslims] wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them."

Islam views the world as divided between the House of Peace (Dar es Salaam), which is Islamic, and the House of War (Dar el-Harb), which is non-Islamic. World peace, according to Islam, is achieved only when the world is subjected to Dar es Salaam.

I guess it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why Muslims have a little bit of a problem creating a democracy, let alone living peacefully with non-Muslims.

In Uganda, Idi Amin slaughtered 300,000 of his own people, mostly Christians. Why did he do this? Hint: the genocide occurred only after Amin embraced Islam.

At the start of World War I, Muslim Turks massacred over 1.5 million Armenian Christians. Why? Hint: It’s the same reason the Muslim government in Khartoum has killed two million Christians and animists since imposing Islamic law nationwide in Sudan in 1993.

So what Islam are Queen Rania and Professor Ahmed referring to? Is there another Islam I haven’t heard about? Or are Rania and Ahmed basically hinting to us that we shouldn’t take history – or the Qur’an – too seriously?

Don’t get me wrong, I think Oprah’s "Islam 101" scored very high points in theatrical quality. It’s just that in the context of integrity, it might have left something to be desired.


Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the introduction to David Horowitz’s Left Illusions. His new book is United in Hate: The Left's Romance with Tyranny and Terror. To see his previous symposiums, interviews and articles Click Here. Email him at jglazov@rogers.com.


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