Our Internet friend Hank Dagny has outdone himself with a stunningly ignorant post entitled “Can Muslims Be Good Americans? No, They Cannot.” He found a “questionnaire” floating around in some fetid backwater of the Web and, never one to waste a good piece of flotsam, posted it approvingly at his site without even bothering to wash it off first.
He invites his readers to “please tell me where this questionnaire I found on the internet is wrong.” Not surprisingly, his “questionnaire” is wrong every single time it has a chance to be wrong about something.
Here are the ludicrous claims made in the “questionnaire,” in order. All these claims purport to answer the question “Can a Muslim be a good American?”
1. Allah The Moon God
“Theologically – no. A Muslim [sic] allegiance is to Allah, the moon God of Arabia.”
We’ve been over this before, at least twice, on this very blog: see 28 June 2005 and 5 September 2007. The simple fact is that the Arabic word allah means “God.” Just like the French word dieu, the Spanish word dios, the German word Gott, etc, etc.
Like it or not, Muslims worship the same God that Jews and Christians worship. Even Daniel Pipes has the intellectual honesty not to pretend otherwise, for crying out loud.
For the “moon god” silliness, you can look at the Chick tract “ALLAH HAD NO SON.” (Yes, that’s right, H.D. — you’re getting your theology out of a fucking Chick tract.)
2. Diners Club, American Express, Other Religions Regretfully Not Accepted
“Religiously – no. No other religion is accepted by Allah except Islam. (Koran 2:256)”
Here’s the verse in question:
There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejects false deities and believes in God has grasped a firm handhold which will never break. God is the Hearer, the Knower.
Sorry, but it’s quite a stretch to read this verse and think it means “No other religion is accepted by Allah except Islam.”
Here are some questions to ask yourself about this claim, if you think that’s what it does mean: What, exactly, does it mean if God does not “accept” other religions? Does it mean all non-Muslims are doomed to the fires of hell? Does it mean they’re infidels who need to die today? Does it mean they ought to convert? Does it mean God just ignores them?
Do you get answers to any of this from that Koranic verse?
3. Real American Scripture
“Scripturally – no. A Muslim’s allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Koran.”
The so-called five pillars of Islam (“faith, prayer, concern for the needy, self-purification, and the pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able”) do not strike me as particularly anti-American. Am I missing something here?
How is this statement different from saying “A Jew’s allegiance is to Judaism and the Torah”?
How is it different from saying “A Christian’s allegiance is to Christianity and the New Testament”?
The biggest question of all: What the hell do “scriptural” questions have to do with one’s ability to be a “good American”?
4. International Geographic
“Geographically – no. A Muslim’s allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.”
Meaning what? All billion or so of the world’s Muslims are secretly loyal only to Saudi Arabia? This is just silly.
5. When In Doubt, Start Making Shit Up
The “questionnaire” is running out of steam, so its anonymous author starts in with the ugly lies…
Socially – no. Islam forbids a Muslim to make friends with Christians or Jews.
This, readers, is nothing but a fucking lie, plain and simple. I challenge Hank Dagny, who cut-n-pasted this onto his website, to present any evidence he can come up with in support of this nasty, ugly lie.
6. Take Me To Your Leader
“Spiritually – no. A Muslim must submit to the mullah (spiritual leader) who teaches the annihilation of Israel and the destruction of the Great Satan, the United States.”
The anonymous author, and those who credulously re-post his ignorant foolishness, are completely out of their depth now, and it shows. Anyone who doesn’t even know the difference between a mullah and an imam has no claim to be taken seriously on the subject of Islam.
(To be sure, we’re talking about Hank Dagny, who famously wrote that “these [Iranians] are Shi’ite MUSLIMS, who are allies of al-Qaeda and sympathetic to Bin Laden and the Taliban,” so what do you expect?)
Notice also the lunatic implication that all Muslim “spiritual leaders” march in lockstep with their calls for “the annihilation of Israel and the destruction of… the United States.”
7. Why Johnny Can’t Read
“Domestically – no. A Muslim is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Koran 4:34).”
“Men are the maintainers of [qawwaamuna 'ala] women, with what God has made some of them to excel others and with what they spend out of their wealth. So the good women are obedient, guarding the unseen as God has guarded. And (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the beds and chastise them. So if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Surely God is ever Exalted, Great.”
8. Socrates is Mortal, Thus He Believes the Bible is Corrupt
“Intellectually – no. Because a Muslim cannot accept the US Constitution since it is based on Judeo-Christian principles and Muslims believes [sic] the Bible is corrupt.”
- The US Constitution is “based on Judeo-Christian principles.”
- “Muslims believes” [sic] that the Bible is corrupt.
- Ergo, a Muslim “cannot accept the US Constitution.”
A halfway-bright sixth-grader could poke holes in this sorry excuse for reasoning, readers.
Even if we ignore the fallacy of petitio principii and accept the lie that the rest of this assertion rests upon (i.e. “the Constitution is based on Judeo-Christian principles”), the assertion still doesn’t make sense. It seems to strongly imply that belief in the Bible is a necessary prerequisite for “acceptance” of the Constitution. Once again, this is just silliness.
The question of “corruption” is something the anonymous author has misunderstood. Muslims believe that the Koran is the literal word of God — that is, God dictated the Koran to the prophet Muhammad, in Classical Arabic, and the text of the Koran is God’s own words, transcribed verbatim. On the other hand, the Bible does not, of course, purport to be the literal word of God, but was written by human beings, and thus its text could be subject to “corruption” as human hands alter the word of God. Most people know this.
9. Dictatorial or Autocratic
And the final plank in the idiot platform: Philosophically – no. Islam, Muhammad and the Koran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is a [sic] either dictatorial or autocratic.
No evidence or proof, just a series of angry assertions.
Hey, remember the verse that was cited above (Surah 2, verse 256)? Remember what it said?
There is no compulsion in religion.
Readers, the anonymous author has refuted himself.
Hank Dagny followed up his post with a successful attempt to dig himself even deeper into his hole:
Let’s get our bearings here people; IF you [sic] not an American first, you cannot be the religion [sic] of your choice. You will be the religion [sic] of your master – or will meet your God in short order. If liberals have their way and communism wins out – you will not have the right to practice any religion – except Hillary Praise.
When push comes to shove, your Muslim buddies may not swing the sword, but they will point you out or hold you down when there is enough of them around to ‘get’er done’.
Islam must ‘Americanize’ or one of us is going to have to go.
Hey Muslims, you want to pray five times a day, wash your feet, not eat BBQ, stone and butcher your women, breed hate, blow up your own people and kill everyone who is not Muslim in your country? Fine with me.
Just don’t bring it to my shore and don’t kill my countrymen.