Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fail Quote of the Day: Pam Geller decries barbarity in Quran

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Pam Geller
Pam Geller
[source: Think and Ask Questions]

Pam Geller, a woman whose writings about Sarah Palin make her sound as though she had heart-adorned posters of the failed Alaskan politician covering every inch of her bedroom walls, has an utterly fangirlish column up at the WorldNutDaily where she praises Palin for opposing the controversial so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” on Twitter. Just about every portion of that piece could serve as a perfectly apt excerpt for this Fail Quote segment, but there’s this bit that’s just breathtaking in its absurdity:

There have been 15,644 Islamic attacks across the world since Sept. 11, 2001. Each one had the imprimatur of an Islamic cleric. What is being done to expunge the Quran of the violent texts that inspire jihad? If Rauf is really a moderate, why isn't he spending his time working on that instead of trying to build this mega-mosque?

So she’s complaining that violent and hateful passages in the Islamic holy book is grounds for terrorist attacks and jihad? Um, Pam, dear – there’s also another holy book that also contains more than its fair share of barbarity. It’s called the Bible, you see, and its many, thousands-years-old endorsements of such things as slavery, killing homosexuals and stoning adulterous woman – amongst any number of other commandments that would put even today’s Islamic theocracies to shame – are perfectly intact and available for all to read in today’s printed editions. And yet, you never hear any Christians complaining about how their treasured scriptures are filled with monstrous acts and heinous commandments – they just rationalize such issues away and cherry-pick which portions of the Testaments they follow. As do all other followers of any other sacred texts on the planet.

Also, it’s not the Quran itself that inspires violent acts, but the hatred that’s perpetuated down the lines of fundamentalist and radicalized extremists and theocrats. And this is inherent to any system of beliefs, be they Islamic or Christian, or religious or political. It just so happens that there are more extremists spawned from Islam in relation to any other religion or political belief, and the reasons for this are many and complex, having to do with social inequalities, stigma, old feuds, and any number of things, of which the actual contents of the Quran play only a very small part. Just as how the contents of the Bible, whilst not strictly adhered to by the vast majority of people, still serve to directly inspire some nutjobs to blow up abortion clinics, or burn witches in the olden days.

(via Dispatches from the Culture Wars)