'It's in the Quran,' says Muslim who beheaded Oklahoma co-worker
Leo Hohmann Alton Nolen beheaded a female co-worker in Oklahoma in September 2014 and tried to behead a second co-worker before being shot by a supervisor. His murder trial this week has attracted almost no national media coverage. Photo/Facebook Was Alton Nolen mentally ill when he beheaded a female co-worker and tried to behead a second woman at a food plant in Oklahoma on Sept. 25, 2014, or was he simply being a good Muslim by following the dictates of the Quran? That’s the issue the jury will have to decide in the 33-year-old Muslim convert’s trial, which opened last week and continued Monday in Norman, Oklahoma. “You know all I was doing was … what I was supposed to do as a Muslim,” Nolen said. “It’s in the Quran.” There were reports after the incident that Nolen had tried to convert several of his co-workers to Islam and they were not receptive, which may have fueled his rage. “Uh, no,” Nolen responded. “I read the Quran. Like I say, the Quran is easy to understand. … No one guides me but Allah.” An expert witness took the stand Monday on behalf of the defense and told the jury that the Quran contains no instructions for Muslims to kill unbelievers by beheading unless it is a time of war. “It does not exist,” said Robert Hunt, a professor at Southern Methodist University who calls himself an expert on Islamic beliefs. (The following is what the Koran actually commands: Cut off the heads and fingers of the infidels who don’t believe in Allah. Koran 8:12, When thy Lord spake unto the angels, “I will be with you: therefore stablish ye the faithful. I will cast a dread into the hearts of the infidels.” Strike off their heads then, and strike off from them every finger-tip. This, because they have opposed God and his apostle: And whoso shall oppose God and his apostle . . . Verily, God will be severe in punishment.” This for you! Taste it then! and for the infidels is the torture of the fire!” Muslims should cut off the heads of unbelievers. Koran 47:4, When ye encounter the infidels, strike off their heads till ye have made a great slaughter among them, and of the rest make fast the fetters. Muhammd’s Interpretation Sirat A, Rasul,” page 464, Muhammad showed his interpretation of these verses when he tied up 600-900 Jews and cut their heads off after they had surrendered and were defenseless: They surrendered, and the apostle confined them in Medina in the quarter of al-Harith, a woman of B. al-Najjar. Then the apostle went out to the market of Medina (which is still its market today) and dug trenches in it. Then he sent for them and struck off their heads in those trenches as they were brought out to him in batches.
(These Jews of Banu Qurayza were not killed in a war. These Jews were unarmed and had surrendered unconditionally. They were beheaded in cold blood and beheaded to exterminate the Jews and gain their booty.)