by Moody Adams Florida pastor Terry Jones held a trial on the Koran, with a Muslim leader defending it and a Christian charging it. The book was found guilty by a jury and burned as punishment. Angry Muslims are conducting protests and killing people in response.
The America media has attacked the Christian for burning a book, more than the Muslims for killing people. They justify putting the blame on Pastor Jones by a dishonest shifting of the argument. Both liberal and conservative media voices have joined in saying most Muslims are nice people. The argument is not about Muslims but about the Koran.
The Koran teaches killing infidels. This is not a matter of opinion, but a plain teaching of the Koran. Jones did not try Muslims. He did not burn Muslims. His argument is not about Muslims. It is about the Koran. The media does not want to debate whether the Koran is good or bad, so they shift the argument to whether Muslims are good people or bad. Can the media do what the defenders at Mr. Jones trial could not do? Can they prove the Koran does not teach killing?
Whether Jones should have restrained his freedom of speech to please Muslims or not is debatable. But what is clear is the media should be fair enough to debate the Koran. This is the issue.
For starters let the media defend these verses: Koran 47:4: When ye encounter the infidels (unbelievers), strike off their heads till ye have made a great slaughter among them, and of the rest make fast the fetters. Koran 2:193: Fight therefore against them until . . . the only worship be that of God (Allah). Muhammad gave the proper interpretation of these verses when he tied up 600-900 Jews and cut their heads off after they had surrendered and were defenseless: “Then 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. This went on until the apostle made an end of them. Among them was the enemy of Allah Huyayy b. Akhtab and Ka‘b b. Asad their chief, and they were brought with their hands bound to their neck by a rope” (“Sirat A, Rasul,” page 464).