The lockstep media prohibits the discussion of jihad and sharia, in accordance with Islamic law governing speech (do not criticize Islam). An exception is made, of course, when someone in the public eye breaks this universal law of the American press and the Muslim world. Then all hell breaks loose.
Islamic supremacists and their apologists clear their news agendas and stories for the day and go to work to school America on “peaceful Islam.”
Recklessly stepping over the millions of victims of jihadi wars, land appropriations, cultural annihilations and enslavements, shrugging off the Quranic texts and teachings that mandate slaughter, gender apartheid, creed apartheid, Islamic Jew-hatred and more, leftist media shills devote lavish attention to assuring the public that Islam is benign, peaceful, and tolerant, and that you should trust them, not your lying eyes.
Which brings us to Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post’s Islamic scholar and expert on Islamic law. Kessler quotes Ben Carson saying: “Taqiyya is a component of Sharia that allows, and even encourages you to lie to achieve your goals.” He then quotes four authorities explaining why Carson is wrong about taqiyya, and that Muslims are universally as honest as the day is long: Khaled Abou El Fadl, Omid Safi, Noah Feldman, and Hussein Ibish.
As shown by Islam expert Robert Spencer here, each one of these four has been proven to be dishonest – Feldman has whitewashed the aspects of sharia that contradict principles of human rights and freedom, and the others have been dishonest about the contents of Islamic teaching. Yet on the basis of the comforting fictions they tell him, Kessler gives Carson “four pinocchios” – as if Carson had been caught in a lie.
On the contrary, Carson was right. The Quran says, “do not take unbelievers as your friends and protectors in preference to believers…unless that you but guard yourselves against them” (3:28).
The revered and mainstream Muslim commentator on the Quran Ibn Kathir expands on this: “Ibn Kathir says that the phrase ‘unless that you but guard yourselves against them’ means that ‘believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers’ may ‘show friendship to the disbelievers’ outwardly, but never inwardly. For instance, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda said, ‘We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.’ Al-Bukhari said that Al-Hasan said, ‘The Tuqyah [taqiyya] is allowed until the Day of Resurrection.’” Abu Ad-Darda was a companion of Muhammad.
“We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.” That’s taqiyya. Carson was absolutely right.
And there is much more. The Quran at one point praises “a believing man from the family of Pharaoh who concealed his faith” (40:28). It says that anyone who renounces Islam after being a believer will face “wrath from Allah,” unless he is “forced” to express disbelief “while his heart is secure in faith” (16:106). Muhammad said that “war is deceit” (Bukhari 52.269) and allowed for lying “in battle” (Muslim 32.6303). When American Muslim spokesmen claim that the U.S. is at war with Islam, as the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has done, they’re opening the door for Muslims to use deceit as a tool of that warfare.
It is typical of the apologist mainstream media for the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” not actually to check any facts, but simply to consult with Islamic supremacists who confirmed him in his world view, and leaving it at that. The Republican Party, of which Ben Carson is a sterling exponent, ought to be at the vanguard of resistance to jihad terror today; instead, it is weak, confused, compromised, and uncertain of how to deal with those who have not yet grasped the concept of what a foul ball really means.
Ben Carson told the truth. The Washington Post “corrected” him with half-truths and falsehoods. That this is typical doesn’t make it any more excusable.
Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of PamelaGeller.com and author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. Follow her on Twitter here. Like her on Facebook here.