The Traitors Gate

UAF Hunting Club

11. You should really talk to some Muslims. You’re getting all this from books.

This objection seems sensible if you haven’t had time to think about it, but it is meaningless — unless, of course, you’ve just made the blunder of overgeneralizing (saying something like, “All Muslims treat their women badly”) — in which case, you should immediately correct yourself by talking about Islamic doctrine rather than talking about “Muslims.”

But assuming you are making no such blunders, here is a possible answer to this objection:

“I have talked to Muslims. And I’ve met some very nice Muslims. They are either ignoring some of the basic, mainstream Islamic teachings or they are using taqiyya (read more about taqiyya), which is the Islamic principle of “religious deception” or deception for the sake of Islam.

“But hopefully, they were simply genuinely nice people who are ignoring some of their religious principles. You see, if a Muslim is truly a friend to me (a non-Muslim), he or she is violating an important doctrine of Islam: A Muslim is forbidden to befriend a non-Muslim. I’m not making this up. It’s in the Quran and it’s stated very clearly.

“But either way, it doesn’t change the fact that the doctrine of Islam is hazardous to non-Muslims and we should learn about it. Sixty-one percent of the Quran is about how Muslims are supposed to deal with non-Muslims. Millions of Muslims around the world are devout believers in that doctrine.

January 25, 2011 Posted by | Books, Muslims | , , | Leave a comment