Friday, July 18, 2008

Oh, those rascally Muslims

I'm listening to Andrew Boston at the Hudson Institute (right wing think tank) talk about his book "The Legacy of Islamic Anti-Semitism."
The problems listed, including the worse:
  • Non-muslims (not just Jews) subject an extra tax
  • Non-muslims not allowed to build big houses, or have fine wines
  • Jews constantly insulted in the Koran
  • Jewish holy days, such as the Sabbath, totally disregarded by Muslim rulers
  • Jews judged by Sharia law
  • Some Muslims have incited violence against Jews
  • Some riots have occurred, and thousands of Jews have been killed

Now, of course, Mohammed vs the Jews isn't an equal contest to Jews vs. Mohammed.  After all, Muslims simply didn't exist during the publication of the canonical Jewish texts: the Tanakh, the Talmud, Mishnah and Midrash. Mohammed never advocated killing Jews, but he wasn't kind to them.  What did the Jews say about their own enemies, their contemporaries?

Numbers 21:34-35 thou shalt do to him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon. So they smote him, and his sons, and all his people, until there was none left him alive: and they possessed his land.

Numbers 25:5-13 An Israeli comes home with a non-Israeli wife. Phinehas kills them both. God rewards Phinehas with an everlasting priesthood.

Numbers 31Moses' army defeats the Midianites. They kill all the adult males, but take the women and children captive. When Moses learns that they left some live, he angrily says: "Have you saved all the women alive? Kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves."

So, enslaving all the virgins, killing anyone who marries outside of the clan, and. sometimes, killing everyone down to the last little child, are the practices of the Jews.

I suppose the special tax really does make Islam the world's worst religion.

In the defense of the Hudson Institute, their Director of the Center of Islam, Hillel Fradkin, does a decent job of giving Boston's unhinged monologue a bit of context.

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