Get to know the Muslims
Just ran across the website for the Middle East Media Research Institute. Wasn't planning on writting any more today, but this site just really got my goat.
There are several videos to watch at the MEMRI site. So far I've watched two of 'em.
For the women: The Muslim Woman Magazine - a three minute interview with a child. I'd suggest watching the video for the full impact, but here is the transcript:
Host: Our report today will be a little different, because our guest is a girl, a Muslim girl, but a true Muslim. Allah willing, may our God give us the strength to educate our children the same way, so that the next generation will turn out to be true Muslims who understand that they are Muslims and know who their enemies are. This girl will introduce herself immediately. She is the daughter of my sister in faith, and of the artist Wagdi Al-Arabi . Her name is Basmallah and we will ask her as well.
Questions and Answers
Host: Peace be upon you. Allah's mercy and blessing upon you. What's your name?
Host: Basmallah, how old are you?
Basmallah: Three and a half.
Host: Are you a Muslim?
Host: Basmallah, are you familiar with the Jews?
Host: Do you like them?
Host: Why don't you like them?
Host: Because they are what?
Basmallah: They're apes and pigs.
Host: Because they're apes and pigs? Who said they are so?
Basmallah: Our God.
Host: Where did he say this?
Basmallah: In the Koran.
Host: Right, he said that about them in the Koran. - Okay, Basmallah, what are the Jews doing?
Basmallah: The Pepsi company.
Host: You also know about the boycott, Basmallah? Did they love our master Muhammad?
Host: No, what did the Jews do to him?
Basmallah: The Prophet Muhammad killed someone..
Host: Obviously, our master Muhammad was strong and could have killed them. All right, you know the traditions about the Jews and what they did to the Prophet Muhammad? Is there a story you know?
Basmallah: Yes, the story about the Jewish woman.
Host: The Jewish woman? What did she do to our master the Prophet Muhammad?
Basmallah: The Jewish woman?
Basmallah: There was a Jewish woman who invited the Prophet and his friends. When he asked her, 'Did you put poison (in my food)?' she said to him, 'Yes.' He asked her, 'Why did you do this?' and she replied: 'If you are a liar - you will die and Allah will not protect you; if you speak the truth - Allah will protect you.'
Host: And our God protected the Prophet Muhammad, of course.
Basmallah: And he said to his friends: 'I will kill this lady.'
Host: Of course, because she put poison in his food, this Jewess.
Host: Basmallah, Allah be praised, Basmallah, Allah be praised. May our God bless her. No one could wish Allah could give him a more believing girl than she… May Allah bless her and her father and mother. The next generation of children must be true Muslims. We must educate them now while they are still children so that they will be true Muslims.
And for the men: Sermons from Iraq which captures snippets of sacred Friday prayer time lectures complete with sword waving and screaming "kill the infidels wherever you find them" and more Jewish bashing.
I seperated the men and women in a sarcastic sort of way, as men and women have to pray separately, and are generally segregated in society :P I think both videos fall in the catagory of must see. I've seen these links in other forums, but this is the first that I've managed to take the time to find the source. If you've managed to watch the two videos listed above, and you have a strong stomach, visit MEMRI for more. I just can't take that much.
Some may rightly say these above examples are just the extremists. I've spent a year talking to muslims from the US and other countries. Some are quite nice in person, but when pushed, I have not yet met a single one who was willing to say that these teachings are not based in the scriptures that come DIRECTLY from God, and these people I know give me an eerie feeling of support for the hatred being spewed. (And, yes, some I've met face-to-face openly speak words of hatred and wish painful deaths for non-believers -- as mentioned, more than a few have even been happy to tell me that it is a known fact that I am going to hell - and multiply that by 10 when including online forums.)
The group that does honestly seem to be realistic (in regards to this matter of hating non-muslims) is an American foundation called the Submitters, but their leader was assassinated by a disgruntled "real" muslims who didn't like the message of tolerance. To date, I haven't met anyone who is openly associated with this group.