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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Aug 22, 2006 at 14:37

Actually my irreverent comment is a little tame, given that essentially the same suggestion is made by Robert Sandler. My version (suggested by a friend) is that some entrepreneur start a new airline called Muslim Free Air.

On the other hand, having just watched a recently taped interview by Brian Lamb of Robert Spencer, an authority on Jihad in the Koran and dozens of Hadiths, it certainly seems that, as part of any profiling, all Muslims getting on planes should be asked whether they agree with the most hair-raising verses in the Koran with regard to Allah's mandatory injunctions to believers on how they should treat unbelievers.

For instance , is it a religious duty to wage war on all infidels until they either convert or submit to the rule of Sharia?

For instance, is Islam first of all a plan of government of the world, or is it a religion of personal salvation?

For instance, is everything in the Koran literally true, as for example the injunctions to cut off the feet and hands of unbelievers, with the bizarre added command of "on opposite sides of the body"?

For instance, does he or she think it's the word of Allah when Jews are called "apes and pigs" in the Koran?

For instance, does he or she agree with the injunctions in the Koran (which like the others above should be quoted) that it is both permissible and required to lie to achieve the rule of Islam everywhere? Indeed, is the questionee lying if they say no to this question?

Yes, I agree very much that religious profiling should be instituted. Besides the goal of discovering actual terrorist threats, it could serve two other purposes. First it might actually increase comprehension to Muslims who may sincerely believe that their religion is not a creed that calls for extreme violence which must never end until the entire population of the world has either converted, or formally submitted to the status of second-class humanity (dhimmitude). And second, learning about the contents, and results, of such profiling might make some small dent in the remarkable self-delusions that come under the heading of multiculturalism or pluralism in huge numbers of people who seem determined to treat actual analysis of what the Koran says as a form of bigotry rather than truth-telling that may be essential to the physical and moral survival of the Western culture they live in.

Admittedly, these questions not only raise questions of free speech, but even of 'free thought'. Although I think these questions should be asked of Muslims because of the two symbiotic facts (i.e. neither alone would be sufficient justification) of what is actually said in the core text of Muslim civilization and the Muslim violence that has been happening over the last 35 yrs or so and is still exponentially increasing, I realize it may be decided that these questions go 'too far'.

But I'd be content if we just had the debate. At least such a debate, if serious, would be a real-world event, something like having had a debate on the contents and meaning of Mein Kampf in 1935 or 36 when there was still time.

Ron Thompson

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