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Reader comment on item: Why mocking Muhammad is not hate speech

Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Sep 30, 2012 at 08:35

Thank you very much Dr. Pipes and you are very correct as usual

I have no doubt in my mind that if we have a law that would make it illegal to insult and "no more mocking of religions" (and notice the plural) then as was pointed out by Raymond Ibrahim half of the Qur'an and the hadith would be regarded as hate speech and Muslims cannot use it and we will have an islam where Muslims cannot recite surat al-fatiha as almost half of it is hate speech against Jews and Christians and surat al-ikhlas would be a thing of the past as it is anti-idolatory and ayat al-sayf or the sword verse will be gone after all it is anti-pagan and ayat al-jizya and the mocking of Jewish and Christian beliefs as in Q9:30 would also be banned! And if al-kalam al-mukarrar is also deleted (The Allah is in the habit of repeating himself thing) then the Qur'an would reduced to a few pages

But the truth is the major source of the mocking of islam and of Muhammad one would find in the Islamic historical traditions! As in the case of the story of Muhammad marrying a child! Or the strange traditions as in the breast feeding of the adult tradition. And Muslims have to find a new name for Muhammad's biography by al-Waqidi which is called al-maghazi which clearly means that Muhammad was indeed an Arabian warlord and caravna raider!

Dr. Pipes:

I find it shocking that we have not heard from anyone in the arts or law (where on earth is the ACLU when you need them?) defending Mr. Basilley's (sp?) video and his right to insult any religion or so called prophet and I'm sad to see the likes of Sarah Chayes advocating limiting what is free speech

I'm also shocked that our so called free press has no desire to find out what really happened in the atrocity in Benghazi and all we hear is that it is this video that is the cause of this atrocity

Oh the religion of peace


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