Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Censorship in Lebanon

Assalamu Alaikum:

Something's been bugging me lately, and I wanted to get your opinion on it. The topic is a bit less pretty than the question of marriage, but nonetheless, I'm really wanting some opinion.

I wrote about it in my other blog:


Let's hear what you think! And the picture you see is of Anne Frank.

You'll see the point when you read the other blog.


Safiyyah said...

Salaams Sis:

How insane.

I guess they have to ban/censor the Quran because as we all know, it's loaded with Jewish content, lol.

No wonder the people in the ME think the way they do. They cannot even get accurate information or diverse ideas because their governments brainwash them.

Are their synagogues in Lebanon?

Anonymous said...

What do you think about Chapter 9, Verse 29, of the Qur'an:
Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture [Jews and Christians] as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden [do not submit to Islamic law] by His messenger [Muhammad], and follow not the Religion of Truth [Islam], until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.

Perhaps I am mistaken, but I think that verse, and a number of others, are part of why Lebanon and many other Muslim-majority countries would ban media "sympathetic" to Jews.

It is admirable that you distinguish between Jews and Israel, just as one should distinguish between Muslims and Islam. There are many moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not, in my view, a moderate religion. It is the only major religion with a developed doctrine and theology mandating warfare against unbelievers, until they are subjugated ("brought low") under Islamic law. Islamic law prescribes a protected, dhimmi status to Jews and Christians, IF they accept a debased, second-class citizenship, legal inferiority to Muslims, fewer rights than Muslims, and various forms of discrimination. But if Jews and Christians refuse to submit to Islamic law, then that law says they must be warred against, and their lives and property are free for Muslims to take as they will. Thank goodness Muslim-majority states don't all follow Islamic law, though all are influenced by it negatively.

If Islam is moderate, why is it that all the main schools of Islamic law insist on the death penalty for apostates from Islam? Do you agree with having a penalty of that sort (or any penalty!) for people merely because they leave your religion?

If Islam is moderate, why is it that Muhammad said, in several canonical hadith, "If a Muslim changes his religion, then kill him."

Lebanon's censorship of Anne Frank's book shouldn't really surprise anyone, if one keeps at all in touch with what the news media in the Middle East very often says about Jews. The most extreme statements are made -- for example that Jews murder non-Jewish children and put the blood of those children into Matzoh to eat for some Jewish ceremony. And that Jews are pigs and apes. And worse. Because the news media is controlled by dictatorships in the Middle East, the content of that media is as extreme and immoderate as dictatorial government inevitably is.

One reason Muslim-majority states are generally far behind on human-rights is that for an individual Muslim to be creative is often considered by Muslim scholars to be a sort of blasphemy, an evil attempt to put oneself in place of God, the Creator. Submission to that Creator, not imitation in any sense, is the meaning of Islam. Human beings are conceived as God's slaves, not as God's children. Why, then, expect much freedom or respect for individual rights in Muslim-majority nations?
Regards, Ed