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Sunday, 30 September 2007
A Test For The Media
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"Sterling Heights police Detective Sgt. Paul Jesperson said three separate complaints were filed by residents Tuesday who found the fliers on their windshields.

He said the flier said: 'Kill Jews and Christians if they don't believe in Allah and Mohammad."

It further advises people to 'Fight those who do not believe.'

'I really don't know what it means other than suggesting violence to Jews and Christians,' Jesperson said. 'We certainly have no intentions of stifling someone's religious beliefs but it is most certainly a violation of the law if you're condoning violence with this hate literature.' --from this news article

This "hate literature" comes right out of the Qur'an. Will any radio talk show host in and around Detroit, will the main Detroit newspapers, dare to point out where such a phrase as "Fight those who do not believe" comes from, and just to be clear, give the entire passage, and indeed, passages around it, so as to avoid the accusation that they have "taken things out of context"? Will they do anything to explain where these phrases and mental set come from, or will they do everything they can not to do so, which has been the clear intent so far?

When will journalists begin to fulfill their responsibilities not merely to report, but to explain, to make sense of what they report? If they say nothing, this "hate literature" will be understood as containing phrases that only a crank could have composed. But no one made those phrases up, and what they mean, up. So where did they come from? What were the sources? See if you can find out.

Or merely ask Robert Spencer. Or Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Or Wafa Sultan. Or Ali Sina. Or Ibn Warraq. Or anyone who, through no fault of his own, was born into Islam, and raised up within it, and then managed to leave it, and knows exactly where those phrases -- and the attitudes those phrases, or phrases very much like them, engender -- came from.

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Posted on 09/30/2007 7:50 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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