This post over at Dhimmi Watch got me thinking. Here's the background- a newspaper published a letter which said- "Whenever there is an assassination or another atrocity, we should proceed to the closest mosque and execute five of the first Muslims we encounter. After all, this is a 'Holy War" and although such a procedure is not fair or just, it might end the horror." Everybody is entitled to their view and while we might not agree with what this man said, he has a right to say it. Doesn't the 1st Amendment say something about that? Absolutely, and the case was thrown out by the Arizona Supreme Court, all save for one charge- intentional infliction of emotional distress.
No, really. Two Muslim men in the United States are suing because of the "intentional infliction of emotional distress" caused by this letter. Hopefully, the court will toss this ridiculous case out on its ear and uphold 1st Amendment rights. But it did get me thinking- could a counter suit be filed against the Koran? Let's take just one example-
Qur’an 9:5 “When the sacred forbidden months for fighting are past, fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, torture them, and lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.”
Isn't that emotionally distressing, to know that the Koran is deliberately calling for Muslims to kidnap, torture and kill non-Muslims? Isn't this hate speech? Isn't it an incitement to violence? Aren't you, as a non-Muslim, terrified to know that the Religion of Peace actively calls for your torture and death? Even dismemberment-
Qur’an 8:12 “Your Lord inspired the angels with the message: ‘I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes."
Or how about incitement to commit terrorism?
Qur’an 8:59 “The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them.”
Qur’an 8:73 “The infidels aid one another. Unless you do the same there will be anarchy in the land. Those who accepted Islam and left their homes to fight in Allah’s Cause are good Muslims.”
Or incitement to violence and extortion?
Qur’an 9:29 “Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission.”
Seems to me that if a statement made about a war thousands of miles from Arizona can cause emotional distress then so too can a book which is available around the world. There might even be some copies in your town- and their might be some people who believe it is the word of god. Why doesn't someone just ask a prominent member of CAIR or the MCB if they believe in the Koran, if they obey it? If so, doesn't that mean that they want to kill and subdue unbelievers? Or can they pick and choose which "words of god" they think are true?
Are you scared yet?
(Note- there are some differences between the linked Koran and the quotes I've used- which I have saved on my PC: the translations vary slightly but as you can see the meaning remains the same)