Larry Elder

 Spencer cites numerous other Islamic sacred laws, as well as other passages in the Koran, that require all Muslims to give non-Muslims three choices: conversion, submission with second-class status under Islamic law, or death.

 Grand Sheik Tantawi of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, the foremost cleric in Sunni Islam, said in a communique at the beginning of the current war in Iraq: "It is in accordance with logic and with Islamic religious law that if the enemy raids the land of the Muslims, Jihad becomes an individual's commandment, applying to every Muslim man and woman, because our Muslim nation will be subject to a new Crusader invasion targeting the land, honor, belief, and homeland. . . . The Center for Research has studied the events . . . and realized that our Arab and Islamic nation, and even our religious faith, Islam, are a main target of all the military forces, who are targeting millions of people from among our nation, as well as our faith, everything sacred to us, and all the sources of wealth and power of the Arabs and the Muslims. The first manifestation of this will be the attack on Iraq, the occupation of its land, and the seizing of its oil reserves."

 Meanwhile, the "moderate" Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a Muslim, recently said about Jews, "The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world by proxy. . . . They get others to fight and die for them." He called on the Islamic world to modernize, not to catch up with the West, but rather so that Islamic countries need no longer rely on purchasing weapons from its "enemies." Outrage, anyone?

 President Bush and others criticized the prime minister's remarks, but Mahathir refused to apologize and disagreed with those who called his remarks anti-Semitic. "People make such statements (about Muslims or Muhammad the prophet), and they seem to get away with it," he said. "But if you say anything at all against the Jews, you are accused of being anti-Semitic." The foreign minister of Yemen backed him up, "I don't think (the comments) are anti-Semitic at all. I think he was just stating the facts."

 As for Lt. Gen. Boykin, he apologized: "For those who have been offended by my statements, I offer a sincere apology." But Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, "It doesn't look like any rules were broken." For, unlike those in the Arab world, Americans enjoy something called freedom of speech, protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.

 Thank God.

Larry Elder

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