Michael Medved
The leading Islamic scholar in Yemen drew international praise for his purportedly “moderate” tone in a recent press conference. Sheikh Abdul Majid al-Zindani threatened jihad if America sent troops to Yemen, but also distanced himself from of al Qaeda. He said he’d never support terrorist acts and repeatedly claimed that Islam prohibits killing innocent civilians.

When asked by reporters to denounce Osama bin Laden, however, Zindani refused. “I don’t know what is in his heart,” he shrugged. “I don’t know if he is good or bad.” If Islam really forbids murder of innocents, how can the scholar fail to condemn a terrorist leader who brags openly about slaughtering civilians? Sheikh Zindani’s contradictions show the folly of trying to judge an individual’s heart rather than his actions, and the confusing position of many so-called Muslim moderates.


Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
 
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