Tony Blair made some chilling comments about the Quran in a speech given to the Foreign Policy Centre and Reuters. I fear he will regret his words. Saying:
"The Qur’an "is practical and way ahead of its time".
"The most remarkable thing about reading the Koran – in so far as it can be truly translated from the original Arabic - is to understand how progressive it is.
"I speak with great diffidence and humility as a member of another faith. I am not qualified to make any judgements. But as an outsider, the Koran strikes me as a reforming book, trying to return Judaism and Christianity to their origins, rather as reformers attempted with the Christian Church centuries later. It is inclusive. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and way ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance," he said.
He added that under the guidance of the Qur’an, the spread of Islam and its dominance over previously Christian or pagan lands was "breathtaking".
"Over centuries it founded an Empire, leading the world in discovery, art and culture. We look back to the early Middle Ages, the standard bearers of tolerance at that time were far more likely to be found in Muslim lands than in Christian," he declared. source
What is Tony Blair thinking? He obviously has not read an ACCURATE translation of the Quran. Is he just trying to suck up to the enemy? Is he so afraid of the large number of muslims in his own country that he would make these obviously incorrect statements?
Mike Jericho at Adversus Monstrum says:
Incorrect in every meaningful sense.
At the time of the Islamic invasions, non-Muslims were forced to convert or face death or enslavement. Those who eventually escaped enslavement either converted or were forced to pay the Jizyah (a form of religious tax which Muslims did not pay) and they were relegated to second-class citizens under the process of Islamic religious persecution known as Dhimmitude.
I cannot understand how Blair - himself allegedly a Christian - has the cojones to do this as in Afghanistan, a Christian convert is under sentence of death for the heinous crime of rejecting Islam.
But I can't say much. While I haven't heard President Bush mention the Quran, he always refers to Islam as the religion of peace. Our leaders, both US and British, need to see Islam and the Quran realilstically. I have a few books I would recommend they and everyone read.
Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, Bat Ye'Or
The Force of Reason, by The Force of Reason
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And the Crusades), by Robert Spencer
The Dawning of a New Dark Age: A Collection of Essays on Islam, by Mark Alexander
Here is a book review from Amazon.com on just one of the books, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis:
Bat Ye'or is the world's preeminent historian of Islam, jihad and dhimmitude--the reduced state of non-Muslim peoples living under Islamic rule. Here, she has masterfully portrayed the means by which the Euro-Arab Dialogue (EAD) unfolded over the past 30-plus years, and how that process relates to the World War II Axis--as well as the historical, 1,400-year jihad.
"There are three forms of jihad," says Bat Ye'or today, "the military jihad, the economic jihad and the cultural jihad." The EAD between the European Union and the Arab League has been a means of spreading the economic and cultural jihads from the Middle East to Europe.
The process outlined here began with Charles DeGualle's 1967 pronouncement that henceforward, France would assume a pro-Arab policy. In 1971, France began selling arms to Qaddafi, a step from which the EAD flowed as naturally as it did from DeGualle's policy initiative.
Another factor, according to Bat Ye'or, was the French desire to regain a leading role in European history; Georges Pompidou furthered the process in October 1973, following the Syrian and Egyptian Yom Kippur war with Israel.
At that time, the Arab world imposed an oil embargo on Denmark, Holland and the U.S., cut oil production and began to raise oil prices by five percent a month. These new global geopolitics terrified the leaders of Germany and France.
Before it agreed to establish the EAD, the Arab League had demanded that Europe establish pro-Arab and anti-American policies in all their united political, cultural and economic endeavors. The oil embargo was the catalyst which finally moved the European Economic Community to action. Now, writes Bat Ye'or, EEC ministers enacted resolutions that met the Arab demands, and which at the same time reversed the true intent of United Nations Resolution 242. Only then was the Arab oil embargo to Europe lifted.
Through this give and take, Europe was mostly on the losing end, for the EAD contained from the start a significant rider to its economic agreements concerning oil. Now, a process unfolded whereby Arab culture, politics and faith were imported into Europe along with a militant Muslim population that refused to assimilate into European culture. Arab culture did not change, while European universities and politics changed radically.
Bat Ye'or also shows how the EAD renewed and fostered Europe's Axis ties to the Middle East: In the late 1940s and 1950s war criminals fled Europe to Egypt, Syria and other Arab nations. Now, Axis links to Europe were rekindled through the Middle Eastern policies imported into Europe. The new Europe was built on a unified anti-Israel and anti-American policy.
As Bat Ye'or also suggests, America is the last frontier, and the American people should take it as their duty to avoid Europe's fate.
Read this book for the depressing details.
--Alyssa A. Lappen, Amazon.com
If that doesn't go against what Tony Blair said, I don't know what would.