Dr. Bill Warner was the guest speaker for the Jonesboro, Arkansas chapter of ACT! for America last night (June 21, 2011). He also was on the Paul Harrell radio show for the entire two hours. This is Part 1 of the report on his presentation. Burkasrugly
Dr. Warner has been a university professor, businessman, and a physics researcher. He is currently director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam and is a national and international speaker about Islamic political doctrine. Dr. Warner has produced a dozen books including a Koran, a biography of Mohammed, and a summary of the political traditions of Mohammed.
A lifelong interest in religion comes from observing history, said Warner. He approached his study of Islam as a scientist, explaining that part of a job of a scientist is to take complex ideas and simplify them.
Warner is no subscriber to Political Correctness, the cancer that runs rampant in our culture today. He emphasizes that all cultures are not alike, no matter what the PC crowd tries to tell us. He notes that Islamic civilization is far different than Western civilization.
For instance, Warner pointed out that while Western culture is based upon the Golden Rule and critical thought, Islam is based on dualism (two different sets of rules – one for Muslims and one for non-Muslims), and it contains no critical thought. This is because Islamic Sharia law is the final word and cannot be challenged nor debated. These two civilizations are like oil and water; they do not mix.
Many Westerners are confused by Islam, Warner said. This confusion comes from the fact that there are in essence two Islams and two Korans. Warner explained that by the time Mohammed had preached for 13 years in Mecca, he only had managed to attract about 150 followers. However, when he went to Medina and became a warrior and a politician he converted about 10,000 per year. Violence and threats of violence produced many converts.
The Meccan Koran contains verses that chronicle the time Mohammed was in Mecca, and are peaceful verses. The Medinan Koran contains violent verses that reflect the transformation of the religion to a brutal political system with a religious component. These later verses abrogate the earlier peaceful verses. Both are considered true, however, but the later violent verses are stronger.
There is no shortage of violent verses in the Trilogy texts, which are made up of the Koran, Sira, and Hadith. The Sira is a biography of Mohammed, and the Hadith are the sayings and actions of Mohammed. In fact, found within each of these texts is the story of how in one day Mohammed is said to have had 800 Jewish men and boys beheaded. Not only is the incident well documented in the Hadith and Sira, there is even a brief reference to it in the Qur’an (verse 33:26).
Warner used this story to illustrate a point. He said there are three views of Islam. The first is that of the Muslims. They view this incident as a triumph. The second view, Warner stated, was that of the non-Muslims who see these killings as war crimes. The third view comes from Islamic apologists who often say something like “That was then, this is now.” Warner said the media are by and large apologists and are totally sympathetic to this point of view.
Just as there are essentially two Korans, there are also two Islams. Religious Islam was the peaceful Islam that existed in Mecca. Political Islam began when Mohammed became a warrior and politician and went to Medina. Warner said he has no problem with the religious component of Islam. He does, however, have a problem with Political Islam as it relates to non-Muslims.
A non-Muslim is a “kafir”which is the most negative word in any language, Warner points out. This is because it is Allah’s opinion of non-believers. The Koran says that kafirs (that’s you and me) can be deceived, murdered, tortured, enslaved, or any other assortment of horrible deeds done to them, simply for the fact they are not Muslims.
He pointed out that the New Testament teaches Christians how to be Christians, and the Torah teaches Jews how to be Jews. However, he said that 81% of the Sira is about kafirs and how they are to be treated (see previous paragraph).
The path from Religious Islam to Political Islam that Mohammed used 1,400 years ago is the prototype that is still being used today. When Islam first comes into a country or society, it is small in numbers it is usually weak. Every effort is made to convice the native inhabitants that Islam is merely a peaceful religion. However, as the number of Muslims swell through immigration and or births, Islam starts to transition to Political Islam and begins making demands (public footbaths, work stoppage for prayers, etc.). They subjugate and destroy cultures wherever they land. It is always the same pattern.
This is why it is so important for people to understand that all cultures are not equal. Warner noted that multiculturalism is destroying our own culture because prevents us from viewing ourselves as unique. And we are very unique.
For instance, consider the high number of Nobel Prizes in science that Americans have won as well as the many that Jews have won. In the Arab world, over half of Arab women and one-third of Arab men are illiterate. Fewer than 300 books a year are translated into Arabic. There has never been a Nobel Prize won by a Muslim for science. Clearly, the West and the Middle East are not on the same cultural level.
Also, Warner pointed out that Arabs are not known for hard work. The Koran even condemns Arabs for being lazy, he said. Poverty in the Arab world is not an accident, he concluded, because they are not a very productive or creative people.
Nor is the treatment of women the same – far from it. Warner analyzed verses about women in the Trilogy texts. He divided them up into four categories according to what they said about the treatment of women. The categories were as follows: neutral; woman elevated in status; woman equal; and woman subjugated. In only five percent of the verses were the women elevated, and that was because they were mothers. Ten percent of the verses gave women an equal status, but that was on judgement day, and judgement was determined by how well she pleased her husband. The bulk of the verses were – you guessed it – related to women being subjugated. Are you surprised at all?
Stay tuned for part 2.
Until next time,