Thursday, August 29, 2013

Chatting with an Assassin

On June 8, 1992, Egyptian scholar and journalist Farag Foda was assassinated by "Muslim extremists," i.e., faithful followers of Mohammed who believed in, and practiced, the "holy" Koran.  (These were real Muslims, not the kind of Westernized hypocrites who attend Friday jumu'ah services at the local mosque and then enjoy Western comforts and culture for the rest of the week.) Foda, who worked as a professor of agriculture, had written twelve books in Arabic, mostly dealing with issues of Islam and secularization.  He had aroused the ire of faithful Muslims when he ridiculed some of the insane sexual teachings of the "religion," and a "fatwa" had been issued, so, naturally, he was shot like a dog in the street as he left his office one day.  His son and several other bystanders were wounded; Foda left a widow and several children.

Two of Foda's murderers were executed, under the secular law administered by Hosni Mubarak.  Others were involved, however, and as Egypt has become one of the prime battlegrounds of Islam against secularism, one of the accomplices in the murder, Abu Al-'Ela Abd Rabbo, has proudly stepped forth to brag about the rationale for the assassination on television. This is an old case, but a very recent interview. As you watch his smug, self-confident remarks, and hear his disrespect for his victim's family, remember: you are looking at the true face of Islam.  It is savagery, barbarity, and a doctrine of devils, and it cannot be refined.

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