Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Wafa Sultan: the bravest woman in the world

I've been utterly remiss in my duties--here are links to the Memri TV's video and transcript of the courageous Wafa Sultan's recent clash with Algerian Islamist Ahmad bin Muhammad over Islamic teachings and terrorism on Al-Jazeera TV. Here's just one snip of Sultan's response to the jihad:

My colleague has said that he never offends other people's beliefs. What civilization on the face of this earth allows him to call other people by names that they did not choose for themselves? Once, he calls them Ahl Al-Dhimma, another time he calls them the "People of the Book," and yet another time he compares them to apes and pigs, or he calls the Christians "those who incur Allah's wrath." Who told you that they are "People of the Book"? They are not the People of the Book, they are people of many books. All the useful scientific books that you have today are theirs, the fruit of their free and creative thinking. What gives you the right to call them "those who incur Allah's wrath," or "those who have gone astray," and then come here and say that your religion commands you to refrain from offending the beliefs of others?

I am not a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew. I am a secular human being. I do not believe in the supernatural, but I respect others' right to believe in it.
If you haven't done so already, you must immediately cease what you are doing and read every word of Sultan's debate. And if any harm comes to this courageous, inspiring woman from any barbarians who would squelch her voice, may whatever god they appeal to have mercy upon their wretched souls, for we shall not.

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