Should the Quran or the Bible be banned?
Exposing the ignorance of Robert Spencer
By Sami Zaatari
Robert Spencer the self-proclaimed scholar of Islam has written an article where he seeks to prove that an Islamic school, which quotes the Quran and hadiths, are preaching hate, he concludes by writing:
How can Western authorities face the implications of all this? Should the Qur'an be banned as inciting to hatred and violence?
As we shall shortly see, the very same arguments that Spencer brings up are actually found in his Bible! This will be fun, so I hope you the reader shall enjoy this, you shall all see how hopeless Robert Spencer is, and why even with all his books he still cant stop Islam from being the fastest growing religion as he himself admitted.
Spencer's comments will be pastes in red followed by my responses in black, let us now see what this self proclaimed ?scholar' of Islam has to say:
The blockquotes below are from the Saudi textbooks as reported by Shea; interspersed are relevant Qur'anic verses and other material showing that all this is not just Wahhabi invention:
"Every religion other than Islam is false."
"Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words (Islam, hellfire): Every religion other than ______________ is false. Whoever dies outside of Islam enters ____________."
This is straight from the Qur'an: "If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good)" (3:85).
Notice how pathetic Spencer's argument is, according to him the fact that the Quran says anyone who follows another faith or religion other than Islam will go to hell, according to Spencer this is hate! Excuse me? How is that hate, does Spencer expect God to allow unbelievers into paradise? Off course not, this is not hate, it is just the way it is, only the believers of God shall be granted paradise.
What makes this more amazing is that even Spencer's own Bible says the same thing! Here are the verses from his un-holy Bible:
1 Corinthians 15:2
2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
Notice Paul says you are ONLY saved IF you hold firmly to what he preaches, basically if you don't believe in the message of Paul, which is that Jesus died for you and rose after three days this then means you are not saved which means your going to hell! So according to Spencer's own logic now, his own Bible preaches hate since it too says that those who don't believe in its message are doomed and shall not be saved, in fact it goes on to say much more:
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelations 20:11-15)
So as you can see, on judgement day people will be judged according to their works, and off course the bad men the sinners who don't accept what Paul taught will end up in this lake of fire to burn for eternity, so if your not found written in this ?book' then you better prepare yourself for a very hot lake of fire!
I would really like to thank Spencer for showing his complete ignorance, and showing that he is no scholar, just a man filled with hate and double-standards which is why he makes such blatant inconsistent arguments, and as one said: ?inconsistency is the sign of a failed argument'. All Spencer has managed to do now is expose his ignorance, and to show everyone that according to his argument and logic that it is in fact his own Bible that preaches hate for condemning unbelievers to hell fire!
Let us carry on exposing Spencer's ignorance:
"True belief means . . . that you hate the polytheists and infidels but do not treat them unjustly."
Again, this is straight from the Qur'an: "Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. And those with him are hard against the disbelievers and merciful among themselves" (48:29). "Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures" (98:6).
Let us in fact see if these verses actually call upon the Muslims to ?hate' the polytheists, surah 48:29 reads:
YUSUFALI: Muhammad is the messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against Unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves (in prayer), seeking Grace from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. On their faces are their marks, (being) the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Taurat; and their similitude in the Gospel is: like a seed which sends forth its blade, then makes it strong; it then becomes thick, and it stands on its own stem, (filling) the sowers with wonder and delight. As a result, it fills the Unbelievers with rage at them. Allah has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness, and a great Reward.
Where does this verse say anything about hating unbelievers? The verse says nothing about hating polytheists; this is an invention by Spencer, a very convenient one, since he can't prove his claim he will just make one up! I never knew that being strong against disbelievers meant hating them!
As for the next verse he quotes from surah 98 verse 6 which reads:
YUSUFALI: Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures.
Where does the verse say that we should HATE unbelievers? Does Spencer have a problem with the Quran condemning unbelievers to hell? Well we have shown his Bible does the same thing! Perhaps Spencer has a problem with the verse saying that unbelievers are the ?worst' of creatures, this is not a real argument at all, his argument is based on ?emotion' ?ohhh the Quran calls unbelievers the worst creatures ohhhh the Quran must be wrong how can it say that!'. That is basically what Spencer is arguing! At the end of the day any person who rejects God is indeed the worst of creature, you are rejecting GOD, the one who created you, the one who provided for you, and you end up rejecting him! What do you expect to be? The best? Even in the Bible and Christianity the worst creatures before the sight of God are the sinners and wicked people! God hates the sinner in the Bible:
1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.
2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.
5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.
So as you can see the God of the Bible hates the WORKERS of iniquity, it doesn't say God hates the iniquity and sin, it specifically states he hates THE PERSON who is committing it, the WORKER of iniquity.
So once again we see how ignorant Spencer is of his own un-holy Bible, and I don't find that surprising at all. So right now we have 2 reasons why the Bible must be banned as according to Spencer's criteria, thank you Spencer!
Spencer then goes on to quote other verses and chapters from the Quran dealing with topics we have already addressed and responded to time and time again so there wont be any need for us to re-visit those ?rookie' arguments of his, here are the relevant links thought:
Being friends with unbelievers:
Calling Jews Apes and Swine:
Issues on Jihad:
The place of Non-Muslims in Islam and in an Islamic society:
All of those links deal with every other point Spencer brings up. So in conclusion the Bible must be banned since they match his criteria for banning a book, Spencer should now become a Muslim since he just called the for banning of his own book, and since he has called for his own book to be banned this means it cant be from God, and since Spencer doesn't have any book of God to get guidance from his only option is Islam as that is the true book!
And Allah Knows Best!