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Allen West and the Religion of Peace, Pompano Beach Edition

I wish I had been in Pompano Beach, Florida, last night. Not only was it a balmy 70-something while it was spitting snow and freezing rain in Milwaukee, where I was holed up, but Pompano also featured an illuminating townhall meeting with one of my favorite new members of Congress, Allen West.

Here’s something you won’t want to miss: During the Q&A, Nezar Hamze, executive director of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), strode to the microphone with a copy of the Koran in hand. Alluding to a recent panel discussion (also delicious) in which Rep. West dispensed a few home truths about the violent nature of of Islam, Mr. Hamze angrily asked him to point to a single verse in the Koran that advocated violence against Americans. Allen West sliced, diced, and sautéed the chap, pointing out  that that it was scarcely odd that a book complied thirteen centuries ago should omit to mention a country that wasn’t discovered by Europeans until 1492. He then mentioned several typical Islamic moments — e.g., the Battle of Tours in 722, the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, the Siege of Vienna in 1683, the destruction of the World Trade Towers in 2001, and Major Nadal Hasan’s murder of 13 people (and wounding of another 29) at Ft. Hood in 2009. Applause and gratitude among the assembled citizens.

But Nezar Hamze persisted: “I am ashamed,” he said, “to be here with all these people when you attacked Islam  . . .”

“You attacked us,” West interrupted, noting that he had gone as a U.S. Army officer to Iraq to protect and help free Muslims.

Allen West said everything that needed to be said, but for those who wonder what the Koran really says about attacking people, have a look at the “religion of peace” web site under the heading “violence.” A few of the “at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers”:

Koran (2:191-193) – “And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution [of Muslims] is worse than slaughter [of non-believers]…and fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah.”

Koran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

Koran (9:5) – “So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.”

And here  are a few gems from the Hadith, narratives of Mohammad’s life that are used to this day as interpretive aids in Islamic law:

Bukhari (52:177) – Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”

Bukhari (52:256) – The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, “They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).”

Bukhari (52:220) – Allah’s Apostle said… ‘I have been made victorious with terror’

Et, it goes without saying, very much cetera. Something to bear in mind as you watch the Muslim Brotherhood colonize Egypt and other countries in the Middle East.