The token liberal voice on FOX News Channels’ popular afternoon political talk show The Five has had more than his share of personal rants against so-called “moderate Muslims” when they do not condemn Islamic terrorist attacks.
The veteran political advisor turned broadcaster never fails to hold back his deep convictions against Islamic extremism. Typically there is plenty of sound and fury during one of Beckel’s tirades which become increasingly incomprehensible as his voice rises and muffled words are lost in a frenzy of mumbled jargon.
Beckel rarely backs up any of his vocal monologues with facts, but there is never a doubt about his opinions on the subject. When it comes to blasting Muslim extremists, and those who do not denounce such events, there is no room for political correctness in Bob Beckel’s world.
There is, however, a major flaw in Mr. Beckel’s comments. In almost every instance he complains to non-vocal Muslim listeners that they are not following the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. That is where he gets sidetracked.
Beckel’s message is clear. His words may be difficult to understand, but their meaning is not. When Bob Beckel advises Muslims to follow their prophet, he is telling Islamists to continue doing precisely what they have been doing to the extreme since 9/11/01.
Apparently Beckel is confusing the teachings of Christ with those of Muhammad, but there can be no comparison. Jesus Christ never fought a war during his entire lifetime. In the last ten years Muhammad was in power, he led or fought in more than 80 battles.
In 627, following a major conflict known as “The Battle of the Ditch (Trench),” Muhammad enslaved the women and children of his defeated enemies.
Muhammad retained one-fifth of the spoils for himself but, in the aftermath of his victory, he also lined up more than 500 male members of his vanquished foes and beheaded them one by one as their wives and children watched.
The prophet’s favorite wife, Aisha, was only six years old when they were married. Muhammad was over 50. Aisha was nine when the prophet consummated the marriage. Even using possible cultural mores of the time, there is no other way to view such an action as anything other than pedophilia.
That is hardly something the followers of one of the world’s great religions should emulate.
In other words, Mr. Beckel is telling Muslims to do exactly what the Islamists are already doing, kill non-believers.
What Beckel fails to grasp is that jihadists are acting precisely as they have been instructed to do by their prophet, the Koran and the Hadith. A Muslim extremist is not extreme, he is adhering to the tenets of the faith as handed down by Allah through revelations to Muhammad.
The word Koran means “recital.” Arabic scholars explain that the text of the Koran cannot be translated. It can only be interpreted, and it only has true significance in its native Arabic language. That may be partially true, but it is also a clever way of saying that only an Arabic speaker can read and understand the Koran as it was written.
If the words spoken during the five daily prayers required by Muslim believers are recited in Arabic, a language that is neither understood nor spoken by a high percentage of Muslims, how do they really know what they are saying? Many Muslims are nothing more than sheep reciting words they do not understand by rote.
If you look at Islam honestly, read its doctrines, observe the plethora of global violence it perpetuates on a daily basis and consider its inability to tell the truth, it is difficult to designate it as a religion. It is more of a cult. A massive cult to be sure, but a cult just the same.
Bob Beckel is right to call out Muslims to refute the actions of Islamists. who kill, maim and demand respect when respect is never reciprocated. Only Muslims can change Muslim ideologies, and the change must come from within. Islam must undergo an enlightenment if it is to be accepted within the brotherhood of man.
Where Beckel goes wrong is telling the followers of Islam to adhere to the teachings of its prophet. Those who would willingly do harm to innocent human beings are, indeed, already true followers of Muhammad.
It is good that Mr. Beckel tells “peaceful” Muslims to renounce their Islamist brothers, but it is contradictory for him to advise them to follow the teachings of their prophet.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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