I'm well aware of many Western experts on the Koran as I receive hundreds (maybe thousands) of articles explaining its contents. Many condemn us for not taking a closer look at it. They read it to expose the dangerous material that lies therein. Some have even gone as far as to suggest that we learn Arabic in order to properly understand it.
While I'm glad that some of us in the West have invested a lot of time and effort to understand in detail, the contents of Islamic texts, I have not done so. Nor do I plan to. No, I'm sorry but I cannot quote you the book, paragraph and verse that says 'Kill the Jews and other infidels'. Knowing that somewhere in there it does say that or something very close to that, is good enough for me.
The Koran is just a book. From what I do know about it, it's a nonsensical, sick, comic book. I refuse to waste my time to learn any more about it, thanks. Kudos to those of you who have the patience to do so. But I really don't think it's necessary for all of us to do so. More importantly I don't think it's really that important. What is far more important (my 2 cents) is to take note of what many of the people who follow that book do. That is to say, it's not what they read that counts near as much as what they do. For that matter I don't really care about what people read. I do care that they kill, injure and rape people.
Recent attack in London by Muslim extremist
The big issue is that Muslims comprise such a large population and live all over our world. Let's face it, if there were just a few thousand or even a few hundred thousand Muslims of which only a few hundred or even ten thousand were radical, extremist, terrorists and they mostly lived in Saudi Arabia, who would care? It's doubtful that anyone would even know about them. But since Muslims number well over a billion people of which millions are radical, extremist, terrorists and they exist all over the world, we are certainly aware of them and most of us care about them. Whether we admit it or not is another discussion entirely.
Let's put it another way. Many of us read trash (myself included- sometimes). We watch porn. Our kids play violent games on the internet. Most of us watch violent movies and TV shows often with regularity. Does that mean that we are bad people? NO. Should we be watched? NO. Some of us say nasty things. (most of us, again myself included) Does that mean we are bad people? Maybe, maybe not. How many of us have said in anger "I'm gonna kill you for doing that!" As long as we don't follow that up with a murder, we're still good people. So it's the actions that ultimately count. Now if we were to see that many people who watched violent movies or read violent, hateful books became violent and hateful, that would be a different story. We might then have to take those books and movies off the shelf. But thankfully, so far for Christians, Jews and others in democracies in the West, this is not the case, so no worries. Read all the trash you want folks.
I recently read an article about an Australian politician who ran on the premise of limiting Muslim immigration. But when confronted by a group of local Muslims about her knowledge of the Koran she was mute and kind of made a fool of herself. It's that article that inspired me to write this blog. Although she was condemned by some of my colleagues who are experts on Islam for not doing her homework and being able to quote directly from those books on the hateful aspects of Islam, I say no. I wouldn't admonish her for not knowing anything about them. Far more important would be able to list a number of recent Islamic terror events that occur daily throughout the world.
I never get into religious arguments with Muslims or others. One can take hateful sounding verses out of context from my Torah or the New Testament. Rather than me trying to explain the meaning of some of these verses, an expertise I don't have, I prefer to talk about the common actions of Muslims and compare their behaviour vs the followers of other popular religions. I also try to refrain from arguments about the definition of Islam. Is it a religion of peace or is it a political ideology of hate? Obviously I think it's the latter but I won't waste too much energy on this. Rather I'm happy to spend my energy on the dangers of modern day Muslims based on their actions. On any given day we can expect to hear about a serious tragedy in the West perpetrated by a Muslim extremist like the recent tragedy in London. Of course there are thousands of such events going on 24/7 in lesser known locals that we will not hear about. Despite the attempts to censor media about attacks from Muslim migrants by various governments in the West such as the leaders of Germany, France, Sweden, Belgium and others, these attacks are ongoing and getting worse.
If you do care about the very real threat from Muslim extremists I urge you to vote for government leaders who view the threat as real, not under rose coloured sun glasses and under the guise of diversity or political correctness. And don't condemn them if they are not Koranic experts.