While claiming, in a recent interview on the nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, that Islam forbids the production and use of nuclear weapons, Duke Professor Omid Safi offered this whopper:

“What the Koran has, and what the Islamic tradition has had over the last 1,400 years is a clear emphasis on what it calls the sanctity and the dignity of human life.”

Pull my other leg, Omid.

The Egyptian reformist Islam Behery was more honest when he said this on June 6th on Al-Hurra TV:

“The caliphates throughout the ages, starting with Yazid Ibn Mu’awiya – let’s not get into an argument about all those who preceded him – and all the way to the end of the Ottoman state, had been terrorist caliphates. Terrorist states ruled the people and perpetrated all the same things ISIS does. ISIS burns people, and this happened in the past. ISIS rapes women who are considered slave-girls, and this happened in the past. ISIS wants to establish a state that will spread all over the world, by means of swords, bombs, and fire… All of this has happened in the past. ISIS accuses all the people on Earth of heresy. This has happened in the past. What would you call the massacre of the Armenians by the Ottoman state? These were ages of a terrorist caliphate. The terrorism was organized by the establishment.”

He is quite right, as is illustrated abundantly from Islamic sources in The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS.

Yet, as Safi’s nonsense illustrates, there persists in the U.S. and Europe the prevailing notion that regardless of whatever the Qur’an says and Muhammad is said to have done, in practice the rule of Islam has been benign, magnanimous and tolerant