Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Monkeys and pigs

Whilst it may be true that the Quran can be fully understood only by those who understand Arabic, does it follow that just because the fine gradations of meaning are lost in translation, that we cannot have a pretty good understanding by reading an English translation?

Surely not.

Whilst we can take with a pinch of salt the accusations that the Police, or the BBC or any other mainstream organisations are "institutionally racist", what about the Quran? This is, in effect, the operational handbook of Islam. Imagine the outcry if a Police handbook made reference to "pigs and monkeys"!

What then are we to make of the text books used in schools? These books were provided by Saudi Arabia. Details are given here:

Can this really be happening in Britain in 2007? It seems like medieval nonsense.

The trouble is, some people really believe this nonsense.

Quotes from the Quran:

[2.65] And certainly you have known those among you who exceeded the limits of the Sabbath, so We said to them: Be (as) apes, despised and hated.

[5.60] Say: Shall I inform you of (him who is) worse than this in retribution from Allah? (Worse is he) whom Allah has cursed and brought His wrath upon, and of whom He made apes and swine, and he who served the Shaitan; these are worse in place and more erring from the straight path.

[7.166] Therefore when they revoltingly persisted in what they had been forbidden, We said to them: Be (as) apes, despised and hated.

Given that the "solution" to the school textbook problem was to tear out the offendeing pages, perhaps the same solution can be applied to the offending pages in the Quran?

If all pages containing bloodthirsty, violent, homophobic, sexist, derogatory and supremacist verses were removed from the Quran, we would very probably find few pages remaining. Remove also any verses that have been abrogated by the bloodthirsty etc verses, and there may be nothing left at all.

Humanity needs peace not Islam.


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