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Excommunicated from the Ummah?

August 1st, 2005 · No Comments

So, much as I’m weary of western politicians who couldn’t tell the Ka’ba from a peach cobbler going on about how extremists are “perverting” Islam—how the hell do they know?—this article, which got its author suspended from his radio talk show hosting job for its claim that “Islam is a terror organization,” is truly, profoundly stupid. You’d think, for instance, that someone who’s going to spout off on the topic might at least bother to learn enough to avoid deep-throating his toes like this:

It cannot cast out the murderers from its members. I know it can’t, because “moderate” Muslim imams keep telling me they can’t. “We have no control over these radical young men,” one London imam moaned to the local papers.

Can’t kick ’em out of your faith? Can’t excommunicate them? Apparently Islam does not allow it.

No, it doesn’t. Neither does, oh, say… Protestantism. An individual preacher can condemn an act as “un-Christian,” of course, but you can’t “kick ’em out” of Christianity, either. There’s no member list. This proves what, exactly, about Christianity? Oh, that’s right: Nothing.

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