Thursday, July 19, 2012

Church of @Scientology vs @TheDemocrats and @NBCNews

I'm not a scientologist, but I respect Americans' 1st Amendment right to religious freedom. NBC's Rock Center hyperventilates over Scientologists allegedly stalking their critics:

However, NBC is strangely silent over Democrats engaging in equivalent alleged Saul Alinsky behavior, to their ideological opponents, including stalking and harassing family members at their home:

Just another example of selective faux outrage from the DNC media.

Of course, one may complain that the above comparison is apples to oranges, religious to secular. Just focusing on the hypocrisy that some religions are more equal than other in leftwing news reporting, I couldn't find any recent reports filed from NBC on the fate of Iranian Pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, who is sentenced to death for apostasy. Obviously, being killed for leaving one's religion is orders of magnitude more harrowing than having nerds video tape you, but there is nary a word from the self righteous pontificators at NBC. Even CNN managed to find time to run a story on Nadarkhani's plight, though, not surprisingly, the HuffandPuffers ended up blaming the messenger:

"Apostasy is the most egregious of Islamic crimes." --Pamela Geller

One common allegation the two have advanced together is that Islam prescribes a death penalty for apostasy. They cite real-life troubling accounts of people (e.g. Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani) punished for converting from Islam to another religion. This issue is real and undeniably must be addressed, but on this point let it be clear that there is nothing contained within the Holy Quran -- the highest authoritative source in Islam -- that sanctions any punishment for apostasy.

The Quran contains at least 10 verses about those who leave Islam, none of which sanction death in response. Exemplifying the Quran's principles, the Prophet Muhammad never ordered any person to be killed for apostasy. In fact, in his peace treaty with Meccans, his acceptance of the condition that any Muslim recanting their faith be allowed to return to Mecca unharmed demonstrates that no punishment exists for apostasy, as he would never accept anything that went against the sharia.

However, in fairness, the HuffandPuffer finally admits that Geller didn't invent her quote out of thin air and was simply paraphrasing recognized Islamic scholars.

The oft-cited proponent of radical interpretations of Islam is the influential cleric and founder of the Pakistani political party Jamaat-e-Islami, Abul Ala Maududi, who wrote, "In our domain we neither allow any Muslim to change his religion nor allow any other religion to propagate its faith." He believed the Quran's injunction that there can be no compulsion in religion did not apply to Muslims, who must be compelled to remain a Muslim. Sadly, present-day scholars (e.g., Dr. Bilal Philips) continue to advance this preposterous theory
 Of course it goes without saying that neither Tom Cruise, nor any other Scientologist, is running for president. Most of the leftwing media were virtually silent on Obama's purported religious mentor, Wright, back in 2008. One would think NBC could find some air time to investigate the background of the Democrat candidate for president for this election, especially if they can find time to editorialize on the Republican candidate's religion, as per Lawrence O'Donnell's rant:

Mormonism was created by a guy in Upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it. 48 wives later Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go along with it, which Mitt Romney says he believes.

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