Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shoddy Reporting on the Religion of Islam by ABC News, Part 5

I came across a critique of the ABC News 20/20 program, “Islam: Questions and Answers.” That program originally was broadcast a year or so ago. A recent YouTube exposé points out 20 errors in the hour long supposed ‘news’ program. This is a fifth of a series of posts that will delve into the various errors made by Diane Sawyer, her fellow staff, and guests on this program. I am not quite sure whether this was just  a case of very bad or sloppy reporting, or merely a succumbing to political correctness, or outright lies about the so-called ‘religion’ of peace.

Here is the video, “Whitewashing Islam – 20 Errors on 20/20 (ABC News).” Following the video is a transcript of the next error found in the ‘news’ production.
Error #6
[Transcription below for above video beginning at 06:25 on the video] 
ABC’s Diane Sawyer asserts some gobbledygook about Islamic tolerance,   
“And Mohammad said that we should all be tolerant of each other’s’ religion.”
David Wood questions, “No source, Diane? No chapter and verse?

“I hereby invite ANYONE from any planet to show me where Mohammad said ‘we should all be tolerant of each other’s religions.’  It never happened. (However,) Mohammed did say:

Qur’an 9:29 – Fight those who believe not in allah.
Qur’an 9:123 – O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and them find in you hardess.
Qur’an 38:29 – “Mohammad is the messenger of allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves.
Sahih Muslim 33 – “I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god by allah.”
Qur’an 5:51 – O you who believe do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are the friends of each other.
Sahil Muslim 4366 – I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslims.
“I guess that is almost like telling people we should all be tolerant of each other’s religion, as long as you live in opposite world with bizzaro reporter Diane Sawyer.”

Based on the texts Mr. Wood quoted, Islam is anything but tolerant of any religion’ but itself. The very word “Islam” means submission or surrender, for pity sake!

The free dictionary definition found on the Internet further defines Islam as being a “monotheistic religion characterized by the acceptance of the doctrine of submission to God and to Muhammad as the chief and last prophet of God.” That “acceptance” can be either willing or can be coerced. In many parts of the world where Islam dominates, a person could literally lose their head over refusing to make the ‘right’ choice to submit to that ‘religion.’ In America where Islam is weak, they try to portray Islam as something that it truly is not.

There is only one conclusion I can make about this  and other blatant misstatement by Sawyer. She is deliberately lying when she portrays Mohammad as having said that we all should be tolerant of each other’s religion. Again, she may fancifully wishing that it would be the case, but the reality is something very different, just ask, for one example, the Coptic Christians in Egypt.
to be continued

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