Saturday, December 03, 2011

Shoddy Reporting on the Religion of Islam by ABC News, Part 10

I came across a scathing 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 tenth of a series of posts series of posts that will delve into the various errors made by Diane Sawyer, Bill Weir, 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 #14

[Transcription below for above video beginning at 15:18 on the video] 

Bill Weir of ABC News spouts more nonsense:

“Dictators combine that resentment with a PERVERTED version of Islam and manipulated their people with a ‘holy’ hated of America.”
David Wood rejects this lie, “‘Dictators use a PERVERTED version of Islam to incite hatred against America.’  Let me break this down for you, because a drugged monkey could figure this one out. Listen to the Qur’an:

(Surah) Qur’an 5:33 – The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified, or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned.
“Here we have various penalties for making mischief in a Muslim land depending on the severity of the offense. The worst form of mischief-making is bring a non-Muslim military into a Muslim country. Has the United States done that? Yes. What is the penalty, according to the Qur’an? Death. Do Muslim leaders need to pervert Islam in order to fuel hatred against America? No. They is just needs the Qur’an!”

Based on this teaching of Mohammed, Representative Ron Paul is correct when he says America’s physical presence in the Middle East incites and causes the violence that has been unleashed on the U.S. and its military. But Bill Weir is wrong when he calls the current interpretation of Mohammed’s clear teaching “a perverted form” of Islam. No, it is the ‘pure’ and intentional interpretation of Islam. The teaching itself and not its application by dictators, I would argue, is perverted.
Moreover, the Islamic principles applied by dictators, like King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, or President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or by any other Islamic terrorists, or even by subversive, seditious Imams ‘serving’ in American mosques or prisons, are just being true and obedient to Mohammed’s dictates. Therefore, there is no perverted version of Islam, it is what it is, Islam.

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