Monday, December 05, 2011

Shoddy Reporting on the Religion of Islam by ABC News, Part 11

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 video exposé points out 20 errors in the hour long supposed ‘news’ program. This is a eleventh 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 20/20 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 errors found in the ‘news’ production.

Error #15

[Transcription below for above video beginning at 16:27 on the video] 

ABC News now spotlights Reza Aslan, author of “No god, but God,” who spouts more nonsense:
“A FATWA is nothing more than just one cleric’s opinion. You could issue a FATWA that Coke is evil and that you should drink Pepsi. FAWAS are a dime a dozen. They are meaningless.”
David Wood responds to Mr. Aslan by asking and then explaining, “‘FATWAS are meaningless?’  No more than opinions?

“FATWAS are rulings by Muslim scholars based on Mohammed’s teachings. They don’t carry any additional weight beyond the quotations from Mohammed and the Qur’an.  But they are definitely not meaningless. They contain the commands of Allah and Mohammed."
Error #16

[Transcription below for above video beginning at 17:05 on the video] 
A viewer to the 20/20 program asks the question,

“Does the Qur’an teach the practice of TAKIYYA – lying to non-Muslims to advance and protect Islam?”
Disappointedly, in answer to the viewer’s insightful question, Bill Weir incredibly asserts,

“According to the ‘experts; an OBSCURE law called TAKIYYA did allow EARLY Muslims to deny their faith but only under the threat of persecution.”
David Wood comment on this glaring deception, “Recall the woman’s question, “Does the Qur’an teach the practice of TAKIYYA deceiving non Muslims?” Unlike ABC News, I’ll actually quote the Qur’an for you.

Qur’an 3:28 – Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Who so doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that you but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security.
“According to this verse, which uses a form of the word TAKIYYA, meaning concealment, in order to guard yourself. Muslims are not allowed to be friends with non-Muslims, unless they are outnumbered and they feel like they’re in danger from a stronger adversary. That is when Muslims are allowed to pretend to be friendly. One of Islam’s greatest scholars Ibn Kathir comments,

Ibn Kathir – “In this case, such believers are allowed to show friendship outwardly, but never inwardly.”
Abu Darda, one of Mohammed’s companions put it this way,

Abu Darda – “We smile in the face of some people, although our hearts curse them.”
“As for ABC’s claim that TAKIYYA is ‘just an obscure law for early Muslims, Mohammed’s companion Al Hasan said,

Al Hasan – “TAKIYYA is allowed until the Day of Resurrection.”
“So Muslims have a choice, they can either go with the Qur’an and Mohammed, and Mohammed’s companions and Islam’s greatest scholars and deceive us by smiling in our faces while cursing us in their hearts, or they can go with ABC’s Bill Weir, who although he knows next to NOTHING about Islam does do a remarkable impression of putty from Seinfeld …”

Just a note, the man quoted above, Reza Aslan, in a recent tweet commented,
@rezaaslan Sample Reza Aslan [tweet 12/2/2011]
Perfect! Trump moderated GOP debate proves once and for all this is not a nomination but a reality show filled with clowns & media whores.
Not only does Aslan seem to be pro-Islam, he practices TAKIYYA in lying about FATWAS, and he also insults America in the above tweet. I would not be at all surprised if he is doing all he can to advance the cause of Islam including the subversion and eventual destruction or subjugation of the United States for his god. By the way, I don’t believe that the god Muslims worship is the God of the Judeo-Christian scriptures. The God I know is not a self-absorbed, hateful, vengeful, as the Qur’an paints the god of Mohammed and Islam.

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