Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Shoddy Reporting on the Religion of Islam by ABC News, Part 12

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 twelfth 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 errors found in the ‘news’ production.

Error #17
[Transcription below for above video beginning at 19:16 on the video] 

Irshad Manji continues to lie through her pearly white ‘but false’ teeth:
“The Qur’an is very, very clear that in the eyes of (the Islamic) god men and women have equal rights and equal responsibilities.”
David Wood quote three clear passages from the Qur’an in retort to Miss Manji’s deliberate misstatement of Islamic teaching, “Surah 4:32 says that men can marry up to four women have the right to marry up to four men? No.

Wood continues, “Surah 4:24 says that Muslim men can have sex with their female captives and slave girls. Do women get to have sex with their male captives and slave boys? No.  Surah 4:34 says that men can beat their wives into submission.  Do women get to beat their husbands into submission? No.
Wood concludes, “So do men and women have equal rights and responsibilities in the Qur’an? No. Men and women are about as equal as hammers and nails in the Qur’an!”

Error #18
[Transcription below for above video beginning at 20:02 on the video] 

Irshad Manji continues to revise Islam history:
“As the prophet Mohammed’s ‘beloved’ first wife, Cadiga, was a wealthy self -made entrepreneur.”
David Wood comments on the statement just uttered by Miss Manji, “Now Irsad Manji is correct when she said Cadiga was a wealthy entrepreneur. So that is not the error. The error is that Irsda uses this to prove that men and women are equal in Islam. Cadiga was a wealthy entrepreneur BEFORE Islam, BEFORE she married Mohammed, and BEFORE Mohammed received his first revelation!
“So what does her status as a businesswoman tell us about Islam? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

“If we want to learn something about women in Islam let’s listen to someone with a little more experience of life with Mohammed. In Sahih al-Bukhari 5825 Mohammed’s child-bride A’isha says, “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women.”
“According to A’isha, the mother of the faithful, the believing women, the Muslim Women, were suffering more than the pagan women. And, by the way, the context of this quotation is that the Muslim man has beaten his wife until her skin turned green! A’isha was complaining about Muslim women being brutally beaten by their Muslim husbands. She realized that non-Muslim women were much safer because their husbands didn’t have a revelation from (the Islamic) god advocating spousal abuse!

“But this doesn’t matter at all to ABC because Mohammed 15 years before he declared himself to be a prophet married a rich old widow. I guess that settles things!”
I am beginning to see more and more evidence that the god of Islam and the God of the Judeo-Christianity are not the same. Islam, with all its trappings, is dangerous and is a threat to the United States. Sharia Law can never be tolerated without abridging individual freedom.  It is a boldfaced lie for this moderate Muslim Manji to say that in Islam men and women are equal. She is either herself blinded from the truth and is deceived, or she is trying to blatantly deceive naïve Americans with her malicious statements! I firmly believe that it is the latter.

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