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January 03, 2003

Press Release from the Ayn Rand Institute

Jan. 2, 2003

THE PBS WHITEWASH OF ISLAM

IRVINE, CA--The recent well-publicized PBS special “Muhammad” was a total whitewash of Islam, according to Edwin A. Locke, senior writer at the Ayn Rand Institute.

“The documentary,” focusing on the life of Muhammad, noted Locke “presented him as a wise, self-effacing, illiterate mystic who preached nothing but tolerance, benevolence and peace toward non-Muslims. But the simple fact is the Koran, dictated by Muhammad to his followers, is filled with exhortations to violence against non-believers, such as, ‘I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore cut off their heads and cut off every fingertip of them.’ Here are others, ‘Fight and kill the Pagans wherever you find them;’ ‘Those who reject our signs, we shall soon cast into the fire;’ ‘But as for those who disbelieve, garments of fire will be cut out for them; boiling fluid will be poured down on their heads;’ ‘As to the deviators, they are fuel of hell.’”

“Following Muhammad’s death,” Locke noted, “his followers launched attacks on nonbelievers in many countries, slaughtering untold numbers. And throughout the centuries the Koran’s rhetoric has incited many of the prophet’s followers to murderous violence against “infidels.” Although not all Muslims are violent, the terrorists among them are acting consistently with exhortations from the Koran. And like all mystical cults based on blind faith, the Muslim religion does not recognize reason as a means of gaining knowledge or of persuading others of one’s viewpoint. Thus, they believe, the men of reason must be subdued by force or destroyed entirely.

“Until the Muslim world is secularized, as was the Christian world, it is a danger to all who do not agree with its ideas.”