Must not describe Islam accurately in Canada?
A Canadian Islamic organization is accusing a Toronto-area Jewish day school of using a textbook that vilifies Muslims.
In a Nov. 19 letter to Jewish groups, the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-CAN, charges that a textbook used at the Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School employs "inflammatory and hateful terms in describing Muslims."
CAIR-CAN alleges the book, "2000 Years of Jewish History," describes Muslims as "rabid fanatics" with "savage beginnings."
"The entire chapter devoted to Islam presents a pernicious and extreme portrayal of Muslims and the Islamic faith. The material further denigrates the Prophet Muhammad as a 'rabid Jew-hater,' and falsely portrays Islam as inherently anti-Semitic and devoted to hating Jews," the group said in its letter to the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center For Holocaust Studies and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, or CIJA.
It said the text is used in grade 7 and 8 girls' classes at the Orthodox Jewish day school and "leaves impressionable young Jewish readers with a sense of suspicion and even intolerance towards their fellow Canadians."
Particularly in Surah 9, the Koran is full of hatred towards non-Muslims and exhortations to kill or oppress them -- so the Jewish school is simply describing Islam accurately. I have a copy of the "Glorious Koran" on my desk and have checked it.
It could be that Muslims disown that part of the Koran, just as modern Jews disown the harsher commandments of Leviticus, but any Muslim who did that would get his head chopped off. The Koran is perfect, according to Islamic doctrine. Muslims can't stand criticism of any kind.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).