“Time is growing short”: Interview about Islam with critic Robert Spencer, by Niram Ferrettti.
Mr. Spencer, there is a mainstream notion nowadays that ISIS is not truly Islamic but an ideology which has hijacked Islam to put forward its own agenda. You have explained again and again that ISIS is Islam at its most hardcore. This is what Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his followers think it is. What are, according to you, the good reasons to think that ISIS belongs to Islam?
Its beheadings (47:4), sex slavery (4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30), subjugation of Christians (9:29), global imperative (8:39) and more are all based upon the Qur’an. Indeed, everything ISIS does is scrupulously based on the Qur’an and Sunnah.
…[Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote,] “This religion is based less on evidence of a revelation than on the inability to forge links outside itself…Muslims do not always seek brutality to bring the other to share their truth, yet they are unable to bear the existence of others as others”.
Muslims can bear the existence of others as others as long as the others are subjugated and are submitting to Islamic hegemony.
…According to you why is the left so protective of Islam?
Either they know that what they’re saying is false, and are cynically propagating their falsehoods in service of a globalist agenda, or they actually believe the claims that Muslims are a despised minority, the victim of “racism” and “Islamophobia,” and so must be treated with special solicitude, including pretending that the root causes of jihad terror are other than what they are. …
…do you think there is a chance that Islam can be reformed from the inside or is this just a wishful thinking?
No one knows the future, but it is wildly unlikely.
hat-tip Stephen Neil