Death To Those Who Insult Islam
Eleven men and women from around France were found guilty on Wednesday of using the internet to harass a teenager who became the focus of heated debates about free speech and blasphemy after she posted an anti-Islam rant that went viral — the defendants were given suspended prison terms of four to six months, meaning they will not serve time in jail unless they are convicted for other offenses, and fined them about $1,770 each.
The teenager, Mila, 18, has endured insults, and threats of death and rape — more than 100,000 hateful messages, according to her lawyer — since January 2020, when she angrily responded to social media commenters who were insulting her and calling her an affront to Islam because of her sexual orientation.
The Mila case highlights how the West is preoccupied with fighting hate speech, Islamophobia, and far-right supremacist groups, yet it has willfully ignored the cultivation of Muslim hate speech and supremacist attitudes toward non-Muslims. This discriminatory movement on the part of Muslims is not a dissent from Islamic teaching but part Quranic doctrine:
- Indeed, the vilest of animals in the sight of Allah are those who have disbelieved [kafirs: Jews and Christians]. —Sura 8, 55
- Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Quran and Prophet Muhammad) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures. —Sura 98, 6
Most neo-conservative and liberal politicians and Christian leaders (of all denominations), whether they are well-informed about Islam or not, almost instantly either downplay or flatly reject that the hate speech or violent acts committed by Muslims have anything to do with the Islamic texts or their interpretation. They thereby isolate and accuse anyone who raises a concern that there may be a connection between the two as a racist or Islamophobe, to say nothing of those who wholeheartedly say that they are inherently related.
In sharia-oriented Islam, an apostate will be executed and criticism of religious Islamic beliefs — deemed as mockery — is punishable by death.
It is interesting that of all the recognized religions in the world those who adhere to Islam are the only ones that continue to use terrorist tactics, as with the Mila case, against anyone who insults them. Why is that?
The answer is that Islam is an all-controlling religion that does not tolerate any critique against Allah or Muhammad. All one has to do is recall Charlie Hebdo, the French publication which various Muslims murdered members of the satire journal because they ran cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, the decapitation last year of a teacher who showed similar cartoons during a class discussion on freedom of expression, or the shooting in Garland, Texas, where they tried to do the same.
Islam has historically proven to be a totalitarian political system that demands total submission to the sharia. As detailed in the Balkan Chronicles, all we have to do is look at almost all the countries in the world where Islam is dominant. What do we find? — a total lack of civil society, of rule of law, of freedom for journalists, women, Christians, Jews, or even somebody who wants to leave Islam, an apostate. There is not a single example of successful implementation of an Islamic society anywhere in the world and at any time for the last 1,400 years in which unwarranted violence was not used.
Creating a mechanism to prosecute those who speak out against Islam falls right into the hands of Muslim activists who wish to see sharia law become the norm of Western society. Fortunately this did not occur with the Mila case. If only the rest of the non-Muslim world would follow suit.
Mario Alexis Portella is a priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy. He has a doctorate in canon law and civil law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome; he also holds a M. A. in Medieval History from Fordham University, as well as a B.A. in Government & Politics from St. John’s University. He is also author of Islam: Religion of Peace? – The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up.