The Washington Times has a very interesting editorial today about an Arab American woman who stands up to radical Islam:
Her latest appearance took place Feb. 21, when Ms. Sultan engaged the Egyptian cleric Ibrahim Al-Khouli in a live debate about the “clash of civilizations” on the talk show “The Other Direction” on al Jazeera TV. The transcript and subtitled video are available in English (www.memri.org). “The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations,” she said. “It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality … What we see today is not a clash of civilizations.”
Turning to her Egyptian interlocutor Mr. Al-Khouli, she asks, “What gives you the right to call [Christians] ‘those who incur Allah’s wrath,’ or ‘those who have gone astray,’ and then come here and say that your religion commands you to refrain from offending the beliefs of others?” Mr. Al-Khouli had previously compared Christians to apes and pigs. “I am not a Christian, a Muslim or a Jew. I am a secular human being. I do not believe in the supernatural, but I respect others’ right to believe in it…”
She then issues an even greater provocation. “We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church … Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them.”
This woman has guts to say these things on al Jazeera television. She was broadcast into the homes of millions of Muslims calling radical Islam exactly what it is: barbarous, backward, primitive
Update: Michelle Malkin is blogging about this as well.