“BELIEVE OR GET OUT”

Muslim refusenik Irshad Manji:

My first question for my madressa teacher was, “Why can’t girls lead prayer?” I graduated to asking more nuanced questions, such as, “If the Koran came to Prophet Muhammad as a message of peace, why did he command his army to kill an entire Jewish tribe?” You can imagine that such questions irritated the hell out of my madressa teacher, who routinely put down women and trashed the Jews. He and I reached the ultimate impasse over yet another question: “Where,” I asked, “is the evidence of the ‘Jewish conspiracy’ against Islam? You love to talk about it, but what’s the proof?”

What he provided was an ultimatum: “Either you believe or get out. And if you get out, get out for good.” With my temples throbbing and my neck sweating under the itchy polyester chador, I stood up. As I crossed the partition checkpoint, I could have uncovered my head for all the boys to see, but I didn’t … All I could think to do was fling open the madressa’s hefty metal door and yell, “Jesus Christ!” A memorable exit, I hoped.

Manji receives occasional death threats. As opposed to SUV terrorist Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, who is a death threat, although not a particularly threatening one:

I do not wish to pursue my career as a student any further because I have no desire to amass the impermanent and temporary fame and material wealth this world has to offer. However I made the decision to continue my studies and to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill so that the world will know that Allah’s servants are very intelligent.

Oh, very.

I have decided to take advantage of my presence on United States soil on Friday, March 3, 2006 to take the lives of as many Americans and American sympathizers as I can in order to punish the United States for their immoral actions around the world.

He killed exactly nobody, despite being armed with a Jeep.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/27/2006 at 01:01 PM
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