Outrage and the Islamic Winter

Stonings, beheadings, body mutilations– the fire and brimstone of an earlier era — were largely overcome as enlightened society evolved.

English: A Muslim raises his hands in Takbir, ... A Muslim raises his hands in Takbir, the beginning of his prayers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That they are today ongoing is, in our view, a condemnable outrage, worsened when captured in horrifyingly graphic YouTube video clips, perverting modern technology to the service of barbarism.

The clip below (warning very graphic images) shows the first beheading of an ‘apostate’ convert to Christianity in Muslim Brotherhood (Ennahda party)-ruled Tunisia — once a French colony — and reported by Raymond Ibrahim at the Gatestone Institute.

The video above is immensely graphic (the execution appears after minute 1:13-4:00). For those who prefer not to view it here is part of the author’s summary of what it shows:

‘A young man appears held down by masked men. His head is pulled back, with a knife to his throat. He does not struggle and appears resigned to his fate. Speaking in Arabic, the background speaker, or “narrator,” chants a number of Muslim prayers and supplications, mostly condemning Christianity, which, because of the Trinity, is referred to as a polytheistic faith: “Let Allah be avenged on the polytheist apostate”; “Allah empower your religion, make it victorious against the polytheists”; “Allah, defeat the infidels at the hands of the Muslims”; “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.”

According to Ibrahim: “Islam’s most authoritative legal manuals make crystal clear that apostasy is a capital crime, punishable by death. The first ‘righteous caliph,’ a paragon of Muslim piety and virtue, had tens of thousands of people slaughtered—including by burning, beheading, and crucifixion—simply because they tried to break away from Islam. According to the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the most authoritative reference work on Islam in the English language, ‘there is unanimity that the male apostate must be put to death.’ “

Douglas Murray in the UK’s Spectator magazine, and who drew attention to the video, writes about his concerns that the Arab Winter (rather than the Arab Spring the media were so keen to celebrate not too many months ago) may be on the march. Read more of his fears here.

UPDATE: For any doubting the veracity of the video and its claimed content — and there have been many on websites around the world that have carried the report — Raymond Ibrahim, author of the piece, has an update on his claims here: More on Slaughtered Convert to Christianity


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