This 'n' That

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Is the Koran now required reading for one and all?

This from the The Telegragh:

Anjem Choudary, the former British head of al-Muhajiroun, said: "If the life and wealth of Muslims is not treated with sanctity, they can defend themselves. Muslims are not the type to turn the other cheek."
Mr Choudary said that Mr Blair had broken a covenant in the Koran that allowed Muslims to live peacefully with non-Muslims as long as there was no threat to their lives or livelihood. "But if they occupy our land we have a duty to defend it," he said.

How is Tony Blair to know which "covenant" in the Koran that he has supposedly broken? This is a fine example of how one should consider the source. Must Mr. Choudary be reminded that he fled Saudi Arabia for his membership in a banned organization? Why not remain or return there to defend his " and wealth" as a Muslim, according to the Koran? The fact that Mr. Choudary is not specific about which covenant that Tony Blair has broken, or how he has done so, leaves one to believe that Mr. Choudary is making it up as he goes along. And since when has it been a requirement for anyone to be familiar with any religious text?