All right, since his first year in office, President Obama’s been parading around the world, proclaiming that Islam is a religion of peace. However, right here in America, just last month, this man, Alton Nolen, beheaded one of his co-workers after trying to convert her to Islam and others to Islam in a broad convert or die. That movement now fueled by the group ISIS. That terror network is still very much on the march, which is why tonight we have put together a very distinguished panel to help us answer the important question, is Islam truly a religion of peace?
All right, this is where we get into — and I’m going to start with you, Dr. Jasser — into very controversial territory because we’re raising a very important question. I look at Boko Haram. I look at ISIS. I look at Al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Hezbollah. They all are terrorist organizations that base their belief system on radical Islam or, one might argue, the strict interpretation of the Koran.
Now, if you read the Koran, I see, Take neither Christians or Jews for your friends, lots of talk about infidels, lots of talk about jihad, holy war, et cetera. If you read it literally, is it a religion of peace?
DR. ZUHDI JASSER, AMERICAN ISLAMIC FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY: Well, you know, families like mine that came here and felt we could practice our faith more freely in America than in Syria or any other Islamic majority country feel that we have an interpretation of Islam that is consistent with modernity and with liberty. But we would be fooling ourselves — I mean, we need an intervention as a faith to realize that these by-products are not coming out of thin air. There is a fascist, supremacist interpretation that dominates so much of the media from Al Jazeera…
And it’s growing!