Religion-of-peace Dep’t

Considering what the “moderate” Iranian mullah Rukh al-Warun says about wiping out “evil-doers,” it’s clear that people who think of al-Islam as “a relgion of peace” are engaging in wishful thinking. Certainly President Obama would never consider asking a Christian minister with comparably violent ideas to give an invocation. Would he?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi-nejad has chosen a fundamentalist imam to give the opening prayer at the next meeting of the majlis. The Hojatolislam Rukh al-Warun is considered “moderate” by Iranian standards, but that merely illustrates how completely insane Iranian Islam has become.

For example, asked whether sharia supported “taking out” George W. Bush, al-Warun replied, “The Prophet, Peace be upon him, has said, ‘Allah puts government on Earth to punish evil-doers.’ And it is written in the Holy Qu’ran that evil cannot be bargained with; it must be brought to an end. That is the legitimate goal of government.”

So can we hear a little less about how Islam is “a religion of peace”? If this is what an Iranian “moderate” sounds like, I’d hate to hear from an extremist. And the decision of Ahmadi-nejad to honor someone who has openly called for the assassination of our President can only be read as a deliberate affront to the United States, bordering on a declaration of war.

Oh, wait … There seems to be a little bit of a problem with the translation. Never mind!

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: