Wednesday, March 15, 2006

One very brave lady.

An incredibly brave lady, Dr. Wafa Sultan appeared on Al Jazeera TV in a televised debate with a Muslim cleric. From what I can see she had the guy for breakfast.

Watch the (subtitled) debate here.

Read the transcript here.

(The lady is apparently now under protection after receiving threats). Dr Sultan tabled some rather unpoular home truths, which weren't well received. Some highlights;

"...he calls the Christians "those who incur Allah's wrath." Who told you that they are "People of the Book"? They are not the People of the Book, they are people of many books. All the useful scientific books that you have today are theirs, the fruit of their free and creative thinking..."

and more;

"...Wafa Sultan: The Jews have come from the tragedy (of the Holocaust), and forced the world to respect them, with their knowledge, not with their terror, with their work, not their crying and yelling. Humanity owes most of the discoveries and science of the 19th and 20th centuries to Jewish scientists. 15 million people, scattered throughout the world, united and won their rights through work and knowledge. We have not seen a single Jew blow himself up in a German restaurant. We have not seen a single Jew destroy a church. We have not seen a single Jew protest by killing people. The Muslims have turned three Buddha statues into rubble. We have not seen a single Buddhist burn down a Mosque, kill a Muslim, or burn down an embassy. Only the Muslims defend their beliefs by burning down churches, killing people, and destroying embassies. This path will not yield any results. The Muslims must ask themselves what they can do for humankind, before they demand that humankind respect them....".

Interesting, Dr Sultan has debated such a cleric before, in July 2005.

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