Konkurrence til Bæk-Simonsen og Tim Jensen

De to herrer fra Niebuhr-instituttet påstår jo i forvejen, at man ikke kan tale om “islam”, da dette begreb ikke eksisterer entydigt. Nu får de yderligere konkurrence fra en tysk konvertit, som stiller spørgsmål til selveste  “profeten” Muhammeds eksistens som historisk person.

Fra Kr. Dagblad:

Lederen af Islamiske Studier på universitetet i den tyske by Münster, Muhammad Sven Kalisch, har skabt røre blandt både kolleger og muslimer i Tyskland med udtalelser om, at man hverken kan bevise eller afvise profeten Muhammeds eksistens.

Udtalelserne har resulteret i, at den største muslimske organisation, Muslimernes Centrale Råd i Tyskland, har afbrudt samarbejdet med Muhammad Sven Kalisch’ afdeling på universitetet. For hvis profeten ikke eksisterer, så eksisterer Koranen heller ikke, som en talsmand udtrykker det.

Sådan ser Muhammad Sven Kalisch, der selv konverterede til islam som 15-årig, det ikke.

Han mener, at både jødedommen, kristendommen og islam har figurer, som har mere mytisk end historisk karakter. Udover Muhammed gælder det også Jesus og de gammeltestamentlige patriarker.

– Det er ikke respekt, når også ikke-muslimske forskere forholder sig tavse, når muslimer hævder, at Muhammed var profet og eksisterede i virkeligheden. Det er at behandle muslimer som børn, der ikke kan tænke selv, og hvis illusioner om Muhammed svarer til at tro på julemanden og påskeharen, siger han til Der Spiegel.

– Den Gud, jeg tror på, er ikke bogstavtro. Gud er det ultimative, og Han skrev ikke bøger. Alle hellige skrifter er et resultat af den menneskelige hjerne og erfaring. Religion burde aldrig modsige sund fornuft, og jeg kan ikke acceptere doktriner eller trossystemer, som strider mod min sunde fornuft, siger Muhammad Sven Kalisch, der oprindeligt blev tiltrukket af islam på grund af troens rationelle udtryk.

Ifølge Toronto Star har allerede én kollega på islamstudierne hævdet, at Muhammad Sven Kalisch’ udtalelser gør det svært for andre tyske forskere at arbejde i Mellemøsten. Men 30 andre tyske akademikere har med deres underskrift støttet Kalisch’ forsknings- og ytringsfrihed.

Muhammad Sven Kalisch er, siden han konverterede, aldrig holdt op med at stille spørgsmål til sin tro – og det er de spørgsmål, nu med en akademisk tilgang som også bruges til forskning i andre religioner, der har ledt ham ind på en ny vej i islamforskningen.

Han understreger også, at rygterne om, at han skulle være gået under jorden på grund af trusler, er usande.


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Wit And Wisdom Through The Ages, by Burt Prelutsky

Today, while making my way through a supermarket parking lot, I nearly got clipped when I didn’t hear a car backing out from its space. I assume it was one of those silent hybrids. Once I got done thanking God for providing me with my cat-like reflexes, it occurred to me to wonder why every vehicle doesn’t come equipped with those back-up beepers one finds on trucks.
That, in turn, reminded me that a friend recently informed me that she and her husband had just purchased a hybrid and that it ran as silent as a tomb. When I commented that such cars must be particularly dangerous for blind people, she said, “Well, they shouldn’t be driving in the first place.”
It’s not often these days that I laugh out loud except at my own remarks, but that one got a full-fledged chuckle. This being the season for gift-giving, and few gifts being as precious or as inexpensive as laughter, I will take this opportunity to share a number of time-honored witticisms which should at least warrant a grin, if not necessarily a guffaw.

Among Mark Twain’s numerous sage observations: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you are uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.” “No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” “The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.” “There is no distinctly Native American criminal class save Congress.” And, my personal favorite, “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

Winston Churchill, when he wasn’t otherwise occupied trying to warn the world about Hitler and Stalin, and doing what he could to defeat both, found the time to declare “For a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle” and “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings, while the inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.”

George Bernard Shaw, although an avowed Socialist, was bright enough to acknowledge “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

G. Gordon Liddy, probably the only person to emerge from the Watergate scandal with his manhood intact, described a liberal as “someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.”

Douglas Casey, an economics guru and one-time college classmate of Bill Clinton, described foreign aid as “a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.”

P.J. O’Rourke, the American who’s probably done the most to promote the cause of booze, cigars and political cynicism, is the fellow who said “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys” and “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!”

Ronald Reagan, the last first-rate president we’ve had and very possibly, at the rate we’re going, the last one we’ll ever have, wasn’t called the Great Communicator for nothing. Among his many memorable comments: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” And the even more graphic “The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”

It was Thomas Jefferson who warned that “A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have,” while it was Pericles who, nearly 2500 years ago, uttered these rather blood-chilling words: “Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”

But you needn’t go back quite that far for honest, pithy words of wisdom. It was Steve Downs, of Wisconsin, who, in a recent e-mail to Townhall magazine, struck a resounding blow against the corrupting influence of politically correct speech when he insisted that “Words have meanings! Calling an illegal alien an ‘undocumented worker’ is like calling a drug dealer an ‘unlicensed pharmacist.’”

About The Author

W. Burt Prelutsky is an accomplished, well-rounded writer and author of “The Secret of Their Success: Interviews with Legends and Luminaries.