How many millions would abandon Islam today if they didn’t fear physical harm and death? via GroundZeroMosque
A top Islamic scholar appeared on an Arab TV program where he admits that if it were not for the threat of murder for anyone to apostate from Islam, Islam would not exist today.
Background on Qaradawi here:
Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is one of the most influential clerics in Sunni Islam.
From 1998-2000, Qaradawi was a board of directors member with the Islamic Society of Boston, whose founder and first president was Abdurahman Alamoudi — an avid supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, now incarcerated on terrorism-related charges.
More from Nonie Darwish, “If They [Muslims] Had Gotten Rid of the Punishment for Apostasy, Islam Would Not Exist Today”:
The most striking thing about his statement, however, was that it was not an apology; it was a logical, proud justification for preserving the death penalty as a punishment for apostasy. Al-Qaradawi sounded matter-of-fact, indicating no moral conflict, nor even hesitation, about this policy in Islam. On the contrary, he asserted the legitimacy of Islamic laws in relying on vigilante street justice through fear, intimidation, torture and murder against any person who might dare to leave Islam.
The West, however, appears to be in denial. It refuses to be openly concerned; and when its citizens are concerned, they are suppressed. They are sued [Geert Wilders, Lars Hedegaard, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, Mark Steyn, Ezra Levant]; assaulted [Kurt Westergaard in Denmark, Lars Vilks in Sweden, Charlie Hedbo weekly journal in France]; threatened with deportation [currently, Imran Firasat, from Spain to Pakistan, and Reza Jabbari from Sweden to Iran, where both will most likely be either imprisoned or sentenced to death]; issued death threats [Salman Rushdie, Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wafa Sultan, M. Zuhdi Jasser], and sometimes murdered [Theo van Gogh].