Converted to Islam at gun point, kidnapped reporter reveres Islam
(Be sure to see VFR’s explanation of how one becomes an expert on Islam.)
After newsmen Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were released today in the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian gunmen who had kidnapped them two weeks ago, Centanni told Fox News that his captors had forced him to convert to Islam. He continued:
“Don’t get me wrong, I have the highest respect for Islam. We learned a lot of great things about it, but it was something we felt we had to do, because they had the gun.”
In an e-mail with the subject line, “Future of the West,” Ben comments:
After they kidnapped him, put a black cover over his head, forced him to convert to Islam etc., he says, after he’s been freed, that he has the highest respect for Islam. Not with a gun to his head did he say he had the highest respect for Islam, but said this talking to Fox News right after his release.Earth to George W. Bush and his brain-numbed followers: The kidnappers did not force Centanni and Wiig to convert to Islam because the kidnappers are “fascists” who “hate our freedoms.” They forced them to convert to Islam because they are Muslims who believe in Islam. Yes, Islam tells them to hate our freedoms. But the primary thing is the belief in Islam, not the hate of our freedoms. How can we successfully fight an enemy whose existence we don’t even recognize?
Moreover, such forced conversions are exactly what Muslims have been imposing on non-Muslims for the last 1,400 years, through jihad war, razzias (raids), kidnapping, slavery, conquest, and dhimmitude. In reply, the Muslims insist that they don’t force people to convert. Rather, as Sayyid Qutb (pronounced KUTub) argues, jihad war is waged to bring people under (divinely led) Islamic rule, thereby freeing them (freeing them from their false human will, that is) to choose Islam freely. What Muslims call “freedom” is what we call compulsion. In fear of being killed, and in hopes of being released, Steve Centanni agreed to convert to Islam. The choice was not what we would call a free one. But now, having become a Muslim and so transformed himself, he can’t take it back, even though the gun is no longer pointed at his head. And so he loves Big Brother—I mean, he has the “highest respect” for Islam.
And this, as Ben points out, is the inevitable future of the West, unless we recognize that Islam (not “fascist terrorists,” in Victor Hanson’s phrase) is our enemy, and begin to defend ourselves from it.
Dan R. writes:
Larry, I think an alternative explanation is that Centanni, especially in his capacity as a Fox employee, believes in Islam as a peaceful religion, just as his prophet George Bush has said it is, and regards the kidnappers as among those usurpers of the peaceful religion. Thus he can say laudatory things about Islam and in his own mind regard the conversion as bogus, being that it was at gunpoint, and not a conversion to the true Islam. Of course all this could be quickly resolved by asking Centanni if he now regards himself as a Muslim.Russell W. writes:
Of course the statements about these former captives having “the highest respect for Islam” after their ordeal are rather depressing, but I think you emphasize the wrong reasons why. In your post, it sounds like you’re interpreting his statements to mean, “I have the highest respect for the brand of Islam that countenances war, kidnapping, beheading, forced conversion and all manner of terrorism to spread the faith.” But clearly he means (and the mainstream media will interpret his comments as): “I have the highest respect for the true Islam, which is a beautiful religion of peace…” etc.LA replies.
You may well be right: what he means is that he respects the good Islam, not the bad Islam that kidnapped him. So I may have been wrong to think that he’s been traduced by his Muslim captors. Instead, he’s been traduced by the Mahdi from west Texas, who has told him that Islam is a religion of peace.Ben writes:
This constant hand wringing about Islam in the west is becoming unbearable for me. Liberalism really is madness.LA replies:
What handwringing to you mean.Ben:
By the “experts” as you call them.LA:
Oh yes, LOL.Laurium writes:
Centanni has signed his death warrant (and that of his friend and co-worker) by admitting they were both converted.Alan Levine writes;
This Centanni character is probably crazy, but I would treat statements by anyone in captivity or just released from it with reserve, or even suspicion of irony. I recall the remark of Sigmund Freud’s sister on being released by the Nazi police “I can heartily recommend the Gestapo to anyone!”LA replies:
Yes. I’m reminded of the Patty Hearst case, in which she was kidnapped, held in a closet, and mistreated by bizarro leftist revolutionaries, and then began cooperating with her captors in criminal acts. I always felt it was wrong to prosecute her for committing acts that began by her being kidnapped, abused, and brainwashed.Russell W. writes on August 28:
One last point: I’m listening to Dennis Prager right now talk about this episode. He plays the tape where one of the men, under clear threat of death, declares himself a muslim. Prager then asks, “What can a decent muslim possibly think about his religion when he sees something like this?!” His tone of voice was almost triumphal, as if he figured all the “decent” muslims the world over would suddenly be ashamed or something.LA replies:
So the kidnappers made a videotape of themselves using the threat of death to force their prisoners to convert, and they’ve released this for public viewing?
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 27, 2006 08:00 AM | Send