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Date Published: 06/29/10

Re: Islam and Paedophilia By Disu Kamor

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Greetings of peace,

Our attention has been drawn to a vile publication on your website- http://pointblanknews.com/News/os3527.html- titled Mohammed, Islam and Paedophilia. Clearly unable to steer away from open bigotry, excessive fantasy and bias the publication writers dipped their dirty hands into such a right-wing and hate-filled website- www.thelastcrusade.org- to give a blatantly unreliable account of the public wedding sponsored by Hamas in 2009 and used this well publicized event to try to establish and ventilate your own hatred for Islam (seeing the type of websites you rely on and use to promote your negative propaganda against Islam, I just wish to remind you guys that the Crusade is over!). The untruths contained in the publication are, one after the other, easily taken apart by nothing more labourious than a minute internet search. But even that, as this publication shows, is not easy for people who have to deal with their own demons of hate, bigotry and intolerance. The lies of the Hamas-sponsored child weddings were easily exposed by World Net Daily (http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=106002) amongst others, as far back as 2009 when these lies started making round. The lies are part of the propaganda tools targeted against Islam, and particularly against Hamas. As Confucius stated "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake." - If you have published these lies by mistake, we will expect you to remove them from your website.

Also, the outrageous distortion of the Imam's purported statement on the issue of minor's marriage in Islam represents one more example of your hate-driven agenda to mischaracterize Islam. For one, I have not been able to personally verify the Imam's statement as published on the propaganda manual that you published, but even if they were true, the Imam would have stated his opinion on the issue. Islam is a religion that is more than 1400 years old and to select a statement you attribute to the Imam as Islam's position on the issue is only to your eternal shame. Look around you and see which religion provide safe haven for paedophiles- you dont even need to read history to check this out because the cases and all the litigation are in our own lifetime. And as Jesus is reported to have said: by their seed, thou shall know them. There are various positions of great Muslim scholars through the ages on the issue of minor's marriage education and even recently I wrote an article published by Daily Times -http://www.thetimesofnigeria.com/Article.aspx?id=2617- on this issue, obviously, remaining in ignorance is so soothing and irresistible to some.

Clearly, this publication is typical of the unprincipled and unscrupulous actions of some who call themselves Christians that have become the order of the day.  A website that aims to be respected and counted as reliable must make accuracy its goal. But of course, personal agenda and troubling motives to disparage Islam and incite public fear and hate against it always take the precedence in the editorial choice to or not to publish. You are not doing badly exposing yourselves as a bunch of Islamophobes who are committed to a career to mischaracterize Islam. Have you guys asked yourselves why Muslims dont engage in recylcling hate materials and lies about other faiths? Simply because we are people of principle and our religion obligates us to remain ethical in all situations. The photo-editing you did about the 'scary photos from London' really show how low you have sunk. The tiny fringe elements whose pictures you showed at one of the rallies against the so-called cartoons were opposed the clear majority of the Muslims who matched against them. Of course you will not publish the full story because that aspect does not fit into the mosaic you're building for your All Christians who ought to know. Is this the type of rubbish you feed your sheep? No wonder there is so much hate and pain in the world. One by one, God wil bring you to account for what you do, and participate in. Once again, this publication exposes the type of values that guide your editorial policy of what materials to publish.  

One last thing, as Archibald Macleish said: A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.

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Disu Kamor

Director of Media and Communications
Muslim Public Affairs Centre, MPAC
Nigeria.

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