Challenge Target: Progressive Radio News Hour’s Stephen Lendman

In the past I have challenged Islamic apologist’s such as Alan Colmes, Harvard’s Dr. Cesari, and Professor Juan Cole to debate me on Islam. Usually they do not have the courage to show up, or they quickly run away as Juan Cole did. Late last night I saw an Islam loving article written by Progressive Radio New Hour’s Stephen Lendman. He is tonight’s Challenge Target!

A little background on Lendman:

Stephen Lendman.
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Stephen Lendman is a renowned author and Research Associate of the Center for Research on Globalization (CRG). He is based in Chicago and has written extensively on war and peace, social justice in America and many other national and international issues. Stephen Lendman is a recipient of a 2008 Project Censored Award, University of California at Sonoma.

Onto his Islam loving article:

America’s Dirty War on Islam

by Stephen Lendman

America’s dirty war, in fact, targets Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, political activists, and Muslims for their faith, ethnicity, and at times prominence and charity, exploiting them as “war on terror” scapegoats.

On July 9, a Press TV US prison system racket interview highlighted the problem and urgency to address it, accessed through the following link:

America’s media ignore how unjustly it harms millions of disadvantaged people. Instead, they regurgitate spurious high-profile case accusations, always when Muslims are affected. Most often they’re men, occasionally women, bogusly charged with terrorism or conspiracy to commit it, when, in fact, they’re guilty only of being targets of choice and/or being in America at the wrong time.

Why Muslims when, in fact, Islam teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence; charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not terrorism; or that Islam, Christianity and Judaism have common roots.

Who’d know though in today’s climate of hate and fear at a time America wages global wars on Islam, including at home.

Stephen makes a lot of claims about Islam but he doesn’t not back them up with anything other than his word. A word that should not be regarded as fact.

SL said: “Why Muslims when, in fact, Islam teaches love, not hate;

Koran verse 049.007
YUSUFALI: And know that among you is Allah’s Messenger: were he, in many matters, to follow your (wishes), ye would certainly fall into misfortune: But Allah has endeared the Faith to you, and has made it beautiful in your hearts, and He has made hateful to you Unbelief, wickedness, and rebellion: such indeed are those who walk in righteousness;-

Do you see the word “hate” in that verse Lendman?

SL said: “peace, not violence;

Koran verse 009.029
YUSUFALI: Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

Stephen, can you deny the call for violence in Koran verse 9:29?

SL said: “charity, not selfishness;

What Lendman fails to mention is that 1/8 of zakat (charity) goes to those fighting the jihad.


h8.17 The seventh category is those fighting for Allah, meaning people engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been alloted in the army roster. They are given enough to suffice them for the operation, even if affluent; of weapons, mounts, clothing, and expenses.

SL said: “tolerance, not terrorism;

Koran verse 008.060
YUSUFALI: Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.

Do you see the word “terror” in that verse Lendman?

SL said: “or that Islam, Christianity and Judaism have common roots.”

As I showed you earlier Lendman, Islam calls for the dominance of Christians and Jews, and also instructs Muslims NOT to befriend them. The “common roots” you mentioned are meaningless.

Koran verse 005.051
YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: They are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.

“Writers” like Lendman only make the job of our enemies easier. Lendman can be reached at: [email protected]. Let’s see if he shows up.

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