The film showcases brave, moderate Muslims like Naser Khader, a Syrian-born Danish legislator who preaches the separation of mosque and state. The mere fact that he votes in Copenhagen’s parliament enrages Muslim zealots.
“To make laws — only a god does that. And there is only one god in Islam, and that is Allah,” says Slimane Abderrahmane, an Algerian-Danish alumnus of al Qaeda’s terror camps and, later, Guantanamo. “So you’re saying, ‘I’m just like Allah.’ And you can’t do that.”
Mohamed Sifaoui, a peaceful Algerian-French journalist, infiltrated a Parisian band of Muslim extremists. Some appeared via hidden camera. Others hammed it up, thinking Sifaoui was shooting an Islamist propaganda and training movie.
Since French TV showed his film, bodyguards have surrounded Sifaoui.
It is highly newsworthy that moderates such as Khader and Sifaoui need security agents to shield them from Allah’s potentially homicidal followers.
The documentary “was irresponsible because the writing was alarmist, and it wasn’t fair,” WETA executive Jeff Bieber has complained. (Full disclosure: I was a panelist on WETA’s Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered.)
Islam is abundantly fair. Those in it, all Muslim, represent themselves. They range from thoroughly relaxed, perfectly patriotic Arizona physician Dr. Zuhdi Jasser to Canadian imam Aly Hindy, who embraces the fatal stoning of adulterers. “It’s not controversial,” he laughs, waving a Koran. “This is Islam.”