Here’s an update for those of you who were worried about the health and wellbeing of Mohamed Mohamud, the young Muslim who recently tried to commit mass-murder in the name of Islamic jihad by blowing up thousands of Infidels at the city Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore.
Mohamud is in protective custody, separated from the rest of the prison population and supplied with a copy of the Koran, so that he can while away the hours in safety, fortifying his mind and heart with pious thoughts.
According to The Oregonian, Chief Deputy Michael Shults of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office explained that Mohamud was being held in protective custody – having a cell to himself and eating his meals alone – because many of his fellow inmates in Portland’s Justice Center jail had friends or relatives at the tree lighting, although “there’s no known threat . . . no known persons . . . in our system that [are] actively trying to harm him.”
One wonders why The Oregonian saw fit to run a piece about how Mohamed Mohamud was safe and sound and poring over the Koran in his private cell. Does The Oregonian think that the general public is anxiously looking for reassurance about the safety of this would-be jihadist mass murderer? Is it trying to head off claims of mistreatment from the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)?
And it sure is a good thing that he has the Koran in his cell, isn’t it? The book that probably inspired him to try to kill large numbers of Infidels is now his sole and constant companion — how reassuring! Now Mohamud has hours and hours to ponder the true, peaceful meaning of Koran verses like these:
“And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter . . . .” — 2:191
“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 . . . .” — 8:60
“Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them [captive], and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush . . . . ” — 9:5
“Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers [in fight], smite at their necks . . . .” — 47:4
Ah, but there are violent passages in the Bible, too, aren’t there? Actually, there aren’t any passages like these calling on believers in the aggregate to make war on unbelievers as a group, but that is an argument for another day.
The point here is that while Islamic spokesmen in the West routinely insist that such passages taken at face value are “out of context,” and that the Koran actually teaches peace and tolerance, Muslims like Mohamed Mohamud in large numbers the world over seem to be misunderstanding these passages and others like them.
Every jihad terrorist group around the globe points to the Koran as its primary inspiration and motivation, and even Islamic clerics who have devoted their lives to understanding the Islamic holy book properly join these groups, and have no trouble taking such verses literally.
Mohamed Mohamud wrote articles for the online magazine Jihad Recollections, styling himself an expert on the jihad doctrine. Thus it is fairly certain that when he read the Koran, he understood it as exhorting him to wage war against Infidels, which in turn led him to plot mass murder at the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland.
Is it wise for prison officials to allow him to have the same book that almost certainly led him to try to kill large numbers of innocent people?
It’s a good thing he is in protective custody: The rest of the prison population is protected from him. But we are not protected from the political correctness that focuses more concern on his safety than upon our own safety from other jihadis like him, and that allows him to steep himself in the teachings that led him to kill in the first place. That political correctness is not just witless; it’s suicidal.
Mr. Spencer is director of Jihad Watch and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), The Truth About Muhammad (both from Regnery—a Human Events sister company) and most recently coauthor of Pamela Geller’s The Post-American Presidency (Simon & Schuster).