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The War on Islamism - Patrick Henry song

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"It's In The Koran", by "Patrick Henry"

This is a page commenting on the song "It's In The Koran", by "Patrick Henry".

This song is not by me. It is by "Patrick Henry". I do not know who he is.

This song is not hosted by me either. It is hosted by these people, not me.

So what is on this page? Mainly, I thought I'd hyperlink the lyrics to some of the real events that inspired them. I also thought I'd defend the author "Patrick Henry" against the charge that his song is anti-Islam or anti-Muslim. It is not. It is anti-Islamism. All Muslims should join us in opposing Islamism.

Introduction - What is it?

"Radical Islam, or Islamism, or Islamic Fundamentalism, as it might be described by an honest adherent."

In the style of Monty Python or Gilbert and Sullivan.

Who is it by?

This song is not by me.

It is by "Patrick Henry" (after Patrick Henry, who said: "give me liberty or give me death").

What does it mean?

It is a parody of how radical Islamists think - such as Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, the Iraqi resistance, the Algerian jihadis, the Sudan regime, the Saudi regime, the Chechen jihadis, the London bombers, Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah, the PFLP, Islamic Jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar al-Islam, Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Ayatollahs of Iran, and their supporters.

Because it is speaking in the Islamists' voice, it is easy to misinterpret what it is saying:

  1. It does not imply that all Muslims think like this. But 20 percent or more do. It is mocking them, obviously, not any Muslim who does not believe this nonsense.

  2. It does not imply that support for the Islamists' barbaric acts is to be found in the Koran. This may be true, but the song does not really take a position on it. The point is the radical Islamists think it is true.

The author "Patrick Henry" speaks

The author "Patrick Henry" says here (the hyperlinking is mine):

Commenters have argued that the Koran doesn't say what this song claims the Koran says. To everyone who holds this view, I answer - and this is very important, so I'll be stating it again below - that I agree with you. I agree that the Koran says what you claim it says. Islam is one of the world's great religions, and I don't believe that billions could have followed it if it weren't, at its core, beautiful and life-engendering.

The problem is this: all the incidents I describe in the song have happened, and all were caused by men who disagree with you. These men have a different view of Islam. They find in the Koran inspiration and justification for their horrible acts.

To these men the Koran says that it's proper that girls fleeing a fire should be trampled to death because they aren't wearing headscarves. To these men the Koran says, even demands, that these girls die. The Koran says this, not to you, not to me, but to them.

The same goes for the other deeds I name: rape, torture, massacre, beheading, defilement of shrines. To these men, the Koran insists that they commit such acts.

I wrote the song from the point of view of these men because they're the dominant force in Islam now. If you don't believe me, remember this: Palestinians have just elected Hamas to lead their parliament, knowing that Hamas plan to institute sharia. Muslims had a choice, and they chose as leaders the kinds of men my song is about.

If you want more evidence, go to and read the translations of interviews with influential Islamic figures. It's rare to find one criticizing anything done by Muslims to non-Muslims, or even to other Muslims.

Here's a comparison I find useful:

When the Abu Ghraib photos appeared, every American with a microphone - columnist, politician, religious leader - condemned the soldiers responsible.

When radical Muslims hide among civilians so that our soldiers can't fight them without killing the innocent - do Arab and Muslim leaders, politicians, journalists unite to call such behavior cowardly and un-Islamic? No. When radical Muslims murder women and children? No. Gang-rapes in Scandinavia, forced mass starvation in Sudan - the list is long and wretched, and the men who commit these actions receive no criticism from the only people they might listen to: their religious leaders.

That's why I wrote this song.

Again, if you say that Islam doesn't permit such deeds, and that the men who perform them aren't behaving like true Muslims, I'll agree with you. But these men consider themselves true Muslims, the only true Muslims, and think that Muslims who disagree with them are apostates, the worst of betrayers.

I stand by every line in the song; it's what such men believe. All I did was make their beliefs rhyme, scan and bounce like a vaudeville tune.

To those of you who feel that I'm mocking Islam, I reply: I'm not. I respect your view of it. These men - the men I'm writing about - don't. You should be arguing with them, not with me.

He is a very moderate man. He has been criticised for being too generous to Islam. He further comments:

After I posted my response to critics of "It's In The Koran," several people emailed to argue that it was too generous to Islam. They were probably referring to the first paragraph:
Commenters have argued that the Koran doesn't say what this song claims the Koran says. To everyone who holds this view, I answer - and this is very important, so I'll be stating it again below - that I agree with you. I agree that the Koran says what you claim it says. Islam is one of the world's great religions, and I don't believe that billions could have followed it if it weren't, at its core, beautiful and life-engendering.
I used that phrasing, despite the objection it might (and did) provoke, because it expressed my belief about Islam. I still believe it. Radical Islam is a joyless sect, narrow and hateful. Were the whole of Islam no more than that, if it held no beauty along with its savagery and pride, it would've faded centuries ago.
I know that radical Islam is consistent with the Koran's text and with powerful Islamic traditions. I also know that hundreds of millions of practicing Muslims wish not to live under fundamentalist regimes. Whether those Muslims constitute the majority of their faith, and whether they'll fight to create the kinds of societies they want, I don't know.
In the meantime the fight falls largely to us. To the men and women facing the enemy in battle, I offer my gratitude. To everyone who shares my conviction that we should wage this war with determination and without apology, I offer whatever pleasure these songs give.

He says: "Incidentally, I'd not have dreamed a few years ago that songs critical of the West's most fervent and deadly enemy - an enemy whose goal is to destroy or enslave all of us, Leftists included - would find no reliable host other than an avowedly right-wing site. The Left's refusal to oppose radical Islam remains a great sadness to me."

The song

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From here.

The hyperlinking is mine.

In our days of glory
Now centuries past
The kingdom of Islam
Stood mighty and vast
Then we failed our faith
And watched your power grow
But soon our greatness will return
And this is how we know ..

Because it's in the Koran
It's written in the Koran
A world united under Allah is
The future of man
How could it not be so
When most opposing us panic
And surrender once a few of them have bled.

We're happy to torture
We're eager to rape
We savor your last screams
On videotape
We massacre children
We ransack a shrine
And all our acts are sanctified
By Suras 2 through 9

Because it's in the Koran
It's written in the Koran
That we should fight and slay the infidels
However we can
We'll blow ourselves to bits
If that gives us an advantage
Or we'll slit your throats while you're asleep in bed.

Those heathens who scold us
Are wasting their breath
Over the millions we've butchered
And starved
We're men who would let girls
Be trampled to death
Rather than see them in public

So don't look for mercy
When you're at our feet
The justice we'll give you
Is harsh and complete
We danced in delight
When your Twin Towers fell
And you'll weep with your slaughtered
As you burn with them in Hell

Because it's in the Koran,
It's written in the Koran
Your fate was settled long before
This latest battle began
We've found our holy purpose
And we'll never abandon it
As long as there's a sinner to behead ..

In other words we won't rest
Till everyone in the West
Is a slave, a Muslim or dead.

It's up to every peaceful, modern, sophisticated, tolerant, moderate Muslim in the world to help us defeat Islamism. It kills them in far greater numbers than it kills us infidels.

What about the Bible?

I have seen complaints along the lines of "More white supremacist, anti-tolerant, religiously discriminatory bullshit. What about the shit that is in the Bible?"

This misses a number of points:

  1. Neither I, nor "Patrick Henry", claim that this stuff is in the Koran.
    The Islamist jihadis believe it is, as they say repeatedly (just listen to them).
    They may be correct. But we don't take a position on that.

  2. Neither I, nor "Patrick Henry", ever actually criticise the Koran at all.
  3. Here, we're not picking on the Koran. We're picking on the Islamists.

  4. Ironically, I actually have a massive go at the Bible on this very site. See: The Bible in its Own Words: An unbeliever's choice of quotes.
  5. I have no similar attack on the Koran. You may like to consider why not.

Laugh at the fanatics

When one of these Islamist fanatics makes a speech, you don't really need to hear the script. Just play this song over their words. It tells you all you need to know.

"Because it's in the Koran; It's written in the Koran; That we should fight and slay the infidels however we can .."

"Because it's in the Koran; It's written in the Koran; That we should fight and slay the infidels however we can .."

Ayman al-Zawahiri Christmas message.
A spoof in which, after reading the Koran and the New Testament, al-Zawahiri loses his faith and becomes a Christian.
From "Al Qaeda No. 2 Releases Christmas Video", Scrappleface, December 20, 2006.

"Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious."
- Ayatollah Khomeini, 1979.

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