Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, had some words to say about Islam’s public image – and it appears the man has never bothered to look in the mirror.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Muslims must improve the image of their religion, which has been tarnished by the violence of hardline groups such as Islamic State,
“It is our greatest duty today to correct the image of Islam in world public opinion,” Rouhani told a conference on Islamic unity in Tehran in a speech broadcast by state television.
His remarks were rare for a leader of Iran, which considers itself an authority in the Islamic world and often blames the “enemies” of the religion for problems in the Middle East.
“Did we ever think that, instead of enemies, an albeit small group from within the Islamic world using the language of Islam, would present it as the religion of killing, violence, whips, extortion and injustice?” Rouhani said.
Rouhani, a relative moderate, said Islamic principles opposed violence and the extremism of groups such as Islamic State stemmed from “narrow-mindedness and a lack of moderation”.
The Bible is pretty clear about practicing what you preach. I admittedly haven’t read the Quran, but judging by Rouhani’s past statements I can’t imagine it contains the same lesson.
As the Iran deal was being negotiated, Rouhani told a crowd “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure. They insist on putting pressure on our dear people’s economy. What is their goal? Their goal is to put the people against the system. The politics of America is to create insecurity.”
Rouhani has tried to explain away the statements as only being in opposition to American foreign policy — an excuse many idiots liberals actually believe.
Terrorism and anti-Semitism is hardly the only stain on Islam’s image. Do I even need to get started on the status of women’s rights in Iran?
It is up to Muslims to correct Islam’s image – but people like Rouhani clearly aren’t up to the challenge.
[Note: The post was written by The Analytical Economist]