Non-Muslim Judge Tries to Convince Jihadist That Islam Is a Religion of Peace

My latest in PJ Media:

Australian Justice Peter Johnson knows all about Islam, and isn’t afraid to explain the religion to errant Muslims who misunderstand it with dangerous consequences. According to Australia’s 9 News, Johnson last Friday lectured Bourhan Hraichie, a hardline and unrepentant Islamic jihadist who plotted to kill cops and carved an Islamic State slogan on another prisoner’s forehead, about Hraichie’s religion. Hraichie reportedly “cheered as he was sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court. He interjected at various points, including when Justice Peter Johnson said his beliefs were based on a ‘distorted understanding of Islam.’”

Some might find Justice Peter Johnson, a non-Muslim, to be hubristic. Why should he presume to tell a man who had dedicated his life to understanding Islamic teachings properly and living them out scrupulously that he was getting Islam all wrong, terribly wrong? The oddity of this becomes all the more glaring in light of the fact that Johnson doesn’t know of some Islamic texts or principles that Hraichie is ignoring, but because the implications of the possibility that Hraichie might be applying Islamic texts as their authors intended them to be applied is too terrible for him to contemplate.

This has happened before. Justice Johnson is just the latest in a long line of judges who have lectured Islamic jihadis about how they’re misunderstanding their peaceful, cuddly religion. The only problem here is that jihadis, as The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS shows, for 1,400 years have invoked core Islamic teachings to justify their violence. Peter Johnson, in reality, doesn’t know the first foggiest thing about Islam, but he thinks he does, because many people he trusts and respects have assured him that it’s a Religion of Peace, and he has also been taught that the only people who think otherwise are racist, bigoted “Islamophobes.” Bourhan Hraichie is no racist, bigoted “Islamophobe,” but clearly the poor lamb has been improperly instructed in his religion. If only Peter Johnson had been there in the mosque to teach him the true Islam.

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