Wafe Sultan and Daniel Pipes were in Toronto recently. Joanne Hill has a report:
For Dr. Pipes, the only solution to the problem of radical Islam is for those in the West to support moderate Muslims.
“It’s incumbent upon us to help the moderates, those who want to integrate, who want to be patriotic citizens, who want to live under our system, our beliefs and customs, rather than according to the Shari’a…. We need to encourage them, we need to fund them. We need to help them, not the Islamists.”
Dr. Sultan took the stage after Dr. Pipes and began by quoting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who said in 2007: “These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
Dr. Sultan asked, “So what is the essence of Islam? The underlying foundation of Islam is to rule the world and submit it under Islamic Shari’a.” She quoted from the Koran as proof.
I am a freelance reporter; I covered the debate between Dr. Pipes and Dr. Sultan for the Jewish Tribune. I have an audio recording of the entire event, including the Question and Answer period, so I can state with complete accuracy what was and was not said by Dr. Sultan.
Contrary to what Mr. Fatah writes, Dr. Sultan did not say: “Muhammed was a child rapist.”
Rather, she said: “As a married man, Mohammed raped Aisha when she was nine; he was 54.”
If Mr. Fatah is hurt by this statement, perhaps he should consider the source: Islamic doctrine. I challenge Mr. Fatah to deny this. (…)
I was paying close attention throughout the debate and at no time did I see Dr. Sultan sneer. She did not say, per Mr. Fatah, “I am ‘clean’ of Islam.”
Mr. Fatah writes that he was “traumatized” by Dr. Sultan’s words. If this is truly the case, I would suggest that Mr. Fatah’s sensitive feelings render him too delicate for this Western society in which he has chosen to live…