The following interview appeared in The World & I in February 1991, twenty four years ago.
W&I: Could you speak on the Jewish Islamic issue from the point of view of a Jewish scholar?
RUBENSTEIN: I don't think there is a pecific Jewish-Islamic issue. First, I believe that Islam regards itself as the original true religion, whose fundamental meaning was revealed by the Prophet Mohammad, and that Islam regards both Judaism and Christianity as distorted views of the original true religion, so that inevitably Islam has an interpretation of both Judaism and Christianity that neither can accept. Second, I believe that in the history of Christendom there have been three possible and two actual challenges to Christendom. One was Judaism. The second was Islam, and the third was atheistic communism. Judaism was not a real challenge to Christendom for the simple reason that the Jews simply were not that culturally influential or numerous for Judaism to be a challenge after Christianity became the religion of the Roman world. more>>>
How can one have 'respect' for Islam as such? One may 'respect' it only in the sense that one may 'respect' ebola or a saltwater crocodile...or the Thuggees. It's a death cult. It uncreates..it kills, and destroys, everywhere it has ever gone. It's a system of slavery - *the* core paradigm of Islam, governing religion, marriage/ family, and politics, is master-slave and indeed, below that, rapist and raped, murderer and victim - and of human sacrifice, profoundly and ferociously misogynistic, so much so that I think, if it were completely quarantined, walled off from the rest of the planet, unable to 'cheat' by periodically stealing the women of other, saner groups, it would in the long term annihilate itself by 1/ continual inbreeding (due to rampant polygyny) and 2/ its incredible abuse of its women (an ex-Muslim, Wafa Sultan, has said, bluntly, "Allah *hates* women"). Combine that with the system of extortion and deliberate, calculated Abuse that is the dhimma - designed explicitly, even explicitly described by Muslim writers as a system by which to *kill the souls* of the dhimmis, to turn them into plastic, into unresisting soulless objects that may be done with and done to as one wills.. and you have something of such appalling ugliness as can only be described by terms like 'diabolical'. Thanatos, and the Void. And think, only think, of the fact that the pure sharia of Islam, if followed to the letter, would lead to the extinction of almost all music sacred or profane, vocal or instrumental, and of all sculpture, and of all artistic representation of living beings, and ...even the keeping of pet dogs. This thing is antihuman to a degree that boggles the mind. And that is why it hates and attacks the House of Israel with a peculiarly virulent hatred: because the House of Israel, Mother Zion, is *the* House of Life.
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