Wednesday, August 23, 2017

VIDEO: Robert Spencer interviewed by Fr. Josiah Trenham on Islam and Jihad

This outstanding interview has been viewed over 17,000 times since being posted almost a year ago. Wide ranging and well informed, with numerous citations and even some theological and historical discussions, this video is an ideal introduction on the subject of Islam and jihad.

Fr. Josiah's obvious preparation and depth in the topics discussed, and the respectful and measured tone of the entire interview, make for the sort of presentation which would be fully appropriate for a parish viewing, a young adult or older teen group screening, or of course for gatherings of families and friends. 

Please view and share widely!

Patristic Nectar YouTube Channel — In this interview, Father Josiah Trenham sits down with Robert Spencer, the Director of Jihad Watch and New York Times Bestselling author of fifteen books. Mr. Spencer is a key figure of the Counter-jihad movement in the United States.


Special note:

Perhaps especially interesting is the exchange which occurs starting at about the 44:40 mark, when Fr. Josiah relates his conversation with the imam at the mosque where the San Bernardino jihadists worshipped prior to committing mass murder in December 2015.

In just a few short minutes, Fr. Josiah and Mr. Spencer spell out the dark problem within the Muslim community: there is no curriculum by which Muslims can teach their members — from the Quran, the hadiths and other Islamic source documents — that waging jihad, fighting and killing non-Muslims, is wrong, and that those who do so will go to hell.

Quite the opposite. The Quran and the hadiths promise paradise to those who wage jihad and kill or are killed in the name of Allah. There are over a hundred commands to wage jihad in the Quran alone, not counting Muhammad's commands and example in the hadith and the Sira, and the teachings of all schools of Sunni and Shia Islamic jurisprudence.