Wow, this has got to be on of the most amazing speeches/interviews I have seen in a long time. Wafa Sultan is an Arab-American Psychologist from LA. This video clip aired on Al-Jazeera TV (Qatar) on Feburary 21st, 2006. She really lays it on the line for the Muslims and the belief that Islamic faith justifies violence.
She was coming at it from a purely civilzed point of view. She is a psychologist. At one point she says:
I am not a Christian, a Muslim, or a Jew. I am a secular human being. I do not believe in the supernatural, but I respect others’ right to believe in it.
This really irritated Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli, who was connecting with her via satelite. He started asking if she was a heretic.
Her comments about respecting other people’s freedom to worship how they please reminded me of when I went to see the Dali Lahma in Hailey, Idaho on September 11th, 2005. His life’s message is one of compassion, but one point he made was that (and I paraphrase from memory) anyone claiming to go to war in the name of their religion was not a true follower of their religion. He said whatever religion people choose to follow is fine, as long as they follow it and don’t use it as an excuse for violence. That we should all just get along. Look for commonality – reasons to come together, not to be divided.
Wafa Sultan’s interview: