This is an absolutely perverse situation. The two journalists abducted in Gaza have now been paraded in front of a camera to declare their (forced) conversion to Islam. It proves that there is no depth of depravity the Islamists won’t sink to, in order to promote their fanatical extremist agendas. More here. KGS
Update: They have been released! Lets see just how “consential” the coversion actually was. More here.
Update: Both men were indeed forcibly converted at the point of a gun. Centanni:
“We were forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint,” Centanni told FOX News. “Don’t get me wrong here. I have the highest respect for Islam, and I learned a lot of good things about it, but it was something we felt we had to do because they had the guns, and we didn’t know what the hell was going on.” More here.
Well, generally speaking, forced conversions are against Islamic law, at least when it comes to the “People of the Book”, (the term Islam uses to describe both Jews and Christians), the choice being in Chapter nine of the Koran, to either convert, submit to Muslim rule or die, to the pagan, it was either convert or die. In modern times, forced conversions are not deemed lawful. But this is a question of Islamists who believe in the “purer” form of Islam, and can point to portions of the Koran to validate their beliefs. A very difficult task for any Islamic scholar to overcome, when “he himself is being called an apostate” for not practicing a Salafi form of 7th century Islam.
The PA is saying that this was not the work of Al-Qaida, in spite of the peculiar break with Palestinian terrorists’ tradition of kidnapping western journalists. This is the first time they have been forced to convert to ISlam at the point of a gun. KGS