Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Morsi and Darwin and "apes and pigs"

By the way, it is not true that describing Jews as "descendants of apes and pigs" is from the Qur'an.  I was going to write a short article on the origin of the phrase but I don't have the time.  The phrase as it is in reference to Jews does NOT appear in the Qur'an as is claimed by anti-Semitic Islamists (there is indeed a reference to "and made them apes and pigs" in a particular historical reference.   There is however a Hadith (typically disputed) that Muhammad's wife, `A'ishah, once described Jews as "brothers of apes" when a group of Jews did not address the Prophet properly, according to her although the same Hadith reports that the prophet saluted the visiting Jews.  This reference is used by contemporary Islamists to justify their language of today.  But if one believes in evolution theory, we all are descendants of apes so this should not be insulting to us evolutionary theory believers.