British Muslim leaders wrote in an open letter about the Muslims currently fighting for a new caliphate in the Middle East, “”…such actions could not be justified anywhere in the Koran or Islamic tradition, and the “fanatics” were not acting as Muslims but perpetrating the worst crimes against humanity.” Then presumably, just because they wrote it, the BBC published it. Here’s one verse from that “Koran” thing they mentioned:
Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief] is worse than killing…but if they desist, then lo! Allah is forgiving and merciful. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah [disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah] and worship is for Allah alone. But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (the polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc.)”
There are at least 100 other examples of “death to the infidel” just in the Quran alone, with hundreds more in the hadiths. In 2014 the BBC can still print an unattributed article with a statement, “anywhere in the Koran,” and not fact check: it would take about 13 seconds. It’s Shattered Glass* times a thousand. The New Journalism. Incredible.
* Shattered Glass, Lion’s Gate, 2004