CNN's God's Muslim Warriors: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Imam Fawaz Jneid & Geert Wilders
Gods Warriors & online content 8 months work for six hours broadcast over three nights in a row, CNN will reveal how “God’s Warriors” want to bring religion back from the periphery to the center of public life – and how far they are willing to go to transform modern society. Interviewer Amanpour pictured on bridge over toubled water islAmsterdam under umbrella ella defines "God’s Warrior’s"
"Over the last 30 years, each faith; Judaism, Islam & Christianity, has exploded into a powerful religious force, with an army of followers who share a deep dissatisfaction with modern, secular society and a fierce determination to bring God and religion back into daily life, back to the seat of power. We call them “God’s Warriors."
Amanpour wisely turned to religious historian and popular writer Karen Armstrong for explanations. Armstrong’s 2001 book, The Battle for God, explores the rise of fundamentalism in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. What Armstrong deftly and definitively showed in her book is that fundamentalism is a direct reaction to secular society and that the primary enemy for most fundamentalists is not the far-away enemy of other people, but their coreligionists who have a more lax religious outlook.
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"fundamentalist/-ism" was the more prevalent term, used 11 times.
"Right wing" is used twice, only to describe Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch Parliament.
A partial transcript of the first occasion Amanpour used the term "right-wing" to describe Wilders:
AMANPOUR: Across Europe, Islam is the fastest growing religion, the number of Muslims tripling in the last 30 years. This increased Muslim presence, and violence like the Van Gogh murder, play into the hands of right-wing politicians, like Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament...
GEERT WILDERS, MEMBER OF DUTCH PARLIAMENT: Yes, here we have my seat.
AMANPOUR: ...who fears the Dutch are losing their country to an alien culture. The party he's founded has staked its political future in large part on an anti-Islam platform. He's proposed shutting down immigration from non-western countries and banning burkas and nikabs, the head-to-toe coverings worn by some Muslim women, even though few here wear them.
A few minutes later, after talking about the "culture clash" between the native European Dutch and the Muslims in the country, Amanpour continued her profile of Wilders.
AMANPOUR: Emerson Vermaat, a Dutch investigative journalist, has spent years studying the group [the so-called “Hofstad Group,” a terror cell in the Netherlands] and the murder of Van Gogh.
EMERSON VERMAAT, DUTCH JOURNALIST: There was a meeting of Hofstad (ph) in Amsterdam, and they said, "We must do something. We must maybe kill someone, but we must revenge. Allah has been offended. The Koran has been offended."
AYAAN HIRSI ALI, FORMER MEMBER OF DUTCH PARLIAMENT: They would sit together. They would watch videos with beheadings and read the Koran together and then plot jihadi activities.
AMANPOUR: It is a twisted version of Islam fueled by the culture clash here. But also by a steady stream of Internet websites which offer radical Islam as the antidote to Western culture. This extremism has generated an extreme response from far-right politicians like Geert Wilders.
Thursday night’s "God’s Christian Warriors," by contrast, took the use of "right-wing" or similar terms to a new high. "Religious right" is used ten times, "Christian right" is used twice (once by a left-wing protester in San Francisco), "right" is used once, and "right-wing" is used once, for a total of 14 uses of "right" terms.
GOD's JEWISH WARRIORS
Through this episode of God’s Warriors, we cut to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a knot tied so tightly by religious “fundamentalists” that it could strangle U.S. attempts to stabilize the explosive Middle East.
TUE, AUG 21, AT 9PM ET/PT
GOD's MUSLIM WARRIORS
Across the Atlantic Ocean in one of the most permissive societies in Europe, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was raised as a conservative Muslim, has become a target of a more violent form of jihad. A former member of the Dutch Parliament and now an atheist, Ali collaborated with artist Theo van Gogh on a film critical of Islam’s treatment of women. As a result, Van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim extremist, and Ali remains a target.
WED, AUG 22, AT 9PM ET/PT
GOD's CHRISTIAN WARRIORS
THUR, AUG 23, AT 9PM ET/PT
CNN's God's Muslim Warriors: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Imam Fawaz Jneid & Geert Wilder
Ayaan Hersi Ali, born in Somalia, became a Dutch citizen and, in 2003, was elected to the Dutch parliament. She is outspoken about the treatment of Muslim women and caused heated debate within the Muslim community because of her short film, Submission, in which verses of the Koran are projected onto the bodies of naked women. Hirshi Ali now lives in the United States and works for the American Enterprise Institute.
Sheik Imam & Fawaz Jneid heads a mosque in the Hague and has been accused of making radical statements. Fatawa-ing death and cursed submission filmmaker van Gogh 'Van Gogh kort voor moord vervloekt door imam' shortly prior to the murder in Amsterdam streets, on the same date as the Balfour declaration 1917, permitting progromed Jews to settle in the British protectoraat Palestine since Ottoman Turkey and Imperial Germany lost WOI, under the eyes of 53 persons.
Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch parliament who proposed a ban on women wearing burqas in the Netherlands because he says that Islam is a violent religion and a threat to the westland. He is under 24-hour protection because of threats on his life and compairs the first writing of the Arabs compiled by the poet Mohammed to a book with Mein Kampf although it does not rhyme.
More from; NEWS YOU CAN USE: God’s Jewish Warriors Production Note
When God’s Jewish Warriors used guerilla political tactics to build a settlers movement after the 1967 Six Day War, their goal was to incorporate the occupied West Bank ( of the river ) and Gazza (360 Sq Km Gazzat(u) [ Ugasses ] Strip into Israel. After 40 years, they have created situations that are difficult – maybe impossible – to change as long as religious fervor on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict stands in the way of territorial compromise.
God’s Jewish Warriors believe they are commanded to live on this biblical land and that doing so will hasten the coming of the Messiah.