Things changed recently when Yahya began attacking Sam right after Sam's mother died. This was a new low, even for Yahya (who was already a few rungs below Nadir Ahmed on the apologetics and character ladders). Yahya continued attacking Sam by claiming, once again, that we had fabricated the issue of thighing. Most of his article, as usual, consists of personal attacks (standard practice for lower level apologists, who try to demean the opposition rather than refute their arguments). But there are a few portions where he attempts to make some substantive claims:
So there you have it. The claim that Muhammad thighed Aisha is based on a fatwa quoted on a Christian website, we've been rebuked into silence on the issue (i.e., we're not simply ignoring Yahya), etc.
Once again, Yahya displays his ignorance, and it's up to Sam and me to show him his error. Sam began by posting a link to a fatwa on Islam Web:
Since Islam Web is an Islamic fatwa site run by Muslim scholars, you might expect Yahya to immediately correct his error and apologize. Instead, Yahya erased Sam's comment and the link to the fatwa! Even now, Yahya's site claims that our accusation is based on a fatwa we found on a Christian site. So Yahya knows that his claim is false, but he conceals the truth by erasing the proof!
But Yahya wasn't done. After I wrote a brief summary of the evidence (taken directly from Sahih al-Bukhari) that Muhammad promoted the thighing of virgins, Sam posted a comment in the comments section of Yahya's article:
Yahya, since you've accused us of lying about Muhammad and thighing, it's only fair of you to post a link to the following article on thighing, so that your readers can examine the evidence and judge for themselves whether we are lying or not. Please include the following link in all articles and videos in which you accuse us of lying about thighing:Yahya had challenged us for evidence and claimed that we were lying, so it seemed fair to let his readers examine both sides of the issue. Instead, Yahya again immediately erased the comment and the link! Sam even invited Yahya to come on our show and debate the evidence, but Yahya erased that comment as well! It seems that Yahya wants to keep his readers in complete ignorance of the facts, pretending that we're running from him, while simultaneously calling us liars!
Muhammad and the Thighing of Aisha
This is precisely what we've come to expect from Yahya, and it's why we never take his accusations seriously. He tries desperately to portray himself as an apologist, but when he is confronted with actual evidence and sources, his solution is to conceal the evidence and sources. He's like a spoiled child who throws a tantrum to get attention, but doesn't know what to do when he suddenly gets the attention he craves. This means, of course, that we will end up ignoring him again. But as soon as we ignore him, he will claim that we've been rebuked into silence!
I suppose we should all be thankful for Yahya. He's shown us the depths a person has to go to in order to defend Islam. Thank you, Yahya, for reminding us why we could never do what you do!
To sum up, here's a screenshot of Yahya's comments section:
Kind of reminds me of Muhammad's companion Uthman burning all Qur'an manuscripts in order to conceal the differences and pretend that there's only one Qur'an!