To paraphrase Woody Allen, I've been doing all my own reading since I was forty.
To all of you who have insulted me personally on this site, I forgive you. To all of those who insist on bringing up Old Testament quotes or history from hundreds or thousands of years ago, I ask you to remember we were talking about the situation now, as it stands today. If you want to assert there is nothing wrong with Islam, I think you couldn't be more wrong. That's all there is to it.
Also, in Europe you can see the effect of the hands-off approach to Islam. And what you have in each country is a government within the government. And these enclaves are claiming territory to the point that any official state representatives - policemen, firemen, even ambulances are threatened when they enter. They are openly challenging the authority of the state and asserting the oft-stated goal of overthrowing the state. So another question - how do we prevent the same thing from occuring here? If we grant Islam full protection as a "religion," there is no stopping it.
Interestingly, the Supreme Court has never defined what is meant by the word religion for the purposes of the First Amendment. They may have to think long and hard about it soon.
Chistianity does not mandate death for those who leave it. No other religion besides Islam does.
A goup of ex-Muslims, Former Muslims United, sent a simple declaration for Muslim leaders across the country to sign saying they repudiate that particular aspect of Islam. Not one Muslim leader in TN signed - in fact only two signed in the entire U.S. - Dr. Jasser in Arizona and a Saudi man who heads an organization for the separation of mosque and state in DC.
What does that tell you?
Dear Mr. Hanners,
Have you been following the news in England and Europe? We're just a few years behind them. Islam is consistant. It constrains Muslims to develop parallel non-integrating societies following their own laws and system of social control. The fact that anyone who leaves Islam or criticizes it comes under a death warrant which can be carried out by any Muslim should at the very least put a question mark over the idea that "freedom of religion" should be extended to it.
Dear Mr. Collins,
Rather than calling us liars and bigots, why don't you dispute our arguments?
I spoke at the Manchester rally explaining two things. 1) The First Amendment's protection for freedom of religion was never meant to cover what Islam is - a system of governance, a system of jurisprudence and a system of social control (a complete system of life) even to the point of mandating death for those who dare to leave Islam or even those who dare to criticize it. The First Amendment was never meant to protect a system operating in the US which contradicts everything the Constitution stands for. And 2) there is no such thing as "radical, militant, extremist" Islam. Those adjectives are misleading because they make people think there is a difference between what radical Muslims believe and what "moderate" Muslims believe - like the Protestants and the Catholics. There actually is no difference, either in doctrine or in interpretation of doctrine, between what was taught by Anwar Al Alawki and what is taught at Al Azar University.
After I delivered my speech, our web-magazine, New English Review, was attacked and brought down by cyber-jihadis using over one thousand computers to do it. We are still down today.
Now, tell me about how Muslims are so very respectful of those who disagree with them. Let's talk about dialogue, shall we?
I've posted this link elsewhere, but I believe it is important. This is Major Nidal Hasan's powerpoint presentation on why Muslims in the military would have problems fighting in Muslim countries. His point was that they would be under severe psychological strain and he gave several examples - a soldier attacking his own unit (while they slept), espionage, desertion and so forth. Obviously no one took his presentation seriously.
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