With some 30 or so Christian churches going up in flames in Egypt and Christians fleeing for their lives in Syria, is it not time to drop the pretenses? All across the Islamic world, non-Muslims are being persecuted, raped, arrested, murdered and their places of worship burned. We would be reading the same about the Jews, but they fled back in the late 1940s. Most settled in Israel, which the Arab world would incinerate tomorrow if they could. And make no mistake; that conflict is not about land. It is about religion. If the Israelis were Muslims, this would not even be an issue.
Even in Europe, Jews dare not walk the streets lest they be assaulted or spit upon by Muslim punks roaming the streets like rat packs. And if there are no Jews or Christians to kill, well, why not kill each other? Just yesterday in Iraq, another 30 or so Muslims were killed by car bombs set by other Muslims-Sunnis vs Shia.
One would think that the world would rise up as one and call for an end to the insanity. It doesn't, however. Instead, the world wrings it hands over charges of "Islamophobia" when anyone cries out over the horrors of the Middle East, Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, Nigeria, the beheadings, the stonings of women, or the crimes and assaults committed by Muslim immigrants in Europe. When people point out the calls for murder coming out of mosques and identify the passages and the texts that are the basis for these fatwas, they are called "Islamophobes".
Because Islam is a religion of peace.
That is what Muslim leaders here in America tell us over and over again neglecting to mention that Islam is also a political ideology-and a totalitarian one at that, which does not recognize any division between religion and the state.
I have personally heard Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, formerly the head of the Islamic Society of North America and one of the most influential Muslim leaders in the country, tell an audience in California that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance. Really? Where is the peace? Where is the tolerance?
I have also heard an Ahmadi Imam tell an audience at UC Irvine what a forgiving man the Prophet Mohammed was. He forgave and released his enemies.
"The Koran tells us, "If you kill one man, it is if you killed all of humanity. If you save one man, you save all of humanity." That is true, but in other so many other parts (written later in time) it calls for the killing of people. That is because the Prophet was then at war.
But back to Egypt. Who are we to blame for the bloodshed in Egypt? Is it corrupt military leaders trying to hold onto power? Or is it the Muslim Brotherhood trying to install an Islamic caliphate and spread it as far as they can? A combination of both?
Who is burning the churches? It is not the military. Safe to say, the work is being done by Muslims who support the Muslim Brotherhood.
Even in Syria, which some say is a war that has nothing to do about religion, we see rebels (whom we support) executing their captives to cries of "Allahu Akhbar" and "Takbir". Meanwhile, Syrian Christians are fleeing for their lives from those same rebels that we support.
Is it not time for all of us to stand up and ask, "If Islam is a religion of peace then why all the killing? Why all the hate directed at non-Muslims?" Is it not time to drop the term, "radical Islam" and admit that it is simply Islam?
But that would be "Islamophobic". Such a statement would wind up in the files of the learned professor Hatem Bazian's Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project up at UC Berkeley all neatly filed and tied with a ribbon and bow for the day they can be turned over to Eric Holder's Justice Department for criminal prosecution.
No. It is high time we openly told these Muslim leaders that if Islam is a religion of peace, it is time to demonstrate it and live by it. It is not just for little people like me to say it; it is time for the leaders of the Western World and those parts of Asia that want to remain free to say it. It is time to tell the Islamists and jihadists to forget their dreams of Islamic domination because we as free people will not submit. Furthermore, we will not allow good Muslim citizens of our own countries to be abused by somebody's vision of sharia law that mandates death for things we in the West do not even consider criminal, such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery and homosexuality, to say nothing about so-called "honor killings".
It is also time for foolish pastors and rabbis to forget these inter-faith conferences in which they allow themselves and their flocks to be misled by imams whose real agenda is bringing about an eventual Islamic caliphate right here in America and the West. I am thinking specifically about Pastor Ed Bacon of the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, who last year allowed the Muslim Public Affairs Council to hold their annual conference at his church and who proclaimed that Christians "could be so hateful" and that "the history of Christianity is littered with acts of evil" -giving as an example, "Evangelical Zionism". I am also thinking of those misguided rabbis in Boston who were cozying up to the radical-linked Islamic Cultural Center in Roxbury and its sister mosque in Cambridge, from which sprouted the Tsarnaev brothers. Those same Jewish leaders excoriated Charles Jacobs of Americans for Peace and Tolerance within the Jewish community when he warned them of the radical affiliations.
Look at them now.
Enough. If people want to stand up for human rights, then we must stand up to this jihad-both the violent one and the more "peaceful" but deceitful civilizational one. We cannot say we defend women if we turn a blind eye to stoning and the obvious misogyny and second-class citizenship of women who have to live hidden behind the veil. We may not be able to change it in the Middle East, but we can prevent it from taking root here. We cannot say we defend gay rights when we turn a blind eye to the fate of Iranian gays who are being hanged for their sexual orientation. It is all according to shariah. Any claims that shariah law is compatible with our Constitution are flat out lies.
The problem is that we do ignore it. It would be too inconvenient to talk about it-at least for our leaders. In Europe it could land even the common guy in jail. It may yet do that here in the US soon if this current administration has its way. We also ignore the rampant anti-Semitism which did not appear out of nowhere. It is in the Islamic texts. Read it. It's all there; the anti-Christianity, the anti-Semitism. Listen to the words of Yusuf al Qaradawi, one of the most highly respected Islamic scholars in the world and the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Read the opinions coming out of Cairo's prestigious Al Azhar (Islamic) University. Read the interpretations of the most-respected al Bukhari school of Islamic thought about all these questions.
But we concern ourselves with "Islamophobia" because, after all, Islam is a religion of peace.
Of course it is. That's why the churches are burning in Egypt. That's why the Jews are being driven out of Europe-not by Europeans, but by Muslim immigrants. That's why Sunni and Shia kill each other.
"But," you say. "not all Muslims are like this. Most are decent."
True. But where are their voices amid all the outrages? The fact is that they make themselves irrelevant through their silence. Is it fear? Is it that those non-Arabs don't know Arabic and can't really interpret the Koran or the Hadith? Is it a recognition that they cannot win the theological debate with the jihadists? I don't know; perhaps, it is a combination of all of the above.
But I know one thing.
The daily acts of terror around the world contradict claims that Islam is a religion of peace.
The daily acts of intolerance toward Christians and Jews contradict claims that Islam is a religion of tolerance.
It is an incontrovertible fact that it is Muslims who are carrying out almost all of the terror and intolerance around the world. It is happening in the Middle East. It is happening in Pakistan. It is happening in Africa. It is even happening in Europe, the US and the West. And it is all being done in the name of their religion.
But Islam is a religion of peace.
Is that why we experienced 9-11?
Is that why British soldier Lee Rigby was slaughtered recently on the streets of London? The killers told us why they did it.
Is that why Mohammed Merah went on a killing rampage at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. He told the cops why he did it before he was shot and killed.
Is that why European cities are being subjected to riots?
Is that why car bombs are killing people by the dozens every few days in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan?
Is that why two Chechen "refugees" set off bombs in Boston?
Isolated incidents? How many more would you like me to list? There have been over 20,000 just since 9-11.
Islamophobia? How do you define it? No matter how you do, you cannot condemn people for having fears or negative feelings about Muslims and their faith, religion, political ideology, or however you define it. It is logical, and there is every reason to feel fear, mistrust, or even hate. I still cling to the, perhaps, naive notion that most Muslims are good people and should not suffer for all that is happening around us.
But don't expect us to swallow the mantra that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance.