While the Republican candidates for president stepped up their inane and idiotic scrum over nothing of consequence, the man they want to replace methodically continued advancing his plan to transform America.
This week, our president once again assumed his role of Muslim apologist-in-chief while speaking for the first time at a mosque in Baltimore. Obama apparently was motivated to rebut the “anti-Islamic” proclamations being made by the Republican presidential candidates.
As expected, there was nothing new with the rhetoric he expressed – Islam is a religion of peace that has been hijacked by a few misguided radicals and shame on America for thinking it could motivate followers to violence.
Obama ineptly tried to make the case that the name Islam conveys a meaning of peace and non-aggression. Serious Islamic scholars are clear that Islam means “submission” and not in the peaceful, cooperative way as Obama alludes.
The history of Muhammad makes it pretty clear that without violent coercion, Islam may not even exist today. Muhammad initially tried to gain a following through a message of peace and cooperation while in Mecca. His message failed miserably to gain followers and ended up antagonizing the locals to the point where he had to flee for his life to Medina.
It was in Medina where the light went on for Muhammad. His message of peace and harmony quite suddenly changed dramatically to one of violence and subjugation. He started raiding and pillaging caravans on their way to Mecca and then gave the booty to those that would follow him. Those that wouldn’t convert got the tip of a sword. And so, bingo, you got a rapidly growing religion.
The Qur’an clearly states that the earlier peaceful Meccan verses have been abrogated or canceled and replaced by the later violent Medinan verses. This can’t be argued. It is a fact. So the Qur’an specifically calls for violence by its followers to spread Islam to the entire world. Those that are killing non-believers are correctly following the admonitions that Muhammad passed down through the Qur’an.
Despite these facts of history, though, Obama stuck with his usual subterfuge, “And since 9/11, but more recently, since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, you’ve seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith.”
The real conflation that is going on is that which promotes Islam as just another “spiritual” worldview like Christianity, Judaism, or Hinduism. Islam is not just a religion. It comes complete with an entire system of societal laws and institutions called Sharia that govern every aspect of Muslim life. Islam is not just another faith, but instead is a complete governing mechanism with a state religion that all must accept. You cannot separate Islam from Sharia.
Sharia law stands in direct opposition to our Constitution. While our founding documents are rooted in the principles of individual freedom and sovereignty, Sharia inculcates the submission and subjugation of the individual to the state under the threat of violence. The two worldviews could not be in greater opposition.
Therefore, Muslims and sympathizers who support the establishment of Sharia here in the United States are violating our laws against sedition. The Constitution clearly states it is the only law of the land and promoting Sharia here is an act of subversion. We must very assertively stamp out any effort to its establishment here.
With this understanding then, does it not make sense that we prevent any Muslim from entering this country who cannot be thoroughly vetted? Does it not make sense that any Muslim entering our country must accept our Constitution as their governing system? This is not discrimination or Islamophobia. It is prudence.
With that said, understand that I do agree with Obama when he describes most Muslims as fine citizens who make great contributions to our society. I have had many interactions with Muslims and they are good people. They are welcome as neighbors and they are welcome in my home. I’d be more than happy to watch a sitcom with Muslims as the leading characters.
However, the problem is with those that are the true followers of Islam. The ones that are prone to commit violent acts. They indeed cast a shadow on the wider Muslim community.
This is where I believe Muslims have an obligation to speak out against Islamic violence. However, so far the silence is deafening. Muslims must come together to begin a reform movement that brings Islam into the twenty-first century. There are only a relatively few Muslims standing up and calling for Islam to reject its violent tenants and modernize. We need tens of thousands so committed.
All Americans need to encourage, support, and protect any Muslim that stands up and speaks out for a peaceful version of Islam. Without such sincere reform, nothing will change and all Muslims will continue to live under a shadow of doubt.