Friday, October 21, 2005

Democracy vs. Islamic Law

Barbara Stock of PHX News has an interesting op-ed on the issue of Islamic Sharia Law and the attempt by some Muslim communities to supplant the "laws of the land" with their own religious edicts:
Both Australia and Canada have had to fend off Islamic attempts to remove Muslim communities from the laws of the land and allow Sharia Law to govern the Muslim population in matters of divorce, marriage, and inheritance.

Australian officials rather emphatically told Muslims recently that extremists should "clear off," hinting that...
...some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state and its laws were made by parliament.
The dhimmi movement has spread almost unopposed through much of Europe. In France, not surprisingly, officials are waking up to discover they are under siege by radical Islamist groups, whose "strategy is to "take control of Muslims within the workforce" and then "challenge the rules in order to impose Islamic values." In Great Britain, all images, likeness and references to pigs (including Winnie the Pooh's pal Piglet) have been banned from some workplaces in case they might offend Muslim co-workers or clients.

Even in America, some communities have been assaulted by Muslim fundamentalists who want to impose their own religious tenets on the rest of the neighborhood. In several communities in Michigan, including Detroit and nearby Dearborn, the Muslim call to prayer is broadcast in Arabic to entire neighborhoods via loudspeakers, five times per day. This has been enforced by some local governments even when the majority of the community is opposed to the noisome protrusion.

Stock continues:
In America, Islam has had trouble gaining a real foothold. But Islam’s dictation to American Muslims is the same as illustrated by Omar Ahmad, the Council on American/Islamic Relation’s spokesman, when he publicly stated: "Those {Muslims} who stay in America should be open to society without melting, keeping mosques open so anyone can come and learn about Islam. If you choose to live here, you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam...Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."

In an effort to keep American Muslims under the total control of Islam, the Saudi Arabians have spent billions of dollars building mosques and Islamic schools so that Muslim children can be instructed in the strict laws of Islam. For decades, no one paid much attention to what was being taught in those Saudi-funded schools. Perhaps two generations of American Muslims were taught that Muslims are to be loyal to no country, only Islam. These children were taught that Christians and Jews were the enemy. They were taught that only Islam will dictate how they will live their lives. American children were being brainwashed right under our collective noses.

Because of that, American Muslims are often torn between country and Islam and there is no way to know which force will win in the end.


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