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“Islam is a revolutionary faith that comes to destroy any government made by man. … Islam doesn’t care about the land or who owns the land. The goal of Islam is to rule the entire world and submit all of mankind to the faith of Islam. Any nation or power that gets in the way of that goal, Islam will fight and destroy. In order to fulfill that goal, Islam can use every power available every way it can be used to bring worldwide revolution. This is Jihad.”
– Sayeed Abdul A’la Maududi, founder of Jamaat-e-Islami.
In his article, It’s the ideology, Stupid; Australia’s Warner MacKenzie writes, “The West’s propensity for ignorance is nothing short of astounding … Never before have books on the subject of Islamic history and terrorism been so prolific, yet the same old opinions on the causes of Islamic violence remain as popular, uniformed and widespread as ever.”
With the recent Jihadist massacre in San Bernardino by domestic Islamic terrorists, followed by Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to put a moratorium on Islamic Immigration “until we find out what the hell is going on”, the debate about Islam in America has become heated. Despite condemnation from the mainstream media, Democratic leaders, as well as many in the Republican Party establishment, Trump’s poll number rose substantially in the days following his proposal.
Many Americans sense a connection between Islam and the acts of terror we witness overseas and on our shores. That said, freedom of religion is an enduring American value. Though the U.S. Constitution allows Congress to limit or restrict immigration of any group, many of us do not want to take the step of singling out Muslims due to their personal understanding of God. We must have an honest dialogue about the true political threat to America, Shariah law, if we are to have religious freedom.
First, too many Americans have not taken the time to learn about Sharia law, and distinguish the political ideology of Sharia law from a personal belief in God. This is surprising, considering we have been at war with those seeking to further Sharia law for decades. We’ve had plenty of time to learn in the decade and a half since the 9/11 attacks. Unfortunately, Americans have listened to both Muslim apologists and many American political leaders claiming that Sharia law is no different than U.S. law. The refusal to understand the distinction between a competing political ideology and religion has become dangerous. For those who can handle the truth: Sharia law is a political threat which could spell the doom of our constitutional republic and the end of Western civilization…
Islamic Sharia law includes a clear legal double standard for non-Muslims, violating our notions of equal protection and due process. Under Sharia, Muslims cannot change their religion. Other religions cannot proselytize Muslims. From the respected Hadiths, or sayings of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed, he told his followers (Bukhari): “If a Muslim changes religion, kill him.” This is backed up by similar mandates in the Qur’an…
Islamic Scholar Brigitte Gabriel described the legal treatment of Christians and Jews under traditional Sharia Law in her book, They Must Be Stopped: “Christians and Jews were made to pay the jizyah (tax only paid by non-Muslims) at humiliating public ceremonies. … Christians and Jews were forbidden to construct new churches, temples or synagogues. They were also forbidden from ringing their church bells or blowing the shofar to begin services, just as they are forbidden today in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Dhimmi” (non-Muslims) were forced to wear distinctive clothing, including a yellow badge for Jews, which Hitler copied centuries later.”
The letter of Sharia law is what we see in practice within the Islamic State (aka ISIS or Daesh), and why we see the horrific images of death and mutilation emanating under true Shariah law in Iraq and Syria.
…In addition to the unequal treatment of non-Muslims, women face similar unequal treatment under Sharia law. For example, the Islamic Prophet Mohammed also is quoted as saying (Bukhari): “The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind… I looked at hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants are women.’” Under traditional Sharia law, a woman’s testimony in court is only half that of a man.
Sharia law is incompatible with the U.S. constitution. Therefore, those seeking to further Sharia are a “political” threat we should not tolerate. We have every moral and legal right to prevent those holding this ideology from entering the U.S. as immigrants. In 1952, a critical time during the Cold War against the ideology of communism, Congress passed the Immigration and Naturalization Act, specifying that those seeking citizenship in the U.S. must be “attached to the principles of the Constitution.” Ensuring we allow no immigrants who desire to further Sharia law is fair, and allows for religious freedom by distinguishing faith in God from a political ideology.
The war against radical Islam is worldwide and the goal of our enemy is establishment of Sharia law throughout the world. Americans need not give into discrimination against those who believe in their understanding of God as a personal matter. Let’s keep our religious freedom, but let’s also determine to keep Sharia law out of America.
Bill Connor is a S.C.-based attorney and decorated U.S. Army Reserve infantry officer, Ranger (Airborne), an expert in counterinsurgency combat and a founding partner of National Defense Consultants, LLC. He is a former senior U.S. military advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.