Category Archives: islam

Shariamerica: Islam, Obama, and the Establishment Clause

I find it baffling how some people, mostly liberals, seem to think that Muslims are oppressed. The truth is that everyone bends over backwards to not only accommodate Islam, but also to afford it special status. All because they are afraid, and rightly so, of the murderous rampage that might result.

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Book review: The Fight of Our Lives

I received a review copy of The Fight of Our Lives from booksneeze.com and I must say, I was not very impressed.

The book’s full title, The Fight of Our Lives: Knowing the Enemy, Speaking the Truth & Choosing to Win the War Against Radical Islam by William J. Bennett and Seth Leibsohn, provides an ambitious outline for a 149 page book.

William and Seth begin with Dr. Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood massacre on November 5th, 2009 where 13 Americans “plus an unborn child” were slain in a readiness center awaiting deployment. This event is used strategically throughout the book as the authors provide a sort of crime scene investigation of how such a tragedy was made possible. The authors do a superb job of documenting Hasan’s attack and what lead up to it. And their analysis, which provides the foundation for the book, is that the United States has lost focus on the fight against radical Islam brought to our shores most vividly on September 11, 2001.

The authors then spend the rest of the book making the argument that we as individuals and as a nation should take the threat of radical Islam more seriously. Along the way they examine how we got to our present state of political correctness about the nature and history of Islam. How politicians on both sides of the aisle have not helped, and in many cases have actually ended up hurting us. And finally, the authors do a great job explaining how the “religion of peace” is not very peaceful and, in their words, in need of radical reform.

While there is much to praise this book for, I am afraid that if the author’s intent is to do more than throw red meat to an audience that is already convinced that Islam poses a threat to the world they have missed their mark.

While I am by no means a fan of Obama I cringed when the authors took the position that his administration had done nothing to aid the Iranian protests in 2009. The fact of the state department requesting social media sites like twitter to keep their servers up was never mentioned. And the author’s take on the “Ground Zero Mosque” crossed the line into a call for blatent and unfair discrimination. While they did acknowledge that the Ground Zero Mosque could be built legally (pg. 51), they later seem to cross themselves by stating:

In any event, the lawful governments of New York City and the United States permitted the building of that mosque while public opinion in America opposed it. -pg 133

However even if we set the civil liberties issue aside for a moment, the book still comes up short when it comes to the author’s analysis of Islam as an ideology and politically.

The Koran is never quoted and the founder, Mohammad, is never mentioned. Instead we are given a chapter where the authors call for a reformation in Islam. What? A call for reformation only works if there is something to reform and a basis for that reform in the first place. It seems the authors fall into the same trap of considering Islam a reformable religion of peace they rightly accuse both Bush and Obama of.

And Islam’s history in countries other than the US or countries the US is directly involved in military action with and against are never mentioned. A much better case could have been made for the reality of the threat Islam poses if the authors had branched out a bit more. Instead the author’s failure to address Islam’s history make the book appear rather myopic in it’s scope.

Overall I wouldn’t recommended this book. For those who already agree with the authors it is simply a waste of time and for those who don’t it is unlikely to provide a persuasive and nuanced argument.

So while the book may be bold, and while the subject matter may desperately need to be addressed, I don’t think this book lives up to its title.

Age Of Terror – War On The West

Here is a rather old BBC series titled “Age of Terror” which chronicles the deadly terrorist events that have happened in the last few decades.

Lying in Islam

[HT Muslim Fact]

Muslims lie not because they are liars by nature but by choice. Systematic lying as a religious policy is deadly, and if our politicians do not understand this, thousands could die.

Muslims lie when it is in their interest to do so and “Allah” will not hold them accountable for lying when it is beneficial to the cause of Islam. They can lie without any guilt or fear of accountability or retribution. A lie in the defense of Islam is approved even applauded in their “holy” books.

Muslims are permitted to lie: (1) to save their lives, (2) to reconcile a husband and wife, (3) to persuade a woman into a bedroom and (4) to facilitate one on his journey. Muslims are even permitted to disavow Islam and Mohammed if it is not a genuine heart-felt rejection. Muslims will tell you that concealment of a truth is not an abandonment of that truth if it benefits Islam.

This practice of lying to protect the Islamic faith is called Al Taqyya and its mentioned in the Koran as well as early Islamic texts.

“[H]e who keeps secrets shall soon attain his objectives … All War is a ruse” and “Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers; if any do that, they shall have no relation left with Allah except by way of precaution … [taqiyya] that ye may guard yourselves. -Koran 3:28 and 40.28, emphasis added

It’s hard to have a productive conversation with someone who holds a worldview that permits them to be less than honest. It is also hard to discuss Islam with others, like moral relativists and naturalists, who insist on parroting lies given by Muslims. Like the popular one of Islam being a religion of peace1.

  1. Islam is a religion of peace, but that peace is predicated on all countries submitting to Sharia law []

The original burn a Koran day

Islam: What the West Needs to Know

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3 things about Islam the west needs to know

Abrogation in the Quran

[HT SuniPath]

Among the verses in the Quran containing orders or laws there are verses that abrogate verses previously revealed and acted upon. These abrogating verse are called _nasikh_ and those whose validity they terminate are called _mansukh_.

The common notion of abrogation, that is, canceling of one law or code by another, is based on the idea that a new law is needed because of a mistake or shortcoming in the previous one. It is clearly inappropriate to ascribe a mistake in law-making to God, Who is perfect, and whose creation admit of no flaws.

However, in the Quran, the abrogating verses mark the end of the validity of the abrogated verses because their heed and effect was of a temporary or limited nature. In time the new law appears and announces the end of the validity of the earlier law. Considering that Quran was revealed over a period of twenty-three years in ever-changing circumstances, it is not difficult to imagine the necessity of such laws.

It is in this light that we should regard the wisdom of abrogation within the Quran:

“And when we put a revelation in place of (another) revelation and Allah knows best what He reveals — they say: you are just inventing it. Most of them do not know. Say: The Holy Spirit (Gibril) has revealed it from your hand with truth and as a guidance and good news for those who have surrendered (to God)” [16:101-102]

It is a science on its own in Islam to know the Nasikh and Mansukh.

Disputes abound over whether Islam is a religion of peace or a religion of violence. Many often cite suras of peace while others cite suras of violence and war. However, according to the law of aborgation found in the Koran we should really ask what the last suras say.

Surah 9 is one of the last surahs written, and it is all about war, violence, and the killing of infidels.