One Small Voice. A Lot of Big Ideas. Let Freedom Ring!
Over 10 years ago, following 9/11, the US Military went into Afghanistan to clear out the Taliban terrorist training camps and rid Afghanistan of Taliban control of their government. Over 2,000 US lives later, success can still not be declared.
I’m still scratching my head as to what we are apologizing for. So, it’s against Islamic teachings to burn a Koran. Well, there is a laundry list of Do’s & Don’ts in Islamic teachings that the Western World does not accept. It’s past time to face the fact that enough Afghans don’t wish to embrace democracy because that would be against the teachings of Islam.
Islam is more than a religion; it is an ideology with a clear sociopolitical agenda. There is no such thing as separation of church and state in orthodox Islam. Western notions of democracy and freedom are in opposition to orthodox Islam. Mankind must be controlled by Islamic law in total, and not be allowed to stray from the authority of Allah. Islam is thus a totalitarian utopian worldview. The fact that freedom of religion does not exist in Muslim countries is evidence supporting the view that Islam wants nothing short of domination through political control.
For governments of the West to try to reason with believers of Islamic teachings is like trying to reason with a three-year old. There is little common ground to reach a consensus. One human life, much less four, for the destruction of a book, holy book or no, is not reasonable to free people who believe in the sanctity of human life as people of the West believe.
Americans embrace freedom and life.
Islamists embrace obedience and death.
Why do the teachings of Islam teach death to non-believers and Muslims who convert to other religions? And why do governments in the West choose to pretend those teachings (as well as the abuse and abasement of women) are only applied by “extremists” when too many Muslims choose to either look the other way when their brethren commit acts of Jihad and other violence or secretly applaud the evil works of their “extremist” brethren?
Muslims like to say that Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. That may be true, because other religions are not allowed in Islamic countries, under penalty of death.
Let’s say that you are playing chess with a 6-year-old boy. Instead of following the same set of rules, however, the child is allowed to make up rules that are preferential to him. One of the rules he decides on is that you aren’t allowed to make any moves on his half of the board, but he is allowed to make moves on yours. Another might be that it is impossible for any of his pieces to be taken.
Now, if the child is winning the game – which is assured by the conditions that he has imposed – is it really something in which he can truly take pride?
The rules that Muslims impose on the “conversion game” are almost exactly like this chess analogy. Other religions are not allowed to operate in Islam’s own territory (ie. preaching their faith and evangelizing) as Muslims are in others. Neither is conversion away from Islam allowed – on penalty of death.
In the Muslim world, Christians who evangelize are imprisoned, assaulted, beaten, set on fire, shot, bludgeoned, and tortured by Islamists. Missionaries are raped and killed. Former Muslims who embrace Christianity as their religion of choice are sexually assaulted, crippled, hanged, stoned, stabbed, dismembered, scalded, beheaded, brutalized, burned alive and publicly executed… and Muslims brag that their religion is growing faster!
Muslims who gloat over their “fast growing” religion are no different than the children from our example who delude themselves into thinking that they are smarter and better for “beating” a much wiser adult in a game played under manufactured conditions that render the artificial “victory” entirely meaningless.
Governments of the West must keep a wary, vigilant eye on Islamic groups that would seek to kill our citizens and destroy our western way of life. But boots on the ground in Muslim countries has proved futile. I hope our leaders recognize that fact–and quickly–before more lives are lost to a lost cause. Let’s embrace technology and good old spy infiltration to monitor America’s Islamic enemies that would choose to destroy us. (And if they are not looking to destroy us, leave them alone).