On the day we celebrate our independence from Great Britain*, Marisol of Jihad Watch quotes our nation’s founding vision and highlights its utter incompatibility with Islamic law:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.
Each one of those highlighted statements are antithetical to Islam: all men not created equal, for the Qur’an places Muslims above all the rest; Government is not instituted among men, but by Allah in the form of sharia law; and power does not derive from the consent of the governed, for Allah is the sole law-giver and it is a sin to assign him any partners, which is what democracy does. At its root, strict Islam as Muhammad preached is not compatible with American democracy.
People on the Left mocked George W. Bush for saying jihadists hate us “for who we are,” but, if you bear in mind the fundamental, irreconcilable differences between what we and they believe and their willingness to kill thousands of us to assure the supremacy of their beliefs, you’ll see he was right.
RELATED: At Big Peace, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser calls on Jeffersonian Muslims to stand up to theocratic jihadists. I have my doubts that Islam can be reformed without being utterly gutted, but I hope he’s right and I’m wrong.