“My journey toward Islamoawareness”

May 25, 2011

That’s the title of a post at Big Peace from a person who works in Hollywood, but has to post through a friend because of the bigotry shown toward anyone who doesn’t toe the orthodox left-liberal line there. His awakening to the truth about Islam –that it is an aggressive, totalitarian faith driven by its core doctrines to force all others into submission– mirrors my own, though my journey began right after September 11th. Here’s how he begins:

I use the term “Islamoawareness” because people who are critical of Islamic doctrine are often smeared as “Islamophobes”.  I reject this label because a “phobia” is an irrational fear of something, but to fear something that is, indeed, out to kill you is the height of rationality.

Read the whole thing. Like David Mamet’s story of his transformation from unthinking liberal to thoughtful conservative, it’s a tale of opening one’s eyes to facts –not bigotry, facts– and casting off comfortable blinders of political correctness in order to see reality, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us. It’s a path we all need to walk in the face of a continuing jihad, both cultural and violent.

And be sure to take note of the recommend reading list at the end; I’ve read most of them and heartily agree.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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The Declaration of Independence vs. Sharia law

July 4, 2010

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.

*(And maybe the day they celebrate getting rid of us. )

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.


Forward, into the Dark Ages!

January 24, 2008

In long-suffering Afghanistan, the Taliban, in their quest to bring pure Islam and the rule of Sharia, are gunning down students:

The number of students and teachers killed in Taliban attacks has tripled in the past year in a campaign to close schools and force teenage boys to join the Islamic militia, Afghanistan’s education minister says.

While the overall state of Afghan education shows improvement, Education Ministry numbers point to a sharp decline in security for students, teachers and schools in the south, where the Taliban thrives: The number of students out of classes because of security concerns has hit 300,000 since March 2007, compared with 200,000 in the previous 12 months, while the number of schools closing has risen from 350 to 590.

The Taliban strategy is deliberate: “to close these schools down so that the children and primarily the teenagers that are going to the schools — the boys — have no other option but to join the Taliban,” Education Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

The Taliban know that educated Afghans won’t join the militants, so a closed school leaves students with two options — to join the Taliban or “to cross the border and go into those hate madrassas,” Atmar said, referring to Islamic seminaries in Pakistan where “they will be professionally trained as terrorists.”

Wakil Ahmad Khan, a top official at Pakistan’s religious affairs ministry, said Pakistani “madrassas are doing a wonderful job by providing education to millions of students” and “if the Afghan officials have any such information, they should share it with Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.”

You mean, the Pakistani madrassas controlled by the same people against whom Pakistan has just launched an offensive? Yeah, I’m sure they’re doing a wonderful job, alright.

Back to Afghanistan, the article goes on to report that attacks on schools have actually fallen over the last year, because their physical facilities are getting better protection. So, being adaptable, the Taliban has taken to targeting teachers and students when they’re going to and from school, and at places they like to congregate. Such nice, enlightened people.

An educated populace, particularly educated women, is a dire threat to Islamists. Like any totalitarian movement, they want people to know enough only to serve the leaders’ aims — the ability to think critically and independently is anathema. Thus the effort to drive teenage boys to madrassas where they will be taught to memorize the Qur’an (in Arabic, a language they likely don’t understand, and so can’t question) and indoctrinated with the ideology of jihad, thus providing more soldiers for the Taliban and al Qaeda.

One of the themes of this war is the conflict between the civilizations of the 7th and the 21st centuries. Seventh-century civilization can’t compete with the modern world, so it has to lash out, and one of the ways it does so is to attack the very thing that allows people to prosper in the modern world: education.

(hat tip: Jihad Watch)