Sunday, August 22, 2010

Islam is not about religious freedom

The very idea of suggesting that Islam does not respect freedoms ~ would be deemed Islamophobia. Under this protection ~ Muslims are allowed to continue with their religious Apartheid ~ where non-Muslims are given 2nd class citizenship and apostates from Islam are either killed or imprisoned ~ practises that would not normally be backed ~ if it was any other group. So if 1.5 billion Muslims believe that non-Muslims should have less rights than they ~ many in the west find a way to back or excuse it.

In the west Muslims ~ mainly immigrants ~ take full advantage of western freedoms and in their countries they offer little if any at all to those of other religions. Never mind that Shari'a law backs this ~ it is because they feel that they should have control of the world.

For example Imam Rauf of the 9/11 Mosque is of Egyptian descent ~ but in Egypt the President's permission is required to build a church. In late 2009 the highest religious authority issued an official fatwa that stated that for a Muslim, building a church is a sin and like that the of building a barn for cats, dogs and pigs. It takes years of red tape to gain permission to make repairs on churches ~ this even as the restrictions on making repairs have been eased ~ before to fix a leaky tape needed permission from the state. And once permission is granted ~ the local community often comes out to attack them.

President Barack Obama said Muslims have the right to build a mosque near Ground Zero because of the American commitment to religious freedom. Unfortunately, there is no such reciprocating commitment in Islam.

The prophet Muhammad said the penalty for leaving Islam was death. Shariah law (Islamic sacred law) states that, "When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed."

If a commitment to religious freedom is the basis for why there should be a mosque built near Ground Zero, then we should expect elements of that freedom to be shown in Islam.

Now would be a good time for the leaders of Des Moines-area Muslims to go on public record to say not only that Muhammad and Shariah law are wrong - and even outdated to maintain that apostasy from Islam should be punishable by death - but to also say Muslims should be able to change their religion if they so desire, just as with members of all other religions in the West.

Then we would know there was a Muslim commitment to religious freedom.

Comment:- Desmoines Register - Stephen M. Kirby, Indianola

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