Fulcrum Ruminations

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Democracy or Faith?

I ran across this recently and wanted to make some observations. Have a read -

Have you ever thought—Can a devout Muslim be an American patriot and a loyal citizen? Is Muslim-American really an oxymoron? Consider this:

Theologically, no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia.

Religiously, no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)

Scripturally, no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Quran (Koran).

Geographically, no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially, no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically, no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, the great Satan.

Domestically, no, because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34).

Intellectually, no, because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically, no, because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually, no, because when we declare “one nation under God,” the Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as “Heavenly Father,” nor is He ever called “Love” in the Quran’s 99 excellent names.

Therefore, after much study and deliberation, perhaps we should be very suspicious of MUSLIMS in this country.

They obviously cannot be both “good” Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish...it’s still the truth.

If you find yourself intellectually in agreement with the above statements, perhaps you will share this with your friends. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.

First off, the author obviously has an axe to grind with Muslims. Perhaps not surprising in the climate since 9/11, but still not overly tolerant.

His main point - that slavish devotion to Islam is incompatible with democracy - is valid. But then, slavish devotion to any religion is incompatible with democracy. As soon as you decide you're God's chosen and only you have the Revealed Truth, then automatically anything your religion tells you to do is correct. No matter how it affects anyone else. Christian sects that blow up abortion clinics, for example, are demonstrating that they are placing their religious beliefs above their responsibilities as citizens. Scientology, altho more a scam than a religion, exerts draconian and non-democratic control over its adherents. Almost any religion pushed to its extreme will wind up in opposition to democratic principles.

As an example of the kind of shallow thinking coming from the poles of American politics these days, this piece is all too representative. It's populist drivel, but I can promise that there are already many right-wing drones out there nodding their heads sagely as they read the thing. There's just enough truth in it to lure in the rubes.

But, sadly, this is how debate occurs in our time.


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