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      Op-Ed: Not the Same God

      Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 7:55 AM
      The operation of Sharia courts in a democracy has nothing to do with religious freedom, but everything to do with political power and the appropriation of the host culture.


      It was not so long ago, in 2008, that Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, welcomed Islam into the United Kingdom.  He now speaks of having to adapt further to the growing Muslim population, now numbering two million, with 85 Islamic courts in the UK, where women are unequal to men and remain unprotected from the violence of their fathers and husbands.

      At least one cleric, Suhaib Hasan, is advocating stoning and amputation (one more adaptation to national acceptance of One Law for All).  Apparently, English law has already evolved and adopted some aspects of Sharia law, yet Williams now entertains further adjustments to achieve a society that works for the ever-popular “common good.”  Sharia law, however, is not compatible with democracy and never can be.

      For what other immigrant society was adaptation implemented in England?  I reviewed the migration pattern for the UK since 1100, when merchants from the Netherlands first settled; followed by the Dutch and French Protestants in the 1500s; enslaved Asians in the 1600s; the refugees from the French revolution and Chinese sailors in the 1700s; Jews from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus in 1800s;, followed by Irish settlers escaping the famine, and trading Indians and Chinese.  Throughout, England was recognizably England.

      In the 1900s, came the Belgian refugees who escaped WW I, refugees who escaped Nazi oppression in the 1930s, Poles who came from 1940 – 1960, Jamaicans who arrived in 1948, followed by immigrants from the Caribbean.  Of all these cultures, not one had the audacity to demand changes to the laws of the land. While they maintain their identity and surely a measure of their culture, they have assimilated and consider themselves English, and they abide by English law.

      Not so with the Muslims, and the reason is quite simple.  Muslims came not for the same reasons as their forerunners, but with a different purpose, a different mission.They came not to become English, but to transform the English into their own identity, with Muslim laws, rules, and eventually, religion.  Just as Mohammed and his followers entered and conquered new lands in the Middle East and parts of Europe to implant their religion and course of conduct into the new host country, so their descendants follow the same path and purpose today.

      The naïve Archbishop of Canterbury permitted these new immigrants to insist on Sharia laws, to which he yielded, and which can only lead to the downfall of the United Kingdom.  In the interest of showing an acceptance of multiculturalism, or perhaps because he was unable to defend himself against accusations of intolerance or narrow-mindedness, the Archbishop sold out his country.  

      No country, once Islamized, has ever been able to regain its previous identity. Centuries after La Reconquista of 1492, Spain is again teetering under a new Muslim assault.  India has been dealing with the presence of da’wa-Jihad for about 1300 years, with Muslims now numbering 280 million.

      And now, in the presence of mosque clergy, Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Dolan, thanked them and God for welcoming him as a friend and family member when, in fact, it is they who should have shown their gratitude for his country’s welcome, freedom, security, and life without Islamic oppression.  Dolan misspoke when he indicated they love the same God, for Dolan’s God does not demand the subjugation of Christians and Jews, or require Dolan’s co-religionists to slay those who do not share his beliefs – such as beheading a Catholic priest or blowing up school buses of Christian and Jewish children.

      I call upon Cardinal Timothy Dolan to understand that what is transpiring in the United Kingdom has already become full-blown in the once-non-Muslim countries of Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Gambia, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kosovo,  Kyrgystan, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Syria, Turkey, and others. Islam is now the predominant religion in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, northern Africa, and parts of Asia.

      Large communities also exist in China, the Balkans and Russia, and in each of these countries, Muslims are imposing Sharia law in increments, until that country will no longer be recognized for what it once was.  The operation of Sharia courts in a democracy has nothing to do with religious freedom, but everything to do with political power and the appropriation of the host culture.

      The Archbishop has taken it upon himself to represent his people in an arrangement for which he is ill-prepared.  He has wrongfully assumed he understands Islamic intentions and that he alone is capable of creating a harmony that no one has been able to achieve through 14 centuries of Islamic jihad. He is gambling with the lives of millions!

      The goal of Islam is to deal with every aspect of life in every society, to bring its way of life to everyone in all corners of the globe, “until there is no more tumult or oppression and the Religion of Allah prevails. Qur’an (2:193), -- although in every country where the Religion of Allah does prevail, there is great chaos, oppression, suffering and bloodshed, even among their own people. Muslims must wage Jihad, as an all-consuming, divinely ordained endeavor, or they believe they will be barred from Paradise along with the non-believers.

      Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1922, said,

      "We summon you to Islam, the teachings of Islam, the laws of Islam and the guidance of Islam, and if this smacks of “politics” in your eyes, then it is our policy . . . Islam does have a policy embracing the happiness of this world . . . We believe that Islam is an all-embracing concept which regulates every aspect of life, adjudicating on every one of its concerns and prescribing for it a solid and rigorous order.

      "Islam is a faith and worship, a country and a citizenship, a religion and a state.  It is spirituality and hard work.  It is a Qur’an and a sword.

      "O ye who believe! Fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you: and know that Allah is with those who fear Him” (9:123)

      "Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.  But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free (Explanation: Idolaters are to be killed, unless they convert to Islam, and begin following Islamic laws, such as paying alms)."

      Islam’s double identity takes the form of groups that appear outwardly moderate, but advance the jihadist agenda through various non-violent initiatives – even as the members themselves have ties to violent jihadist organization.

      The Ayatollah Khomeini, in true Muslim fashion, stated, "Eleven things are impure: urine, excrement, sperm . . . non-Muslim men and women."

      The biographer of Mohammad recorded his master as saying: "I have been made victorious with terror". Bukhari. Vol 3, Book 52.

      These are just a few of the sacred beliefs of those the Cardinal is befriending.  They do not worship the same God or share the principles of Christianity or Judaism.

      Islam is a totalitarian, supercessionist theology that demands obedience or uses armed conflict to achieve obedience, and Dolan has an obligation to his co-religionists and to his fellow Americans not to sell them out by bowing and scraping to those who have come to woo and then betray his allegiance, rather than become part of American society.