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What’s the big deal?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on August 8th, 2007

I recently posted about the potential for a Muslim Europe and linked to an article whose author felt it might be too late to prevent it.

A reader’s comment reads, “And what is the big deal? Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The man in the op-ed article sounds like nothing but a xenophobic racist. Its good that you are helping to expose his hatred and racist beliefs.”

As a non-Muslim, a “kafir” (“anyone who rejects the truth of Islam”), I look at the trends with great concern. The news is not good for us non-believers. There is clearly an “us vs. them” mentality crystalizing around the establishment of the dominance of Islam, the “Return of the Caliphate“ and Sharia law.

I admit I am only reacting to what I see, hear and read in the media. I’m not a scholar. I realize I have a view of world events that could be completely mis-informed.

Here’s my question. Where’s the good news about Islam for the non-Muslim? Where’s the contribution to the common good? What’s the “big deal” for Europe and America?

What’s in it for me that “Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world?” What’s in it for my country, my heritage, my family, my grandchildren? For you?

3 Responses to “What’s the big deal?”

  1. Tecumseh Says:

    Well as a Kafir as well I dont think you have much to worry about. I dont see Muslims forcing us to submit to their beliefs here. As for Europe, well I am sorry but the majority rules. As for the return of the Caliphate, well I would argue that it is the same thing with Christians and Jesus Christ. There are many more Christians in this country who wish to subject us to Christian beliefs because of their belief Jesus will return and send all us non-believers (I dont know the English and Christian equivalent of Kafir) to hell.

    You dont seem to concerned about the Christians forcing their beliefs on this country yet you are worried about a threat on the other side of the world and affecting another continent.

    I dont really think it is about Islam. What is the good news for non-Muslims? Well what is the bad news? I dont know. But I dont think that we will be subjected to Islamic law here in the United States. I would argue that we are subjected to the belief of Christians theocrats. For example, Utah restricts the alcohol amounts in beer. I believe in Texas there exists many restrictions on alcohol sales and consumption. These stemmed from Christian beliefs.

    Another example is homosexual marraige. Under the 14th amendment everyone is guaranteed equal protection yet two homosexual men or women who wish to get married are denied that right. Is that equal protection? Where does it say in the US Constitution that the government gets to decide whom can and cannot get married? Marriage is a religious institution and should be seperate from state regulation. I would think that we should not need marriage licenses and should not give benefits in the form of tax breaks to married couples. It violates the 14th amendment and the 1st amendment. Christians lobby for laws and amendments that force their beliefs on the rest of us.

    For example, Muslims were not given the same rights as Christians for a long time. Up until 1962 Muslims were not recognized as a religion in some ways. Prisoners were not allowed to worship as Muslims while Christians were. Read “Fulwood v. Clemmer” if you want to learn more about this.

    We can look at abortion and see the same thing. While I dislike abortion I would have to wonder why it is such a big deal today for many Christians. In our nation abortion has been around since the first settlers. The first abortion doctors were midwives. It was not uncommon for women to have an abortion induced with poisons and toxins for a multitude of reasons. But Christians feel that we have to stop this practice as it is against their own beliefs.

    Anotehr example is prayer in schools. I have no problem with voluntary prayer but some Christians I have spoken to personally (this is not indicative of all Christians) feel that we should be forced to pray in school. I myself am an agnostic and I cannot pray to Jesus as I dont believe he is a god or deity. What about the 10 Commandmants? While some of them are great and seem to be universally beleived as a moral code across many cultures the first few commandmant tell us that we should worship a Christians god and not to worship other gods. This is not in line with the beliefs of our Founding Fathers but many Christian groups feel that it will help make our coutnry more moral and righteouss. They are willing to sacrifice my freedom for this goal and I take offense.

    Our country cannot allow one religion to dominate or we will be just as bad as some of those theocratic Muslim countries. The danger is here rather than in the Middle East. The fact is that theocrats are taking over here and have hijacked the Republican party. Some are even infiltrating the Democrats (Father Pledger who hangs with Jesse Jackson).

    Worrying about people across the world and turning a blind eye to the problems here is not a good idea and we know that. I would suggest we start worrying about the Christians Right as they have an ear to our political leaders rather than Muslims across the world in other parts of the world. Check out the book called “A Letter to a CHristian Nation” by Samuel Harris (I believe that is the authors name). It can be found pretty cheaply on amazon.com rather than at your local bookseller.

    Cheers

    Tecumseh

  2. Rob Longenecker Says:

    If it were just a matter of differing religious beliefs I would have no concern. I used to think that Islam was just another religion. Not any more.

    I agree that Christians wish to put forward their perspective and have been intolerant and demanding in many instances. Right now, in 2007, the radical arm of Islam looks many times more of an immediate threat. We’ll see.

  3. Chad Says:

    The following book by Robert Spencer should be required reading to learn about the history of Islam: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

    ISBN: 978-0895260130

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