The U.S. and Islam: Trading Safety for Tolerance
Radical Islam stands not only as a threat to the Western civilization, but to the lives of Americans themselves. When will the American government recognize the need for defense? Or will we continue to elect leaders that apologize for the “blasphemies” the American people have committed against the Muslim faith and blacklisting those who recognize jihad as terrorism?
Islam has a long, violent history, beginning with Muhammad and the forming of the Qur’an in the early 600’s. The revelations of Allah through the prophet Muhammad are the core teachings of Islam, an eloquent compilation of laws for spiritual matters, as well as everyday living. The jihad is a central teaching of the Qur’an, and there are two kinds of jihad—the greater and the lesser. The greater jihad refers to an individual’s spiritual struggle against sin, but the lesser jihad mobilizes Muslims in the annihilation of non-believers.
From the beginnings of his political career, Muhammad led his people to attack infidels; this is commanded in Qur’an multiple times. Just to provide a few examples: “whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him” (Sura 2:217) and “make war on unbelievers and the hypocrites, and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their home: an evil fate.” (Sura 9:73). Furthermore, the Islamic Constitution clearly declares war on Western civilization by calling for the execution of those guilty of apostasy, or the rejection of Islam, and requiring military training for readiness.
Humans act and react according to a decided purpose and the outlook derived from that purpose. Americans tend to see the world through a Western lens. We subconsciously assume that all religions are inherently peaceful, despite the violence found in Christian religious history. However, the difference between acts of violence committed in the name of Islam and those committed in the name of Christianity is simple; destroying nonbelievers actually adheres to the Islamic faith, whereas this kind of violence deviates from the teachings of Christ found in the New Testament.
Furthermore, an important aspect of Islamic culture to consider is their all-encompassing loyalty to the holy text. Muslims take the Qur’an a lot more seriously than American culture takes the Bible in the West. The Qur’an is not a set of guidelines to the followers of Muhammad; it is a set of laws that devout followers take absolutely literally. Islam is not going through a phase, nor do they need a viable reason to seek to destroy us; their purpose is to spread Islam at all costs. They want to wage war on the West because our culture and values are antithetical to their existence.
We cannot continue to either ignore or appease threats such as the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically HAMAS, and their ardent anti-Semitism, the adoption of Islamic law by other nations such as Sudan, and the evidence of nuclear weapons in Iran. Domestically, they’re infiltrating Washington, supporting Occupy Wall Street, and advocating political correctness, so much so that our leaders’ are willing to sacrifice free speech for the sake of Islamic cooperation.
America can react in one of two ways. Either the Obama administration will continue letting Islam negatively influence our way of life, slowly assimilating to the culture linked to terrors like honor killings and therefore rendering ourselves susceptible to attack, or we can elect a leader who realizes the danger of radical Islam and seeks to provide protection for the American people. We need someone in the White House who will not revolve foreign policy around religious tolerance, but recognize the need for a backbone when dealing with people who have a religious and cultural responsibility to actively pursue our demise and destruction. The American people need to reclaim exceptionalism and embrace true liberty so that America’s founding principles may be preserved for future generations.
We seem to have forgotten who attacked us on September 11, 2001. We seem to have forgotten their motivations. We seem to have forgotten their convictions. I hope that we’ll remember when we enter the voting booth.
Additional Credits to:
Armstrong, Karen. (2001). Islam: A Short History. Weidenfeld & Nicolson History.
Spencer, Robert. (2002). Islam Unveiled. Encounter Books: San Francisco, CA.
Sydney Phillips // Lee University // @sydphillips