Skip to comments.Democracy’s Problems with Islam (Good article by an Iranian-born ex-muslim)
Posted on 11/17/2006 12:03:32 PM PST by Dark Skies
A relatively recent demographic changesignificant increase in Muslim populationposes a serious challenge to the American system of governancedemocracy.
Historically, people from all over the world came to this land-of-take-all and made it their home. In becoming American, each new aspirant had to meet specific provisions and take the Pledge of Allegiance as sworn affirmation of his highest loyalty to his new homeland. After a couple of generations, all hyphenated Americans saw themselves as Americans with a special affection for their ancestral heritage. An Irish-American, for instance, considered himself every bit as American as a German-American, or a Chinese-American.
Traditionally, America did not homogenize its diverse people. The notion of the melting pot, is inaccurate. Instead, America did one better. As it welcomed its diverse people, America united them around a set of core values such as respect for human rights, democratic governance, and the rule of law.
The large number of Muslims arrival of recent years is posing a serious problem to this nation of all nations. Bluntly speaking, no one can be a Muslim and an American at the same time. Here are some of the reasons.
Oppression of women, for one, is so systemic in Islam that to this day women are, at best, second class citizens under Islamic law. Saudi Arabia, the custodian of Islamdom, denies women the right to drive, vote or hold elective officesthe most basic rights of citizens in democratic societies.
For another, no non-Islamic literature are allowed in Saudi Arabia. A visiting Christian, for instance, is denied to enter the Kingdom with a Bible. Further, severe punishment is meted out to anyone daring to disagree with Islam or espouse a different religion. Irans resurgent Shiism often vies with Saudi Arabia in its mistreatment of religious and non-religious minorities. To the fanatical ruling gang in Iran, it is their brand of Islam or disenfranchisement of rights of citizenship and even death for the sin of apostasy. And of course, there is no point at all in talking about the savage Islamic Taliban.
What is incredible is the gall and audacity of Muslims in demanding that Western and other democracies legalize Shariah in their societies. Large populations of Muslims, mostly recent arrivals, in countries such as Canada, Great Britain, and Sweden are experiencing the insistent demands by Muslims to have Shariah rule their Islamic communities. This is just the beginning and it may seem relatively harmless to the simpletons in our midst. Yet, once Shariah is recognized to any extent, it will reach out to rule not only on matters that concern Muslims, but also those that may involve a Muslim and non-Muslim. Under Shariah, a Muslim man married to a non-Muslim woman is able to divorce the woman at will, automatically have custody of the children, and literally toss the wife out of his home with just about no compensations.
To Muslims, Ummeh-isminternational Islamismis the legitimate form of government. Ummeh-ism is another form of despotism such as Communism and Fascism, with the added feature of enjoying divine authority.
The world has good samples of Ummeh-ism in practice to scrutinize in Islamic autocracies. Khamenei of Iran is not called Caliph. He is called the Supreme Guide. The Saudi King is just another Caliph vessel of the divine. These Islamic despots are every bit as vile as the Hitlers, the Stalins, the Pol Pots, and the Mussolinis. The government these Islamic autocrats head is infested to the core with the Islamic disease of oppression, corruption and the absence of accountability to the people.
Democracies believe that government must be of the people, by the people, and for the people. Ummeh-ism is anathema to this sacrosanct fundamental democratic ideal.
As more and more Muslims arrive in non-Islamic lands, as they reproduce with great fecundity, as they convert the disenchanted and minorities, and as petrodollar-flush Muslims and Muslim treasuries supply generous funds, Muslims gather more power to undermine the democratic rule. A consortium composed of pandering politicians, blinded with short-term self-interest and egoism; attention and fund-seeking self-proclaimed prima donna professors; and, bastions of useful idiot liberals, universities, is the witting or unwitting promoter of Ummeh-ism.
It is human nature to be concerned, first and foremost, with his personal well-being. Some people evolve to a higher level of humanness and place the welfare of the general public above their own. Yet, many remain fixated at the constricted stage of self first, self, last. Even if you belong to this latter group, your self-interest demands that you do all you can to make sure that the disease of Islamofascism does not devour democracy. Democracy is both fragile and corruptible. It takes vigilant citizenry to protect its integrity.
We fully agree with Churchills observation, Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the rest. Yet, as imperfect as it is, democracy is still humanitys best system of self-rule. We, one and all, must defend it with our all.
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Amil Imani is an Iranian-born American citizen and pro-democracy activist residing in the United States of America. Imani is a columnist, literary translator, novelist and an essayist who has been writing and speaking out for the struggling people of his native land, Iran. He maintains a website at http://amilimani.com
All this from the religion of peace. /sarc
The Muslims living in this country would never get away with Jihad here...
Remember Flight 93.
just not today
wait until they infest the states with 9 children families, they go through school and vote just like in France... in a few short years, france will have sharia and islamic nuclear arms....
all without firing a weapon
The sandgobblins know that. That's why they are following the example of liberals and proceeding to take over our institutions. They already have one muslim elected to Congress.
I must have lived a sheltered life. In all of my 20 years working in the oil industry in the Middle East I have never met an ex-Muslim. I have heard about these enlightened souls but have never met any of them. They must be very special individuals.
The man is right that democracy and Islam is an oxymoron. Of course GW, Condi and our politicians will disagree with him. They still crow that Islam is the ROP. Many, many loose screws.
go to www.erguncaner.com and click on Biography
no one can be a Muslim and an American at the same time.
This is news?
How can we get this out to the masses? Most people I know don't care and don't want to know....Frustrating.
As weird as it sounds, many still haven't heard the word...or maybe they've heard it and still refuse to believe.
They try to tell me that all fundamentalists are equal, even when I point out that Hasidic Jews and Southern Baptists haven't flown planes into any tall buildings lately. They act as if the handful of abortion clinic bombers are on a par with these people. They don't care when I tell them that true Christians/Jews repudiate those who bomb abortion clinics, but we have yet to see Muslims en masse repudiate their co-religionists who slam planes into buildings.
They are getting away with it as we speak - politically, culturally, legally.
Not really true, since the overwhelming majority of immigrants in the past were Europeans.
And he's all for Sharia law in the U.S. And the picture of the Islamic flag flying over the White House.
Peace. Of course. Of course we are all for it.