WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012—Those who wish to see the expansion of Islam’s dominance reach beyond the Middle East into America, have learned a useful lesson since 911. Escalations of violence, hateful rhetoric and demands for “rights,” gain ground. Like an unfortunate child, bad behavior pays off. Repeated apologies to Islam from our president, our generals or any segment of American society are counter-productive for this country and the world.
The American system of governance, rooted firmly in laws designed to protect people from outlaws and rulers who might take their property, religious freedom or right to run their own lives, led to prosperity for a majority of people, unlike any other society ever recorded in history. Apologizing for this country’s greatness or any other form of coddling aggressors is an abdication of the system and harmful to all humankind.
Followers of the Islamic prophet Muhammad (AD 571 – AD 632) were a small group of Arab tribesmen in AD 632 living in the desert regions of
The Islamic societies became the most advanced nations on earth, excelling in the arts and sciences. They leveraged powerful trade associations as a result of the hordes of slaves and booty claimed with each conquest, resulting in an economic influence stretching across the globe.
Initially Islamic leaders denounced privilege, elitism and inequality. Many of the everyday citizens, including the Jews and Christians, of the conquered Persian and Byzantine Empires enjoyed relative freedom to work and worship as they pleased (excerpted from Seven Tipping Points that Saved the World).
Unfortunately, this evolving state did not last.
Western societies surged ahead in sciences, technology, and most importantly cultural advancements in thought that led to concepts of personal freedom and self-government. Industrialization passed by the Islamic world. None of those once flourishing societies made personal liberty or representative government a priority.
- There is no law but religious law - the Sharia or Holy Law of Islam. Thus, there is no need for mortal man to meet to create new laws.
-There can be no separation of church and state. A separation between the religious and the secular is a creation of Christianity.
- Education is only important for religious leaders. Knowledge is something to be acquired and stored but not grown or developed.
The concept of freedom, so woven into the American mind, has a very limited meaning in traditional Islam today. In part, because three groups of people can never be equal to a Muslim man - slaves, women and nonbelievers.
Thomas Jefferson, our third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, provided a positive leadership message when he stood up to the Islamic nations along the
As he declared in his first annual message to Congress, “To this state of general peace with which we have been blessed, one only exception exists.
If Muslims aspire to develop a peace loving faith, they have no hope if the tyrants that are Islam’s face worldwide are continually treated with deferential respect. Apologies are offered when one has committed a wrong. The situation in Afghanistan, Egypt, Syria or any other part of the Islamic dominated Middle East has not gotten better as a result of the first, second or third apology coming from President Barak Obama. This is in part because apologies offered from those who’ve done nothing wrong to those who perpetrate intentional wrong are perceived as a sign of weakness.
Obama surely believes he is doing the right thing, just like the parent who worries that telling their misbehaving child “no” will somehow injure them or cause them excessive discomfort. To join intellectually, economically and militarily with
Violence in the wake of Koran burning is like a raging child crying out for help.
The recent and unfortunate violence across not just
According to the LA Times, “…chaotic street battles have left more than 30 people dead, including two
A film on YouTube shows young Muslim men celebrating as they kick down rows of headstones in
Rep. Allen West (R-FL) offered an apology and explanation to families of the
Rational people must prevail.
Copies of the Bible, Torah, and American flag are burned and defiled regularly throughout the world and even in this country. Rational people understand that to be free to hold these material items sacred we must allow others the freedom to disrespect them.
The Koran disposal in
Carla Garrison follows current events with one eye on history and the other on the future. Her goal is to encourage people to know the truth and use it as a call to personal action. Read more at Truth be Told.