I got this email today, although I have seen it posted in a number of places. I often say that all of Islam is a threat to modern civilization.
This however, does not mean all Muslims are out to kill me. I am sure many Muslims are just stuck being Muslims, and if their religion permitted it, they certainly would not be Muslims.
But let's read the email called:
Can Muslims be Good Americans?
Can a devout Muslim be an American patriot and a loyal citizen? Consider this:
Theologically, no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia.
Scripturally, no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Qur'an.
Geographically, no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer 5 times a day.
Socially, no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.
Politically, no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, the great Satan.
Domestically, no, because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him. (Qur'an 4:34). Can you see a court case brewing here?
Religiously, no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam. (Qur'an, 2:256)
Intellectually, no, because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Philosophically, no, because Islam, Muhammad, and the Qur'an do not allow freedom of religion and expression.
Spiritually, no, because when we declare "one nation under God," the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as our heavenly father, nor is he ever called Love in the Qur'an's 99 excellent names. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist.
Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic. Therefore after much study and deliberation perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both good Muslims and good Americans.
Call it what you wish...it's still the truth. If you find yourself intellectually in agreement with the above, perhaps you will share this with your friends. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country. Pass it on. The war is bigger than we know.
Before we examine this in detail we can read the following rebuttal from a good american.blogspot, which seems to be a blog created solely to address this particular email:
Saturday, March 11, 2006
A response to "Can Muslims be Good Americans?"
Can a devout Catholic be an American patriot and a loyal citizen? Consider this:
Theologically, no. Because his allegiance is to the Pope, the ruler of a foreign city-state.
Historically, no. Throughout history, nations ruled by the Catholic Church have been amongst the most repressive, oppressive, and war-mongering on record. Exhibiting a distinct lack of compassion and disdain for freedom of religion, their historical record is the antithesis of what our Nation stands for.
You can read the rest at the blog above, I'm stopping here because even the author admits after a long litany of evils that:
Of course, the above is RIDICULOUS. It is just as ridiculous as the initial forward about Muslims was. I could create equally ludicrous lists 'proving' that Jews, African-Americans, Italians, Germans, American Indians, and even Women are incapable of being 'good Americans'. We cannot let Theological hubris distort our view of our fellow Americans. The more who pull their heads out of their myopic and bigoted rears, the better it will be for our country.
Catholics certainly don't listen to the Pope above country, indeed all Christians are taught to ‘Render onto Caesar what is Caesar's, which, let me translate for Muslims who do not understand the concept, that you follow the laws of your host country. For Muslims, on the other hand, God's laws must be the laws of the country.
Most of the items this blogger lists are ancient complaints. Yes, there was an inquisition a long time ago and the Church engaged in many barbaric acts. But that was a long time ago. The problem with Islam is that our complaints are in regard to today, to current not ancient barbarities.
And Yes, a small group of Catholics engaged in terrorism in the last century where a few thousand people died. But that was a minor blip in history and certainly not supported by the Catholic Church. One cannot compare it to the brutal and savage torture, rape, and murder of hundreds of thousands (I'm low-balling here) that are encouraged and sanctioned by Sharia Law now, today, in the modern era.
One can take all the atrocities by Christians in the past 50 years and fit them on one page.
If you'd like to see what 30 days worth of Islamic attacks looks like go here [if you have dial-up don't bother - it will take more than 2 hours to load.]
If you think that we are not at War with Islam, but merely with a small, radical element of the Muslim faith then perhaps a visit to The Religion of Peace will disabuse you of that notion.
As for the original email, there is one small point that is inaccurate:
Allah is NEVER referred to as our heavenly father, nor is he ever called Love in the Qur'an's 99 excellent names.
Actually number 47 of the 99 names he is called Al-Wadud - The Loving One, see sufism.org.
Other than this single, irrelevant, factual error, I agree that a devout Muslim cannot be an American patriot and a loyal citizen. Indeed, when an American, who was born here, converts to Islam, he becomes a threat to this country; see Black Muslims a greater threat than Al-qaeda. See also American Jihad.
I could list tens of thousands of citations with warnings of the threat of modern Islam. But so what? Either you've read them already or you've closed your eyes to it, afraid to contemplate the truth, even delude yourself into believing that this is just blatant Islamophobia. One is told that a good Christian or Jew should be tolerant, should not listen to what has to be racist propaganda. Oh please let it be propaganda, please let it be untrue.
These are the very same type of people who have cancer but are afraid to go to the doctor to find out. They dread knowing the truth. Of course, eventually they find out that they indeed have cancer and if only they had come sooner, gotten diagnosed in time, they could have gotten early treatment and survived longer. Hiding one's head in the Arabian sand can kill you.
Last March three conscripts of the Austrian army refused to salute the Austrian flag because they said this was incompatible with their Islamic religion.
It is said that one of the reasons why the French authorities did not employ the army during the November 2005 riots, despite calls to do so, was because 15% of the French armed forces are made up of Muslims.
Last month a Swiss website (1) reported that some are concerned about the rising number of Muslim soldiers in the Swiss army. The number of Muslim citizens in Switzerland has grown from 16,000 to 310,000 during the past four decades.
Thanks to Dutch Worry About Radical Muslims in the Military for some of the info quoted above.
In fact, except for harmless Mexicans who eventually accept American Culture and our way of life, Muslims are the fastest growing immigrant population all over the world, see How many Muslim buggers are there?. Instead of immigration one should be speaking of infiltration.
Sure there will be those who say they have Muslim friends and that they seem nice, friendly, - read my post on dogs - they seem nice, friendly, too - but there are over 4.5 million dog bites a year - usually by the family dog - by the "family" member you most trusted. This is because it is in the dog's nature to attack - and it is the one that appears friendly that is the most dangerous.
That old saying barking dogs don't bite is true. It is your friendly Muslim without his teeth bared - that is most dangerous.
The Dutch are now trying an in-your-face technique to stop Muslims from coming into Holland. Basically, if you can't stand the culture, don't come in and try to change it.
There will be some who will blame a few ignorant, poor, disenfranchised and unemployed youth for Islamic terror throughout the world. Citizens of the UK were surprised to learn that the 7/7 Terrorists that blew up buses and tubes were British born and bred Muslims that were not desperate or without hope. They were middle class, employed, respectable Muslims with everything the West could offer them who took it upon themselves to murder hundreds of innocent people.
They could have expressed their views without doing what they did. But that is not in their nature. How else can one explain the actions of dogs who were brought up in a free society? Surveys among Muslims after the attacks showed less than 25% condemned the attacks. You would think that discretion alone would demand that 100% of Muslims condemn the attacks and keep their real opinions secret.
I recall on 9/11 that most of the world sent us their condolences; and even citizens of nations that previously were not great supporters of America at least on that day, announced that they too were New Yorkers. Even the hated French said, Today we are all Americans.
And when I read sentiments like that, I have to tell you, on that day, I found it impossible to keep a dry eye. And what did we hear or see from 5 million American Muslims? Did they clog the streets as the Hispanics did just recently over jobs and citizenship? Did they display to the world in massive revolt their horror at the Islamic Terror that day or what THEY thought of this barbarous act? Did any Islamic nation say Today we are all Americans?
Or did we see dancing in the streets? I can only conclude that for a devout Muslim to be a good citizen of any country he or she has to renounce their religion. It's a sad and terrible thing to say. It leaves a racist tang on the tongue. But it's the truth and so as revolting and reprehensible as it is to say, it must be said.
Bureau Audiovisuel Francophone (BAF), Muslims in the Swiss army: A growing danger
The exponential increase in the proportion of Swiss citizens of Muslim faith which has increased from 16,000 to 310,000 (or 1895%), in less than 40 years, raises a concern regarding Muslims in the Swiss army.
We certainly do not want to eliminate the freedom of religion, but it is clear that a Muslim is different from other believers with his strong propensity to obey "god" rather than men, or to a foreign head of state (fatwa), and a moral obligation to the systematic killing of Jews, Christians and other infidels, and who is also strictly forbidden to obey infidels according to the Qur'an (Sura 3:100).