Posted by: Debby Durkee | August 24, 2010

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Andrew McCarthy over at National Review Online says there really is no moderate Islam today. Those saying they are moderates – at least those thrust into our faces of late, such as the Ground Zero Mosque man, Feisal Rauf, wear a mask of moderation while espousing sharia law by proxy through his support of the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide. There is no place in American society for sharia law. It is to liberty and freedom in America as oil is to water – the two cannot mix. Therefore, we should stand strong against this mosque at Ground Zero and everywhere Muslims claim a right to sharia law in America.

“Secularism can never enjoy a general acceptance in an Islamic society.” The writer was not one of those sulfurous Islamophobes decried by CAIR and the professional Left. Quite the opposite: It was Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide and a favorite of the Saudi royal family. He made this assertion in his book, How the Imported Solutions Disastrously Affected Our Ummah, an excerpt of which was published by the Saudi Gazette just a couple of months ago.

This was Qaradawi the “progressive” Muslim intellectual, much loved by Georgetown University’s burgeoning Islamic-studies programs. Like Harvard, Georgetown has been purchased into submission by tens of millions of Saudi petrodollars. In its resulting ardor to put Americans at ease about Islam, the university somehow manages to look beyond Qaradawi’s fatwas calling for the killing of American troops in Iraq and for suicide bombings in Israel. Qaradawi, they tell us, is a “moderate.” In fact, as Robert Spencer quips, if you were to say Islam and secularism cannot co-exist, John Esposito, Georgetown’s apologist-in-chief, would call you an Islamophobe; but when Qaradawi says it, no problem — according to Esposito, he’s a “reformist.”

And he’s not just any reformist. Another Qaradawi fan, Feisal Rauf, the similarly “moderate” imam behind the Ground Zero mosque project, tells us Qaradawi is also “the most well-known legal authority in the whole Muslim world today.”

Rauf is undoubtedly right about that. So it is worth letting it sink in that this most influential of Islam’s voices, this promoter of the Islamic enclaves the Brotherhood is forging throughout the West, is convinced that Islamic societies can never accept secularism. After all, secularism is nothing less than the framework by which the West defends religious freedom but denies legal and political authority to religious creeds.  Snip –

The sad fact, the fact no one wants to deal with but which the Ground Zero mosque debate has forced to the fore, is that Qaradawi is a moderate. So is Feisal Rauf, who endorses the Qaradawi position — the mainstream Islamic position — that sharia is a nonnegotiable requirement. Rauf wins the coveted “moderate” designation because he strains, at least when speaking for Western consumption, to paper over the incompatibility between sharia societies and Western societies. Snip –

If we were in that objective frame of mind, we would easily see that a freedom culture requires separation of the spiritual from the secular. We would also see that sharia — with dictates that contradict liberty and equality while sanctioning cruel punishments and holy war — is not moderate. Consequently, no one who advocates sharia can be a moderate, no matter how well-meaning he may be, no matter how heartfelt may be his conviction that this is God’s will, and no matter how much higher on the food chain he may be than Osama bin Laden.  Snip –

Today, “moderate Islam” is an illusion. There is hardly a spark, much less a wildfire. Making moderation real will take more than wishing upon a star. It calls for a gut check, a willingness to face down not just al-Qaeda but the Qaradawis and their sharia campaign. It means saying: Not here.

This is no time to play around with political correctness and just give in. Americans need to stand strong on this issue. We are importing our country’s demise, and if you have daughters, you are importing their servitude. Please read all of the brilliant McCarthy here: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/244545/inventing-moderate-islam-andrew-c-mccarthy?page=1

Related: From Hanoi Jane to the Ground Zero Mosque.

Jeffrey Lord argues that the Ground Zero Mosque issue is for Obama and the Democrats what the picture of Jane Fonda sitting on the tank surrounded by members of the communists of North Vietnam was for presidential candidate George McGovern in the 1972 election. Lord says that certain images finally break through to everyday Americans that say culturally our country cannot withstand this kind of thinking. This is from The American Spectator.

(Jane) Fonda’s trip to Hanoi was her own, as was the film. They had nothing to do with the McGovern campaign. Yet it was so broadly cast as such a prominent part of the “anti-war” movement of which McGovern was in fact a decided leader that Fonda’s actions became emblematic of all things “anti-war” and “liberal” or “left-wing” — McGovern’s campaign included.

Her antics were a cultural explosion in the middle of the American campaign season.

At a stroke the photograph personified what was at the time a startlingly new thought: that the American left had so separated itself from the reality that was mainstream America it was essentially in the process of politically self-destructing in an orgy of spectacularly bad judgment. The party of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy had been captured by activist far-left elitists who saw nothing in the least wrong in cavorting with an enemy who was literally sending American sons and daughters home in body bags. And laughing about it in front of cameras in the bargain. The sheer contempt for average Americans expressed in the Fonda photo could not have been more plainly expressed.

That fall, Richard Nixon — who had lost the presidency to JFK in 1960 by 100,000 votes and defeated Hubert Humphrey in 1968 with a bare 43% of the vote — carried 49 states. 

The unraveling of the American left had begun.  Snip –

Lord goes on to point to image of blindfolded American hostages taken by radical Muslim extremists in Iran was another such iconic image of Jimmy Carter’s fecklessness along with his “malaise” speech and his proclamation that Americans had an inordinate fear of Communism.  He goes on to mention a few others.

The Ground Zero Mosque has now become the values issue of the 2010 campaign. The party of Hanoi Jane has been updated — but, importantly, not replaced — with the party of (as Rush Limbaugh chortles) Imam Obama.  Snip –

What made the image of Hanoi Jane or the blindfolded American hostages in Iran or the Dukakis veto of the Pledge of Allegiance so powerful with voters was not simply the “values issues” each came to personify.

Each was tied directly to the economy and the economic issues of the day.

Why? Because each image communicated to voters bad judgment.  Snip –

…A Time magazine poll not only shows 61% of Americans — not just New Yorkers — opposing the Mosque, a full 70% have cited the construction as “insult to the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center.” Which is to say, an issue not of religious freedom as its liberal proponents claim but — yes — bad judgment.

This gives opponents ample room to make the case that Mosque supporters are showing not just bad judgment in terms of the feelings of 9/11 families. But bad judgment in terms of national security. Bad judgment in terms of financing connections between the Mosque and the terrorists of Hamas and Iran.

This is a hopeful article. Americans are waking up. There are so many things wrong with the leftist Congress and president that a huge convulsion is going on right now. Let’s hope this convulsion and revulsion with the left continues so we can expel them from power in November. This is a well-done article. You can read it all here:

http://spectator.org/archives/2010/08/24/from-hanoi-jane-to-imam-obama

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