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HOW ISLAM IN AMERICA BECAME A PRIVILEGED RELIGION

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What is Islam? The obvious dictionary definition answer is that it’s a religion, but legally speaking it actually enjoys all of the advantages of race, religion and culture with none of the disadvantages.

Islam is a religion when mandating that employers accommodate the hijab, but when it comes time to bring it into the schools, places that are legally hostile to religion, American students are taught about Islam, visit mosques and even wear burkas and recite Islamic prayers to learn about another culture. Criticism of Islam is denounced as racist even though the one thing that Islam clearly isn’t is a race.

Islamist organizations have figured out how lock in every advantage of race, religion and culture, while expeditiously shifting from one to the other to avoid any of the disadvantages.

The biggest form of Muslim privilege has been to racialize Islam. The racialization of Islam has locked in all the advantages of racial status for a group that has no common race, only a common ideology.

Islam is the only religion that cannot be criticized. No other religion has a term in wide use that treats criticism of it as bigotry. Islamophobia is a unique term because it equates dislike of a religion with racism. Its usage makes it impossible to criticize that religion without being accused of bigotry.

By equating religion with race, Islam is treated not as a particular set of beliefs expressed in behaviors both good and bad, but as an innate trait that like race cannot be criticized without attacking the existence of an entire people. The idea that Islamic violence stems from its beliefs is denounced as racist.

Muslims are treated as a racial collective rather than a group that shares a set of views about the world.

That has made it impossible for the left to deal with ex-Muslims like Ayaan Hirsi Ali or non-Muslims from Muslim families like Salman Rushdie. If Islam is more like skin color than an ideology, then ex-Muslims, like ex-Blacks, cannot and should not exist. Under such conditions, atheism is not a debate, but a hate crime. Challenging Islam does not question a creed; it attacks the existence of an entire people.

Muslim atheists, unlike all other atheists, are treated as race traitors both by Muslims and leftists. The left has accepted the Brotherhood’s premise that the only authentic Middle Easterner is a Muslim (not a Christian or a Jew) and that the only authentic Muslim is a Salafist (even if they don’t know the word).

The racialization of Islam has turned blasphemy prosecutions into an act of tolerance while making a cartoon of a religious figure racist even when it is drawn by ex-Muslims like Bosch Fawstin. The New York Times will run photos of Chris Ofili’s “The Holy Virgin Mary” covered in dung and pornography, but refuses to run Mohammed cartoons because it deems one anti-religious and the other racist.

The equating of Islam with Arabs and Pakistanis has made it nearly impossible for the media to discuss violence against Christians in those parts of the world. The racialization of Islam has made Arab Christians, like Bangladeshi atheists, a contradiction in terms. The ethnic cleansing of the Yazidi could only be covered by giving them a clearly defined separate identity. Middle Eastern Christians are increasingly moving to avoid being categorized as Arabs because it is the only way to break through this wall of ignorance.

While racialization is the biggest Muslim privilege, race provides no protection for many Islamic religious practices. Muslims then seek religious discrimination laws to protect these practices even if it’s often a matter of debate whether their lawsuits protect their religious practices or impose them on others.

Islam is a theocracy. When it leaves the territories conquered by Islam, it seeks to replicate that theocracy through violence and by adapting the legal codes of the host society to suit its purposes.

Islamic blasphemy laws are duplicated using hate crime laws. Employers are obligated to make religious concessions to Muslim employees because of laws protecting religious practices, but many of these practices, such as refusing to carry out jobs involving pork, liquor or Seeing Eye dogs, are really ways of theocratically forcing behaviors that Islam forbids out of public life much as Saudi Arabia or Iran do.

Accusations of bigotry are used to outlaw ideas that Islam finds blasphemous and religious protection laws are used to banish behaviors that it disapproves of. By switching from race to religion and back again, Islamists construct a virtual theocracy by exploiting laws designed to protect different types of groups.

Religions in America traded theocracy for religious freedom. They gave up being able to impose their practices on others in exchange for being able to freely practice their own religions. Islam rejects religious freedom. It exploits it to remove the freedom of belief and practice of others. When it cannot do so through religious protection laws, it does so through claims of bigotry.

Religions were not meant to be immunized from blasphemy because that is theocracy. Instead religions are protected from restrictions, rather than from criticism. Islam insists on being protected from both. It makes no concessions to the freedom of others while demanding maximum religious accommodation.

While race and religion are used to create negative spaces in which Islam cannot be challenged, the creed is promoted positively as a culture. Presenting Islam as a culture allows it easier entry into schools and cultural institutions. Islamic missionary activity uses the Western longing for oriental exotica that its political activists loudly decry to inject it into secular spaces that would ordinarily be hostile to organized religion.

Leftists prefer to see Islam as a culture rather than a religion. Their worldview is not open to Islam’s clumsy photocopy of the deity that they have already rejected in their own watered down versions of Christianity and Judaism. But they are constantly seeking an aimless and undefined spirituality in non-Western cultures that they imagine are free of the materialism and hypocrisy of Western culture.

Viewing Islam as a culture allows the left to project its own ideology on a blank slate. That is why liberals remain passionately convinced that Islam is a religion of social justice. Their Islam is a mirror that reflects back their own views and ideas at them. They pretend to respect Islam as a culture without bothering to do any more than learn a few words and names so that they can seem like world travelers.

By morphing into a culture, Islam sheds its content and becomes a style, a form of dress, a drape of cloth, a style of beard, a curvature of script and a whiff of spices. It avoids uncomfortable questions about what the Koran actually says and instead sells the religion as a meaningful lifestyle. This approach has always had a great deal of appeal for African-Americans who were cut off from their own heritage through Islamic slavery, but it also enjoys success with white upper class college students.

The parents of those students often learn too late that Islam is not just another interchangeable monotheistic religion, that its mosques are not places where earnest grad students lecture elderly congregants about social justice and that its laws are not reducible to the importance of being nice to others.

Like a magician using misdirection, these transformations from religion to race, from race to culture and from culture to religion, distract Americans from asking what Islam really believes. By combining race, religion and culture, it replicates the building blocks of its theocracy within our legal and social spaces.

Separately each of these has its advantages and disadvantages. By combining them, Islam gains the advantages of all three, and by moving from one to the other, it escapes all of the disadvantages. The task of its critics is to deracialize Islam, to reduce it to an ideology and to ask what it really believes.

Islam is a privileged religion. And there’s a word for that. Theocracy.

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

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HUFFINGTON POST CALLS ON CHRISTIANS TO RECOGNIZE MUHAMMAD AS A PROPHET

Can you imagine the Huffington Post publishing a series of articles calling upon Muslims to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? Neither can I. But the HuffPo seems intent on compelling Christians to accept Muhammad as a prophet. In publishing Craig Considine and now Ian Mevorach both calling on Christians to accept Muhammad, the Huffington Post illustrates what happens to Leftists when they ally with Islamic supremacists: they fall completely under their sway and begin to proselytize for Islam.

Writes Mevorach: “I do not have space in this article to explore the many Qur’anic verses directly addressed to Christians, but if we were to receive them our religion would be transformed for the better and would come into balance with Judaism and Islam.”

So apparently the problem in the world today is Christianity, in being out of “balance” with Judaism and Islam, and that “balance” can be restored or attained by encouraging Christians to “receive” the “many Qur’anic verses directly addressed to Christians.”

But Mevorach, a cramped man, does “not have space” to “explore” those many verses. Mr. Mevorach, I am happy to help. Here are the principal Qur’an verses regarding Christians:

Jesus is not the Son of God, belief in the Trinity is “excess”: “O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, ‘Three’; desist — it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” — Qur’an 4:171

“It is not befitting to (the majesty of) Allah that He should beget a son. Glory be to Him! when He determines a matter, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” — Qur’an 19:35

Jesus was not crucified: “And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah’s messenger — they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain.” — Qur’an 4:157

Those who believe in the divinity of Christ are “disbelievers”: “They have certainly disbelieved who say that Allah is Christ, the son of Mary.” — Qur’an 5:17

Christians “forgot a good part” of the divine revelations they received: “From those, too, who call themselves Christians, We did take a covenant, but they forgot a good part of the message that was sent them: so we estranged them, with enmity and hatred between the one and the other, to the day of judgment. And soon will Allah show them what it is they have done.” — Qur’an 5:14

Muslims should not take Jews or Christians as friends: “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.” — Qur’an 5:51

Those who believe that Jesus is God’s Son are accursed: “The Jews call Ezra a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! ” — Qur’an 9:30

Christians who do not become Muslims “are the most vile of created beings”: “Nor did those who were given the Scripture become divided until after there had come to them clear evidence. And they were not commanded except to worship Allah, sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion. Indeed, they who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture and the polytheists will be in the fire of Hell, abiding eternally therein. Those are the most vile of created beings.” — Qur’an 98:6

Jesus’ mission was to proclaim the coming of Muhammad: “And when Jesus, the son of Mary, said, ‘O children of Israel, indeed I am the messenger of Allah to you confirming what came before me of the Torah and bringing good tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name is Ahmad.’ But when he came to them with clear evidences, they said, ‘This is obvious magic.’” — Qur’an 61:6

Muslims must fight against and subjugate Christians: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, even if they are of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” — Qur’an 9:29

Ian Mevorach and the Huffington Post thus contend that if Christians deny the divinity of Christ and the crucifixion (and hence also the resurrection and redemption) and accept that those who hold such doctrines are under a divine curse and must be warred against and subjugated, their “religion would be transformed for the better.” The Huffington Post is asking them to abandon traditional Christianity and embrace Islam – while the reverse call would be unthinkable from them, and would in fact be denounced as “Islamophobic.”

A prominent Leftist publication openly proselytizing for Islam – the religion with a holy book that denies and heaps contempt upon the core doctrines of the religion that shaped the West’s ideology and identity, and that is best known for numbering hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of adherents who hate the West and are determined to destroy it. That’s how deep the cultural rot goes today.

Israel? Not Apartheid; Islam? Nothing but Apartheid

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Israel has long been accused of being an apartheid nation state–and a state involved in  “ethnic cleansing.”

Pure propaganda! This is a brazen Big Lie.

The largest practitioner of both gender and religious apartheid in the world is Islam or Islamism.

Religious apartheid exists when the dominant state religion allows no other religion to exist and flourish. For example, Muslim countries do not allow churches to be built, Christian insignia to be displayed; Muslim mobs and governments destroy existing churches or convert them into mosques.

Today, living Christians are persecuted, tortured and murdered in the name of Islam all across the Muslim world. Oddly, on April 16th of this year, (for the second time) the Pope offered no solace and no asylum to persecuted Christian; he publicly offered to take in a symbolic number of Muslim refugees into the Vatican.

For many centuries, Muslims have also forcibly converted, persecuted, and massacred Hindus, the “wrong” kind of Muslim, (the Shia v Sunni war is quite intense), ex-Muslims, Muslim dissidents, Baha’i, Zoroastrians, and Buddhists. Afghanistan was once a mainly Buddhist country until Islamic Jihad ravaged the land and massacred the Buddhist monks who refused to convert to Islam.

Jews?  We are  pariahs, “monkeys,” evil-doers –and this is the only reason that Israel, the Jewish state, has been under attack for more than one hundred years in the Jewish Holy Land. It is the reason that Muslim mobs and Muslim leaders  have consistently exiled, taxed, tortured and murdered Arab, North African, and Central Asian Jews.

Israel allows Arab Muslims and Arab Christians to live in Israel–they are Israeli citizens, some serve in the Knesset, sit on the Israeli Supreme Court, work as physicians, nurses, and researchers in Jewish hospitals.

Palestinians envision Shomron and Judea aka the West Bank as a place that must become “yudenrein,” free of Jews. Thisis ethnic cleansing. The entire Muslim Middle East is now “yudenrein,” just as Gaza now is. This is ethnic cleansing.

In terms of gender apartheid: I once lived in Kabul and was, in effect, held captive there for five long months in a marriage that was not at all what I expected. I write about this in An American Bride in Kabul. I love my opening line…”I once lived in a harem in Afghanistan…”

It was a grand adventure but a very dangerous one. I could not believe my eyes when I first saw women wearing burqas–sensory deprivation isolation chambers which the West should ban. (I am not talking about headgear, just about face masks).

In 2003, after a very successful feminist lecture, an African-American feminist audience at a free-standing conference at Barnard, asked me–completely off-topic–where I stood on the issue of the women of “Palestine.”

I responded by saying: “I think you are asking me where I stand on the issue of apartheid and I oppose it. Islam is the largest practitioner of gender and religious apartheid in the world.” And I began explaining what I meant.

A near-riot broke out and I had to be hustled out for my safety. These feminists did not care about women or about “Palestine;” they cared about demonizing Israel and, as women of color, they identified with Arabs because they thought they Arabs are all people of color; that there is no such thing as Jews of color; and because they have absolutely no idea of the anti-black prejudice that characterizes Arab and Muslim cultures.

I was both an eyewitness and a survivor of the kind of gender apartheid that is indigenous to many tribal cultures. Barbaric customs, which include the savage subordination of women, have not been caused by Western imperialism or colonialism.

This point is very hard for many Western thinkers to fathom.

Practices such as forced veiling, purdah, honor-based violence, child marriage, arranged marriage, polygamy, honor killing, and FGM, long preceded the rise of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Boko Haram, and ISIS.

Furthermore, most Western thinkers do not comprehend that Islam has a long history of slavery, racism, religious and gender apartheid, colonialism, imperialism, conversion via the sword, etc.

This understanding should be easy to achieve given our daily, horrendous headlines. But no one wishes to be the first to say: “The Emperor is naked.” Do they?

Today, Orwell’s rules apply. Once the universities have indoctrinated the coming generations; once people are infected with a fake but lethal narrative, reason alone cannot prevail.

People are punished for thinking independently. They fear that by criticizing barbaric behavior when committed by formerly colonized men of color, especially Arabs, particular “Palestinians,” (we have the malevolent influence of Edward Said to thank for this) that they themselves will be demonized as racist “Islamophobes.”

Unfortunately, the virus of anti-Semitism (Jew hatred) has been rising among progressives/leftists–the so-called “good people.”

Increasingly in the 21st century, people who were once classical liberals have now become totalitarian leftists;  those who were once in favor of free speech and academic freedom now confuse hate speech with free speech and are willing to grant hate speech, Blood Libels, and junk social science, the privileges of academic freedom.

Unbelievably, the global professoriate and human rights activist industry today stand with “Palestine,” Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter, and not with Christians, Yazidis, and Kurds who are being massacred  by Muslims—or with the women who are being kidnapped into sex slavery by ISIS and Boko Haram.

I have worked with Christians–the Hatune Foundation–who have been rescuing ISIS’s sex slaves. Anti-Christians are not doing this work, although Western feminists have been involved in teaching the counselors who console them the basics of Western trauma and recovery practices.

Even if I could be persuasive, the coming generations are not getting to hear or read me. Non-invitations and dis-invitations can do that. To the best of my knowledge, four of my six 21st century books, The New Anti-SemitismThe Death of FeminismAn American Bride in Kabul and Living History: On The Front Lines for Israel and the Jews2003-2015 have never been adopted by a university for a course.

The tasks before us are clear:

Globally, we must militarily, economically, legally, politically, intellectually, ideologically, theologically, and socially defeat Islamist Jihad.

We must also hold our universities accountable for not teaching objective truth, for preferring junk social science and propaganda.

We must restore civility and intellectual and political diversity to our campuses and to our media.

Brown Shirt-like mobs should not be allowed to engage in “hostile takeovers” of lectures with which they disagree.

We must also somehow de-program those who have been indoctrinated with America-hating and Israel-hating propaganda.

Thus, America should leave the U.N., which has not stopped a single genocide or a single honor killing and has only been effective in one thing only: legalizing Jew hatred.

Prof. Phyllis Chesler