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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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THE WEST LIES DOWN BEFORE SAUDI ARABIA LIES

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Saudi Arabia—the world’s greatest hypocrite—is at it again.

On February 12, 2016, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) was held.  It’s described as “the world’s largest gathering of its kind”; “the most important independent forum for the exchange of views by international security policy decision-makers,” where “about 350 senior figures from more than 70 countries around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.”

It’s apparently also where lying about one of the “current and future security challenges”—Islamic terrorism—goes unchallenged.

Enter Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs minister.  This representative of the one nation that has done more than any other to spread radical Islamic ideology spun lie after lie during his 20 minute presentation before a captive audience.

Jubeir began by trying to kill two birds with one stone: distancing Islam from ISIS in a way to demonize and incite the world against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad:

Daesh [Arabic acronym for ISIS] is a terrorist organization composed of psychopaths who have no religion and no morals. They attract other psychopaths and it’s a cult. And it will be defeated.  But in order to defeat Daesh, we have to deal with what I call the two elephants in the room. One of those elephants is Bashar al Assad.  We cannot defeat Daesh in Syria unless we bring about change in Bashar al-Assad. He is the man who helped create it by releasing radicals from his jails, by allowing Daesh to operate without attacking them, by even trading with them.  He is the man that allowed them to become what they are.

So the Saudi minister of propaganda would have the world believe that the secular, non-Sunni, Assad is the man who “created” and empowers ISIS—a radical Sunni jihadi group born and bred on Saudi Islamic indoctrination and dedicated to overthrowing none other than Assad himself.

Jubeir concluded his Assad rant with a barely veiled threat: “unless and until there is a change in Syria, Daesh [ISIS] will not be defeated in Syria. Period….  When Assad goes, the fertile environment in which Daesh operates in Syria will be removed and we can deal with them.”  When one appreciates how intricately connected Saudi Arabia and ISIS are, this sounds more like, “we will not reign in our mad jihadi dogs until we get our way.”

But it was only during the very brief Q&A portion following Jubeir’s act that the Saudi truly shined.  After he was asked by a brave soul in the audience if ISIS didn’t in fact adhere to certain Islamic tenets, Jubeir responded by mouthing all the main lies, half-truths, and discredited apologias the world has ever heard about Islam[1]:

Every religion has perverts and psychopaths who try to hijack it. ISIS is as much Islamic as the KKK is Christian. Don’t they have a cross? Don’t they do everything in the name of religion and Christ? Don’t they believe that Christ compels them to lynch and kill people of African descent? …For anyone to argue that DAESH is Islamic is preposterous.

Of course, the Bible does not call on Christians to discriminate and kill black people.   Not a single verse.  Christ called for love, mercy, and altruism.  That’s why the KKK represents about .00003% of American Christianity and is vociferously denounced by the other 99.99997%.  (For more read “Are Judaism, Christianity, as Violent as Islam.”)

On the other hand, the Koran does call on Muslims to hate and fight non-Muslims; it does call for beheadings, mutilations, and crucifixions; it does call for the collection of jizya or extortion money from subjugated minorities; itdoes permit the sexual enslavement of non-Muslim women and children.  (See “The Islamic State and Islam” for references.)

In short, the Koran does support the actions of ISIS—not to mention the actions of Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hamas, Al Shabaab, and  41 Muslim nations that make the lives of Christian minorities a living hell.  That’s why a PEW poll found that at least 63 million and as many as 287 million Muslims in just 11 countries—and 81% of Arabic language Al Jazeera respondents—support what Jubeir dismisses as “psychopaths who have no religion and no morals.”

The Saudi minister also managed to invoke the one Koran verse that is forever on the lips of Islam’s apologists:

In the Islamic faith the Koran reveals that you have your faith and I have my faith [109:6]. You are free to practice your faith and I am free to practice mine. What greater sign of tolerance and acceptance do you have than this?

Jubeir didn’t bother telling his audience that mainstream Islamic jurisprudence holds that Koran 109:6 and the few other tolerant verses have been abrogated by more “final” verses that call for eternal violence against all who reject Islam, such as Koran 9:5 and 9:29, the notorious “sword verses.”

Otherwise, why does the Saudi government ban the existence of a single church, synagogue, or temple?  Why does it storm the private residences of foreign Christians holding prayer meetings, arrest and torture them, and confiscate their Bibles and crosses?  Why is it the 14th worst nation in the entire world to be Christian in? Why does it imprison, torture, and kill Muslims who seek to leave Islam? Why does it openly declare that all Muslims must hate Christians, Jews, and all other non-Muslims?

Where, O Jubeir, is all this Islamic “tolerance and acceptance” you gush about?

And this is the grandest point, the true elephant at the Munich Security Conference that no one seemed to notice: most atrocities committed by ISIS that provoke shock and horror in the West, and which Jubeir claims have nothing to do with Islam, are being committed by Saudi Arabia as a matter of state policyand also in the name of Islam.

The real question isn’t whether ISIS is Islamic; only fools and clowns are still trying to figure that one out.  The real question is why a nation that behaves like ISIS is allowed to speak at a conference dedicated to “intensive debate on current and future security challenges,” and then given free rein to spew lie after lie?

From here, one begins to understand that Saudi Arabia and its premiere role in exporting “extremism” around the world is only one part of a more complex problem.

Notes:

[1] He even found time to invoke the politically correct, glorified version of Islamic history, the one that has little basis in reality.  According to Jubeir:

The Islamic religion and Islamic civilization was the civilization that preserved the history of Greece and Rome and passed it onto the West. Western civilization would not exist without the Islamic Arab civilization. The Islamic civilization was the civilization that connected China with Europe, so it was global… If Islam was intolerant and DAESH represented Islam would Islam have preserved Aristotle and Socrates and passed it onto the West? Would Islam have connected Eastern civilization with Western civilization? Of course not.

Donald Trump will understand Middle East real estate in 5 minutes

After one year of President Trump, Obama and his policies will be just a bad dream.”

Now, get ready for United States President Donald Trump to be installed in January 2017.  Secretary of State Clinton has already fatally “bitten” into Trump’s “women’s card” baited-trap, hook, line, and sinker.

Imagine Trump in the soon-in-coming nationalized TV debate retorting to Clinton, “Where was your ‘women’s card’ for Paula Jones or Monica Lewinsky, or for all of Bill Clinton’s other victims?”

As for the Middle East, real estate mogul Trump will quickly understand the topography, demography, and resource aspects of the Middle East real estate map.  Here’s a quick guide to the 5 keys to the Middle Eastern Real Estate’s topographic, demographic, and asset-rich terrain.

1)  Iran is shooting to steal, for itself, the Black Gold Triangle, taking it from the Sunni Kingdoms. The Black Gold Triangle holds 56% of the world’s oil.  With a Middle East topographic map one quickly sees that the “fertile crescent” which lies between the Tigris [West river] and Euphrates [East river] Rivers topographically traces out what I have dubbed the “Black Gold Triangle.”  This north-southward topographic triangle is essentially the demographic dividing line between the Sunnis to the west and the Shias to the east.

So, on the face of it, the Middle East is a Sunni-Shiite fight over the fertile-crescent’s oil riches.

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2) Trump will notice that topographically the 4,000 meter-high Zagros Mountains that form Iran’s western border are the dividing line between Persia to the east, and the Arabs to the West, and that all the oil is on the Arab’s Western side.  Therefore, Iran has really engaged in a Persian divide-and-conquer campaign to divide the Arabs among themselves, and to foment an intra-Arab genocide by inciting the Sunni-Shiite internecine hostilities.  Iran’s goal is to instigate Arab auto-genocide so that Iran can walk into the Black Gold Triangle without anyone stopping them.

Trump will see the current Middle East turmoil not as a Sunni-Shiite battle to the death, but as a Persian plan to steal Arab oil resources.  Once Trump gets this fact, the entire Sunni Muslim American community will vote for him in droves.  Sunnis make up 90% of the world’s Muslims and a similarly huge percentage of American Muslims.

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3)   Once Iran is seen as the ultimate fomenter of the horrific violence, mass-murder, and world terrorism,  Mr. Trump will quickly see Israel as the key to forming a sustainable local regional Sunni defense alliance that will stop the Iranian hegemonic land-grab in its tracks.  A lucky fall-out will be that the Sunnis want to eradicate ISIS as much as they want to eject Iran out of the Arab lands.

The key is the fact that the Middle East doesn’t need American troops. The Middle East needs an American President who does not act like an Iranian stooge, and is not threatened by the Syrian-America dual-national Tony Rezko who is said to have engineered Obama’s allegedly fraudulent purchase of his Hyde Park home while Obama was a sitting United States senator.

Obama has done everything in his power to kill an Israeli-Sunni alliance.  An informed Trump will encourage and facilitate an Israeli-Sunni entente – and that means no US troops in the Middle East and a well-earned Nobel Peace Prize for Trump.  Once Trump understands the intersection between dual-national Syria-American Tony Rezko, Obama, Valerie Jarrett. the Mukhabarat, and the Iran-Nuclear Deal, the FBI will be called in to effect order.

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4)  Next, Trump will see that only thing that stands between Greece, a NATO member with 11 million Christians (that America is sworn to defend), and 370 million Muslims of the Middle East – is the safe and strong fortress of Eretz Israel including the entire ‘West Bank’.  Without Israel, the Islamists would bring their Kalashnikovs instead of their suitcases to Greece.

Without Israel, the United States would have to spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year and lose many thousands of our precious soldiers defending Europe from an Islamo-Fascist invasion from the South-East.  He will understand that control of the physical territory of Israel forms the key strategic European defense hub of the entire Middle East.

For, as Alexander the Great schooled his generals in 333 B.C.E. after he rejected their urgent advice to immediately chase east after the Persian/Iranian Darius III after Alexander defeated Darius III at Battle of Issus, “Friends and fellow soldiers, I do not see how we safely advance . . . to pursue [the Iranian] Darius with the neutral city of Tyre in our rear and Egypt and Cyprus still in enemy hands would be a serious risk. . .. But with all Phoenicia [Israel] . . . ours . . . we shall be able to march on Babylon [Iraq] with security at home, with enhanced prestige and with Persia [Iran] excluded not only from the [Mediterranean] Sea but from the whole [Middle East] continent up to the Euphrates.”

With a safe and secure Israel, there will be peace.  With a defeated Israel, the Iranian Pandora’s evil box will become unstoppable.

 Israel’s strategic value

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5)  Finally, in seconds President Trump will understand that the West Bank is the topographic mountains that tower over the low lands of the Sharon Plain that hold 70% of Israel’s Jewish population. And, any “West Bank ‘Demilitarized’ PA States will smuggle rockets into the territory and will rain Sarin-tipped rockets into Tel Aviv five minutes after Israel withdrew to the  “2-State Solution” just like Gaza has rained rockets on Israel’s south.  Trump will see the “2-State Solution” is the “Establishment’s” prescription for an American catastrophic loss of its key geo-strategic asset in the region.

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In short, a President Trump will usher in a golden age of peace and harmony in the Middle East by recognizing that the “international establishment’s” 2-State Solution is as much of an international fraud on America as is all of the “Establishment’s” other domestic policies that have destroyed America’s power of good in the world.  And, critically, the real evil of the Middle East is Iran and its evil proxies who are now funded by Obama’s treasonous Iranian Nuclear deal.