Rad­i­cal Is­lam’s next vic­tim

Fail­ing to call Is­lamic ter­ror by its name breeds more vi­o­lence

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Mark Chris­tian

When you are an apostate of Is­lam, fear and dread follow you. De­spite re­main­ing out of sight for days at a time, these feelings never quite leave, they sim­ply re­main silent un­til those quiet mo­ments when I again hear their whis­pered warn­ings and hushed threats; imag­in­ing them pranc­ing like de­mons around my life­less body.

I left Is­lam. I con­verted to Chris­tian­ity, and by do­ing so, I must be killed.

The Or­lando shooter, Omar Sed­dique Ma­teen, a Mus­lim man born in Amer­ica to Afghani par­ents had cho­sen the short path to par­adise by com­mit­ting an act of vi­o­lent ji­had in or­der to fur­ther the es­tab­lish­ment of Al­lah’s king­dom on earth. A king­dom that has no room for ho­mo­sex­u­als, as the text of the Ko­ran and Ha­diths make clear.

Ma­teen’s for­mer wife ap­peared, de­scrib­ing a man with a vi­o­lent tem­per and lit­tle in­ter­est in self-re­straint. She de­scribed him as “un­sta­ble.”

How­ever, the shooter beat­ing his wife, abus­ing her phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally doesn’t make him a men­tally dis­turbed man, but rather shows him to be a very de­vout Mus­lim. In Is­lam, it is a hus­band’s duty to beat a re­cal­ci­trant wife.

As if on cue, the po­lit­i­cal left is once again craft­ing a false nar­ra­tive to keep the pub­lic in the dark about the Is­lamic ge­n­e­sis of ji­hadist ter­ror.

A par­tic­u­larly dis­tress­ing ex­am­ple came from CNN news anchor Don Lemon. Mr. Lemon, as an openly gay mem­ber of the press corps, is uniquely po­si­tioned to lead the dis­cus­sion about the nexus be­tween Is­lam’s me­dieval hos­til­ity to­ward ho­mo­sex­u­als, and the “live and let live” ethos of mod­ern western so­ci­eties. Forty-nine mem­bers of the LGBT com­mu­nity were sum­mar­ily ex­e­cuted by an ad­her­ent to Is­lam and Mr. Lemon still could not bring him­self to iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tor’s mo­ti­va­tion. Mere hours af­ter the echoes of gun­fire had faded, Mr. Lemon said “the shooter in Or­lando is clearly some­one who has dis­torted Is­lam.”

Both Is­lam and Chris­tian­ity con­sider en­gag­ing in ho­mo­sex­ual acts to be a sin, how­ever the dif­fer­ence in re­sponse is night and day. Mo­hammed said to kill ho­mo­sex­u­als, with no ex­cep­tions. “Kill the one who sodom­izes and the one who lets it be done to him” — Tir­midhi, a sahih (au­then­tic) ha­dith. Je­sus chose to die on the Cross, for them to be saved.

While there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent strains of Mus­lims, many of which pub­licly es­chew vi­o­lence, there is only “one Sharia,” and it is the foun­da­tion in com­mon for all of Is­lam. These an­cient gov­ern­ing laws are drawn from Is­lamic scrip­ture, (of­ten es­tab­lished as a re­li­gious duty by Mo­hammed him­self) and have not changed in 1,400 years — nor has the vi­o­lence con­tained within.

Ma­teen was not ob­serv­ing ISIS or al Qaeda di­rec­tives when he mur­dered 49 peo­ple. He was ex­er­cis­ing his duty as a Sharia-com­pli­ant Mus­lim. Amer­i­cans re­spect the right of Mus­lims to prac­tice their re­li­gion freely, but re­li­gious free­dom does not con­cur­rently de­clare such prac­tices be left free of scru­tiny, es­pe­cially when said re­li­gion teaches vi­o­lence and mur­der as re­li­gious duty and de­vo­tion.

Muham­mad said to kill ho­mo­sex­u­als with no ex­cep­tions. How is this un­clear? This world­view is taught ev­ery day in Sharia-ob­ser­vant mosques through­out our coun­try. Just a few miles down the road from Or­lando in the sub­urb of San­ford, Sheikh Far­rokh Sekalesh­far told those at the Husseini Is­lamic Cen­ter that the ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner for deal­ing with ho­mo­sex­u­als is to kill them, as that is the com­pas­sion­ate re­sponse.

“Death is the sen­tence,” he said. “We know there’s noth­ing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sen­tence.”

But Pres­i­dent Obama, Don Lemon, Hil­lary Clin­ton, and oth­ers in­sist we must wait and see. We should not be ask­ing what spurred a Mus­lim to such hor­rific vi­o­lence. In­stead, we are told to limit our in­quiry to the symp­toms of the prob­lem and chalk it up to the usual scape­goats: guns, ho­mo­pho­bia, big­otry and hate.

Through 9/11, the Bos­ton bomb­ings, Fort Hood, Chat­tanooga, San Bernardino, Or­lando, we have waited too long and seen too much. These are all acts of Is­lamic ter­ror per­pe­trated on Amer­i­can soil, by, in many cases, Amer­i­can Mus­lims; all in the fur­ther­ance of es­tab­lish­ing Al­lah’s hege­mony over the earth and all that is in it.

These acts of ter­ror are not a hi­jack­ing of Is­lam from the peace­ful re­li­gion it was de­signed to be. Rather, these acts are the true face of Is­lam, and un­til we ac­knowl­edge it for what it is, we will con­tinue to be vic­tims, bow­ing at the feet of our ex­e­cu­tion­ers.

I came to Amer­ica to es­cape the con­se­quences of leav­ing a bel­li­cose and ag­gres­sive “re­li­gion.” I fled to pro­tect my­self and my fam­ily from the sword of ir­re­den­tist Is­lam, un­changed and un­re­formed since the Dark Ages. I ran from the orgy of blood and bru­tal­ity that is Sharia-com­pli­ant Is­lam, only to find that my refuge is blindly per­mit­ting such evil to take root and grow here in my adopted land.

I know the root of my fear. I rec­og­nize the ori­gins of the dread I feel. If ho­mo­sex­u­als are to be killed so bru­tally for their sin, how much worse will it be for me for my far greater of­fense of deny­ing Is­lam? I know, in my heart, who is next, and I weep that our na­tion may let it be so. Mark Chris­tian is the pres­i­dent and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Global Faith In­sti­tute. A for­mer Mus­lim Sunni imam, he con­verted from Is­lam to Chris­tian­ity.

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