Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Stop feeding the Sharia Monster

Hat tip to Cox and Forkum for the cartoon. You can read their related commentary HERE.

How successful is a religion that has to kill people who leave it? That has to kill people who criticize it? Isn't that because, that if it were held up to scrutiny and questioning, it would not survive? At least not in it's current form.

Islam has been rigidly imposed on people for centuries; they have had no choice. Democracy is a complete threat to that. If choice is allowed, if people are allowed to question, the whole thing falls apart. At the very least, Islam would be forced to evolve, to reform.

I think that the best way to reform or neutralize the intolerant culture of Islam is democracy. Even if it has to be imposed at first.

That's not to say it would be quick or easy. But the place to start would be to support truely moderate Muslims, and educated secular Arabs. And to stop putting up with the Politically Correct crap about respecting Sharia law. This stuff continues unabated because we (the west) have tolerated it for so long. By tolerating it we enable it. That way has lead to where we are now. I say enough.

Supposedly the new Afghanistan constitution agrees to abide by the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But is seems like many in the Muslim world make agreements lightly to get foreign aid and support, then ignore those agreements at will, as suits them. Afghanistan is a good case in point, as demonstrated in this article by Nina Shea:

Sharia Calling
America, we have a problem
By Nina Shea. Some excerpts:

...Rahman is not the only case where execution has been threatened over beliefs and ideas in the new Afghanistan. Last year, an Afghan journalist who argued against the heresy law was found guilty of it, and escaped death after international pressure. Before then, a female cabinet member was charged with blasphemy for criticizing Islamic law, but was also spared after international protest erupted. Other journalists were imprisoned for blasphemy after debating the compatibility of sharia law with democracy, but then quietly allowed to leave the country. It is even reported that other Christian converts are in prison there but not much is known about them.

...this is about more than Mr. Rahman. This will be a persistent, recurring problem under Afghanistan’s sharia apostasy and blasphemy laws. The administration also needs to do more to ensure the reform Afghanistan’s judiciary. President Karzai must be encouraged to wrest it from the control of Islamists like Supreme Court Chief Justice Fazl Hadi Shinwari, who once told our National Public Radio that it is his duty as a judge to “behead” those who do not conform to Islamic law...

The whole of the civilized world needs to stop supporting State Islam and Sharia law. You can read the whole article HERE.

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