I can only plead “holiday hysteria”… or more accurately “Christmas confusion”… or perhaps “Yule whirl.” Yup, it’s got to be the Yule Whirl that caused me to miss this headline in my hometown paper, the L.A. Times, two weeks ago:
“Majority of Muslims want Islam in politics, poll says”
As in, they would like policy decisions to be influenced by their faith? The way Christians bring their worldviews to the political debate, injecting concepts like individual responsibility, natural rights, and yes, pro-life morality?
Well… no. More like this:
“According to the survey, majorities in Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria would favor changing current laws to allow stoning as a punishment for adultery, hand amputation for theft and death for those who convert from Islam to another religion. About 85% of Pakistani Muslims said they would support a law segregating men and women in the workplace.”Oh.
The poll showed mixed reactions to terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and Al Qaeda, with about half of Nigerian respondents giving Al Qaeda a thumbs up. The other two groups got better numbers.
Let’s review. In seven countries with large Muslim populations, a significant percentage are “okay” with militant terror organizations – as long as they’re Islamist. And a majority look favorably on Islam’s growing role in politics.
If nothing else, this poll illuminates the deep and disturbed – one might even say schizophrenic – viewpoint of the Left, which would collectively wet itself if a poll showed that Christianity was having a growing role in politics, or more to the point, if Christians said they’d look favorably on that. Meantime, the Lefties continue defending the “religion of peace” that would KILL PEOPLE who convert to any other faith.
As Mark Steyn said in America Alone, honest Muslims want America to be a Muslim country, and some have admitted as much. NewsBusters blogger Lachlan Markey points out that those Muslims are known in the media as “moderates” – apparently simply because they don’t favor flying airplanes into buildings. But they do favor a wholesale takeover of the West:
“There certainly are Americans who believe that our civil institutions should be based exclusively upon the Bible and that the Law of Moses should be our sole judicial system. But they are not a majority in the United States, and certainly are not considered ‘moderate.’”There is a reason Christians do not support their faith imposed from above – it is because that is antithetical to the freely-chosen, individual decision that a relationship with Jesus Christ requires. Those few historical anomalies (often cited by critics) in which forced conversions were attempted were foolish and misguided.
This is why there are no Christian theocracies. (I guess you could argue about the Vatican.) Christianity has had a profoundly positive influence on Western culture and government, particularly in the U.S. – but it is not the “law of the land” anywhere.
But there are plenty of countries where Islam is the law of the land. Where homosexual behavior is not discouraged or frowned upon, but punishable by death. Where women are valued as little more than sexual devices that bear sons, and are easily discarded. Where flogging is considered “moderate” (hey, at least you’re not getting stoned!). Where sharia courts hand out sentences like “being blinded by acid.” And yes, where if you disagree with the law of the land, you die.
Islam offers nothing with which we can all just coexist, clever bumper sticker notwithstanding.