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October 19, 2010

Re: Even for "moderate" Muslims, accommodation is a one-way street

Topics: Understanding Islam

Janet Albrechtsen, writing for The Australian: "The promise of moderate Islam is beginning to look decidedly unconvincing," as she marshals a good deal of evidence for why that is the case (via Jihad Watch) ...

"The extremes of moderate Islam," by Janet Albrechtsen, October 20:

[...] EVEN for supposedly reasonable Muslims, accommodation is a one-way street.

PERCHED high in the verdant mountains of central Java recently, the rural silence was broken five times a day by the Muslim call to prayer. The chanting wafted up from loudspeakers in the local villages as Indonesian Muslims observed longer than usual prayers during Ramadan. I asked a cab driver if he was fasting until sunset during this Islamic month of reflection. Rules are made to be broken, he said with a smile. But not according to the government and police in Indonesia, a country hailed as the world's largest, most moderate Muslim nation.

Local newspapers report an American man being held on suspicion of blasphemy for pulling the plug on a loudspeaker at a local mosque. According to police, Luke Gregory Lloyd pulled out the loudspeaker's cable in Kuta village in central Lombok when he was woken by the Koranic reading.

So how is moderate Islam doing in Indonesia? Not so well if you're that American man facing five years in prison. Perhaps it's all relative. In Saudi Arabia, he may have faced more violent punishment for his cultural insensitivity. That said, the promise of moderate Islam is beginning to look decidedly unconvincing.

[...] Move to New York and the fraught debate over the proposed Ground Zero mosque. Muslims demand the mosque be built. And their left-liberal supporters decry opponents of the mosque as bigots. They demonise and scold mainstream Americans who think otherwise. Even New Yorkers believe Muslims should show some sensitivity to the atrocities committed in the name of Islam on 9/11. A poll in The New York Times found that while 67 per cent agree the right to freedom of religion allows the building of the mosque, they believe the developers should find a different site. An editorial by the moralising New York Times would have none of that. Building the mosque would be "a gesture to Muslim-Americans", it lectured. What about a gesture from moderate Muslims?

In recent years the West has fallen over itself to accommodate Muslim sensitivities. In Britain, the BBC boss says Islam should be treated differently from other religions. American publishers pull books that might offend Muslim sensibilities. Television stations censor images of Mohammed. Why does the accommodation always run one way?...

Read it all ...

Albrechtsen goes on to point out former British prime minister Tony Blair's BBC interview last month in which he described radical Islam as the greatest threat facing the world. And as Albrechtsen aptly notes, Blair's absolutely correct ... but a Western leader pointing the finger at radical Islam is the easy part. The harder task is for leaders and the rest of us: to request help in the form of far more genuine moderation from those who describe themselves as moderate Muslims. Unless and until that happens, the clash of civilisations between Islam and the West is going to end very badly indeed.

"Very badly indeed" for sure. Let's not forget that CAIR's founder Omar Ahmad told the San Ramon Valley Herald way back in 1998 that Islam is not in America to stand idly by: "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant ...The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth." (emphasis added) - and nothing's changed since then. In other words, Albrechtsen's point is made for her by the Islamists themselves.

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Posted by Abdul at October 19, 2010 3:36 PM

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