In the face of unimaginable atrocities committed daily by radical Islamists against non-Muslims, a majority of European and North American Christians are still of the opinion that it is not only possible, but highly desirable, for Muslims to immigrate to Western nations where they can live happily and harmoniously among non-Muslims. They still have not come to grips with the indisputable fact that Muslims and non-Muslims can never live together under any form of government and social structure that does not rely on Sharia Law as its foundation.
The reason is simple. No Muslim can ever become a bona fide American citizen because, to do so, he/she must swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and demonstrate by word and by deed that they have forsaken all allegiance to the Quran and to Sharia law. Since a Muslim’s obligation to his faith is totally incompatible with U.S. constitutional principles, it is simply not possible to honor both commitments… no more possible than it is to mix oil and water.
The basis for that unarguable assertion should be obvious to everyone. Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims have lived for thousands of years under a commandment from God, handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai, which says, “Thou shalt not kill.” It is a basic and immutable tenet of the laws and the social structures of every civilized nation on Earth.
However, the adherents of Islam see things quite differently. The Religion of Peace website tells us that the Quran “contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers (Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims) for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.”
For example, Quran (4:89) warns Muslims, “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah. But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”
Quran (5:33) instructs Muslims: “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned…”
Quran (8:12) commands Muslims, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore, strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”
Sahih Bukhari (52:177) reminds Muslims, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’ “
In short, we live in a world in which two diametrically opposed cultures are attempting to inhabit the same planet. One of those cultures is committed to the ideal that life is sacred and that it is a mortal sin to take the life of another; the other is committed to what they believe to be a divine command to take the lives of all who worship no God, or who worship a God other than theirs.
There is no better example of the sheer insanity of multiculturalism than Pope Francis’ recent outrage in which he kissed and washed the feet of twelve immigrants in a Holy Thursday ritual at the Vatican. According to the Associated Press, the group consisted of eight men and four women: one Italian Catholic; four Nigerian Catholics; three Eritrean Coptic Christians; three Muslims, one each from Mali, Syria, and Pakistan; and one Hindu from India.
In his homily, the Pope said, “At this time, when I do the same act of Jesus, washing the feet of twelve of you, let us all make a gesture of brotherhood, and let us all say: ‘We are different, we have different cultures and religions, but we are brothers and we want to live in peace.’ ” Earlier this year, Francis is quoted as saying, “Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources, which are meant to be equitably shared by all.”
In his reference to the planet’s resources, was the Pope referring to my house, my land, and my financial resources? Is he not aware that, were it not for the presence of his security detail, any one of the three Muslims might have contemplated withdrawing a long knife and slicing off his head as he knelt before them, washing their feet? Does he really believe that, when ancient Romans turned hungry lions loose on groups of unarmed and defenseless Christians, there was a chance that the Christians might kill and eat the lions? Does he really believe that a flock of unprotected sheep, set upon by a pack of hungry wolves, would have any chance of surviving, even though they outnumber the wolves by ten to one?
There is no indication that the majority of Muslims who immigrate to western Europe and to North America do so because, like Hispanic immigrants, they come “in search of a better life.” Nor do they share the Pope’s foolhardy desire that, by prostrating himself before three Muslims and washing their feet, he can somehow convince 1.8 billion Muslims that they should suddenly commit themselves to living harmoniously among Christians and Jews.
To the contrary, the overwhelming evidence tells us that their primary interest is conquest. Since its founding in the early 7th century, when Muhammad began receiving what Muslims consider to be divine revelations, Muslims have been engaged in an endless jihad (holy war) against the non-Muslim world.
Prior to the late 20th century, the greatest Muslim incursions into Christian lands occurred beginning in the year 711. By the start of the 10th century, Spain had become a majority Muslim country until they were expelled in the mid-16th century. Muslim forces were earlier expelled from northern Europe when they were defeated at the Battle of Tours in 732 A.D. However, during the latter part of the 20th century and the early 21st century, Muslims have again made major advances in the conquest of Old Europe, and even North America.
A May 2 travel advisory issued by the U.S. State Department warns Americans traveling in Europe that the threat (of terrorist attacks) will heighten during the summer travel season. The advisory warned, “tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, and local government facilities” are particular targets for jihadis wanting to carry out attacks.
In addition, they warned that “hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks.” They cautioned that, “U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations.” According to the alert, terrorist sympathizers and self-radicalized extremists can be expected to carry out attacks at any time and at any place, without warning.
So what are they suggesting… that American tourists limit their European itineraries to strip clubs, sausage factories, and pig farms, while avoiding attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and the castles on the Rhine?
It all boils down to this: citizens of largely-Christian western nations have a major decision to make, and they must make it within the next decade or it will be too late. The decision is a simple one. Do they wish to live or do they wish to die? And if they wish to live, do they intend to live and raise their families as free men and women in a 21st century Judeo-Christian culture? Or are they willing to trade their 21st century comforts for the misery of a 7th century culture in which brute force is the only rule of law and death is the only reward? As for me, I and my progeny choose to live as free men and women in a civilized 21st century society.
Is there anyone alive who believes that, given a choice between living under strict Sharia law and living under the freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, so-called “moderate” Muslims will not choose to follow the dictates of their radicalized Islamic brethren? If current attitudes on Muslim immigration among liberals, Democrats, academics, and the mainstream media are any indication, the answer is yes. For whatever reason, those on the political left appear convinced that the estimated 95% of Muslims who are currently “moderates” will one day convince the 5% who are radicalized that the only way to paradise is through love and tolerance… and that voting Democratic is every bit as satisfying as having 72 virgins climbing in and out of their beds.
It is, at best, wishful thinking. The so-called “moderate” Muslims are not now, nor will they ever be, the saviors of western civilization. When radicalized Muslims begin to have more and more success in dictating public policy in the United States, they will have the full and complete cooperation of their “moderate” brethren. Barack Obama, himself, has written, “If the political winds should shift, I will side with the Muslims (Audacity of Hope, Page 261).
Short of a full-scale civil war, the nations of western Europe are already lost to us. And lest we find ourselves in the same predicament, facing the ultimate Hobson’s choice, we had better make sure that our political leaders understand exactly what our long term options are. Radical Islam has ultimate patience… a luxury that we cannot afford. And while the leader of the Roman Catholic Church bows and scrapes before Muslims and washes their feet, those of us who live in the real world are left to worry about saving our own lives and those of our loved ones.
Paul R. Hollrah is a retired government relations executive and a two-time member of the U.S. Electoral College. He currently lives and writes among the hills and lakes of northeast Oklahoma’s Green Country.