They are only at peace with their neighbors in so far as they are either ignorant of what Islam teaches about how Muslims should behave toward unbelievers, or they have explicitly rejected, consciously rejected those elements of Islam. There are in short peaceful and moderate Muslims, but no peaceful moderate Islam. ~Robert Spencer

One of the most widely held, and acutely dangerous, ideas today is that all people are basically the same and that they want the same good things. For Americans, this outlook leads us to assume others are inherently decent folk who simply want to go about their daily lives in peace, leaving the world a better place with the hope that they will leave a moral and perhaps a financial legacy for their children. It is a lovely idea—but erroneous ideas, no matter how lovely, have perilous consequences.

Former President George W. Bush espoused the belief that everyone wants freedom. This idea became the basis for engaging America’s military in nation-building in both Iraq and Afghanistan. And he may be right that everyone wants something resembling freedom—for themselves. But it is demonstrably untrue that everyone want freedom for everyone else, and in fact, there are plenty of people who clearly desire to dominate and enslave others, either ideologically or by physical force. The various Islamic sects in Iraq demonstrate this truth as they blow each other up because the other is part of a brand of Islam that differs from their own. For Americans, pretending that others are tolerant of differing beliefs and want peace has cost thousands of young men their lives, American taxpayers billions of dollars, and mired the United States in the Middle East for many years already and perhaps many years to come.

Islamists are a primary example of the desire to enslave others to an ideology that dictates virtually every aspect of life. There isn’t one Islamic country in the world that embraces liberty. Although there are certainly varying levels of freedom between countries, none of these countries allows any citizen freedom from the yoke of Islam. As Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual guide and a favorite of the Saudi royal family, wrote, “Secularism can never enjoy a general acceptance in an Islamic society.” And because of the fundamental differences in the Islamic and Western worldview, there is no true understanding of what the other believes.

Many Americans don’t recognize that this is Islam, and why would they? We were lectured by the last President that Islam is a “peaceful religion,” and by the current President that Muslims have played a vital role in the creation and building of American society. And currently we are being lectured by the chattering classes (those same people who said that America deserved to be attacked on 9/11) that we must allow a mosque to be built at Ground Zero in order to be “tolerant,” and to raise questions about the appropriateness or wisdom of such a thing is Islamophobic and hateful. After having been warned for nine years about the backlash against Muslims that was just around every corner yet somehow never materialized, those opposed to the mosque (nearly 70% of the country) feel compelled to say that Muslims have the right build a mosque at Ground Zero, just as a church or synagogue would, because in America we believe in religious liberty. But to believe this is to have a profound misunderstanding of what Islam is, and what it is not.

It is vital to understand that Islam is not a religion. Instead, Islam is an ideological system that encompasses law (shari’ah), politics, religion, and every facet of thought and existence. Religion is simply the Trojan horse used to usher in the rest of the ideology. And the rest of the ideology is completely at odds with Western ideals of individual liberty, freedom of conscience, and yes, freedom of religion. Islam is distinctly at odds with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, our two foundational documents that define us. Again in as-Qaradawi’s words, “As Islam is a comprehensive system of worship (Ibadah) and legislation (Shari’ah), the acceptance of secularism means abandonment of Shari’ah, a denial of the divine guidance and a rejection of Allah’s injunctions.” In Islam, the church is the state—there is no separating the two. Whereas Western civilization is based upon natural law and the rights of man, Islam’s system is based on the Koran and its interpretation by imams. The two systems are in fundamental conflict, and there is no peaceful coexistence—one must dominate the other, by its very nature. To be clear, it is Islam that wishes to dominate anyone and everyone including the West. As Americans, we seem content to stand by while this happens—smug, perhaps, in our security, and self-righteous in our doctrine of religious tolerance.

There is no right to build anything that will serve to support a system that is counter and subversive to the very principles of liberty necessary for America to exist. It is not “Islamophobic” or “hateful” to speak the truth. It is not “intolerant” to oppose the building of a mosque at Ground Zero, or anywhere else. To do otherwise is to live in a pretty, make-believe world that can never exist. The insidious capitulation to Islam under the guise of tolerance is tantamount to civilizational suicide.

The ideas and ideals of our Founding Fathers made us free and great. Opposing ideas and forces which seek to degrade and enslave Americans is not bigotry or intolerance. It is self-preservation.


~Shyla Lefever

To learn more about Islam, go here, here, here (somewhat cumbersome, but lots of useful links), here (downloadable pdf), here, and here. There are also sites dedicated to highlighting that there is a problem in Islam, and you aren’t Islamophobic for saying so. These websites are simply starting points, and they aren’t all perfectly written, but they are far more than anything you will hear in the media that continues to lecture about things it has not studied