…is the title of an essay by Rebecca Bynum at The New English Review. It begins:
Something the most vehement non-Muslim defenders of Islam often tell me is they have no fear of the consequences of Islamization, either for themselves or for their descendants, whatsoever. The idea of misogynous, homophobic, antisemitic, anti-American communities proliferating on American soil while openly seeking the overthrow of the Constitution is not a cause for concern. They believe Muslim societies can easily co-exist in a secular world, despite ever mounting evidence to the contrary. These people wear their lack of concern as a badge of honor – as evidence of superior tolerance and thus of superior moral sensibility.
Instead, what they often tell me (usually in highly hysterical tones) is that their greater fear – much greater fear – is of Christianity and Christians.
Her primary concern seems to be that both sides in the debate – apologists for the presence of Islam in our midst, and many of those who would resist that presence – hold their position on similar ground: that the religious question is unimportant and only the politics matter. But, she says
The real nature of morality has been and continues to be studiously avoided on both sides of the Islam debate. It is easier for many Islam critics to focus on the unjust political side of Islam and pretend that morality and religion are beside the point. As Pamela Geller often says, “I don’t care if you worship a stone, just don’t stone me with it.” Or, Bill Warner: “Religion is just what you do to gain heaven or avoid hell,” the implication of both statements being that religious belief concerns no one but the believer and can therefore be safely ignored.
Indeed, all sincere seekers of truth must eventually grapple with the man from Nazareth and decide for themselves if he spoke the truth or was the greatest liar the world has ever known. This is what the enemies of Christianity want to avoid – a personal confrontation with the Nazarene fisherman. It is much easier to throw some lightly considered saying of Jesus back in the face of Christians (on turning the other cheek, for example) than to really delve into the parables or the Sermon on the Mount.
Things get a little murkier when she asserts that ” religion must also change. We cannot fight an unchanging belief system by becoming mired in the past ourselves, trapped in an unbending doctrine…We cannot fight a system that cruelly forces conformity by forcing conformity of another kind – either by enforcing a creed or by indoctrinating children in unbelief.”
That Jesus Christ is the divine Second Person of the Trinity and true man incarnate by the power of the Holy Ghost is a doctrinal item which cannot bend to any alteration. I would like to keep it because without it the Nazerene fisherman might be either a truth teller or a liar but, worst of all, he’d be just another guy.
No man, no “scientist,” no “prophet” no “politician” has the right to force conformity of thought, speech or action on free human beings. Forced conformity is immoral because and only because God has given us freedom that no man has the right to take away.
Yes, but then
True religion is the only thing strong enough to protect freedom, and freedom cannot be maintained when belief in God is undermined.
True enough, but any Muslim could subscribe to that latter. If America gets filled up enough with “true religion,” won’t that entail a fair degree of conformity, an agreement upon a creed with which to resist the Islamic incursion? On our part the creed would be unenforced, I presume, but it would have to be enforced against the incursion to be at all effective. Of course, we don’t have such an agreed upon creed at the moment, either as a matter of custom or law, so I don’t know what the case for optimism might be.
Perhaps I’m missing something obvious, or she just didn’t explain it very well and a reader can help me out. In any case, most of the essay is worth reading.
Miss Bynum has also written a book – Allah is Dead, Why Islam is Not a Religion – about which I know nothing but find the premise intriguing.
I had meant to post this as a Sunday Thought but got busy and forgot.