The conversation between Ben Affleck and Bill Maher’s HBO talk show about Islam and its role in horrific acts unleashed from Iraq to Oklahoma’s be-heading of a 54-year old Christian woman by a Muslim convert was very interesting. The only thing lacking was the discussion of what the Koran stands for and what a Muslim must live by. Any discussion of the Koran in my opinion should have an outline of the passages of the Koran on the table; and, if Ben and Bill can agree that the passages are an honorable religion, then they should continue their discussion. The first topic of discussion should be the definition of Islamophobia which is a penalty card against free speech whenever Muslims are criticized. This word stifles dialogue, debate,and discussion. If the Muslims are to live among us in America, we must have this debate which only enhances a healthy thriving democracy. In America, we cherish free speech and have the freedom to criticize anyone if they are indulging in violence, intolerance and radicalization. A number of passages in the Koran cannot be tolerated in the U.S. These are:
Surah 8 verse 60: Prepare to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah – More stringent laws should be put in place for immediate punishment. Until people speak out this violence will continue. It’s main purpose is to frighten the world.
Surah 47 verse 4: Therefore, when ye meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks. This is the actual be-headings.
Surah 4 verse 89: So take not friends from the ranks of the unbelievers, seize them and kill them wherever ye find them. They will not be friends of non-believers and isolate themselves in their own communities.
A number of other things that concern me are the words “apostasy, honor killings, and Sharia law. ” Apostasy is the abandonment of one’s Muslim religion which is a crime and punishable by death. Therefore, in order to live in a democracy these things are not possible. We have to acknowledge that Islam is a problem. How does a Muslim live in a democracy and live by the Muslim religion is my question? We know that a radical Muslim wants to behead any person that is a non-believer, so does a moderate Muslim want a radical Muslim to be-head you? The Muslims tell us that there is a cancer spreading within Islam; but, I do not see the moderate Muslim speaking out and trying to eradicate the radicals.
If the Muslims are going to live outside of their own world, they have to understand they are guests in the U.S. and have to adjust to our culture outside of their homes while living their culture within their homes – just as all of our families do.