Here we go again. Yet another idiotic decision by a court that causes Americans to consider Islam a barbaric religion.
How can it be possible in the 21st Century that a personal belief merits the death penalty in a country that officially recognizes freedom of religion?
Sure, as it’s reported in the Huffington Post, “Sudan’s penal code criminalizes the conversion of Muslims into other religions, which is punishable by death.”
And, yes, Roman Catholic Christians used to burn heretics and non-believers at the stake — but that was centuries ago.
The world has learned from its mistakes and moved on — so should countries such as Sudan if they wish to be taken seriously in the modern era.
Sometimes a person’s gotta wonder what gets into some people’s minds.
Take Boko Haram for example. These self-proclaimed Islamists in Nigeria are doing more harm to the reputation of Muslims worldwide (but especially in the West) than anyone since Al Qaida used airplanes as weapons to kill thousands of civilians a decade and a half ago.
Kidnapping more than 270 young girls from a boarding school to prevent their getting an education? Forcing them into “marriage” (actually, slavery) in the name of religion?
Slaughtering more than 300 in Gamboru Ngala on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon just this week?
As reported by Michelle Faul in the World Post, “Boko Haram’s five-year-old Islamic uprising has claimed the lives of thousands of Muslims and Christians. More than 1,500 people have died in their attacks so far this year. The insurgents say Western influences are corrupting and they want to impose an Islamic state in Nigeria, a country of 170 million of whom half are Christian.”
How can we stop this idiocy in the name of Islam? It does no one any good, least of all Muslims — especially those of us who live in the United States.
It’s about time!
The New York Police Department has shut down its controversial Muslim surveillance program.
As reported on The Huffington Post, the decision “comes amidst two federal lawsuits against the NYPD’s secretive Demographics Unit, and is the first major indication Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is distancing himself from some of the post-9/11 tactics established by his predecessor, former commissioner Ray Kelly.”
Besides: it was a complete waste of time and money. As reported, “NYPD officials later admitted that the broad intelligence program failed to produce any significant terrorism leads.”
Writing in an OpEd piece for the New York Times, Vali R. Nasr comments, “Russia’s problems with Muslim societies are bigger than the West’s. Some of its restless Muslim regions are turning to extremism; that is why Russia has always looked at the Arab Spring with suspicion, fearing that successful Arab rebellions would inspire Islamic risings in Russia.”
What do you think? Are more problems sure to arise in former Soviet states (especially in Central Asia) due to an escalating conflict between Orthodox Christianity and Islam?