'Intolerance' to Shariah Necessary for Liberty, Freedom

Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 08:25 AM

By Tawfik Hamid

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One of the questions being asked is, Should the United States become more tolerant to radial Islamic law (Shariah)?

President Barack Obama’s comments to American Muslims at the recent Ramadan dinner at the White House suggest that he believes that the value of “tolerance” was the main driving force that made America a beacon for liberty and equality throughout history.

The president appealed to the American people to honor the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks by hewing to the values of diversity and tolerance. "We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust," the president declared.

In another statement the president said, “Americans must cling to the shared belief in religious tolerance and clarity about who their enemies are.”

Furthermore, on the ninth anniversary of the greatest mass murder on American soil in the history of our country, far-left, faux-documentarian Michael Moore issued a clarion call to the United States. “If the [ground zero] ‘mosque’ isn’t built,” he wrote, “this is no longer America.”

In fact, Moore said he was opposed to building the ground zero mosque two blocks from ground zero. “I want it built on ground zero,” he wrote.

The president should have had a clear distinction between the religious values that must be respected and those values that must not be granted any form of tolerance.

Those who promote the value of "tolerance" in an absolute form miss that it is simply not possible to be tollerant of every ideology. It is the delicate balance that has preserved the American dream of equality and liberty.

For example, where would we be if the United States was tolerant of slavery? If not good men stood up to be intolerant of such cruelty?

Similarly, "intolerance" of the discrimination against the blacks, the Jews, and women in the American history has been the main foundation for our current freedoms and equality.

It is fair to show tolerance to religious values that do not physically harm or threaten the lives of other people (such as fasting in Ramadan or praying in a mosque); however, showing any tolerance to oppressive barbaric, violent, religions and giving them protection under the umbrella of “religious freedom” is a form of facilitation for criminal acts as those who will practice these values advise killing apostates, stoning women, having slaves in their houses, and killing homosexuals under the name of practicing their religious values.


The United States must show the same level of intolerance to Shariah, which allows the use of violence against women and homosexuals and justifies killing Muslims who convert from Islam to another faith — or no faith at all.

Above all, if President Obama wants to make a true contribution to the debate, he must uphold American values by showing "intolerance" to Shariah.

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