In the interest of civil dialogue, as well as a way to approach contemporary issues of today, I present, with utmost seriousness, 12 questions for those inclined to be liberal in their perspectives, and overall global view as well. These questions are the for left to ponder regarding news events. I would be delighted to receive their answers in kind.
Question 1: Did we end slavery in the United States by showing "tolerance" for the slave holders?
In this instance I’ll answer: No, we did not eradicate slavery by tolerating it but by finally expressing, through government action and military force, our intolerance of it as an institution. We cannot simply believe in tolerance as an abstract concept; some behavior is abhorrent to humanity and therefore is not entitled to tolerance. We must apply a level of wisdom ensuring that the values and principles we tolerate will protect and respect the basic humanity of every individual. Would liberal groups accept that a "zero-tolerance approach" be also applied to Shariah Laws.
A code suppressing women, justifying slavery, and promoting violence?
Question 2: A corollary: If a group of Muslims claims that freedom of religion permits their killing of gays, their subjugation of women, and their persecution of non-believers — all as Shariah Law dictates — should we allow their behavior, under our Constitution's First Amendment, or should we set limitations for the concept of religious freedom, thereby preventing them from practicing such "religious" principles?
Question 3: Was the killing of more than 100,000 innocent Algerians by the hands of the Salafi Islamic groups, the killing of innocent Muslims and mutilating dead bodies by radical Islamic groups in Iraq, and the bombing of Sufi mosques by Salafi Muslim groups in Pakistan — due to the Arab-Israeli conflict?
If not, how can anyone claim that the conflict represents the source of global Islamic terrorism?
Question 4: Why has President Donald Trump not been given credit by the liberal media for ending the ISIS slave markets in Iraq and Syria; sites in which non-Muslim female war prisoners were sold to be raped and bonded by their Muslim buyers?
Question 5: On Jan. 25, 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets in their country in protest against former President Hosni Mubarak, asking the military to help them remove him from power. Then, on June 30, 2013, even more Egyptians called for the removal of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood from power.
Why did the liberal media label the former event a "revolution," and concurrently an "Arab Spring," while branding the latter a "military coup"?
Why the double standard?
Question 6: Why do so many liberals express sympathy for the Palestinians, supporting their claim claims for a so-called "right of return," while at the same time they show not even a small portion of such sympathy for the Jewish communities who have been ejected from Arab countries in a humiliating manner?
Question 7: Why does the liberal media freely criticize President Trump for calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for her anti-Semitic comments but refuses to criticize the congresswoman for saying declaring that the current occupant of the Oval Office is "not human?" Will the same left-leaning media treat another politician in the same way if he or she describes Muslims as "not human"?
Question 8: Can you name a single, leading Islamic institution that stands unambiguously against traditional Shariah teachings of killing apostates and gays, beating women, stoning adulterers, raping female war prisoners, and forcibly converting non-Muslims?
Question 9: Why should you declare President Trump’s national security-based ban on selected Muslim-majority countries a "Muslim Ban," when the executive action included the immigration of Christians from those same countries? In addition, why do the left media and Democrats continue to call it a "Muslim Ban" when hundreds of millions of Muslims from more than 50 other Muslim-majority countries enter the U.S. freely?
Question 10: When President Trump decribed himself a "nationalist" — something of which we all should be proud — why did the opposition media falsely portray his assertion as that of a "white nationalist"? Given such a widespread distortion, why should we believe anything reported by those outlets?
Question 11: If leaders of a political organization asked its followers to nurse, in their children, hatred toward Muslims, would you consider this anything but a radical, racist organization? If yes, why would you not likewise apply that principle to the Muslim Brotherhood — a group whose former leader, Mohamed Morsi, once stated clearly and shamelessly that "Muslims must nurse [in] their children hatred to the Jews"?
Question 12: If people with high blood alcohol levels can be arrested and prosecuted for driving under the influence (DUI), even though they have not yet been involved in an accident, why won’t we accept a similar approach toward radical Islamic preachers promoting hate and violence — legally acting against them without waiting for their words to materialize into actions?
Dr. Tawfik Hamid is the author of "Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works, Why It Should Terrify Us, How to Defeat It." Read more reports from Tawfik Hamid — Click Here Now.
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