So after my last post, I got a track back to another blog page that was Pro-Islam. The author wanted to try to clear up the confusion so they posted the mission statement of the Fiqh Council of North America. Let me give you that statement:
….the true and authentic teachings of Islam promote the sanctity of human life, dignity of all humans, and respect of human, civil and political rights. Islamic teachings uphold religious freedom and adherence to the same universal moral values which are accepted by the majority of people of all backgrounds and upon which the US Constitution was established and according to which the Bill of Rights was enunciated.
……we the members of FCNA (Fiqh Council of North America) believe that it is false and misleading to suggest that there is a contradiction between being faithful Muslims committed to God (Allah) and being loyal American citizens. Islamic teachings require respect of the laws of the land where Muslims live as minorities, including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, so long as there is no conflict with Muslims’ obligation for obedience to God. We do not see any such conflict with the US Constitution and Bill of Rights. The primacy of obedience to God is a commonly held position of many practicing Jews and Christians as well.
We believe further that as citizens of a free and democratic society, we have the same obligations and rights of all US citizens. We believe that right of dissent can only be exercised in a peaceful and lawful manner to advance the short and long term interests of our country.
The Fiqh Council of North America calls on all Muslim Americans and American citizens at large to engage in objective, peaceful and respectful dialogue at all levels and spheres of common social concerns. We call upon all Muslim Americans to be involved in solving pressing social problems, such as the challenge of poverty, discrimination, violence, health care and environmental protection. It is fully compatible with Islam for Muslims to integrate positively in the society of which they are equal citizens, without losing their identity as Muslims (just as Jews and Christians do not lose their religious identity in doing the same).
My first thought after reading it a few times was, if that is your essential beliefs then why are you taking on the Catholics and forcing your religion on them. If the answer is, “WE are not taking on the Catholics, those are different Muslims” then you have proven my point. This is why non-Muslim Americans are so confused.
And to further my point, a Kent State University professor shouted “Death to Israel” during a lecture by a former Israeli diplomat. Israeli Ismael Khaldi is a former deputy counsel general for the Israeli consulate in San Francisco. Kent State University professor Julio Pino is a Cuban-American who converted to Islam. Pino still retains his job at the University though I wonder if an Israeli professor said something about Death to Islam, if he would still have a job.
Regardless, this is hate speech pure and simple. And the professor has a history of making vitriolic statements when he eulogized an 18-year-old Palestinian homicide bomber in the student-run newspaper, the Daily Kent. Pino clearly didn’t get the memo about living in America in a peaceful and civilized manner. Or perhaps he is reading a different Koran or using a different interpretation. What I can tell you is this, Baptists do not go around shouting “death to Methodists.” Catholics don’t go to lectures and say “death to Pentecostals” in fact, in Catholicism there is a consistency that echos through parishes. You can attend St. Joseph’s in California and St. Mary’s in New York and it will feel exactly the same.
That’s the problem and fear with Islam. There is no consistency among the members. One branch is ultra-radicalized and using homicide bombers, one branch is radicalized and can be provoked to violence (Major Nidal Hassan), another branch are the peaceful, living side by side people who would never engaged in violence but file lawsuits for special privileges (Catholic University) and the final branch are the ones who are quietly living their lives trying to get along, make money and raise families.
This is the struggle of the non-Muslim Americans. We want to trust, we want to believe in peaceful co-existence and we want to get to know you. But, every time we get close, a bomb goes off somewhere or a professor we trusted makes hates speech, or worse yet we get bullied by a bogus lawsuit to force our acceptance. Unless and until there is consistency among the different groups, there will be fear.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/28/professors-death-to-israel-rant-sparks-controversy-at-kent-state-university/?test=latestnews&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl3%7Csec3_lnk3%7C108452#ixzz1cBxZ8400