by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
…The United States will not have success in this volatile region until we have a strategy based on reality. Cruz persuasively contends that reality begins with no longer allowing the Brotherhood “to perpetuate the fiction that they are somehow reasonable and should be advising the highest levels of our government.”
To disastrous effect, the Obama administration has indulged the fantasy that American interests are served by making common cause with virulently anti-American Islamists who want Israel wiped from the map. Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, has been an enthusiastic partner in the project to cultivate the Brotherhood. And too many Republicans have fallen prey to the illusion of a Middle East tamed by “sharia democracy” — an illusion that portrays enemies as friends and is continually surprised by the rising tide of jihadism.
Ted Cruz understands the threat and is distinguishing himself by charting a very different policy direction. It will serve him well. And it would serve the country well.
By Cynthia Yacowar-Sweeney
....Under Shariah, the defacto situation is that people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, are being dehumanized on a daily basis all over the world by callous, barbaric and religiously approved Islamic tenets that sanction child molestation; child brutality; female degradation; female genital mutilation; hanging homosexuals; honour killings; stoning rape victims or alleged adulterers; flogging or killing apostates (those who leave Islam for another religion or for a secular lifestyle), blasphemers (those who insult the Prophet or Allah) and consumers of alcohol; persecution or execution of dhimmis (subjugated second-class non-Muslims citizen living under Islamic rule); slavery; and so much more.
Not only are beheadings, amputations of opposite limbs, and burning alive still forms of punishment practised in Islamic countries, but crucifixion is also used in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iran and recently in southern Yemen, as mandated by the Koran (5:33) – the ONLY time an image of the cross can be displayed in these countries – whereby the victim is nailed with steel spikes to cross-shaped planks by the hands and feet, and often suffers for three days dying a slow and painful death. If the victim is lucky, he’ll be beheaded before being crucified, with his head stuck on a pole next to his crucified torso.
Today’s more civilized societies live under secular law and are constantly evolving. Religious laws require discussion, interpretation, analysis and subsequent application. They are subordinate to secular law. This can never happen with a strict adherence to Islam, which is all about obedience, observance and submission. As Seyyid Qutb, the founding father of modern Jihad, wrote in his Milestones: “We must return to it”, referring to Islam at the time of the Prophet (when it was at its purest, free fromJahiliyyah or ignorance of Allah’s guidance) “with a sense of instruction for obedience and action, and not for academic discussion and enjoyment.”Discussion or criticism is not allowed in Islam, only blind obedience to Shariah. Choosing otherwise means death.
Man-made laws that include the West’s basic human rights and freedoms as outlined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights can never transcend the laws of Shariah ordained by Allah for all mankind. Shariah Law has been established as the supreme law of the land for all countries in the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, issued in 1990 by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) ─ the 57-member state organization representing 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. The OIC’s goal is to internationally criminalize any criticism of Islam by restricting freedom of speech (as per Resolution 16/18). Without the freedom to speak and express opinions, a society will lose the remainder of its other freedoms and eventually collapse, giving Shariah free reign to assert its primacy over Western law.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights stresses that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”, while its antithesis, the Cairo Declaration, stresses that Allah has made only “the Islamic ummah the best people” and states in Article 24 that “All the rights and freedoms stipulated in this Declaration are subject to the Islamic Shariah.” In other words, Human Rights in the latter document mean Shariah Law. Following man-made laws is considered apostasy from Islam, punishable by death, as prescribed by the Prophet (Bukhari (4:52:260), in some Islamic countries like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Blasphemy is also punishable by death in those very same countries (Koran 33:57-61).
I repeat, the harder the OIC pushes for a worldwide caliphate governed by Shariah, the more Westerners will see Shariah creep into all facets of their free societies. Where there is Shariah, there are horrific human rights abuses. To protect children and others against Shariah oppression in the West, citizens of the free world must push for legislation to delegitimize and ban implementation of Shariah in the state, province or region in which they live ─ before the Jihad against infidels is taken to the next stage of convert, surrender or die.