We live in a country where newspapers, TV shows, and comedians that openly mock Christians are AFRAID to do the same thing to Muslims. We have Muslims who want to build a celebratory victory mosque at Ground Zero and there are liberals bending over backwards to encourage them in the name of tolerance. Yet, if you suggest that radical Islam is culturally corrosive and we could actually end up with Sharia law in the US, people roll their eyes. Obviously, that couldn’t happen here.
However, across the pond, it’s already happening to our British cousins. Here’s Mark Steyn at The Corner,
Andrew, I don’t agree with everything Nick Cohen says (particularly in those passages where he himself feels obliged to lapse into equivalism) but he’s right about liberalism’s retreat into a cowed quiescence, both in Pakistan and in the heart of the west. By way of a (so far) less bloody example:
A prominent British imam has been forced to retract his claims that Islam is compatible with Darwin’s theory of evolution after receiving death threats from fundamentalists.
This is not in Lahore or Cairo but in London, at what is described as “a prominent mosque which also runs one of the country’s largest sharia courts” – in other words, a religious institution that already enjoys the imprimatur of state approval, albeit not (yet) to the same degree as in Pakistan. The imam, Dr Hasan, has issued a groveling apology – “I seek Allah’s forgiveness for my mistakes” – but they still want to kill him. Note the following line in the story:
Police advised him not to attend after becoming concerned for his safety.
As I’ve written before, “security concerns” are the new black(out) – the means by which those who are meant to enforce the law equally instead pre-emptively reward bullying mobsters who have total contempt for it. In this case, it may even be that this helpful advice was provided by Muslim police officers, who in Britain, Canada and Europe are often happy to serve as state enforcers for Islamic intimidation.
Twenty five years ago, if you’d told Brits that Shariah would be the law of the land in parts of Britain — and it is — and that radical Muslims would regularly threaten people into submission — and they do — do you think they would have believed it? Do you think liberals and government officials in the United States would be less willing to capitulate or more willing to stand up against threats? So far, there’s absolutely no evidence that’s the case.
That’s why people who refuse to back down one inch in the fight against radical Islam are so valuable. Those people, like Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Mark Steyn, David Horowitz, Andrew McCarthy, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the others like them are the thin line between America and what’s going on in Britain today.