One of my more thoughtful cousins sent along the following commentary for my commentary. So first the Question with the predicted right wing answers:
Can a good Muslim be a good American or Canadian?
This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years.
The following is his reply:
Theologically - no. ... Because his allegiance is to Allah.
Religiously - no.. . .. Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam ... (Quran, 2:256) (Koran)
Scripturally - no. .. .. Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.
Geographically - no .. Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day..
Socially - no. . . Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews ...
Politically - no... Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.
Domestically - no. .. . Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34 )
Intellectually - no... Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Philosophically - no. . . Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran does not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
Spiritually - no... Because when we declare 'one nation under God,' The Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran's 99 excellent names.
Therefore, after much study and deliberation....perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both 'good' Muslims and good Americans/Canadians. Call it what you wish it's still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our countries and our future. The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.
Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within. SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.
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So, first a disclaimer - I am presently quite down on most organized religions and particularly the 'radical' version of any religion - Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hindu, whatever. Thus, I would tend to agree that of all of the big religions, Islam seems to be the most pernicious. One only has to reflect on the murder in London, jihad and the barbarism of Muslim on Muslim to determine that many Muslims do not view their religion as a religion of peace. [Of course the same can be said for many Christians, although there seems to be several orders of magnitude difference in the amount of violence]. I would not agree with the author's claim that we need to be suspicious of all Muslims - seems a bit paranoid.
Now, let's substitute Christian for each of the talking points mentioned:
Theologically - no...because a Christian's allegiance is to the Christian God.
Religiously - no...because "I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me."
Scripturally - no...Christians reside in and belong to the Kingdom of God, not any earthly kingdom. [Don't trot out the "render unto Caesar" tripe - how's that working for the Christians in Iran?].
Geographically - no...the US is a nation of Christians, not a Christian nation.
Domestically - no...let's review all of the scriptural demands for "put to death" - we can start with mouthing off to your mom and dad, move on to adulterers, and there are about 85 others.
Socially - no...many Christian denominations do not even recognize other Christian denominations as true believers, let alone those who are non-believers or believers in another tradition.
Intellectually - this one defies rational comment because of its flawed logic - just which "biblical principles" are used as the foundation of the Constitution? The bible can be quote mined to support almost any position, for slavery/against slavery, for equality for women/against equality for women, for killing your enemies/for loving your enemies.....etc.
Philosophically - no...the establishment clause of the American Constitution and the US separation of church and state is diametric to the call of many Christians for a theocracy.
Spiritually - no...the author apparently sees kindness in God's commands to kill in the Old Testament, in God's decision to torture people for eternity, and Jesus' words: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters--yes, even their own life--such a person cannot be my disciple."
Of course I am being a bit harsh and overly dramatic, but the point is that almost all issues are not answered by a simple yes or no, a black or white approach, or by either-or sound bite rhetoric. I think that indeed some Muslims can be "good" Americans just as many Christians can be "good" Americans. I personally believe that there are times when Christians should be "bad" Americans when the country demands behavior that is counter to the Gospel. As noted, I think that radicals of any religious stripe are dangerous, and it appears to me that there is a growing number of radical Muslims. However, radical Christians are also scary - not so much from the violence perspective but in the my-way-or-the-highway approach of radical fundamentalists, biblical extremists and theocratic zealots.
Sorry cousin for the bit of a rant, but this is what came to mind. Paz.
h/t cuz bs