On Saturday, March 11, the ACLU had a national webcast to launch the organization's "People Power" project. Our local chapter hosted about 55 people for the viewing. Nationally, the ACLU estimated about 200,000 people had signed up to attend local meetings such as the one in Silver City.
Anybody who attended thinking they were going to receive instructions on how to make Molotov cocktails was disappointed. The meeting was almost all about organizing citizens to pressure local officials, starting with sheriffs and police chiefs, to resist efforts by the federal government to deport illegal immigrants.
This sort of Federalism is something I wholeheartedly support. In this case, I think the ACLU's goal is profoundly wrong, but the tactic is one I would expect the NRA to emulate if, for example, the federal government ordered all our guns to be confiscated.
In such a case, I would hope the NRA would conduct their campaign without all the demagoguery the ACLU dished out. President Trump, you see, has a "hate agenda" aimed at immigrants, people of color and Muslims, especially Muslims. One of the speakers even said Trump had issued a Muslim ban, which is an outright lie. Trump may have said he'd like to do that in his campaign, but the recent Presidential ban on people from certain Muslim-controlled countries was obviously not a ban on all Muslims.
No matter. Such lies get the folks all fired-up with righteous indignation and feelings of moral superiority. Besides, who gives a damn about facts? One of the speakers even called for demonstrations of support at Mosques.
How ironic. Do these "civil liberties" people know that by demonstrating in support of Islam, they are also supporting Islamic law, sharia law? Sharia law, which is sacred law, cannot be separated from Islam, and sharia law is not compatible with civil liberties as we know them. Period.
I used to think that learning about Islam would suffice to turn around the thinking of the PC crowd. Now, I'm not so sure. Yes, the facts about Islam persuade some people to change their opinion about Islam, but many others show disbelief, even hostility toward the "Islamophobe" presenting the facts. This is very puzzling. Islam has been preaching its message of hate for 1400 years. Straight up, no chaser.
Here's a quick lesson on Islam.
1. The Koran is the forever, infallible word of God.
2. Sharia law is based on commands in the Koran and, by extension, the commands of Muhammad because --
3. The Koran frequently orders Muslims to obey Muhammad, meaning anything Muhammad said or did has Allah's approval.
Much of sharia law is based on Muhammad's life and sayings, which are not found in the Koran but in the voluminous "gospels" of Islam, called the Hadith, and the biographies of Muhammad. What Muhammad did in addition to what he said also effects sharia law, but we're going to just examine a couple of things he said.
If you are interested, you can go on Amazon.com and purchase the definitive book of Sunni sharia law, Reliance of the Traveller (R of T), which frequently quotes Muhammad. To repeat, since Allah directs Muslims to obey Muhammad, what Muhammad said is therefore Allah's command.
Most of the people I know, when it comes to the LGBT community, are live-and-let-live types. I even support Gay marriage. If you're somebody like me, or especially, someone in the LGBT community, you will not want Islam to enjoy First Amendment protection. Why? Look at this "sacred law" in R of T, section p17.3, page 665:
"The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said: "Kill the one who sodomizes and the one who lets it be done to him."
If you are supportive of Muslims immigrating to this country AND being allowed to freely practice their religion as protected by the First Amendment, you are saying Muslims have a religious right, a command from their God, to kill homosexuals. We have laws against that, but they are manmade laws. The devout Muslim feels no obligation to obey those laws. He must obey Allah's laws.
Remember the Pulse night club massacre last June? A Muslim killed 49 people at the gay night club and a month later the FBI issued a statement saying they had no evidence the Muslim targeted the club because it was gay. NO EVIDENCE!?!? OMG.
R of T p17.3 has this further quote by Muhammad: "Lesbianism by women is adultery between them."
The punishment for this is something I'm a little confused about. As I read it, if a lesbian is married, which in the context of Islam could only be to a man, she is guilty of adultery and is stoned to death. (See R of T o12.2 and o4.17.) If not, she is "scourged one hundred stripes" to be administered as described in o12.5, i.e. with neither a new nor worn-out whip, and sitting down. (Men are scourged standing up.)
Perhaps the ACLU can get their lawyers to look into this and make a determination as to what exactly the punishment for lesbians should be. After all, if we are to be a multicultural society that welcomes immigrants of all religions because "that's who we are," details like this have to be worked out. It would also be nice, I know, to ban guns because we don't want homosexuals to defend themselves against people exercising their religious rights. That might be a hate crime.
Sarcasm aside, the ACLU should not be protesting a Trump ban on Muslims that wasn't a ban on Muslims, but instead be protesting precisely because it WASN'T a ban on Muslims.
Personally, I would welcome all Muslims seeking religious asylum FROM THEIR OWN RELIGION. You see, the penalty for apostasy in Islam is death. Muhammad said: "Whoever leaves his religion of Islam, kill him." Unfortunately, "apostasy" has grown to mean all sorts of transgressions, some quite minor, that are defined as "leaving the religion." Don't pray on time? Argue about the Koran? Question what Muhammad said? Bye, bye.
The list is long.
I recently read a Pew poll taken in England that showed nine percent of the Muslims living there STRONGLY OPPOSED the imposition of sharia law in England. These are brave people who deserve our support. There must be millions of decent people trapped in Muslim societies who want to escape that medieval madness. Those Muslims we should help.
That same Pew poll showed almost two-thirds of the Muslims DID want sharia law to be the law of England. Those Muslims can stay home. Ooops! I speak only for myself. Maybe the ACLU wants those sharia Muslims to immigrate here, build mosques, and practice their beliefs. If that‘s the case, isn't the ACLU tacitly accepting that homosexuals be killed and lesbians whipped? Shame on them.
Ladies and gentlemen, this nonsense about Islam being protected by the First Amendment has got to stop. Common sense has long dictated that First Amendment rights do not protect criminality. As famously noted, you do not have the right to falsely scream "fire"' in a crowded theater, nor do Mormons have the right to practice polygamy, nor do Muslims have the right to kill homosexuals, not in this country, not in any country.
For that matter, neither Muslims nor ANYBODY ELSE has the right to stop me from criticizing their abominable religion. That's my First Amendment right. Hmmmm. I wonder: Will the ACLU defend my First Amendment right or accuse me of hate speech?