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Blasphemy as a National Security Threat

Offending Islam has become a national security issue involving all levels of government.
Imran Firasat

Imran Firasat

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The sort of men who deport filmmakers, when they aren’t locking them up, and treat the stunts of shock jocks as a matter of national security, fail to understand that they are not fighting some vague notion of “extremism” which is fed by “extreme” language and actions, but an organized ideology whose goal is not merely preventing Bubba the Love Sponge from burning the Koran, but compelling the Mayor of Tampa and the American commander in Afghanistan to compel Bubba not to burn a Koran.

Islamists have not launched a thousand years war over Bubba; they have done it so that the cities and countries where Bubba and Imran live submit to Islam. Locking up filmmakers and warning off DJ’s is not quite up to Saudi and Iranian standards of submission, but it’s a start. Once the principle has been established, then the rest is a matter of negotiation. And the negotiations always begin and end with a bang.
There are two laws that govern men; the law of faith and the law of force. The law of faith is followed when you do a thing because you believe it to be right. The law of force is followed when you compel others to do a thing or are compelled to do it by them. Faith at its strongest is more enduring than force, and yet force can be used to change faith. America has lived under the law of faith, following the laws that it believed to be right. Islam conducts its affairs under the law of force, as it has since the days of Mohammed. American leaders are abandoning their laws of faith to force, giving up on freedom of speech to accommodate the violence of Islam, while forgetting that when you give up faith to force, then you also abandon any further reason to resist that force. Without faith, it is easier to let force win.
Originally published at Sultan Knish.
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About the Author: Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli born blogger and columnist, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His work covers American, European and Israeli politics as well as the War on Terror. His writing can be found at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press.


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15 Responses to “Blasphemy as a National Security Threat”

  1. Roc Diaz says:

    the americans and the rest of the world, instead of fearing the arabs for talking smack about muhamed, they should fear Hashem the G-d of all peoples when they promote gay marrage and immorality. Hes the one that is pounding america with violent storms and dissabling the "most powerful country on earth" all because of their sick ways. the arabs kill homosexuals and blasphimers. israel should do the same.

  2. Charlie Hall says:

    "proposed to burn a Koran,".

    The guy who wanted to burn the Koran — and did — is a nutcase named Terry Jones. He wanted to burn a Talmud, too — because according to Jones we Jews were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

    "Muslims have restored blasphemy prosecutions to the United States and Europe through violence."

    There hasn't been a blasphemy prosecution anywhere in the US since the 1920s, and in the 1950s the US Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional.

    I thought that the JP had higher standards for factual content.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    "proposed to burn a Koran,".

    The guy who wanted to burn the Koran — and did — is a nutcase named Terry Jones. He wanted to burn a Talmud, too — because according to Jones we Jews were responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

    "Muslims have restored blasphemy prosecutions to the United States and Europe through violence."

    There hasn't been a blasphemy prosecution anywhere in the US since the 1920s, and in the 1950s the US Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional.

    I thought that the JP had higher standards for factual content.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    Funny how the areas in NYC most devastated by hurricane Sandy included most of the areas that vote Republican in national elections.

  5. Charlie Hall says:

    Funny how the areas in NYC most devastated by hurricane Sandy included most of the areas that vote Republican in national elections.

  6. I liked Jones better when he was with Monty Python

  7. I liked Jones better when he was with Monty Python

  8. Devora Khayyat says:

    He's saying that we are effectively using such laws now, even if we don't call it blasphemy persecution.

  9. Charlie Hall says:

    He brings no evidence for such. Although frankly I think Jones should be confined in a mental institution.

  10. Devora Khayyat says:

    "The United States has a man sitting in prison for making another blasphemous movie, which the government spent weeks blaming for worldwide attacks on American embassies. And he isn’t the first man persecuted or prosecuted for offending Islam.""When Bubba the Love Sponge, a Tampa DJ, proposed to burn a Koran, the commander of the Afghanistan war contacted his girlfriend (who would later be stalked by Petraeus’ girlfriend) to contact the Mayor of Tampa to keep Bubba from burning a Koran. Instead of explaining how the American system works to the Lebanese temptress and her four-star general, the mayor wrote back that the city was working on it."

  11. Devora Khayyat says:

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/19/bubba_the_love_sponge He's talking about a different person. And people should be able to say they want to burn the Talmud or the Koran. And if they want to, the government should not stop them from doing so.

  12. Charlie Hall says:

    When a country is at war — and remember we are still in the GWOT — liberties are restricted when expressing those liberties damages the war effort.

    Were we in the middle of WW1 or WW2, we would not be having this discussion.

  13. Devora Khayyat says:

    Sure we restrict freedoms. This makes sense to the extent of wiretapping suspected terrorists, for instance, but that often gets liberals up in arms. I do not think they punished Americans for anti-German speech in WWI or II (in fact, there were attacks in the first-which I am not justifying.) There is no reason our freedom should be restricted in order to appease those who threaten us, and the author's point is that the illusion that this will work is dangerous. Furthermore, where does it end? At WWI and II, it was clear when we won; the war on terrorism is ongoing, and we cannot just say we will live indefinitely in fear of offending Islam. If we do, they've won.

  14. Charlie Hall says:

    " wiretapping suspected terrorists, for instance, but that often gets liberals up in arms"

    Never got me up in arms. There has been provision for this in the law for over 30 years:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreign_Intelligence_Surveillance_Act

  15. Charlie Hall says:

    "At WWI and II, it was clear when we won; the war on terrorism is ongoing"

    You are sounding like the ultra-lefties on dailykos!

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