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Submitted by Lee Stewart (United States), Jun 21, 2005 at 14:26

Distinguishing between moderate, extremist and liberal members in the context of the Muslim agenda serves no practical purpose, because, regardless of these distinctions, free speech is constrained for all under the threat of punishment, including death, a policy designed to dominate.

The followers of this religion have no intention of assimilating into the cultures they emigrate to; on the contrary, they defy and undermine liberal societies, are promoters of the seditious intentions imbedded in the Koran whether or not as individuals they are aware of it.

This year, on May 26th, the Quebec legislature found it necessary to vote against inclusion of Shari'a law into their legal system. This failed attempt on the part of Muslim immigrants is the canary in the coal mine -we can look forward to similar attempts that at first seem absurd.

We, in the United States, after the rude awakening of 9/11 and before, in the Salmon Rushdie case, have learned that criticism of the Koran, speciously defined as "being" the actual word of "God," is punishable by death under Shari'a law unless recanted, and that there are anonymous enforcers everywhere to back up the policy. Only commentary on the Koran of a promotional nature is freely permitted.

The assassination of VanGogh in the Netherlands is one example where a "fatwa" was not even necessary for the desired result. Followers as well as non-followers -publishers in the U.S. and elsewhere- are kept in line under this clever censorship strategy. To provide the same liberal minority rights protections to members of this militant political ideology when it masquerades as a religion that would use those rights to defeat us from within is national suicide. To permit journalists and universities to go unchallenged while they play "slight-of-hand" with their perceptions, teachings, reporting and rhetoric is equally suicidal.

We know the strategy. Pandering to it is breathtakingly stupid. Advocates for Shari'a law as practiced on Salmon Rushdie and the publishing and book selling industry in the U.S.and elsewhere constitutes a transnational criminal organization and should be approached as such under U.S. law.

We could save the lives of our military men and women, hundreds of billions in treasure and achieve a return to the glorious industrial creativity of the last century if we would only stand up for American principles here at home in our own country and make energy conservation and substitutes for oil in the U.S. our #1 priority now.

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