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Conflict of Truth: Freedom of Speech and Religion as Tools Against Liberty

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Jun 6, 2007 at 18:07

It is said that America is losing or has lost its Christian moorings and the freedoms associated with them, and there is much to support that when one looks at television or other media and sees the challenges to moral, religious, and ethical thinking. In that light, one might suppose that challenging the ‘free speech' and ‘freedom of religion' elements of rights for citizens could be extended without restraint to all who come here, especially to spite the Christian covering this nation has enjoyed for spiritual protection for over two hundred years.

So we find that 'freedom of speech' and ‘freedom of religion' guaranteed to citizens of America are being used by individuals and their associated organizations of questionable loyalty to America against America, and against Americans who want to protect those freedoms. Islamic terrorist organizations are not alone in this, but they are definitely among the more vocal about it. As such, it poses a problem of loyalty to those who are claiming to be peacefully practicing Muslims, for allegiance to the Quran in its fullest sense will soon require honoring the loyalty due to their Prophet, which is in complete contradiction to be loyal to a fundamentally Christian based nation. Hence a paradox presents itself.

One might say that under his or her ‘freedom of speech', that under a Muslim's ‘freedom of religion', they want to practice the articles of faith under Islam. However to do so in the pure sense of Islam places the practitioner in conflict with the precepts of what truly means to be an American. That is why Muslims in America feel targeted, because they are associated with fundamentalist Islam which has declared America and things American as anti-Islam. As fundamentalist Islamists are saying all along around the world, "death to America." So that poses the question, when it comes down to it, are all Muslims in America eventually going to make their true allegiances known and help to destroy America? Is that not what the Wahabi's and extremist supporters of CAIR and other likeminded Muslim groups working for?

What was the point of coming to America then, to destroy the freedoms and liberties that made America desirable? There are plenty of places in the world to practice Islam under ‘sharia' law with other assenting Muslims without coming to America. Oh, but wait,……there is no freedom of speech or religion in those places. So why did they, why do Muslims come to America, or in the case of some, convert? Are they missionaries of the 'benefits' of ‘sharia' law?

This reader has read that Muslims in America that are not in complete accord with their fellow fundamentalist Islamic extremists are called apostate, and need to heed the call to jihad. Those words are being spoken here under ‘freedom of speech' and ‘freedom of religion'. The centers being built, the battles being fought under legal pretense here and by terrorism and rioting elsewhere, all carry the corroborating message that Islam intends to rule the world.

America, we need to understand their message as well. Do we protect the freedoms which are granted by a power greater than they propose and which they are trying to steal, or lose them for our unwillingness to protect because of a lack of faith in them?
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