USA Today has found itself in the middle of a controversy because it printed an opinion piece by Anjem Choudary. A quick look at Wikipedia informed me that he’s a a British Muslim social and political activist who’s vocally anti-western. He criticized the UK’s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan and praised those responsible for the 9 – 11 attacks.
This is the first paragraph of his missive:
Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone. Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires.
I think it’s wonderful that USA Today has posted his thoughts. Not because I agree with him, but so the radical Islamist apologists in the West can understand what they’re really dealing with. I do agree that we should make an effort to work out disagreements by talking about them before taking up arms, or even applying political pressure. Like minded folk to are working toward a common goal can find a compromise long before violence is necessary!
The bleeding hearts however, feel that we can get along with anyone as long as we try to understand them. The people who hold this belief need to read Choudary’s words. There’s no understanding or accommodation. If you do anything that offends the radicals, you must die. We can’t agree to disagree. Everyone must live according to their rules. Or die.