CHARLOTTE, NC, May 16, 2016 – London’s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, has been in office less than a month but already he is making his presence known around the globe.
In an interview last week, Khan responded to a question by saying that he would like to “educate” Donald Trump about Islam. Like most Americans, and Westerners, Trump could probably benefit from some Islamic education, just not in the way Sadiq Khan would teach it.
By virtue of his victory, Khan has apparently duped Londoners into believing he is a “moderate Muslim.” Others who know better say otherwise.
According to Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs, on the day following Khan’s election London’s famous red double-decked buses featured ads extolling the “glory of Allah.”
As Hugh Fitzgerald points out, “It is not that Trump has been misinformed, but that he has not been sufficiently informed to do more than speak in dismissive generalities about Islam.” That statement is also true for a high percentage of Americans who know that something is wrong, even if they cannot grasp exactly what it is.
Khan has made it known that he prefers Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump in the upcoming November election. It is possible that Khan believes Clinton will be far easier to manipulate than The Donald even without a complete understanding of Islam.
Fitzgerald makes an interesting point when he says that the thing that “Muslims fear most” is educating ourselves “without help” about Islam. By “help,” Fitzgerald is referring to interference from Muslim advocates who always revert to a few “innocuous verses” which justify the position that Islam is a “religion of peace.”
In particular the primary verses are Surah 2:256 and Surah 5:32 (without reading further to Surah 5:33) of the Koran.
The oft quoted five word phrase, “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256) is so easy to understand that even non-believing advocates of the faith use it as the end all and be all of proof that Islam is peaceful.
The other popular explanation, 5:32, is almost always cited without 5:33. “Whoever kills an innocent, it is as if he has killed all mankind, and whoever saves a person, it is as if he has saved all mankind.”
Fitzgerald proposes that when Mr. Trump is confronted with this explanation that he follows up with the next verse which is “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land.”
Suddenly the entire context changes.
Investigative journalist Soeren Kern wrote that Khan gave a speech at a global peace conference in 2008 which was organized by the Islam Channel in which audience members were flying the black flag of jihad as he was speaking. That speech, according the Kern, has been frequently censured by British media regulators because of its extremism.
There are reasons why America and other Western nations are ignorant of Islam’s supremacist ideology. One is because politicians and the media have been “covering up” for it ever since two planes flew into the Twin Towers in 2001.
Another is complacency. We continue to naively believe our government is on top of the situation and that individual incidents such as the Boston Marathon and Charlie Hebdo are isolated attacks carried out by “radicalized” misguided extremists.
Third is because Kim Kardashian’s butt and which bathroom we should use are easier to understand and, therefore, require less effort to comprehend as they become the controversy du jour.
Writes Pamela Geller, “While America sleeps, the Left and its Islamic supremacist allies are working hard to render the First Amendment a dead letter. The stakes couldn’t be higher. You can’t criticize Muhammad, even by quoting him directly. You can’t criticize Islam. You can’t criticize prominent Muslims.
“It may indeed be the last period of Britain as the home of free people. Free people who willingly chose their own destruction.”
The frightening thing is that the tidal wave will not stop on the other side of the Atlantic unless we do something about it here at home. The first step is to create awareness. Then we must follow it up by educating ourselves without interference from political correctness.
It is still too early to know how Sadiq Khan’s election will alter the culture London, and by extension, the United Kingdom, but we are fooling ourselves if we do not pay close attention.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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