David Solway asks: Is Islam really a religion?

“Islam is not terrorizing the West because it can but because it is being allowed to."

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CHARLOTTE, NC, July 27, 2017 – We often read and hear that Islam is recognized as one of the world’s three great religions along with Christianity and Judaism. That being the case, David Solway wrote a powerful article in August, 2016 in which he posed the question “Is Islam a religion?”

If you play the numbers game, as many people do, there is no doubt that Islam qualifies. Solway counters by saying “Numbers do not in themselves determine what qualifies as an ethically reputable, socially harmonious or spiritually viable religion or political grouping. Nazism and Communism counted in the millions of devout believers, but no reasonable person would consider such covenants as morally justifiable.”

“Numbers do not in themselves determine what qualifies as an ethically reputable, socially harmonious or spiritually viable religion or political grouping. Nazism and Communism counted in the millions of devout believers, but no reasonable person would consider such covenants as morally justifiable.”

Solway’s point is well taken. It is further enhanced as he continues


“Islam is an unrepentant politico-expansionist movement clothed in the trappings of religion and bent on universal conquest by whatever means it can mobilize.”

All too often when the subject of Islamic violence is debated, the rebuttal mentions the Crusades and/or the Inquisition. Not only is that argument as invalid as comparing Christ with Muhammad or the Bible with the Koran, Islamic apologists always fail to point out that every major religion, except one, has undergone a reformation that eliminates or minimizes human oppression. Only Islam promotes the concept of universal oppression with divine approval.

Only Islam promotes the concept of universal oppression with divine approval.

Publishers and managing editor of the “New English Review”, Rebecca Bynum, follows with a legitimate question:

“Islam, ‘is self-segregating, fosters ideas of Muslim supremacy and thereby sows seeds of social discord.’ What kind of religion, we might ask, degrades women as second-class citizens, approves anti-Semitism, preaches hatred against ‘infidels,’ sponsors terrorist attacks on an almost daily basis with Koranic warrant, and wishes to impose Sharia?”

It’s a question any reasonable, thoughtful person should have no difficulty accepting even if we only view Islam using a starting point of 9/11/01.

Raymond Ibrahim, the noted Islamic analyst, and writer, says “Islam is not terrorizing the West because it can but because it is being allowed to.”

“Islam is not terrorizing the West because it can but because it is being allowed to.”

Many observers regard Islam as a cult rather than a true religion. Certainly, the numbers of its followers would make it a massive cult, but sheer numbers do not alter the definition.

“The American Heritage College Dictionary” defines a cult as “A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living communally under an authoritarian charismatic leader.”

Clearly, the numbers of Muslims around the globe do not fit the pattern of living communally, nor would true believers accept that Islam is “extremist” or “false.”

On the other hand, it is difficult to deny the “extremist” element of Islam and Muhammad was undoubtedly an authoritarian charismatic leader.

Perhaps Rebecca Bynum describes Islam best when she terms it “the duck-billed platypus of belief systems.”

The most damning aspect of Islam, in terms of giving it full-religion status, is that it has insisted for 14 centuries that there is no separation of church and state. Therefore, Islam, for all practical purposes, is a way of life more that it is a religion, which allows believers to play both ends against the middle in matters of faith and government.

David Solway agrees, “Islam insists on territorial sovereignty and does not distinguish between theology and politics, which is why its definitional status as a ‘religion’ is or should be moot.”

“Islam insists on territorial sovereignty and does not distinguish between theology and politics, which is why its definitional status as a ‘religion’ is or should be moot.”

Whether intentional or by accident, Solway provides a partial solution to the contemporary problem of Islam when he cites a Supreme Court ruling in 1878 which stated in part: “The government cannot make laws regarding religion, but can reach actions when the principles are a violation of ‘social duties or subversive of good order.'”

“The government cannot make laws regarding religion, but can reach actions when the principles are a violation of ‘social duties or subversive of good order.'”

Solway continues with the interpretation that “Islam is a civilizational enemy that has no business claiming asylum under the aegis of the First Amendment and our political establishment has no business giving Islam a constitutional waiver.”

Considering that premise, Solway concludes “Islam is not entitled to the protectionist provisions of the First Amendment. Its exclusion would solve the problem of potential abuse of the (First) Amendment’s terms and stipulations. Islam’s tenets and articles of belief, undeniably unjust, tyrannical and socially disruptive in their practical effects and moral implications, should be construed constitutionally inadmissible, in line with the determination of the Supreme Court in its 1878 decision. Indeed, the issue is far graver today than it was a century and a half ago.”

“Islam is not entitled to the protectionist provisions of the First Amendment. Its exclusion would solve the problem of potential abuse of the (First) Amendment’s terms and stipulations. Islam’s tenets and articles of belief, undeniably unjust, tyrannical and socially disruptive in their practical effects and moral implications, should be construed constitutionally inadmissible, in line with the determination of the Supreme Court in its 1878 decision. Indeed, the issue is far graver today than it was a century and a half ago.”

If we would follow David Solway’s reasonable arguments, we, as a nation, could go a long way toward resolving the threats of terror in this country because it would virtually eliminate political correctness as it relates to United States law.

The difficulty is finding enough people with enough guts to recognize the severity of the problem.

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.

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