Are Islam and Liberty Necessarily At Odds?

Posted: August 30, 2011 in christianity, current events, islam, politics

An interesting (albeit, politically incorrect) article from World Magazine:

The United States replied to 9/11 with not only military might but the hope that Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries would gain freedom…But with democratic experiments stalling, more Americans are asking basic questions: Do many devout Muslims, for theological reasons, see liberty as an enemy? Is it historical accident that societies with a Protestant base have typically developed free institutions, and societies with a Muslim base typically have not?

This Muslim emphasis on tawhid—making everything united—has enormous cultural and governmental implications. Without a sense of original sin, Muslims do not grasp Lord Acton’s idea that (among humans) power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. In Muslim countries a system of checks and balances seems redundant. Originally, Islamic countries had no separation between religious and civil law, between Islam and the state. That’s how Muslims want things to be once again.

Because Islam in many ways trains people not to govern themselves but to be governed by dictates, Muslim countries frequently have dictators in charge. Abraham questioned God about the destruction of Sodom, but even the word Islam means “submission.” Those who don’t submit jeopardize their lives: Hisham Kassem of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights says, “It’s not safe to think in this part of the world.”…

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