An Open Letter to American followers of Islam & Mona Eltahawy

by Datechguy | September 29th, 2012

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An Open Letter to American followers of Islam & Mona Eltahawy

Good After­noon:

As you may or depend­ing on the state of the pub­lic schools where you live, may not know the first Euro­peans to per­ma­nently set­tle in what is now called the United States were peo­ple flee­ing reli­gious per­se­cu­tion, peo­ple whose ways of wor­ship­ing God were dif­fer­ent from those around them and suf­fered for it.

When they came to Amer­ica the var­i­ous churches massed in var­i­ous colonies and based upon their own level of tol­er­ance for other reli­gions, enacted laws restrict­ing the prac­tice of other reli­gions until finally with the adop­tion of the Bill of Rights in the New con­sti­tu­tion (1787) the prin­ci­ple of free­dom of reli­gion was firmly estab­lished as a national policy.

We’ve had a few bumps as Catholics in Penn­syl­va­nia and Joseph Smith could tell you but by and large we’ve done an excel­lent job allow­ing peo­ple of any and all reli­gions to prac­tice as they please.

Islam has been around for quite a while, as a Roman Catholic I see sev­eral things good about it, par­tic­u­larly its devo­tion to reg­u­lar prayer which is the basis of any devo­tion to God.

As an Amer­i­can: I freely wel­come you to prac­tice Islam in Amer­ica. Wor­ship God as you see fit.

As an Amer­i­can: I freely wel­come you to make pub­lic your prac­tice, hold fes­ti­vals, have parades, share cul­tural events, let your cul­ture be part of ours as so many other cul­tures have before you.

As an Amer­i­can: I freely wel­come you to use all the free­doms promised to pro­tect reli­gious belief under the laws of the United States and of the indi­vid­ual states to make sure your right to wor­ship is respected.

As an Amer­i­can: I freely wel­come you to make your best case for Islam, explain your reli­gion, pros­e­ly­tize, I invite you to make the finest argu­ment you can that Islam is the best way to get clos­est to God and to live a bet­ter life that you can, both in pub­lic and in private.

As an Amer­i­can: I freely wel­come you to make the case against my reli­gion, any other reli­gion or no reli­gion at all. If you say Islam is truth explain why other reli­gions are false or have it wrong in print, in media and on the net.

As an Amer­i­can: I freely wel­come you to attempt to con­vert peo­ple even a Catholic like me. Con­vert the entire United States if you can

BUT

As an Amer­i­can and as a Catholic in Amer­ica In return I Demand the following:

As an Amer­i­can: I say you MUST NOT pre­vent oth­ers from Wor­ship­ing God as they see fit

As an Amer­i­can: I say you MUST NOT restrict the pub­lic prac­tice of other reli­gions, fes­ti­vals or any other cel­e­bra­tion or expres­sion of any other religion.

As an Amer­i­can: I say you MUST NOT vio­late the laws of the United States nor the indi­vid­ual States where you live in the prac­tice of your religion.

As an Amer­i­can: I say you MUST NOT pre­vent oth­ers from mak­ing the best case they can, in pub­lic or in pri­vate, for their reli­gions or reli­gious denom­i­na­tions, nor pre­vent oth­ers from mak­ing their case to fol­low no reli­gion at all.

As an Amer­i­can: I say you MUST NOT pre­vent oth­ers from mak­ing the case against Islam, for explain­ing the flaws in your belief and declar­ing that you have it wrong in print, in media or on the net.

As an Amer­i­can: I say you MUST NOT pre­vent oth­ers from con­vert­ing fol­low­ers of Islam nor must you harm those who do. Islam must be able to stand on its own two feet

You will note that I do not request these things, I do not entreat of you these things as a cour­tesy, I do not say you SHOULD NOT do these things. I say you MUST NOT do these things.

This is part of the Amer­i­can com­pact, Amer­ica is not just a place where free com­merce can get you any­where eco­nom­i­cally, it’s a place where every­one com­petes in the bat­tle­field of ideas and com­petes freely.

If you do otherwise:

If you choose to prac­tice and excuse things such as Honor Killing

If you attempt to pass laws to restrict cri­tique of Islam.

If you attempt to silence the voices that would argue against you by phys­i­cal action or vandalism

If you com­mit vio­lence against those who would preach another creed even in towns where you are the majority,

If you attempt to slay those who would choose to leave Islam.

If actively and mate­r­ial sup­port those who would over­throw this nation and it’s laws or tar­get Amer­ica & Amer­i­cans for slaughter.

Then I say you have bro­ken the com­pact of Amer­ica, and I will fight you in word or deed to my dying breath.

The choice is entirely yours.

My own Church the Catholic church pre­dates your reli­gion by hun­dreds of years. In nearly two dozen cen­turies it has had ups and downs. It has had suc­cess and scan­dal and it has been loved or as we see lately in Amer­ica despised, attacked and ridiculed by those in power and media.

This doesn’t worry me. The mes­sage of Christ and the Church is a true mes­sage, it has faced obsta­cles for cen­turies and still endures and flour­ish. It will con­tinue to do so.

I sub­mit that if you truly believe Islam is worth the paper it’s printed on or the Ara­bic script it’s writ­ten in, then it can stand on its own in the mar­ket­place of ideas regard­less of it is despised, attacked or ridiculed by those in power or those in media with­out the need of vio­lence, threat or intim­i­da­tion to back it up and if it can not, if you can not allow it do to so, that tells me you have nei­ther faith in the truth of your own reli­gion nor in “Allah” himself?

We can either be friendly rivals both hon­estly argu­ing for he best for our­selves, our fam­i­lies, our neigh­bors and our coun­try, or we can be enemies.

Your call.

Good Afternoon:

As you may or depending on the state of the public schools where you live, may not know the first Europeans to permanently settle in what is now called the United States were people fleeing religious persecution, people whose ways of worshiping God were different from those around them and suffered for it.

When they came to America the various churches massed in various colonies and based upon their own level of tolerance for other religions, enacted laws restricting the practice of other religions until finally with the adoption of the Bill of Rights in the New constitution (1787) the principle of freedom of religion was firmly established as a national policy.

We’ve had a few bumps as Catholics in Pennsylvania and Joseph Smith could tell you but by and large we’ve done an excellent job allowing people of any and all religions to practice as they please.

Islam has been around for quite a while, as a Roman Catholic I see several things good about it, particularly its devotion to regular prayer which is the basis of any devotion to God.

As an American: I freely welcome you to practice Islam in America. Worship God as you see fit.

As an American: I freely welcome you to make public your practice, hold festivals, have parades, share cultural events, let your culture be part of ours as so many other cultures have before you.

As an American: I freely welcome you to use all the freedoms promised to protect religious belief under the laws of the United States and of the individual states to make sure your right to worship is respected.

As an American: I freely welcome you to make your best case for Islam, explain your religion, proselytize, I invite you to make the finest argument you can that Islam is the best way to get closest to God and to live a better life that you can, both in public and in private.

As an American: I freely welcome you to make the case against my religion, any other religion or no religion at all. If you say Islam is truth explain why other religions are false or have it wrong in print, in media and on the net.

As an American: I freely welcome you to attempt to convert people even a Catholic like me. Convert the entire United States if you can

BUT

As an American and as a Catholic in America In return I Demand the following:

As an American: I say you MUST NOT prevent others from Worshiping God as they see fit

As an American: I say you MUST NOT restrict the public practice of other religions, festivals or any other celebration or expression of any other religion.

As an American: I say you MUST NOT violate the laws of the United States nor the individual States where you live in the practice of your religion.

As an American: I say you MUST NOT prevent others from making the best case they can, in public or in private, for their religions or religious denominations, nor prevent others from making their case to follow no religion at all.

As an American: I say you MUST NOT prevent others from making the case against Islam, for explaining the flaws in your belief and declaring that you have it wrong in print, in media or on the net.

As an American: I say you MUST NOT prevent others from converting followers of Islam nor must you harm those who do. Islam must be able to stand on its own two feet

You will note that I do not request these things, I do not entreat of you these things as a courtesy, I do not say you SHOULD NOT do these things. I say you MUST NOT do these things.

This is part of the American compact, America is not just a place where free commerce can get you anywhere economically, it’s a place where everyone competes in the battlefield of ideas and competes freely.

If you do otherwise:

If you choose to practice and excuse things such as Honor Killing

If you attempt to pass laws to restrict critique of Islam.

If you attempt to silence the voices that would argue against you by physical action or vandalism

If you commit violence against those who would preach another creed even in towns where you are the majority,

If you attempt to slay those who would choose to leave Islam.

If actively and material support those who would overthrow this nation and it’s laws or target America & Americans for slaughter.

Then I say you have broken the compact of America, and I will fight you in word or deed to my dying breath.

The choice is entirely yours.

My own Church the Catholic church predates your religion by hundreds of years. In nearly two dozen centuries it has had ups and downs. It has had success and scandal and it has been loved or as we see lately in America despised, attacked and ridiculed by those in power and media.

This doesn’t worry me. The message of Christ and the Church is a true message, it has faced obstacles for centuries and still endures and flourish. It will continue to do so.

I submit that if you truly believe Islam is worth the paper it’s printed on or the Arabic script it’s written in, then it can stand on its own in the marketplace of ideas regardless of it is despised, attacked or ridiculed by those in power or those in media without the need of violence, threat or intimidation to back it up and if it can not, if you can not allow it do to so, that tells me you have neither faith in the truth of your own religion nor in “Allah” himself?

We can either be friendly rivals both honestly arguing for he best for ourselves, our families, our neighbors and our country, or we can be enemies.

Your call.

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