The Gist of The Islamic Question

The clash between Democracy and Shari’a will look like this:
Mark Steyn wrote,

Rahman embodies the question at the heart of this struggle: If Islam is a religion one can only convert to not from, then in the long run it is a threat to every free person on the planet. What can we do? Should governments with troops in Afghanistan pass joint emergency legislation conferring their citizenship on this poor man and declaring him, as much as Karzai, under their protection?

In a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of “suttee” — the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. General Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural:

”You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows.You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

India today is better off without suttee. If we shrink from the logic of that, then in Afghanistan and many places far closer to home the implications are, as the Prince of Wales would say, “ghastly.”

©Mark Steyn 2006
[edited for clarity of authorship]

4 thoughts on “The Gist of The Islamic Question”

  1. That’s an interesting parallel with the Indian example Ilona. I don’t think this man wants citizenship esewhere – on the news last night he was in interview saying he wants to stay in Afghanistan, and apparently he has said he is willing to die for his faith there. He’s quite a man – I’ve been praying for him – along with people all over the globe I expect.

  2. Thank God he is released, we can continue to pray for his safety and witness to his countrymen.

    Steyn is almost always right on the mark on these matters.

  3. I think I missed your point – now that I have thought about it. You seem to be saying he would live there but have the protection of another citizenship. I wonder if Western governments would do that.

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