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Friday, 17 May 2013

The Interfaith Movement in Muslim Countries

In the UK, non-Muslims have created a huge “interfaith movement” which a small amount of media-savvy Muslims have tapped in to. We’re always hearing about Community Cohesion and the necessity of Embracing Diversity from this movement. When an Islamic bomb goes off (or yet another Muslim terrorist is arrested) the Church of Interfaith gets into full swing. When there's another case of Muslim grooming, the C of I assures us that there are also many gangs of Anglican groomers. When there’s a protest against a super-mosque, yes, you’ve got it, the Interfaith zealots will be there begging the builders to make the mosque bigger and higher.

So how’s the Interfaith Movement doing in Muslim countries?

A report was released on May 7th by the U.S.Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). It revealed that out of 15 nations which were the worst offenders against religious freedom, 10 were Muslim nations.

In these Muslim countries, non-Muslims are persecuted, imprisoned and killed for their non-Islamic religious beliefs. This isn't surprising since such persecution is written into Islam itself. That is, under sharia law all non-Muslims have a dhimmi status at best; at worst they are persecuted and often killed. The Koran itself has countless passagesof hate towards “unbelievers” and the hadith are often even worse.

Since most Muslims in the UK are either Pakistani or of Pakistani heritage, let's start with Pakistan. 

In Pakistan there is a controversial blasphemy law. That will also explain why many British-Pakistani Muslims are agitating for blasphemy law here in the UK. Of course they don’t use those words – “sharia blasphemy law”. Instead they talk about “hate crimes”, “Islamophobia”, “racism” and whatnot. In fact Muslims in the UK have been so successful of fusing the criticism of Islam with racism that we’ve now got the  Religious and Racial Hatred Act of 2006.

Let’s stay with Pakistan. In that country there is massive persecution of all religious minorities, which often results in killings, arson and rioting. In the UK, there have been a couple of pigs’ heads left next to a couple of mosques and a few demonstrations against Islamisation.

(It's ironic that one day Pakistani Muslims in the UK will be interfaithing and enjoying peace and tolerance, and the next they will be visiting Pakistan - as they often do - and seeing some of the massive violence and persecution - carried out by their relations? - of non-Muslims. This is the case with specifically Christians, which happens there on a day-to-day basis. I wonder what the UK's Pakistani Muslims think about all this...)

Take Egypt too; now led by what Western governments deem to be the “moderate” Muslim Brotherhood. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has explicitly stated that the Muslim Brotherhood has systematically failed to stop violence against Egypt’s religious minorities, most prominently the Copts (Christian Egyptians). This isn't a surprise because the Muslim Brotherhood has always been strong on persecution and even on assassinations and bombings (i.e., since the late 1920s). This was hardly likely to have stopped once they gained power.

If we now move to Iraq and Iran, the Commission informs us that the imprisonment, torture and executions are daily occurrences for non-Muslims in these countries. As is the case with many Muslim states, a conversion to Christianity in Iran and Iraq is classed as a "crime against state security". This shouldn’t be a surprise because in Islam the state and religion are as one; at least that’s what Islam demands and what sharia law is there to bring about.

In Saudi Arabia all religious activities outside the permitted Wahhabism (a movement within Islam) are banned. Indeed in Saudi Arabia’s apartheid state non-Muslims have to drive on their own side of the road. That apartheid system encompasses all aspects of Saudi life. This is because the Islamic system of Dhimmitude enforces a system of apartheid on all non-Muslims in Muslim states.

The Muslim countries (or Muslim-majority countries) which USCIRF also notes include Sudan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. These Muslim countries are classified as "particularly worrisome countries".

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