Diana West: there's a reason "Islam" means "submission"

Diana West: Islam outlaws all the things that allow Bloomberg to tolerate it

Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance

By: DIANA WEST Examiner Columnist

Bloomberg: vested interests or just a kumbaya monkey?

“We are Americans, each with an equal right to worship and pray where we choose,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said this week. “There is nowhere in the five boroughs that is off limits to any religion.”

Our founding documents guarantee that – and not just in the five boroughs.

But the unprecedented furor over plans for a mosque complex at ground zero tells us there is a coalescing sense that Islam is more than a “mere” religion as non-Muslims conceive of “religion.” It is becoming clear to people, despite the gag of political correctness, that there’s a reason “Islam” means “submission.”

Islam not only seeks to order the spiritual realm inhabited by a Muslim and Allah, it lays out a doctrine to control every believer’s behavior (down to the most intimate bodily functions) as well as the public life of the collective. Doctrinally, Islam is thus “doubly totalitarian,” in the words of G.H. Bousquet, a leading scholar of Islamic law, in accordance with the body of law known as Shariah.

Under Shariah, freedom of conscience and freedom of speech are outlawed with extreme sanction (those who leave Islam fear death to this day), while non-Muslims and women exist as legal inferiors to the Muslim man. Meanwhile, jihad — holy war to extend Islamic rule — is a sacred command. And I have the books that prove it.

In other words, this isn’t Islam because I say so, but because its sacred, authoritative, mainstream, non-hijacked, untwisted texts say so. It is the religious and political and legal ideology that inspired the al Qaeda killers on 9/11, and it is the religious and political and legal ideology that inspires the mosque complex at ground zero.

And I didn’t come up with that, folks; I just happened to notice, and thought you should know.

The crucial fact is, whether we are brutalized by acts of jihad or confused by acts of dawa (proselytizing), their goal is identical: more Islamic law. And this end will always justify the means as seen, for example, back in 2005 when hundreds of acclaimed Islamic clerics and heads of state gathered in Amman, Jordan.

There, quite anti-climactically, they issued the “Amman Message” that declares that no Muslim who adheres to a recognized school of Islam may be labeled an apostate. Subtext: Not even Osama bin Laden could be, in effect, excommunicated or otherwise blackballed or removed from good standing by these Islamic authorities. One of the 552 signatories was Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

Bloomberg types are blind to these things, from the Shariah-spreading efforts of Rauf (noted here last week), to dictates of Shariah that subvert constitutional liberties. So, blindly, they sound platitudes in Islam’s defense, plucking emotional chords that resonate with Americans about “liberty,” “tolerance,” and “religious freedom” on behalf of a belief system that, ultra-ironically, outlaws them all.

Bloomberg actually suggested that a failure to erect the mosque complex would “undermine our soldiers,” “our foreign policy objectives” — even “our national security.”

“Just as we fought communism by showing the world the power of free markets and free elections,” said Bloomberg, “so must we fight terrorism by showing the world the power of religious freedom and cultural tolerance. Freedom and tolerance will always defeat tyranny and terrorism – that is the great lesson of the 20th century, and we must not abandon it here in the 21st.”

It almost sounds wonderful – until the froth dries and you remember that fighting tyranny is never as easy as show and tell. This is something that victims of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc, for example, could explain to the mayor. Freedom and tolerance, regardless of how well they are exemplified, don’t have a chance against tyranny and terrorism if they aren’t vigilantly protected.

Indeed, tolerance is doomed if it is extended to the intolerant, something philosopher Karl Popper worked out in the last century.

“Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed and tolerance with them. … We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant.”

For the sake of the twin towers that’s a duty.

Examiner Columnist Diana West is syndicated nationally by United Media and is the author of “The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization.”

8 thoughts on “Diana West: there's a reason "Islam" means "submission"”

  1. “Bloomberg: vested interests or just a kumbaya monkey?”

    1. Bloomberg doesn’t do anything unless there is trememdous bottom line potential and he has vested interests in Dubai.
    2. Kumbaya monkey…that is actually his real face when he is counting his money. Bloomberg is counting on science to preserve his life so he can live to be 250 and become the caliph of NYC, complete with a harem.

  2. said Bloomberg, “so must we fight terrorism by showing the world the power of religious freedom and cultural tolerance. Freedom and tolerance will always defeat tyranny and terrorism – that is the great lesson of the 20th century, and we must not abandon it here in the 21st.”

    Except when it comes to Islam.
    Islam uses the very freedoms of religion to snake its way into a country and soften it’s underbelly.
    Has nobody learnt anything from the EU and the UK?
    I guess it is up to the people to take up arms against this threat, defeat it back into the ocean from whence it came and ensure it never sets foot on our continent again.

  3. Don’t you just love it. All of these people, regardless of their religion, who profess to believe in the one true God believe that they have to force an issue.

    Well if before religion there was a God then why is it necessary to force the issue?

    Oh ye of little faith! You demonstrate your lack of faith by trying to shove down people’s throat your particular brand of religion.

    In the end it will be the Creator, not religion or you who will win. Thank about it.


    This is but one item to assist in understanding the Root of Islam’s Demonic Dogma. You are at the Cusp of making Lincoln like decisions, to save your Country and influence the World, in defence of all Democracies.



    Mohammed’s words translated.

    When asked about his marriage to Aisha, which he betrothed in her sixth year, also visited her alone on occasion, and fully consummated sexually, in her ninth year.
    “A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl is still a baby breast fed. A man, however is prohibited from having intercourse with a girl younger than nine, however other sexual acts such as foreplay, rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a girl younger than nine years of age has not committed a crime, but only an infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this girl will not count as one of the man’s four permanent wives. He also is not permitted to marry the girl’s sister.”

    This is but one major reason, why Islam must be stopped in its infiltration of our Humane and Spiritual Society.

    True Muslims consider Mohammed the most honourable of all men, and see nothing wrong in emulating his activities.
    Since Islam upholds this type of dogma, not one Mosque should be allowed in any self respecting society.

    Presently since many Muslim’s are Americans and follow Mohammed’s Words, they should be levied a Poll Tax, for the Security costs needed to protect our Society and Citizens. Mosques should also have a special Tax and Subject to Closure, if found guilty of inciting by using Mohammed’s words.

    A guaranteed IMPURE DEATH PENALTY instituted, for those who plan and activate mass slaughter in our society.

    No Bordello in Paradise reward as per their belief.

    Check the “Ban Islam” petition on Google.

  5. Freedom and tolerance will always defeat tyranny and terrorism

    Not always. It takes the likes of a Churchill to defend and protect Freedom and punish the Intolerant. The Tolerant and Intolerant are never to be given equal footing, for in that case the Intolerant will always win.

    1. DP111,

      A very valid point. You might be aware of the ‘Cairo Declaration of Human Rights’ which the Arabs concocted to counter the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

      Naturally, in the CDoHR no human rights must conflict with the sharia, which makes any such agreement worthless. It appears that our elites, those who are representing us on ‘world bodies’ like the UN, never bothered to read either of these declarations, which is causing the dilemma we find ourselves in.

  6. How many avowed Muslims are Christian believers who are too scared to admit their faith in public?

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