Apostates must die, there is no disagreement!

I’m nearly finished with Mark Steyn’s excellent America Alone. The central question Steyn poses is whether Western civilization can withstand Al-Qaeda’s primitivist vision of a world Caliphate; given the West’s self-imposed demographic melt-down.

Except for the United States, western democracies are not breeding at even replacement rates. Europe has a huge, increasingly vocal and violent Islamic immigrant population combined with unsustainable social welfare. The EU is already toast.

Steyn recalls for me one Nazra Quraishi, a Lansing area Muslim who teaches kindergarten. Her letter to the editor of the Lansing State Journal provoked little local comment after its publication in July, 2006.

It was, well… read Quraishi’s letter before I comment:

Islam or death

I read Le Roy Barnett’s letter (“Muslims, speak up,” June 26) about Muslims’ opinion on Abdul Rahman’s conversion to Christianity.

Islam is not only a religion, it is a complete way of life. Islam guides Muslims from birth to grave. The Quran and prophet Muhammad’s words and practical application of Quran in life cannot be changed.

Islam is a guide for humanity, for all times, until the day of judgment. It is forbidden in Islam to convert to any other religion. The penalty is death. There is no disagreement about it.

Islam is being embraced by people of other faiths all the time. They should know they can embrace Islam, but cannot get out. This rule is not made by Muslims; it is the supreme law of God.

Please do not ask us Muslims to pick some rules and disregard other rules. Muslims are supposed to embrace Islam in its totality.

Nazra Quraishi
East Lansing

mine. Le Roy Barnett was asking Muslims to disavow mandating butchery. “No dice,” says Quraishi, “the religion of peace demands you agree with it. Apostates are required to be killed, and by the way, Le Roy, infidels in general are fair game.”

Quraishi’s sentiments were so aligned with my expectations that I hardly gave her letter a thought. Of course there are some followers of Islam in my community who wish to destroy it.

I did expect a storm of protest letters to the LSJ from the majority Liberal population here. Quraishi proposed sharia as the law Americans should be bound by – meaning a complete integration of a brutal church with a totalitarian state. That no such protest materialized says much about the degree of political correctness of the citizens of Ingham County. They think every philosophy is as valuable and as ethical as any other – homophobic, misogynist, murderous – “we’ll justifiably kill you if you change your mind” – religions not excepted.

Quraishi advocates murdering anyone who changes their mind about Islam. She expects this death sentence to be accepted by her neighbors. I guess it is. The lack of outrage reveals a deep moral uncertainty, and a shared disrespect of Western values.