As a member of Former Muslims United, last September — along with other former Muslims — I drafted a letter which was distributed to more than 100 Muslim clergy nationwide, including Imam Rauf and his wife Daisy. We asked them to sign the The Freedom Pledge, a declaration that calls for support for religious freedom and safety from harm for former Muslims. (Sharia requires a death penalty for anyone who leaves Islam.) We asked Muslims — those who call themselves “moderates” — to “repudiate the threat from authoritative Sharia to the religious freedom and safety of former Muslims.”
Almost a year has passed, and neither Daisy nor Imam Rauf have responded to the letter and its call for tolerance of Muslim “apostates.” It seems that “reaching out” in brotherly love and acceptance is a one-way street for Daisy — when she isn’t fabricating those gestures.
As for her claim of“1400 years of evolution of a faith”: Islam is in dire need of an enlightenment to transport its doctrines from the middle-ages to modernity. Muslims regard the Koran as the immutable word of Allah. Therefore, jihad to spread Islam and submit all other non-Muslims to Sharia is an order established in perpetuity until Islam has completed its divine mandate that all the world submit to Islam and to Allah. Such totalitarianism is incompatible with the democratic principles of western civilization, and is certainly out of sync with ideals that promote equality among people of all faiths and cultures.
Reformation to bring Islamic doctrine into a genuinely moderate position is desperately needed. Among the 57 Muslims countries comprising the Organization of the Islamic Conference — none of which are liberal democracies — harsh and appallingly discriminatory sharia law brutalizes hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Women in particular.
Is that the Islamic “evolution” Daisy Khan mentions?
This simple call for transparency where Islamic doctrine is concerned and the call for an enlightenment are the reasons Daisy is motivated to both misrepresent herself, me, and what I stand for. I’m not at all surprised she found it necessary to lie to protect herself and her interests from the scrutiny of inquiring minds at Chautauqua Institution and elsewhere.
Daisy Kahn can continue to evade the truth, but it confronts her at every turn and belies every false claim she makes at such events. The facts remain, untarnished by misrepresentations and lies.
No other religion that I am familiar with dictates that others must abide by a brutal system of governing the masses, controlling entire populations under the strict and humiliating sharia. The crimes committed by jihadists before my eyes, and all around me as I was growing up, are thoroughly justified by the Koran, and examples of just how to carry out such brutality are provided in the Hadith.
These truths are what Daisy Khan tries to conceal from her audiences, why she attempts to discredit me, and why she lies about having invited me to attend her conferences. Muhammad is quoted in a canonical Hadith (the words or deeds of Muhammad, deemed most authentic) as saying: “War is deceit.” Daisy has mastered the practice quite well.