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The Muslim Family: An Empire of Fear

Why traditionalists should be cautious about “conservative Muslims,” in Dinesh D’Souza’s phrase, as potential allies in the culture wars.

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Robert Spencer

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June 17, 2013 - 7:00 am
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Earlier this month, Islamic member nations of the United Nations Human Rights Council rejected as un-Islamic a resolution condemning violence against women. The Kuwait News Agency reported that “the rejections include the paragraph, which gives women ‘the right to control matters concerning their sexual lives as well as their reproductive health without coercion, discrimination or violence.’”

It is likely that this rejection had as much or more to do with the idea that women should be protected from coercion and violence as it may have had to do with any pro-life concerns. After all, the Qur’an directs men to beat disobedient women (4:34), while Islamic law allows for abortion at least early in the pregnancy. The Muslim scholar Sayyid Sabiq explains that,

abortion is not allowed after four months have passed since conception because at that time it is akin to taking a life, an act that entails penalty in this world and in the Hereafter. As regards the matter of abortion before this period elapses, it is considered allowed if necessary.

The idea that it is un-Islamic for women to have the right to be free from coercion and violence is revealing of the mindset underlying the entire Islamic understanding of morality. Muslims and non-Muslims often tell us that Muslims hate the West for its decadence, its immorality, its lasciviousness, which they contrast unfavorably with the supposed morality and uprightness of the Islamic world. Often this boils down to a Muslim critique of Western “freedom,” especially as Bush and Obama pursued military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan ostensibly to bring Western-style freedom to those countries.

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Having read a considerable quantity of books and articles since 9/11 in an effort to understand the "why" behind the continuing attacks I have come to two conclusions (sorry Dinesh, loved your book & movie, though):

(1) A Muslim CANNOT, in good conscious, take the oath to be an American citizen, since a Muslim's support of sharia law must supercede the oath's requirement to "support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies" and

(2) "Conservative" Muslims do not speak out against the more militant Islamists due to fear of retribution... this ends up the same as supporting the Islamists' goals which ultimately include eliminating "conservative" Muslims.

Those are two tough, stubborn facts; I have not come by them easily, as their truth leads one to thoughts with huge implications.
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Socialism, and Islamic Marxism are parallel. Both control through fear.

look at how America has become in these last few weeks with the DOJ, IRS, and NSA revelations. Control of the masses. Even authors at PJ Media write how it has become fearful to write the true truth.

Islam means to submit. It appears the New Age socialism means the same thing.
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Any follower of Mohammad is an enemy of all the rest of mankind.
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as soon as the muslims remove from the koran the parts about killing infidels and dominating the world and the beastly way to treat women, I will get back to you
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'D’Souza appeared to be unaware that something quite similar to Western “permissiveness” was already written into Islamic law, albeit with a fig leaf of morality over it'

Add to the list, temporary marriages. Here's wikipedias slightly bland description of what is basically prostitution. Also not mentioned is the woman's status following such an arrangement. She is basically finished as a true marriage prospect.

Nikāḥ al-Mutʿah (Arabic: نكاح المتعة‎ "short-term" or pleasure marriage) is a fixed-term or short-term marriage in Shia Islam, where the duration and compensation are both agreed upon in advance.[1][2][3] It is a private and verbal marriage contract between a man and an unmarried woman and there must be declaration and acceptance as in the case of nikah. The length of the contract and the amount of consideration must be specified. There is no minimum or maximum duration for the contract, so it can be as short as a few minutes.[4][5][6] The Oxford Dictionary of Islam states that, "the minimum duration of the contract should be at least three days". The wife must be unmarried, either Muslim or one of the ahl-e-kitab, she should be chaste and should not be addicted to fornication or a virgin without father, and due inquiries should be made into these regards. At the end of the contract period (i.e. dissolution of Mut'ah), the wife must undergo iddah.[2][7]
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The conquistadores eliminated Aztec barbarism. The Barbary pirates were defeated (but not put to the sword en masse - a mistake.) Thuggee was extirpated by the Raj. It's high time we do the same to Islam.
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US actions create Jihadists: This is a belief that US actions control events, and that a hostile nation becomes more hostile if the US takes any self-protection action. This belief governed US failure to improve US defenses in the Pacific after 1931 from non-existent to painfully inadequate. After WWII, US historical researchers discovered that Japanese military spending was incapable of being ramped up because it had been at the maximum since the 1890s.
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Having read a considerable quantity of books and articles since 9/11 in an effort to understand the "why" behind the continuing attacks I have come to two conclusions (sorry Dinesh, loved your book & movie, though):

(1) A Muslim CANNOT, in good conscious, take the oath to be an American citizen, since a Muslim's support of sharia law must supercede the oath's requirement to "support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies" and

(2) "Conservative" Muslims do not speak out against the more militant Islamists due to fear of retribution... this ends up the same as supporting the Islamists' goals which ultimately include eliminating "conservative" Muslims.

Those are two tough, stubborn facts; I have not come by them easily, as their truth leads one to thoughts with huge implications.
1 year ago
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Virtue and morality come from within. We may debate what behavior is virtuous and moral. Also, a common mistake, the one made in Islam and by many others, is confusing illegal and immoral. Immoral behavior is immoral even if it is legal. A Christian understanding is that morality and virtue come from the heart and by current legal strictures. If I am willing to commit an immoral act, I may be willing to do regardless of its (il)legality.
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Dear Lurker-

Padon me but, your ignorance of Sharia Law is showing. Allow me to inform you that within Islam there is absolutely NO difference in immoral and illegal (or for that matter its logical obverse, moral acts and legal acts are one and the same). The "religion" of Islam also envelops all of society for its adherents.

Only Christianity includes the differentiation, “Give what is Caesar's to Caesar and what is God's to God."
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Yes, but human nature being what it is (fallen, from a Christian perspective) we are all inclined to immoral behavior to a certain extent. It is the government's job - as part of its duty to keep order - to foster moral behavior and deter immoral behavior. All good law is moral.
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"Mommy....did you see our neighbors? They were eating poo!"

"Yes, that's what they do. They are disgusting and evil and filthy dirty. Now sit down and eat your vomit."

Pornography. Everyone knows it when they see it but can't put a definition of it down on paper. In no way do I support islam. I favor Christianity myself but sometimes morality gets hamstrung in the defining of it. No, muslims beating people up, beheading, etc, is provided in their little instruction book even though people instinctively know it's wrong. That instinct is trained out of them through indoctrination, another problem of human society.

But one has to ask if belonging to something is more important than staying healthy and happy. If belonging is more important then be prepared for a hellish ride.

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Socialism, and Islamic Marxism are parallel. Both control through fear.

look at how America has become in these last few weeks with the DOJ, IRS, and NSA revelations. Control of the masses. Even authors at PJ Media write how it has become fearful to write the true truth.

Islam means to submit. It appears the New Age socialism means the same thing.
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I disagree with Hubbub that it is already too late, but people DO need to be aware this country has no Muslim allies. That fairy tale is the first thing that needs to be erased.
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Any follower of Mohammad is an enemy of all the rest of mankind.
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And all mankind should be the enemy of the followers of Mohammad.
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