This would be hysterical were it not so serious. I received un-indicted co-conspirator CAIR's daily alert and it contained this "advice" (warning?) for President Hussein's trip(s) to the Islamic world to apologize (for 9.11, I guess). The trip this week to Turkey will not be his only trip to an Islamic country. We are still waiting to hear in which Islamic capital President Hussein will make his first major foreign policy address (my money is on Damascus).
The level of dishonesty and downright imbecility in the following "advice" is well, insulting. I am sure I speak for millions when I say, if we never had to think about Islam and its war on the infidels, we would be eternally grateful.
The following was sent out by CAIR written by a dhimmi Christian. It's ....priceless.
As President Obama considers his first speech in a Muslim majority country (he visits Turkey April 6-7), and as the US national security establishment reviews its foreign policy and public diplomacy, I want to share the advice given to me from dear Muslim friends worldwide regarding words and concepts that are not useful in building relationships with them.
Building relationships - translation: submit to Islam.
Obviously, we are not going to throw out all of these terms, nor should we. But we do need to be very careful about how we use them, and in what context.
1. "The Clash of Civilizations." Invariably, this kind of discussion ends up with us as the good guy and them as the bad guy. There is no clash of civilizations, only a clash between those who are for civilization, and those who are against it. Civilization has many characteristics but two are foundational: 1) It has no place for those who encourage, invite, and/or commit the murder of innocent civilians; and 2) It is defined by institutions that protect and promote both the minority and the transparent rule of law.
If Islam vs. the West I don't know what one would ever use such a phrase for September 11, July 7, London, March 11, Spain, Mumbai, jihad in Thailand, jihad in Philippines, Khobar, Cole, Glasgow, lone jihad syndrome, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Beslan, punk jihad in France, Denmark, Holland, biker jihad in Australia, meat jihad, food jihad, fecal jihad, Andalusia, 12,093* (as of today) deadly Islamic attacks since 911, litigation jihad, academic jihad, social jihad, economic jihad, sharia finance, sharia law, papal jihad, cartoon jihad, the war on the Jews, ............must I go on?
2. "Secular." The Muslim ear tends to hear "godless" with the pronunciation of this word. And a godless society is simply inconceivable to the vast majority of Muslims worldwide. Pluralism – which encourages those with (and those without) a God-based worldview to have a welcomed and equal place in the public square – is a much better word.
Of course. There is no such thing as secular Islam. Only pious Islam. Secular Islam is the only shot Islam has to live in peace and harmony with the rest of the world. Don't even think of mentioning it.
3. "Assimilation." This word suggests that the minority Muslim groups in North America and Europe need to look like the majority, Christian culture. Integration, on the other hand, suggests that all views, majority and minority, deserve equal respect as long as each is willing to be civil with one another amid the public square of a shared society.
Of course, assimilation is punishable by death. Of course. Assimilation would allow Muslims to live in peace and harmony with their neighbors. Islam is a constant state of war until worldwide domination is complete. Assimilation. Don't even think of mentioning it.
4. "Reformation." Muslims know quite well, and have an opinion about, the battle taking place within Islam and what it means to be an orthodox and devout Muslim. They don't need to be insulted by suggesting they follow the Christian example of Martin Luther. Instead, ask how Muslims understand ijtihad, or reinterpretation, within their faith traditions and cultural communities.
"No need to be insulted" speaking of reformation. And everyone knows that reformation and reinterpretation is a crime punishable by death in the Quran. Don't even think of mentioning it, dhimmi.
5. "Jihadi." The jihad is an internal struggle first, a process of improving one's spiritual self-discipline and getting closer to God. The lesser jihad is external, validating "just war" when necessary. By calling the groups we are fighting "jihadis," we confirm their own – and the worldwide Muslim public's – perception that they are religious. They are not. They are terrorists, hirabists, who consistently violate the most fundamental teachings of the Holy Koran and mainstream Islamic scholars and imams.
Ah, an "internal struggle first," then kill. Terrorists commit .................jihad.
6. "Moderate." This ubiquitous term is meant politically but can be received theologically. If someone called me a "moderate Christian," I would be deeply offended. I believe in an Absolute who also commands me to love my neighbor. Similarly, it is not an oxymoron to be a mainstream Muslim who believes in an Absolute. A robust and civil pluralism must make room for the devout of all faiths, and none.
Of course not, there is no such thing as a moderate. Only apostates and hypocrites!
7. "Interfaith." This term conjures up images of watered-down, lowest common denominator statements that avoid the tough issues and are consequently irrelevant. "Multifaith" suggests that we name our deep and irreconcilable theological differences in order to work across them for practical effect – according to the very best of our faith traditions, much of which are values we share.
There's no such thing as inter-faith. There is only one religion. Convert or die ............. if they are feeling benevolent, there is always dhimmitude.
8. "Freedom." Unfortunately, "freedom," as expressed in American foreign policy, does not always seek to engage how the local community and culture understands it. Absent such an understanding, freedom can imply an unbound licentiousness. The balance between the freedom to something (liberty) and the freedom from something (security) is best understood in a conversation with the local context and, in particular, with the Muslims who live there. "Freedom" is best framed in the context of how they understand such things as peace, justice, honor, mercy, and compassion. [and respect!, Do not forget respect!]
Unfortunately, freedom is a dirty word. The translation of freedom in Islam is "perfect slavery" (to Allah) - got that? Obama went to madrassah from the ages of six to eleven - he knows all this.
9. "Religious Freedom." Sadly, this term too often conveys the perception that American foreign policy is only worried about the freedom of Protestant evangelicals to proselytize and convert, disrupting the local culture and indigenous Christians. Although not true, I have found it better to define religious freedom as the promotion of respect and reconciliation with the other at the intersection of culture and the rule of law – sensitive to the former and consistent with the latter.
Sadly, there is not such thing as "religious freedom". There is only Islam. Protestant evangelicals do not go around chopping peoples' heads off if they do not convert. Evangelicals are not the problem. There's that word again, RESPECT (aka submission).
10. "Tolerance." Tolerance is not enough. Allowing for someone's existence, or behavior, doesn't build the necessary relationships of trust – across faiths and cultures – needed to tackle the complex and global challenges that our civilization faces. We need to be honest with and respect one another enough to name our differences and commonalities, according to the inherent dignity we each have as fellow creations of God called to walk together in peace and justice, mercy and compassion.
"Tolerance is not enough". Total submission.
The above words and phrases will differ and change over the years, according to the cultural and ethnic context, and the (mis)perceptions that Muslims and non-Muslims have of one another. While that is to be expected, what counts most is the idea that we are earnestly trying to listen to and understand each other better; demonstrating respect as a result.
UPDATE: Apparently, CAIR does not speak for all Muslims. (hat tip Marion)