The only thing more dangerous than these threats and the accompanying bloodshed is the West’s submission to the demands.
Islamic law forbids criticism of Islam, Quran, Muhammad. If they cannot be criticized in the US, we are in effect accepting Islamic law as overriding the freedom of speech. This would establish Muslims as a protected class and prevent honest discussion of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism.
The Muhammad cartoons are a flash point in the discussion about free speech because according to Islamic law they are blasphemy, punishable by death. Many have been killed over them. At issue is whether we will protect those who draw them and exhibit them, and thereby protect free speech and free society, or censor ourselves and others over them, thereby in effect adopting Sharia.
Muslim issues YouTube death threat to critics of Islam
By Robert Spencer, April 26, 2017:
Anthony Small, a convert to Islam in Britain, tries to couch his threats as a warning and an effort to “protect” those who criticize Islam. However, his references to the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre and Salman Rushdie make it very clear what he is saying.
Note his praise of the post-massacre Charlie Hebdo editor who promised never to draw Muhammad. He is saying that saving one’s life for a few years is preferable to standing up to violent intimidation and the forcible imposition of Sharia blasphemy laws. Small’s appeal stands in contrast to the murdered Charlie Hebdo editor Charb, who said he would rather die standing up rather than live on his knees.
Well, is it? That is the question before all of us. Do we as a society prefer to live according to the rules that Small and other thugs impose upon us at the point of a gun, or do we stand up and say, “Enough,” and resist him and his ilk, despite the risks?
Small also invites the Islam critics to embrace Islam. Note that this now gives him and other Muslims a license to kill those he has named and other Islam critics. That is because a hadith depicts Muhammad saying that one must first invite the unbelievers to Islam before going to war with them: “Muhammad said: “Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war…When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them…. If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.” (Sahih Muslim 4294)
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