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Robert Spencer: Arthur Wagner Enters the Empire of Fear

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Arthur Wagner, a member of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party that opposes Angela Merkel’s suicidal influx of Muslim migrants, recently gained headlines (as well as crowing and accolades from all the usual infiltrators, saboteurs, and dhimmis) by converting to Islam. But then he revealed why he had answered the call of Allah.

It was, he said, all about the Christian Churches’ “moral decline.” “One of the reasons,” Wagner explained, “is tied to changes that have taken place in the church, which no longer reflects my values.” He said that it was “unacceptable” for Christian leaders to support “marriage for all” and to participate in gay pride parades, “where are children.”

Excoriating the Protestant church’s “moral decline” is one thing, but now Wagner has joined a religion that teaches that homosexuals must be put to death. The Qur’an contains numerous condemnations of homosexual activity: “And Lot when he said to his people, ‘Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.’…And We rained upon them a rain of stones. Then see how was the end of the criminals.” (Qur’an 7:80-84)

Muhammad specifies the punishment for this in a hadith: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Loot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done.’” (Sunan Abu Dawud 4462)

Moral decline or moral myopia, giving a divine sanction to murder? Wagner has chosen the latter. 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,” as Wagner offers as a reason for his conversion.

In line with that, the Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali, once complained that “Australian law guarantees freedoms up to a crazy level.” Yet genuine freedom is an indispensable prerequisite for any cultivation of real virtue. Even today’s rootless and confused West, that has to such a great degree cast off Judeo-Christian values, makes it more possible to be virtuous than the apparently much more straitlaced Islamic world. With its stonings, amputations, death penalties for an array of offenses including apostasy, Islam has created not a framework in which people can become genuinely good, but an empire of fear.

In the empire of fear, people don’t dare step out of line, not out of an authentic understanding that the path of moral and ethical uprightness is preferable to the alternative, much less out of love for God, but because they are afraid of what would happen to them if they did depart from Islam’s vision of morality. Were people unable to choose to do evil, their choosing of the good is merely a manifestation of fear and the power of coercion. Those who have no choice but to be good demonstrate nothing about whether their beliefs enable or inspire them to choose the good when they could just as easily not do so.

This explodes Islam’s moral critique of the West, including the moral disgust that led Arthur Wagner to embrace Islam. Islam envisions people behaving in a virtuous manner only because they are too afraid to do otherwise. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini once thundered: “Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors!”

The use of fear as a motivating factor, which Arthur Wagner has now chosen in his outrage over the West’s “moral decline,” is not anything but the worst moral decline of all. It also highlights how radically different Islamic law is from the core values and principles of American society. However, since “war is deceit,” as Muhammad said, the Islamic propaganda machine, with the willing help of the establishment media, will continue to obscure these vital truths for most Americans. Nonetheless, as Islam continues to expand its presence in the U.S., the horrors of Sharia and the Empire of Fear it creates will eventually become obvious here – although probably only when it is too late, just as it is already too late for Arthur Wagner.

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His new book is Confessions of an Islamophobe. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

 

 

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