In his New York Times op-ed article yesterday entitled “Message to Muslims: I’m Sorry,” Nicholas D. Kristof shamelessly lumped all Muslims together as the target of
the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you
He also lumped with the tiny minority of bigots amongst us all Americans who have raised legitimate concerns about such issues as the location of the mega-mosque community center two blocks from Ground Zero. Kristoff owes us an apology.
Kristoff decries the “spasm of religious hatred” against Muslims, which he blames on “extremists.” But he should know better. The pure religious aspects of Islam practiced by devout Muslims – such as prayers five times a day, fasting during Ramadan, not eating pork – are not the problem for most Americans. The issue, which Kristoff sweeps under the prayer rug so to speak, is the all-encompassing political, legal and social ideology grafted on to the religion of Islam known as sharia (Islamic law).
Core liberties and democratic values that we take for granted in this country will be jeopardized to the extent that sharia gains a foothold here. Separation of mosque and state is foreign to Islamic law. Free expression considered ‘defamation of Islam’ is foreign to Islamic law. Equality of Muslims and non-Muslims or of men and women is foreign to Islamic law.
Muslim-Americans should be as free to practice their religious faith on the same terms as Christians, Jews or believers in any other faith. But granting special accommodations in the name of ‘religioius tolerance’ for conduct that goes against the grain of our liberties enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution is unacceptable.
Mr. Kristoff – you owe the vast majority of Americans who understand the difference an apology.
Joseph A. Klein is the author of a new book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.