In their eyes, you are either on the side of the infidels and Barack Obama, or on the side of Allah’s people and Osama bin Laden.

In their eyes, either you retain your own self-agency and free will, or you submit yourself and your future to Allah.

In their eyes, either you support the state of Israel, or you seek to destroy it.

In their eyes, either you follow secular law, or you devote your days and nights to Shariah law.

There is no in between.

As I have come to understand it, radical Muslims have an “either you are with us or you are against us” mentality. Those who do not follow their line of thinking are immediately put into the category of kafir, or Infidel.

As it is the word of Allah, “O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends is one of them. God does not guide an unjust people.” – 5:54

It is believed by radical Isalmists, that those who do not follow Shariah Law, the holy law spoken by God, are infidels, nonbelievers. Infidels are not to be trusted, and so they are the enemy.

As a cultural Jew and as an ally to the Jewish people, according to the tenets of radical Islam, I am an infidel.

As an atheist and as an exponent for the freedom of religion, according to the tenets of radical Islam, I am an infidel.

As a feminist and as a vocal advocate for women’s rights, according to the tenets of radical Islam, I am an infidel.

As a supporter of the state of Israel and of the self-determination of the Jewish people, according to the tenets of radical Islam, I am an infidel.

As an adherent to the values of democracy and collective decision-making, according to the tenets of radical Islam, I am an infidel.

As a proponent of the freedom of speech and the freedom of personal expression, according to the tenets of radical Islam, I am an infidel.

As a friend and trusted ally to many in the LGBTQ community, according to the tenets of radical Islam, I am an infidel.

I am an infidel.