Andrew D. Lappin
Andrew D. Lappin

Islam, the political Iceberg of democracy

The overwhelming majority of Muslims are not jihadists or political Islamists, but all jihadists and Islamists are Muslim. Raheel Raza is a Sunni Muslim and is the narrator of a film called, “By the Numbers.” In the film, Raza, dissects the data contained in the Pew Survey on Muslims of 2013. To this point, the Pew survey illuminates three main demographic realms which comprise the movement of “political Islam or Islamism”:

a.) Jihadists who commit violence and kill civilians in the name of Islam.

b.) Political Islamists who will not commit violent acts but do not object to those who do, and welcome the political change that the violence may inspire.(political Islamists)

c.) Sharia compliant practitioners who neither espouse violence, nor support it, but who adhere scrupulously to the most conservative and anti-humanist principles of Sharia Law.

Her point is that democracies, have focused too narrowly on the dangers posed exclusively by violent jihadists (i.e., ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hama, and Hezbollah) who represent 7-8% of the total Muslim population. Not that the estimated 7% of 1.6 billion Muslims isn’t a jaw-dropping number. Raza laments that the actual objective of violent jihad, has been analytically disconnected from the ultimate goal of political Islam, which is to finesse political outcomes that are ideologically compatible with Sharia Law. Rioting in Denmark, in 2005 by agitated Islamist lefts 250 dead after the Danish publication, Jyllyands-Posten published the infamous “Danish cartoons”, in which Mohammed was mockingly depicted as a suicide bomber. Rather than imprison the rioters, Danish legislators instead enacted blasphemy laws, which restricted the free speech of all Danes.

Combining the three Islamist realms in the survey, Raza, comes up with a total of between 25-30% of the 1.6 billion Muslims globally. The combination of these three realms of Sharia adherence, create a formidable political bloc, which is slowly but steadily eroding the pluralistic and democratic character of Western nations.

Where violent jihad is an essential element of the Islamist playbook, it is only through politics that policy is ultimately determined. Naively misguided policy, crafted to appear minimally aggressive to Muslims, mandated that prior to the American bombing of ISIS oil tankers, that 45 minute notice would be provided. The powerfully disarming effect of the rise of the Islamist voting bloc has, against the will of the German people, facilitated the mass inflow of Muslim refugees to Germany. The refusal of Swedish politicians to reverse course on their failed policy of unfettered Muslim immigration, despite Sweden becoming officially dubbed the “rape capital of Europe”, highlights the lopsided political imbalance resulting from Islamist coercion. The recent enactment of the diabolically Orwellian speech and blasphemy laws, within the EU, and Canada, have created statutes that effectively shut down any reasonable criticism of Islam. In Denmark, a 42-year-old man will be prosecuted for burning a Koran in his own backyard. Ironically in 1997, Danish public TV promoted the burning of a bible on air. Canadian parliament, with no concern for the real and growing problem of Judeophobia, has just passed resolution (M-103) which unpopularly calls on the government to condemn “all forms of Islamophobia.

Documentary producer Ami Horowitz, traveled to Minneapolis to interview newly arrived refugees from war-torn Somalia. Horowitz was startled to learn of their strong preference for a return to living under Sharia law which calls for the stoning of adulterous women, the killing of homosexuals, honor killing of women, and death to those who insult or leave Islam.

Most Muslims in the United States abstain from the support of Sharia law however the minority of Sharia compliant Muslims, who have constructed a well-financed political infrastructure, have by design, drowned the voices of the vast majority of Muslims, like Raza, who reject Sharia compliant life style.

Representative Keith Ellison now second in command at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is a passionate supporter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR with Ellison’s nudging, convinced President Obama to order the FBI to purge their training manuals of any reference to Islam, and to cease any surveillance or profiling activities that were based on Islamic association. It is highly probable that this handy act, by Obama, of “ethnic cleansing”, was the catalyst for the 36 terrorist incidents attributable to Islamic terror, which resulted in 159 fatalities.

Khizr Kahn (The Gold-Star dad), who functioned as a facilitator for the immigration of ultra-extremist Wahabbists, was symbolically erected as a hero at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Khizr Kahn authored the highly inflammatory Journal of Contemporary Issues in Muslim Law. This notorious volume is published by an entity that is linked to the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, which the Muslim governments of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have classified as a terrorist organization.

Vice Presidential candidate Time Kaine in September of 2007, appointed Dr. Esam Omeish, president of the Muslim American Society (MAS) to the Virginia Immigration Commission. MAS had been identified by federal prosecutors “as an overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood”. Kaine also had ties with Jamal Barzinji who was described as the founding father of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States.

Between the torrent of mushrooming Islamist violence and the abrasive violation of Constitutional principles, how is it that the Congress has thus far failed to begin a vigorous debate on the logic of continuing to allow political Islam to find safe harbor under the First Amendment? As the ultimate arbiter of democratic principle, our silence, in the face of this glaring ideological discrepancy, will serve to accelerate the already burgeoning ideological metastasis. It is only once we start this discussion, that legitimate adherents of the religion of Islam, like Raza, who reject Sharia compliant lifestyles, and who represent the majority of Muslims, will find the sustained courage to begin the task of fabricating an uncompromising fire-stop between the actual religion and political Islam.

About the Author
Andrew D. Lappin is a redeveloper of urban industrial properties. He is a former board member of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Embers Foundation, the Committe for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA), and serves on The Illinois Policy Board which monitors corporate compliance with the state's anti-BDS statute. The opinions expressed are by Lappin personally and NOT the views of any of the organizations with which he is affiliated.