Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mega-Mosque Conflicts in America - Tennessee Now a Muslim Hotbed

In my past business life, I would travel to Murfreesboro, Tennessee every couple of weeks. I found it to be a very pleasant community and the people were very friendly and hospitable. I was shocked to read that throughout this region, Islam is gaining a significant foothold. The excerpt below points out that a mosque is not like a church. It is a way of life and Sharia law rules. This is totally anathema to our Constitutional rule of law. We cannot allow Islam to set aside our legal system and shun our Constitution. As is expected of our naturalized citizens, they must assimilate or leave. There is no room here for two governments.

Tennessee is considered to be the heart of the Bible belt in the United States. Yet, the swirl of controversies surrounding the acquisition and development of so-called mega-mosques in Tennessee is emblematic of a civilizational conflict emerging in the American heartland between Muslim and non-Muslim communities over how Islam and Sharia are viewed and defined. More fundamentally, it is about the question of whether Islam is a religion or a political doctrine seeking domination with a thin veneer of religious practices. What is a mosque? Is a mosque a worship center or something else?

In a companion New English Review interview with Sam Solomon, a former Muslim and Sharia jurist, he noted:

A mosque, totally unlike a church or a synagogue, serves the function of orchestrating and mandating every aspect of “life” in a Muslim community from the religious, to the political, to the economic, to the social, to the military. In Islam, religion and life are not separate [. . .] there is no concept of a personal relationship between the person and the entity being worshiped, so “worship” itself, is of a different nature than that performed in a church or synagogue. So we see that a mosque is a seat of government. A mosque is a school. A mosque is a court. A mosque is a training center. A mosque is a gathering place, or social center. It is not just a place of “worship” per se as understood and as practiced in Western societies.

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