Dr. Ben Carson has done this nation an enormous favor by opening a politically incorrect discussion of the nature of Islam and its place in the world. As Citizens we have an open window of opportunity to speak truthfully now before it closes again. Let’s engage the culture about Dr. Ben Carson, Islam, and the USA.
Evil hides in darkness and deceit. Our job is to bring light to issues. Political correctness, although based on a desire for compassion, is a major source of darkness, hiding truth behind a guise of “I’m okay, you’re okay.” As a presidential candidate, Dr. Carson has blasted open the doors of political correctness in regards to Islam.
I am sure his recent comments about Islam have shocked the political left in America. Political correctness and “tolerance” have become virtues of American society in the minds of many. For Dr. Carson to have broken from the typical “I’m okay, you’re okay” mould, and to imply that Islam as an ideology is not “okay” has shown the left that they are dealing with a different kind of politician in Dr. Carson.
Now that Dr. Carson has bravely kicked the political correctness door open, it is time for those of us who agree with him to rush into the conversation. It may be the only chance we have to fearlessly voice these comments in the public, secular arena. The door will close as quickly as its been opened unless we stick our “feet” in the door and keep it open.
Islam is Different
The forces of political correctness have not yet descended on Dr. Carson and those that support him to their full capacity. Expect it. Once a chink is found in the current armour of this philosophy, its proponents may realize that their whole system of thinking could come crashing down. Workplace training sessions may focus on promoting the “religion of peace.” Advertisements will likely feature happy, positive Muslims. Universities (even the POTUS has criticised them as overly politically correct) may begin actual persecutions against those who speak their minds. The “BIGOT” word will likely be trumpeted loud and clear.
Right now however, we have a chance to frame the debate. I cannot stress how important this is. Whoever wins the war of words, wins the debate. The phrase we must get out is that Islam is an ideology (that has a religious component). It is not just a religion.
In countries in which Islam is a minority, it attempts to appear as a “religion” only. After its followers become a significant percentage of the population, the ideological aspects of Islam which attempts to dominate world governments with its Sharia Law, come into focus.
When debating Americans about Islam, we must not focus on the religious aspects of Islam. Islam is one of many religions within the USA, all of which have rights under the Constitution that should be upheld. But rather, we need to focus on its repressive Sharia Law, its desire for world domination, and its embracing of violence.
We must focus on the “Ideology” of Islam and compare it to Fascism, Marxism, and Anarchism.
It is not illegal to hold these radical political views in the USA either, and it shouldn’t be illegal to be a Islamist. Islamists should be allowed to run for office. However, no one in their right mind should vote for a Fascist. In the same way, we should not vote for those who uphold an Islamic philosophy. It is not their religion that is problem, it’s their ideology. That was Dr. Carson’s point, and we should not allow it to be submerged beneath leftist rhetoric.
The Religion of Love
Christianity is the religion of love and we should live it out during the time we “speak the truth in love.” Framing the debate on Islam as a radical political movement will bring the heat from the left. Loving our neighbors as our selves will extinguish the flaming darts. Let us approach this issue fearlessly and with love for those trapped in this ideology.
But the time to act is RIGHT NOW. Do not delay even by one hour. It is rare that we have a chance like this to influence American thinking. Don’t let the forces of darkness overwhelm the truth. Speak it.
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