Today is "Everybody Draw Mohammed" day. I thought that since I'm a lousy artist and have no desire to attempt a drawing of Islam's greatest prophet, I would share with you some of my thoughts on the institution of Islam itself.
In order to understand Islam, one must understand the concept of Islamic law, or "Shariah." At its very core, shariah is pure theocracy. It is the opposite of everything embodied by American "separation of church and state," because Islamic church and state are one-and-the-same. Neither is there a presumption of innocence, equality under the law, or much of anything else that American leftists claim to hold dear in the arena of freedom.
Those who enforce shariah in Muslim theocracies wish to see it spread. Terrorist attacks, while devastating to the western world, are not the only weapons that jihadis (the holy warriors of Islam) have in their arsenal. Americans, including many self-professing conservatives, have been quick to point out that Rima Fakih, as winner of the Miss USA 2010 pageant, has been a prime example of a liberated Muslim woman; what they forget is that Mohammed Atta, in the lead-up to the 9-11 attacks, had started attending strip clubs and drinking alcohol in order to conceal his Islamic faith, according to the doctrine of Taqiyya (lawful Islamic deception), which is another of these weapons at the jihadis' disposal.
Of course, the use of the word "weapon" implies some sort of damage. At times, like after 9-11, the damage was raw and highly-visible. At other times, like the approval of a mosque to be built within a stone's throw of ground zero, the damage is not so apparent, but it is still there; it is damage is to our way of life. And when that way of life is gone, the theocratic enforcers of shariah will be there to fill the void -- no freedom except the choice to either live as Muslim or dhimmi (subserviant to Islam); submission to Allah, or submission to those who have submitted to Allah.
To those who would suggest that "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" is unnecessarily provocative, I would say this: Those who seek to enforce shariah in America know that acceptance is a first step. Nidal Hasan, Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Faisal Shazahd, and Anwar al Awlaki know that our own citizenship laws can be used as another weapon against us in the war to establish American shariah. The mullahs and imams (leaders and teachers of Islam) may not have to kill us to destroy our way of life, but we can still respond in-kind when we simply and explicitly refuse to submit.
There is no time like the present to stand against any enemy, foreign or domestic, who would erode the constitutional underpinnings of our great republic. The most insidious weapon in the jihadis' arsenal is our own complacence. The choice to allow them to use it is up to us.