Try a little thought experiment. What would have happened in this
country during the Cold War if the Soviet Union successfully neutralized
anti-communists opposed to the Kremlin’s plans for world domination?
Of course, Moscow strove to discredit those in America and elsewhere who
opposed its totalitarian agenda – especially after Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s
excesses made it fashionable to vilify patriots by accusing them of believing
communists were “under every bed.”
But what if the USSR and its ideological soul-mates in places like China,
North Korea, Cuba, Eastern Europe and parts of Africa had been able to criminalize
efforts to oppose their quest for the triumph of world communism?
What if it had been an internationally prosecutable offense even to talk
about the dangers inherent in communist rule and the need to resist it?
The short answer is that history might very well have come out
differently. Had courageous anti-communists been unable accurately and
forcefully to describe the nature of that time’s enemy – and to work against
the danger posed by its repressive, seditious program, the Cold War might well
have been lost.
Flash forward to today. At the moment, another totalitarian ideology
characterized by techniques and global ambitions strikingly similar to those of
yesteryear’s communists is on the march. It goes by varying names:
“Islamofascism,” “Islamism,” “jihadism” or “radical,” “extremist” or “political
Islam.” Unlike the communists, however, adherents to this ideology are
making extraordinary strides in Western societies toward criminalizing those
who dare oppose the Islamist end-state – the imposition of brutal Shariah Law
on Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Consider but a few indicators of this ominous progress:
--In March, the 57 Muslim-state Organization of the Islamic Conference
(OIC) prevailed upon the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a
resolution requiring the effective evisceration of the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights. Henceforth, the guaranteed right of free expression will not
extend to any criticism of Islam, on the grounds that it amounts to an abusive act
of religious discrimination. A UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression
has been charged with documenting instances in which individuals and media
organizations engage in what the Islamists call “Islamophobia.” Not to be
outdone, the OIC has its own “ten-year program of action” which will monitor
closely all Islamophobic incidents and defamatory statements around the world.
--Monitoring is just the first step. Jordan’s Prosecutor General
has recently brought charges against Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders.
According to a lawsuit, “Fitna” – Wilders’ short documentary film that ties
certain Koranic passages to Islamist terrorism – is said to have slandered and
insulted the Prophet Mohammed, demeaned Islam and offended the feelings of Muslims
in violation of the Jordanian penal code. Mr. Wilders has been summoned
to Amman to stand trial and, if he fails to appear voluntarily, international
warrants for his arrest will be issued.
Zakaria Al-Sheikh, head of the “Messenger of Allah Unites Us Campaign” which
is the plaintiff in the Jordanian suit, reportedly has “confirmed that the
[prosecutor’s action] is the first step towards setting in place an
international law criminalizing anyone who insults Islam and the Prophet
Mohammed.” In the meantime, his campaign is trying to penalize the
nations that have spawned “Islamophobes” like Wilders and the Danish
cartoonists by boycotting their exports – unless the producers publicly
denounce the perpetrators both in Jordan and in their home media.
--Unfortunately, it is not just some companies that are
submitting to this sort of coercion – a status known in Islam as
“dhimmitude.” Western officials and governmental entities appear
increasingly disposed to go along with such efforts to mutate warnings about
Shariah law and its adherents from “politically incorrect” to “criminally
For example, in Britain, Canada and even the United States, the authorities
are declining to describe the true threat posed by Shariah Law and are using
various techniques to discourage – and in some cases, prosecute – those who
do. We are witnessing the spectacle of authors’ books being burned,
ministers prosecuted, documentary film-makers investigated and journalists
hauled before so-called “Human Rights Councils” on charges of offending
Muslims, slandering Islam or other “Islamophobic” conduct. Jurists on
both sides of the Atlantic are acceding to the insinuation of Shariah law in
their courts. And Wall Street is increasingly joining other Western
capital markets in succumbing to the seductive Trojan Horse of
Let’s be clear: The Islamists are trying to establish a kind of Catch-22: If
you point out that they seek to impose a barbaric, repressive and seditious
Shariah Law, you are insulting their faith and engaging in unwarranted, racist
and bigoted fear-mongering. On the other hand, pursuant to Shariah, you
must submit to that theo-political-legal program. If you don’t, you can
legitimately be killed. It is not an irrational fear to find that prospect
unappealing. And it is not racist or bigoted to decry and oppose Islamist
efforts to bring it about – ask the anti-Islamist Muslims who are
frequently accused of being Islamophobes!
If we go along with our enemies’ demands to criminalize Islamophobia, we
will mutate Western laws, traditions, values and societies beyond
recognition. Ultimately, today’s totalitarian ideologues will triumph
where their predecessors were defeated.
To avoid such a fate, those who love freedom must oppose the seditious
program the Islamists call Shariah – and all efforts to impose its 1st
Amendment-violating blasphemy, slander and libel laws on us in the guise of
preventing Western Islamophobia.