[Note: In a book to be released in 2011, Darrow Miller will treat the Great Commission in the context of the anti-Christian ideologies of Islam and atheism. Some of our blogs, including this one, are being prepared from the manuscript as he writes.]
“If somebody wants to build a religious house of worship … we shouldn’t be in the business of picking which religions can and which religions can’t. … Muslims have a right to do it too. What is great about America and particularly New York is we welcome everybody … ” Mayor Michael Blomberg.
New York Muslims want to build a mosque near Ground Zero. Mayor Blomberg, among others, says Why not? Islam is an established religion just like Christianity and Judaism. If Christians wanted to build a church there, or Jews a synogogue, nobody would object. Why shouldn’t Muslims be allowed to do the same?
America is a free nation after all. How could we say No and still be a nation of freedom and democracy?
The fact is, America’s free and pluralistic society is grounded in a non-pluralistic ideology: Christianity. Fundamentalist Islam is also non-pluralistic. But it engenders neither freedoms nor pluralism. Saudi Muslims have built lots of mosques in the U.S., but Christians cannot freely worship in Saudi Arabia.
Islam’s core values include, for example, Sharia law, which not only forbids freedom of religion but provides for the subjugation of women. Honor killings of women by Muslims is a fact of life in America.
What does a democracy do when confronted with an intolerant ideology that wants to set up shop on its free shores? What is the right response when a system that practices and celebrates suppression takes advantage of the freedoms of another system to promote its agenda?
In a word, should New York allow the Ground Zero mosque to be built?
Do we believe in religious freedom to the extent we are prepared for whatever consequences ensue from the building of this mosque? (If this development is consistent with the pattern of Muslim history, such a building would be a symbol of conquest.) Do we believe freedom can trump enslavement? Is the church prepared to engage a battle of ideas for the soul of a society?
Or do we say, based on the history of Islamic conquest, No, you will not be allowed to erect a symbol of religious oppression in the shadow of the Jihadist attacks of 9/11. The limits of freedom cannot extend indefinitely. To overlook the history of Islam and permit this mosque would be folly.
We welcome your thoughts about this dilemma.
- Darrow Miller and Gary Brumbelow