The head hackers of ISIS have everyone's attention. It is hard to ignore the beheadings, burnings, rape, slavery, and suffering that accompany them wherever they abide. When, on occasion, an ISIS-styled zealot manages an act of terror in a Western Nation, the paroxysms of media excitement are jarring. Social media as well goes through an explosion of emotion that feeds participant interest for weeks on end. Essentially, the most violent of Islamist organizations have our attention, as they rightly should.
But, in all the fuss, we are losing sight of an even greater threat, and that is the normalization of Sharia and acceptance of Sharia within Western nations.
How can Sharia be a greater threat than ISIS? Simply because the threat that day to day Islam poses is not beheading and bombing and flying planes into buildings. The threat is the undermining of our Western ideals of human rights, freedom, and liberty. The violent threats of ISIS styled terror cause fear and suffering, but they also motivate Westerners to reject Islam. But ... terror attacks make Sharia seem benign, or at least take it off the front pages and out of social media.
In the long run though, terrorists won't win; not in the West. All they will do is invite military response from a volunteer army which is the most effective ever fielded by anyone anywhere at anytime in history. They will lose.
Sharia though, can gain a foothold that will be difficult to repulse. Already in Europe we see governments bow to the threat of Sharia law, bow to Sharia fueled Muslim protest, often going so far as to allow entire city regions to be governed by an underground clerical class. Essentially, human rights violating Muslim tenets are being normalized within our very boundaries.
Even in Canada, we have accepted a number of ugly anti-human Muslim tenets. Imagine the specter of Muslim children, in public school, holding daily call to prayer which excludes girls from a position of equality, which forces them to the back row, and where those in menses must be removed even further. It happens. Already, the normally human-rights sensitive "progressives" are all too ready to accept such anti-Canadian misogyny. Sharia creep has begun.
Sharia, in fact, is anti-Canadian, anti-Western, and anti-Human in every sense that we as Westerners have come to believe. It is we, through a long journey of battling among ourselves and slowly beating back religious and government excesses, who have come to lead the world in expanding human rights. Yet, in the name of this sensitivity to human rights, we are suddenly willing to accept a religion that turns back the clock on rights, that is rife with misogyny, that would, if it could, inject into our society blasphemy laws and the associate harsh punishments.
And ISIS, with each beheading, takes our eye off the ball. While we bicker over the use of military force in Iraq, the steady creep of Sharia encroaches. It does so with each fundamentalist Muslim who arrives on our shores; it does with each fundamentalist proclamation in the local mosque, and it does so each time a "progressive" launches into high dudgeon that somehow confuses misogyny with religious freedom.
There is nothing quaint about a woman or girl being covered from head to foot in a sheet, only allowing the life giving rays of the sun to shine upon her countenance while in the privacy of her own home. There is nothing culturally peculiar and "interesting" about the punishment for adultery being death. There is nothing Canadian about Muslim homosexuals having to fear being murdered by their own families or co-religionists. There is nothing wholesome about the fact that fear for one's life and apostasy go hand in hand. There is nothing "progressive", about knowing in your heart that any romantic relationship with a non-Muslim will bring all manner of abuse down upon you, and the most likely loss of family, and friends, and on occasion even life. Who can laud a young woman having to avoid any contact with non-related males. And, there is nothing humane about covering one's head, or face, or wrists and ankles each day because to neglect to do so will bring down upon you the wrath of your mosque, your friends, and your family. Yet, for the vast majority of Muslims worldwide most of the above are reality; and too our utter shame, we invite it to our shores and indeed, the so-called "progressives" among us defend it and castigate the rest of us as being Islamophobic.
This is Sharia, and it is here and among us and growing while we gawk at beheading videos and fret about ISIS attacks. Terror attacks are a real threat, but they will never unravel our country. If though, Muslim communities expand and are allowed to practice and institute Sharia within their communities, the fabric of our nation will forever be changed for the worse. And it is here that the threat lies.
Western culture is fraught enough with it's own shortcomings; but our greatest achievement has been to cast these off and to become champions for human liberty. Yet now, we invite to our shores a cultural and religious creed that is anything but compatible, and while ISIS holds us enthrall, this creed digs ever deeper into our society.
We have no idea at this point how many Canadian Muslims are secular (live and let live) and who have come to escape the clutches of Sharia, or how many ascribe to that form of Sharia practiced by most Muslims the world over ... the form that is not at all compatible with Canadian notions of human rights and liberty. Indeed, it is not up to us to know this, it is not our duty to pry, to be religious police ... but it is up to us to firmly reject Sharia each and every time it is foisted on us, and on other Muslims. And, above all, it is not incumbent on us, a free sovereign democratic nation, to welcome to our shores anyone who ascribes to the fascistic religious creed practiced by most Muslims the world over.
Freedom cherishing Muslims need protection from Sharia as much as the rest of us, especially those born and raised among us and nurtured in our tolerant society. Only those aspects of Sharia that conform to our hard fought values of human liberty should be allowed to flourish; the rest must be treated for what they are ... anti-Canadian, anti-human, and religiously fascistic. It is critical that freedom loving Canadians call out, criticize, and do political battle with the bulk of Sharia doctrine ... that doctrine practiced world wide by devout Muslims. While our laws make illegal the more violent of Sharia doctrine, our right to free speech must be used vigorously to combat any other aspect of Sharia that runs contrary to our values.