Thursday, October 27, 2005

Anti-Semitism vs. Anti-Islamism

The Turkish Premier Tayyip Erdogan defines anti-Islamism as being the equivalent of anti-Semitism:

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that anti-Islamism must be treated as a crime against humanity just like anti-Semitism, the Turkish daily Zaman reported on Tuesday, September 6.

Addressing the sixth meeting of the Eurasian Islamic Council meeting in Istanbul Monday, September 5, Erdogan said his government has added an article to the declaration in the European Council regarding Islamophobia stipulating that anti-Islamism be accepted as a crime against humanity.

Seeing as how Europe is strongly considering making Turkey a member of the European Union, this is a very important issue to the future of Europe.

Are anti-Semitism and anti-Islamism the same thing?

Anti-Semitism is defined as:

1. Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism.
2. Discrimination against Jews.

Islamism is defined by Wikipedia (who generally tend to be rather friendly towards Islam) as:

Islamism refers to a set of political ideologies derived from various conservative religious views of Muslim fundamentalists, which hold that Islam is not only a religion, but also a political system that governs the legal, economic and social imperatives of the state. Islamist movements seek to re-shape the state by implementing a conservative formulation of Sharia.

The Islamic legal system is called Sharia. Sharia is the system of laws which calls for homosexuals and adulterers to be stoned to death. Sharia calls for the hands of thieves to be cut off. Sharia dictates that women are second-class citizens who are not allowed to make decisions (about education, whom to marry, etc.) by themselves. In other words Sharia dictates that women live as slaves to their men.

The proper establishment of Sharia requires that it be administered by one central authority, which stands above all nations governed by Sharia. This authority is called the Caliphate. Sharia dictates that the way to establish Sharia is to wage Jihad.

In other words, to be anti-Islamist is to be against the idea of political Islam. It is to be against the Caliphate, Sharia, and Jihad.

In other words, to be anti-Islamist is to be a sane and rational member of Western Civilization.

This, apparently is another obfuscation the Islamic Jihadis are going to start trying to spread. The idea must be fought. People need to understand that their is a difference between what is meant by the word Islamism, and what is meant by the word Islam.

If there is no difference between the two concepts, as defined by Muslims, then there is no room for Muslims in Western Civilization.