An Islamic nation would look pretty much like a Christian nation, right? That’s what we are being told.
There was no valentine day celebration in Kuwait. There were no roses or red hearts in Saudi Arabia. The tolerant Muslim world, that stands for peace, and we would suppose therefore, for love and companionship, is condemning Valentine’s Day.
Jamaan al-Harbash, a member of the Kuwaiti parliament, has called for celebrations to be banned. He wants “moral indignation.” So do I, for other reasons. He wants it to drive a condemnation of Valentine’s Day which he says is is alien to Islamic culture “and contradicts our religion’s values and teachings.”
Kuwait has a special committee to monitor “alien practices.” That committee will undertake a study on how to stop Valentine’s Day from initiating the “moral corruption” of Kuwaiti youth. In Saudi Arabia, the notorious religious police who operate under the banner, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, have banned red roses. They have ordered florists and gift shops to remove any red item from off the shelf. The choice is – black or red!
Calling Valentine’s Day “a pagan Christian holiday” the government and religious leaders are telling Muslims who believe in Allah and Judgment Day, that they should neither celebrate the day or acknowledge it by congratulating others.
Last year in Malaysia, a government official declared, that celebrating the Day was understood as recognizing the enemies of Islam. Valentine, it turns out, St. Valentine took part in planning and attacking Cordoba which was once a well-known centre of Islam in Spain, and causing its downfall.” The problem is that there were about a dozen “Valentines!” The one most often associated with the holiday was a third-century Christian martyr in the Roman Empire, a little too early for the Cordoba incident.
Khomeini, the author of the Iranian revolution, took pains to make sure he was never photographed smiling. “Allah did not create man so that he could have fun” but for “hardship and prayer.” There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. Everything is serious – dead serious!”
When jihad theorist Sayyid Qutb came to America in the late 1940s, he complained that Americans even “go to church for … enjoyment.” It was unbelievable to him that faith and joy were entertwined.
The Islamic jihadists promise poverty, hardship and prayer, from which one is released only at death. That process can be hurried along by strapping a bomb to yourself and blowing up someone you don’t like that is near you. Americans, thanks to Christian roots, were so misguided in their founding that they actually believed they could and should create a nation under God, one in which their Creator endowed with “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Political correctness, multiculturalism, and a fear of offending religious sensibilities are stopping genuine dialogue about the very real differences between the world-views created by Christianity and those of Islam. England and parts of Europe are already capitulating to Sharia Law. Is it far behind here? Will there be any Western leaders willing or courageous enough to cast off their multi-cultural blinders and resist the global Islamic tide? And perhaps even stand up for the distinctive Christian roots of the this nation?
Adapted from an article by Robert Spencer