We were greeted with "As-Salamu 'Alaykum" upon entering the conference and by speakers, prior to presentation; responding with "AslimTaslam.”
The attendees, American Muslim law students, along with a few foreign students and lawyers, presented a mixed canvas racially, yet each person is culturally Islamic and a member of the ummah. The speakers and each future American lawyer claimed that Islam has been misinterpreted for 1,400 years.
Jihad is offensive. Duplicity and deception tactically confuse opponents and are inherent in Islam. The military conquest of formerly Christian, Jewish, Hindu lands within 100 years of Islam’s founding is termed "da’wa-jihad." Much of that empire still stands under the Islamic culture forced on the conquered cultures.
Islam considers itself to be supremacist and must be victorious over all other religions and cultures. Islam spreads first by invitation, "Aslim Taslam," which means "Submit and Be at Peace." If that isn't effective then conquest by the sword is followed by dhimmitude, second-class citizenry, including no right for the Dhimmi to defend themselves.
He claimed that the popular definition of jihad is only accepted by the Taliban and by al-Qaeda, stating they sought to reinterpret the historical meaning of jihad to support their violence ignoring 1,400 years of Islamic history readily available from Muslim Law sources, such as The Reliance Of The Traveller.
She purposefully ignored the fact that ISNA, CAIR and the Muslims Students Union are all organizations founded by the Muslim Brotherhood.
It is precisely Sharia teaching about Jihad, the killing of apostates in line with Ridda blasphemy laws as well as the definition of democracy as blasphemy, that raise the most profound concerns. These violations of our Bill of Rights are what makes Sharia incompatible with a representative free democracy. This reality wasn’t addressed.
The final lecture was by Professor Ramzi Kassem, a defender of prisoners' rights at Gitmo and “black” sites, where jihadists are allegedly interred without due process. He painted a picture of the USA as a Stalinist state, where every Muslim’s privacy rights are violated with informer recruiting and fishing expeditions.
Professor Kassem decried the use of classified evidence, instead twice mentioning an unidentified Israeli agent as the witness against a particular detainee -- a code for USA investigations working at Israel's request. He did not mention that the Gitmo detainees’ recidivism rate was substantial; once released it’s right back to the battlefield as jihadists and terrorists. We were listening to a lawyer in the business of representing Muslim terrorists.
The conference presenters described Islamic concepts of justice utilizing a Marxist model of oppressors and the oppressed.
Sharia law and its compelling actions originate from the Qur'an and other Islamic doctrine. Sharia is viewed by Muslim authorities as central to a Muslim's existence. This BBC program is an example of da'wa-jihad.
We recognize that not all of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims wish to live under Sharia. But a significant minority uses guns, violence, and savagery to enforce Sharia and dictate ummah behavior. Muslim moderates are too weak to do anything other than delude themselves. This holds no doctrinal currency. Where Islam is strong, dissent is silenced by Ridda, blasphemy laws. Islam can never be reformed by political correctness in America and if ever reformed, it must happen in Mecca, Medina, Qum, and Al-Azhar in Egypt, as well as on the battlefield where the neck-cutters are strongest.
We Americans must exhibit fortitude and say to Islam, and its millions of ignorant, delusional, useful idiot apologists, that Islam represents an existentially deadly Clash of Civilizations, opposing the U.S. constitution and Judeo-Christianity along with Hinduism and all non-Islamic cultures.
We cannot live with that threat without legislating against Sharia and making it 100% clear that the Constitution of The United States of America is the law of our land. We must all assume the oath that all government, military, and law enforcement members take, "to protect and preserve the Constitution of the USA against all enemies outside our borders as well as the Trojan Horses within.”
Each year a new cadre of Muslim lawyers graduates from American law schools. Do these Muslim lawyers represent Islamic culture and Sharia, or American culture and our Constitution?