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I have received many emails propagating intolerance toward Muslims, American and foreign.  This propaganda serves only to escalate the perception of victimization used by extremists to justify illegal and violent tactics to change political and geographic boundaries.  The email below gisted that Muslims, because of their religion, could not make good American citizens.  The email text is in green with my counter in red.

Have you ever thought -- Can a devout Muslim be an American patriot and a loyal citizen?   Is Muslim American really an oxymoron?   Consider this:


  Theologically, no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia.  Nanna was the moon god not Allah.  Allah is an Arabic derivation of Elohim, which is certainly one of the names of the Judeo-Christian monotheo we call God, the one and only God.


  Religiously, no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)

Whether or not Christians and Jews are willing to recognize, the sacred scriptures of their faiths too state the only religion acceptable is submission to God which is what “Islam” means.  To the Jew, submission means keeping God’s law according to the Torah.  To the Christian, submission means accepting the free gift of salvation which is His Son, Jesus.


  Scripturally, no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Quran (Koran).

The five pillars are the same as Judeo-Christian precepts:  Profession, Prayer, Fasting (in repentance), Pilgrimage, and Tithe.  The Koran reiterates the history and parables of the old and new testaments, albeit, with basic variants to include greater miraculous intervention such as the story of Jesus whose miracle performance is not considered by Muslims as a sign of divinity.  Jesus in the Koran literally spoke to offer comfort to his mother during birth.  An exception in parallel is the presence of God described in the Koran is never likened to that of man or any animal. 


  Geographically, no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.
This is a basic misunderstanding of the religion by western secularists and religionists.  A Muslim’s allegiance is not to any place or man but to God.  The reason a Muslim faces Mecca when he prays because he is instructed to face this direction by the Koran.  If Mecca and the Ka’bah were obliterated, a Muslim would still face this direction to pray. 


  Socially, no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Not only is this untrue, the Christians and Jews are described as followers of God and protected as People of the Scripture.  “Say: O People of the Scripture. Come to an agreement between us and you: that we shall worship none but Allah, and that we shall ascribe no partners unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside Allah. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him)." (Koran 3:64)

Christian and Jewish tribes entered into defensive alliances with Muhammad and the newly formed Muslim tribes as Muhammad fled Mecca to hide from the Quraysh tribe, the tribe of his birth who was intent on his assassination.  A controversial history evolved from the alliances but no where is that mentioned in the Koran.


 
Politically, no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, the great Satan.
Not all mullas teach the annihilation of Israel and destruction of American.  In fact this is a minute number of religious leaders; however, these inflammatory voices are the ones that are heard and repeated because fear is an insidious tool used by media and business to sell their products. 


  Domestically, no, because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobey s him (Quran 4:34).
Five separate translations appear below.  The translation of the Quran from Arabic is a point of contention because of misunderstandings that arise in translation.  The meaning of this scripture is arguable even for Muslims.  Just as Christians and Jews may look for scripture to justify their actions, it would not be unusual for a Muslim to do the same.  You would be hard pressed to find any mullah that advocated or justified spousal abuse or wife beating based on this scripture; however, it may surprise some that the Vatican advocated beating wives a little over 200 years ago.  No where in the Koran does it state that men should marry four women; that is a deviation of marital practice developed from the Hadith (stories and history of Muhammad and his companions).  The Hadith is where the tribal-cultural influence on Islamic traditions and practice is found, to include use of burka (head to toe covering).  American citizens are allowed only one wife and though it has remained a point for a minority, this legal limitation has not affected the majority of Mormon US citizens’ ability to be a good citizen or extremely moral person.

Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).
Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.
Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.

 

  Intellectually, no, because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.
Beyond the fact that acceptance of the Bible as God’s Word requires faith not intellect, the American Constitution is not the word of God and though the truths presented echo the truths presented in God’s Word, the two should never be confused since the American Constitution is a living document in the sense that it is changing; it is not God’s Living Word and the protections afforded to all by the constitution are slowly being eroded. This erosion started long before the politico-military Islamist revival of the sixties.


  Philosophically, no, because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression.  Democracy and Islam cannot co - exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.
Given this model, democracy and no religion can co-exist.  Many theocracies have lasted hundreds even over a thousand years but the freedom afforded in a democracy is not dependent on adherence to a particular religion.  To say that a Muslim could not meet the requirements of a responsible citizen in a democratic republic because of their religious beliefs is the epitome of religious discrimination and lends credence to the Islamist (a Muslim extremist who believes and actively supports the violent restoration of the Islamic Caliphate) victimization campaign.  It is true that an Islamic Democracy cannot exist as a true democracy but neither can a Jewish or Christian democracy.  All three religions have elements of social service that are more indicative of socialism than democracy.


  Spiritually, no, because when we declare "one nation under God," the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran's 99 excellent names.

The loving and kind Christian God is the same God of the Jews and the same God of the Muslims.  This is recognized by Muslims.  The Hebrew names for God do not include “love” either but the description of God as beneficent can be found throughout the Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures.


  Therefore after much study and deliberation....


  They obviously cannot be both "good" Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish...it's still the truth.
Calling it the truth, doesn't make it so. The truth stands on its own and is its own defense.  This is fear and intolerance propagated as truth.

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