Saturday, April 14, 2007

Tariq Ramadan & Taqiyya In Action

Taqiyya means: "Concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury." It is also used as a disinformation tactic to confuse or bamboozle kafirs or non-believers.

Thus was the Islamist Tariq Ramadan practicing taqiyya in the extreme in a speech beamed by video link to the young, impressionable minds at Georgetown University, and in which he opined on the parallels between Islam and democracy:

"There is no contradiction between Islamic teachings and democratic principles. The problem is not the concept; it's the terminology," said Ramadan, 42, a fellow at St. Antony's College at Oxford University. The issue is not the relationship between church and state, he said, but "the relationship between dogma and rationality."

Ramadan listed five "indisputable" principles of Islam that are also fundamentals of democracy: the rule of law, equal rights for all citizens, universal suffrage, accountability of government and separation of powers.
Is your jaw bouncing off the floor. Sharia law is rule by Koranic interpretation, not the secular laws and rights of men. Equal rights? Can you say dhimmi? Universal sufferage? Somebody better warn Saudi Arabia. Accountability of government? Is that like in Iran . . . or anywhere else where the government answers ultimately to God rather then man? Separation of powers? Can someone say Supreme Guide? To continue:
Still, he said that some Muslims view democracy as an alien idea imported from Greece and Europe and that Islam will always be central to its followers' lives. Any attempt to impose secularism on Muslim-majority societies and avoid the "religious reference" in public life, he said, "will fail."
Obviously he is only referring to the Salafi / Wahhabi world - with which we are most concerned. Would somebody please remind Mr. Ramadan that the Sufis of Turkey have been doing pretty good with a secular governement since about 1918. And the odds are even that they may still be doing so after May 16. But to continue:
Some students in the audience of about 200 reacted positively to Ramadan's comments and said they appreciated Georgetown's effort to make his views available. . .

. . . Several faculty members disapproved of the event, saying that it gave Ramadan a one-way tribunal for his views promoting Islam with no chance for informed challenges. Robert Lieber, a professor of government, said that Ramadan has a "highly debatable record" and that his lecture sidestepped key issues, such as the poor treatment of women and religious minorities in Islamic countries.
A voice of reason sounds through the insane takiyya of Ramadan. But it did not deter the other useful idiots at Georgetown. One can only shake one's head at the suicidal insanity. Read the rest of the article here.

(H/T WC Churchill at The Gathering Storm for the definition of 'taqiyya')

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