Less than two weeks away, register today for American Decency’s WHAT COST FREEDOM? THE FIGHT IS ON conference in Fremont on February 9 at 7PM or in Grand Rapids on February 10 at 9 AM. (See details below.)
Maj. Stephen Coughlin will be our illustrious speaker for this event. He is the author of Catastrophic Failure, a 788 page tome of vital and well-documented knowledge on America’s willful blindness in the face of Islamic Jihad. To better understand what is at stake it is important to understand who the fight is with, what their goals are, and the ways they go about accomplishing those goals. Stephen Coughlin well understands these things and masterfully explains them in his book and to his audience. Let’s take a quick preview at only a couple of these dangers.
If you or I were asked what the “law of the land” is, our immediate response would undoubtedly be the Constitution of the United States of America. However, for the Islamist: “A crucial characteristic of Islamic law is that it is supposed to be the ‘law of the land.’ Contrary to popular belief, ‘radical’ or ‘extremist’ Muslims almost never say, ‘I fight jihad to gain converts to Islam.’ When they talk about bringing Islam to the world, they are usually referring to Islamic law. In fact, nearly without exception, when jihadis communicate their intentions to their enemies or to fellow Muslims, they claim that their mission is to implement the Islamic deen (law) and re-establish the Caliphate. They do not talk about religion.” (pg. 54; emphasis mine)
For Americans, human rights are one of our dearest held values and the violation of those rights is considered heinous; wars have been fought on this sacred front. As the Left has bonded with the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamic values we have seen a decrease in their standing for human rights and have seen a redefining of what “human rights” actually means for the Left. Stephen Coughlin identifies and warns about such things on pages 224-225 and beyond: (emphasis mine)
“In the United States, the concept of human rights is roughly synonymous with the rights enumerated in the U.S. Constitution. These rights were given international expression in the first half of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the drafting of which Eleanor Roosevelt oversaw through World War II. The first half of the Universal Declaration was an attempt to internationalize the rights that Americans enjoy under the Constitution.
“This international extension of rights harmonized with existing political systems in Canada, Australia, and Europe; despite some cultural and language differences, the effort resonated in Latin America and India, as well. But the Declaration has not been a good fit in other parts of the world—and is especially at variance with the laws and traditions of Muslim cultures.
“While this book’s main focus is on Sunni Islam, an occasional detour into Shi’a Islam with regard to the OIC is instructive. Concerning the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Sa’id Raja’i-Khorassani, the permanent delegate to the UN from the Islamic Republic of Iran, said this in 1985:
“The very concept of human rights was a ‘Judeo-Christian invention’ and inadmissible in Islam. …According to Ayatollah Khomeini, one of the Shah’s ‘most despicable sins’ was the fact that Iran was one of the original group of nations that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
This being the case, what do we know about Islam and human rights? Maj. Coughlin expounds deeply on this pointing to the Cairo Declaration and what he calls the “24/25 Rule,” a summation of its 24th and 25th Articles.
“THE 24/25 RULE FOR ANALYSIS. Human Rights are defined as shariah law for the purpose of any analysis involving the OIC, a Member State, or initiatives reasonably arising from either—including all entities claiming Islamic law as the basis of law, including all elements of the Islamic Movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, and al-Qaeda.”
“When the subject matter of an analysis concerns ‘rights and freedoms’ or associated defined concepts that arise out of the Cairo Declaration, those ‘rights and freedoms’ can be assessed only in terms of what Islamic law permits them to mean, where Islamic law is the only criterion by which a determination can be made in the event of any dispute requiring resolution.”
Even from only a human rights standpoint one can easily see that Shariah (Islamic law/belief) and the Constitution (American law/belief) are incompatible and one can only wonder how the Left and Islamic forces can link arms without the Left being seen as treasonous.
Stephen Coughlin goes deep and wide covering the dangers we face, yet understandably so. His briefings cover a wide array of essential topics of which we must not remain willfully blind or apathetically ignorant. We urge you to become informed and inform others.
The fight is on and it has cost this man his career, are you willing to pay the cost of a couple hours of your time to become informed at this FREE event? Urge those around you to join you in registering for this important and timely event. Join us on Friday, February 9 at 7 PM, at the American Decency headquarters located at 203 E. Main St, Fremont, MI. Or register for Saturday, February 10 at 9 AM at the Prince Conference Center Willow East Room, located at 1800 East Beltline Ave SE. Grand Rapids, MI. 49546.
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