If Islam is not for you, then leave it and let it be, some may say. That may be the right thing to do in many situations in life — a sort of live and let live philosophy. But in this case, it is a grievous act to do so.

“To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men,” Abraham Lincoln said.

Being a free human exacts a price. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” said Thomas Jefferson. Simply because Islam has not yet fully asserted itself in the United States of America, my adopted home, it does not mean we should stand down against this threat, abandon vigilance, and become complacent.

Simply put, if I let Islam be, Islam doesn’t let me be. Islam doesn’t live by the same rules of reciprocity. Islam doesn’t recognize my rights and the rights of all non-Muslims. The punishment to leave Islam is death.

“Kill whoever changes his religion.” Sahih al-Bukhari 9:84:57

The notion of apostasy in Islam is something we all need to understand. It is best understood within the overall Islamic dogma. Islam forms a binding covenant with the believer. Once a person is Muslim, he and his issue are considered Muslim forever. In this covenant, Islam promises to bestow its beneficence on the faithful, conditional on the person’s total and unquestioned surrender to it in all matters. Some of the rewards offered by Islam to the truly obedient believer, particularly privileged males, are of this world, as well as a great deal more promised to him in the next. If Muslim faithful do not reap the rewards of their devotion in this world, Islam assures them of their inestimable and limitlessly compounded rewards in the next world.

Regarding apostasy, the two main branches of Islam, the Sunni and the Shiite, are in considerable agreement. The great majority of Muslim scholars of both major camps agree that the Quran stipulates death for the apostate.

Islam is on the march, and it aims to destroy anything and anyone that stands in its way Sounding the clarion call is not Islamophobia, as many Muslims and their apologists claim. A phobia is a baseless irrational fear. Warning of the danger of Islam is based on irrefutable facts, and it is not only rational, it is ethically imperative.

The concept and practice of apostasy is a shameful stain on the conscience of humanity. It is despicable for any belief system to stubbornly cling to the dehumanizing anachronism of apostasy while its counterpart, slavery, is already buried in mankind’s graveyard of past infamy.

It is a virtue to take action to oppose the hateful, a vice to ignore it. It is a virtue to fight tyranny, misogyny, discrimination of all sorts, oppression, and all manner of violations of the legitimate rights of individuals and people. Islam is constantly mutating into a terrible menace. It is a belief of fascism, a destroyer of liberty and much of what free people cherish. Therefore, it must be confronted.

We need to make a note of the terms such as Islamism, Islamofascism, radical Islam, political Islam or militant Islam that are different terms for essentially the same thing: a virulent, hate-driven, and violent system of beliefs and practices. Yet one and all are progeny of Islam itself.

It is a systemic problem of Islam that inevitably gives rise to its so-called aberrant forms. The scripture of Islam supply the justification Muslims need to assault non-Muslims.

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