The rise of the Western street

For years now, the Islamists have been making inroads into Western society, finding our weak points and using them to drive us apart, to find the flaws in our cultural and social armor and prying at them, trying to carve out a place where they can begin to establish their own Islamist “state within a state” that, they hope, will eventually subsume the greater secular culture.

But while the governments desperately try to reconcile laws and policies that are predicated on a flawed assumption — that those seeking to use the legal system to address their grievances actually believe in and wish to see democracy and freedom prosper, and are not intending to use the system to attack the system — the people themselves are starting to wake up, and see the dangers.

Recently, in Germany, a Muslim woman sought a divorce based on the grounds of physical abuse — something that no civilized people should have a problem with. But the husband argued that under the Koran, husbands were entitled to beat their wives. Therefore, since the woman was a Muslim and had willingly married a Muslim, she should have “expected” that and it was not valid grounds for divorce. And the judge agreed.

That victory is costing the Islamists in Germany dearly. While the judge’s decision currently stands, the German people — who aren’t exactly renowned for their passive nature and willingness to surrender — were outraged by the decision. The Germans feel they spent far, far too long as vassals of foreign powers, and are looking to re-establish their “rightful” place as a nation to be respected and reckoned with. (Witness how well they handled being humiliated and dominated after World War I.) I don’t expect that many elements of Shariah law will survive long, and Germany’s “refugee” program itself — another lasting legacy of World War II, and a favorite tool of the Islamists to enter Germany — might be in for some serious revisions.

A while ago, the “Flying Imams” caused a major stir on an airline flight, worrying the flight crew and many passengers. Well, they’re doing the American thing — they’re taking it to court. And with the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ backing, they’re also filing suit against “John Doe” and “Jane Doe” passengers who had the nerve to express their concerns — most certainly an attempt to silence future observers.

Well, this brought one of the more obscure, often considered mythical beasts to the forefront — the moderate Muslim. The American Islamic Forum for Democracy announced that it would be glad to pay the legal bills of any of these defendants. Combine this with at least one law firm offering to defend them pro bono, and we see that there are, indeed, believers in democracy and freedom and “working within the system” are ready, willing, and able to put their money where their mouth is and do what they can to defend our system — and, by extension, all of us.

Now, in Minnesota, the Islamists are pushing — and pushing hard — for the “system” to extend recognition and legal standing to Shariah law. Muslim cashiers at Target are refusing to even handle products containing pork, insisting that the forbidden product be handled by infidels only — other cashiers or the customers themselves. Muslim students are demanding special concessions for their daily required prayers, including special rooms and wash basins so they may cleanse their feet first. And at the Minneapolis airport, Muslim cabbies are insisting on their right to enforce Shariah law on their passengers, keeping out alcohol and “unclean” animals — all policies being pushed under the guise of “religious freedom.”

But people are starting to wake up, and realize that these rights are not absolute. They are not a magic ticket, one that people can wave and get whatever they want. There are other rights and considerations that must be taken into account.

The cashiers are refusing to fulfill the fundamental responsibilities of their job, conditions that should have been obvious when they applied there. (Target hardly advertises itself as a “Halal” institution.) The schools are constrained in what they can do by the Constitution’s Establishment clause and “equal protection,” meaning that they cannot grant more privileges to one faith over others — and sooner or later, another of those faiths will start demanding its own “equal” treatment. And the cabbies are considered a public accomodation, and simply are not allowed to discriminate on religious grounds.

These movements — and others — have won victories so far, but they’ve been victories based on force, on intimidation, on playing on the public’s conscience and guilt, not based purely on law. They’ve won by default, because not enough people have stood up to the bullying.

It might be too late for France. Spain has already shown its willingness to back down in the face of terrorism. Portions of England are thoroughly dominated by Muslims. (Google up “Londonistan” sometime. It’s not a pretty sight.) But Germany, as seen above, is waking. And here in the United States, we are showing signs of fighting back.

I don’t fear that, if we’re not careful, the Islamists will eventually dominate the United States. I am certain that I will never live under Shariah law. But I know that the struggle will be an unpleasant one, a bloody one, and I fear the death toll it will eventually claim before we finally defeat it.

And I sigh heavily at the thought that we will have to once again rescue France.

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