There is No Provision in Islam for Mosque-State Separation

An inspirational graphic entitled “Absolutely Everything in Life”

John Hick, An Interpretation of Religion (Yale UP, 1989, pp. 48-49):

From the point of view of the understanding of this state of islam [submission to Allah] the Muslim sees no distinction between the religious and the secular. The whole of life is to be lived in the presence of Allah and is the sphere of God’s absolute claim and limitless compassion and mercy. And so islam, God-centredness, is not only an inner submission to the sole Lord of the universe but also a pattern of corporate life in accordance with God’s will. It involves both salat, worship, and falah, the good embodied in behaviour. Through the five appointed moments of prayer each day is linked to God. Indeed almost any activity may be begun with Bismillah (‘in the name of Allah’); and plans and hopes for the future are qualified by Inshallah (‘if Allah wills’). Thus life is constantly punctuated by the remembrance of God. It is a symptom of this that almsgiving ranks with prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and confession of faith as one of the five ‘pillars’ of Islam. Within this holistic conception the ‘secular’ spheres of politics, government, law, commerce, science and the arts all come within the scope of religious obedience.

What Hick calls a “holistic conception,” I would call totalitarian. Islam is totalitarian in a two-fold sense. It aims to regulate every aspect and every moment of the individual believer’s life. (And if you are not a believer, you must either convert or accept dhimmitude.)

islam-is-everythingAnother inspirational Islamic graphic. These are all over the Internet.

But it is also totalitarian in a corporate sense in that it aims to control every aspect of society in all its spheres, just as Hick points out supra.

Islam, therefore, is profoundly at odds with the values of the West. For we in the West, whether liberals or conservatives, accept church (mosque)-state separation. We no doubt argue heatedly over what exactly it entails, but we are agreed on the main principle. I regularly criticize the shysters of the ACLU for their extremist positions on this question; but I agree with them that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion . . . .”

This raises a very serious question. Is Islam — pure, unEnlightened, undiluted, fundamentalist, theocratic Islam — deserving of First Amendment protection?…

  • All Too Much

    I wonder how many of those gentle words can be found in the Koran without some negative implication or some pre-condition.

  • Alain

    Islam accepts the concept of separation of state and religion as much as communism accepts. Both are totalitarian ideologies which seek to control every aspect of people’s lives and are extremely anti-freedom.

    • Frau Katze

      Exactly. But because of the slight religious gloss, Islam is now working it’s way into the West under the guise of “religion”.

  • cmh

    Islam is not a religion it is a military strategy. People use it for political purposes but it is a military strategy. Very effective military strategy.

    • Martin Luffa

      Islam is scorched earth strategy with disgusting inhumans taking over the fallow land afterwards

  • Martin Luffa

    Letter to The Times

    From Bishop Joseph Goebbels D.D.

    I am writing on behalf of the Church of Adolf Hitler (pbuh), formerly known as the Nazi Party.

    Having decided to transform ourselves into a religion, we have abandoned all worldly ambitions, and intend to concentrate on our higher spiritual objectives of non-violent global conquest, compassionate enslavement of inferior peoples, and peaceful extermination of the Jews.

    Since we are now a religion rather than a political movement, we demand the following rights and privileges appropriate to our new identity:

    – An end to Naziphobia in the media, especially war films showing the Nazis in a bad light.

    – Tax exemption for all places of worship including airfields, munitions factories, extermination camps etc.

    – Destruction of all blasphemous cartoons of Adolf Hitler(pbuh) produced in the Second World War.

    – An apology from the British government for the campaign of Naziphobia waged by Winston Churchill, and the hurt feelings inflicted on the Afrika Korps at El Alamein by the Naziphobic bigot Montgomery.

    – An apology from the American government for the insensitivity by the raging Naziphobe Eisenhower in failing to forewarn Nazi community leaders of the D-Day landings, which caused much distress among the peaceloving Nazis holidaying in Northern France.

    – Burning ‘Mein Kampf’ must become a hate crime punishable by hanging with piano wire.

    – Application of our parallel legal system known as ‘The Gestapo’ must be enforced in so-called ‘democratic’ countries.

    – We demand affirmative action, in the interests of community cohesion, to promote Nazis to high positions in the security services.

    – We demand government funding for the expansion of our youth activities, which play a vital role in keeping the younger generation out of trouble, and concentrate their minds on wholesome activities such as rallies, processions, camps, pogroms etc.

    – The occasional Blitzkrieg invasions of sovereign states must not be portrayed in the media as being typical of Nazis as a whole, since this leads to Naziphobia. Rather they must be shown to be the work of a tiny minority of extremists who have hijacked a peaceful spiritual movement.

    Peace in our time and Heil Hitler!

    – Bishop Joseph Goebbels

    …. Well, obviously nobody would be stupid enough to be deceived by such claims. This is an aggressive, militaristic, murderous, supremacist, genocidal ideology that worships a ruthless power-crazed megalomaniac, trying to pass itself off as a religion.

    And they have the nerve to demand that since they are a religious movement, all criticism should be silenced, and public funds made available to aid the spread of their violent criminal activities.

    This sort of thing could never happen even in your worst nightmares.