by Daniel Greenfield
June has been a banner month for Muslim lawsuits against the NYPD. First “Muslim Advocates” filed a lawsuit against the NYPD on behalf of some New Jersey Muslims attending mosques that the NYPD had assessed as a potential terrorism risk. The “Muslim Advocates,” like every other Muslim “civil rights” group, has a history of covering up and defending terrorism.
The media is full of sympathetic interviews with Muslims, who are baffled as to why the NYPD might be surveiling mosques and Imams. Farhoud Khera, the head of Muslim Advocates, complains, “There was explicit reference to the fact that they weren’t targeting Syrian Jews or Iranian Jews or Egyptian Christians, but really, the focus was on Muslims.”
The extensive Coptic Christian and Persian Jewish terrorism sprees aside, the goal here is to get the NYPD to play the same “Three Blind Monkeys” game that Federal law enforcement has taken up. And the only answer is the TSAization of the NYPD, as the last remaining counterterrorism force will prove that it isn’t singling out Muslims, by surveiling Methodist churches and Chassidic synagogues for signs of terrorist sympathies.
Less notable, but in some ways more significant, Farhan Doe, a Muslim rejected by the NYPD because he said gays should be imprisoned, has sued the police for rejecting him because of his views. Farhan Doe isn’t alone in believing that, but unlike non-Muslim applicants, he comes out of a cultural and religious background in which imprisoning people because they offend your morals is the duty of law enforcement.
Farhan’s lawyer says that his client has the right to believe whatever he pleases, and he has a point. But the question is with enough Farhans in the political, judicial and enforcement arms, how long will the rest of us have that right?
Tolerating people who will not tolerate you is fine, so long as they draw the line between ideas and action. The NYPD isn’t surveilling New Jersey mosques because there are some bigots in blue who dislike immigrants, as the Associated Press, the American Civil Liberties Union and the whole lawyer-media complex would like you to believe. It’s doing it because New York City’s biggest serial killers and aspiring serial killers are Muslims who kill in the name of their ideas.
Their biggest idea is that Allah had sent Mohammed to make Islam “victorious over all religions, even though the infidels may resist.” (Koran 61:9) And when the infidels resist, that’s when you kill their soldiers, sue their police officers, and blow up a few buildings. Then you complain to the media that the infidels are persecuting you by spying on the mosques where the “Big Idea” is declaimed to the faithful and refusing to allow you to join the police force just because you think that Islamic law supersedes American law.
The Clash of Civilizations is all-encompassing. It doesn’t just cover the big thing, like ramming planes into skyscrapers, but also the little things. Police forces don’t enforce law, as much as social harmony. The Nineties were a grand experiment in changing troubled neighborhoods by improving their quality through selective enforcement on quality of life offenses. The NYPD’s successes were credited to that experiment. But who decides what social harmony and the social good are?
For Mayor Bloomberg, it’s banning large sodas. For Farhan Doe, it’s banning homosexuals. When there is no limit to government infringement on rights, then the law is a collection of bugbears and control mechanisms. Islamic law on covering up women got its start when one of Mohammed’s companions spotted one of Mo’s wives at night and was able to tell her apart due to her height. This somehow made for a convincing case for compelling every woman to be covered up head to toe.
The Arab Spring has revealed the ugly truth that, given the vote, the Farhans in Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey will vote to imprison gays, oppress Christians, suppress women and all the way down the long awful checklist of the Islamic formula for a moral society. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a fantasy in America, but it’s how most people agree things should be in the Muslim world. The media is selflessly dedicated to lying about that simple fact, no matter how many of their reporters get raped, taken hostage or killed, until the truth becomes impossible to conceal.Back in cosmopolitan New York, the idea that we’re about to go the way of Cairo is absurd, but then Cairo was also once a cosmopolitan place. (At least until the more cosmopolitan parts of it were burned down.) Oslo, Paris and London still are, but, like Weimar, the clock of cosmopolitanism in those places is ticking down to its final hours.
The jet-setting dictatorship of the enlightened who clink champagne glasses over international law is a global Weimar that will collapse in a rotten heap when enough men shouting, “Allah Akbar” march through their streets. And the timeline for that is set by biology and airline schedules, but it’s also set by power and the acceptance of the inevitable.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has suggested that it might be possible to outlaw burning the Koran because it gets people killed. Given a choice between doing something about the Muslims who are killing people or the freedom of speech that infuriates them, Breyer, like most of the transatlantic left, chose to do something about freedom.
But homosexuality also upsets people like Farhan Doe. What happens when they decide to kill people every time an episode of Glee airs? Do we outlaw Glee? If we can outlaw burning the Koran, then why not? If it’s a question of pressure groups, the followers of Mohammed can easily top rallies and “It Gets Better” videos. And when the time comes, they will. Is a society that is unwilling to draw the line at the Bill of Rights, really going to draw the line at Greenwich Village and Castro Street?
In a society like this, laws are like levers. If enough pressure is applied in the right place, they get put up or torn down. Farhan Doe on his own wouldn’t be able to lock up too many people he disapproves of, but what happens when a police force has a lot of Farhan Does working on it?
For the answer to that, we can take a trip to sunny Dearbonistan, where Christians were arrested for “Disturbing the Peace” and “Failure to Obey a Police Order”, which as it turned out was a legalism for “Being Christian in a place claimed by Muslims”.
Add enough Farhans together and suddenly the system operates on a different set of assumptions that signify that the clash of civilizations has happened, and civilization has lost.
There are police forces in the Muslim world, but they’re tasked with arresting blasphemers, jailing runaway brides and conducting virginity tests on women found alone in the same room with a man. And occasionally hanging the homosexuals, who as Messr Ahmadinejad assured us don’t exist, because as soon as they are found to exist, they are killed.
The difference between their forces and ours is… Farhan Doe.
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