When confronted with a choice ...
... American Muslim Leaders take the 5th
This is a stellar opportunity for a loud public statement that rejects the political & supremacist aspects of Islam. Yet CAIR advises the Imams involved to close ranks and ignore the issue. I imagine, in the current climate, that they would argue that they are taking some sort of principled moral high ground against a redneck, racist Republican Trump surrogate in what they portray as an increasingly hostile, Nativist and xenophobic environment. I also imagine this would get quite a lot of traction in the current media climate.
But how hard would it be, if Islam really were as irenic & beneficent as it is tirelessly represented to us to be, for this national umbrella group to simply encourage all Imams to co-operate fully with this politician? In all honesty, if there really was nothing in Islam that in any way condoned the murder of those that leave the Faith why the difficulty gaining compliance? What could possibly be wrong with agreeing with the freedom of individuals to make their own decisions regarding what they believe about God?
And if some of us notice this reticence, why must we always and necessarily become the “real” problem?
You see how this kind of thing makes it difficult for some of us to understand all the love, peace and beauty we are told is saturating REAL Islam? Surely if it really were loving a prompt, wholehearted and voluminous rebuttal of any perceived anti-Western aspects would ensue. Would it not?
We get some insight into this too when we realise that CAIR is linked to the terror organisation HAMAS which was itself an expression of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. This is the umbrella group advocating for the rights of Muslims in America. Not reassuring is it?
Further as Robert Spencer points out, the punishment for leaving Islam is indeed death according to Sharia:~
The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)
A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”
Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”
In light of all that, it is no surprise that Hamas-linked CAIR would ignore this pledge.
To me it seems probable that, while playing the victim card, CAIR actually understands that to renounce the murder of someone who leaves Islam, is to renounce historic, orthodox Islam as depicted in the authoritative texts and as taught today by the highest offices in the Faith. They are simply trying to stigmatise the messenger and divert attention from this reality.
I think it's appropriate to note all this.
Texas lawmaker polls Mosque leaders on Sharia law support
A Texas lawmaker is asking state mosque leaders to pledge support for the "safety" of former Muslims in a mailed survey being condemned by Islamic civil rights groups.
A spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Thursday that he told mosque leaders to ignore Republican state Rep. Kyle Biedermann.
One question asks respondents to renounce any possible persecution that those leaving Islam could face. Others inquired about renouncing "institutionalized Sharia law" and gauged support for having the U.S. State Department label the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization.
Biedermann said in a statement that the survey was prepared for an upcoming homeland security conference.
Another Texas lawmaker, Rep. Molly White, sparked outcry in 2015 after instructing Muslims visiting her state Capitol office to declare their allegiance to the U.S.