My take on the minaret ban in Sweden

Tonight (11-30-2009) I’m going to go on a minor break with my usual criticisms of theology and stick with a current event.

In recent news we have had a slough of internet stories about the Swedish ban on minarets in Sweden. This situation is nothing new.

However I noticed no one is reporting about the two groups involved in this legislation nor their propaganda used to create such a law in the first place. According to this story the groups are:

Swedish People’s party

Federal Democratic Union

So far from what I can gather their websites are in their native tongue. However some of their information can be accessed here:

Ulrich Schlüer

The big question is that is ‘this fair’ to muslims and the answer is simply no. But at the same time is it fair for muslims to destroy Christians in their home countries?

I think the answer is obvious.

Lets see what muslims did to Christians once they took over countries that once belonged to them:

“Many mosques of the first centuries, were originally churches. Many of these conversions were against the will of the Christians, but not all. In many regions, Christianity lost its position, and churches turned into mosques over time, simply through Muslims using the churches as the religious buildings they were, and in full respect of Christianity.”

“Most mosques today in the Arab territories are closed to non-Muslims, but this was a regulation that was developed through the first century of Islam. There was an increase in the emphasis on the sanctity of the mosque, more and more elements of the mosque was regarded as sacred, and any mosque was commonly regarded as ‘House of God’. In Turkey any mosque is open to visitors, non-Muslims can visit them as well.”

If Christian churches and communities were destroyed by muslims either by warfare or forced conversion then how is that moral or fair?

More reality of Christians and Jews under the Islamic system:

“According to Muslim jurists, the following legal ordinances must be enforced on Zimmis (Christians and Jews alike) who reside among Muslims:”

“1) Zimmis are not allowed to build new churches, temples, or synagogues. They are allowed to renovate old churches or houses of worship provided they do not allow to add any new construction. “Old churches” are those which existed prior to Islamic conquests and are included in a peace accord by Muslims. Construction of any church, temple, or synagogue in the Arab Peninsula (Saudi Arabia) is prohibited. It is the land of the Prophet and only Islam should prevail there. Yet, Muslims, if they wish, are permitted to demolish all non-Muslim houses of worship in any land they conquer.”

“2) Zimmis are not allowed to pray or read their sacred books out loud at home or in churches, lest Muslims hear their prayers.”

“3) Zimmis are not allowed to print their religious books or sell them in public places and markets. They are allowed to publish and sell them among their own people, in their churches and temples.”

“4) Zimmis are not allowed to install the cross on their houses or churches since it is a symbol of infidelity.”

“5) Zimmis are not permitted to broadcast or display their ceremonial religious rituals on radio or television or to use the media or to publish any picture of their religious ceremonies in newspaper and magazines.”

“6) Zimmis are not allowed to congregate in the streets during their religious festivals; rather, each must quietly make his way to his church or temple.”

“7) Zimmis are not allowed to join the army unless there is indispensable need for them in which case they are not allowed to assume leadership positions but are considered mercenaries.”

The reality is that muslims have their prayer rooms and mosques in their home countries but in Western countries as well. They have the same rights as westerners to own property and to live under non muslim laws. The problematic desire to construct minarets to call their people to praying to a unknown, unknowable, indescribable god shows that they are trying to vie for power.

While many will complain of Christian bigotry, intolerance etc. Take a good look at minaret covered mosques in their home countries and try to find a Christian church steeple in or near that location that is as tall as the mosque.

You wont find one.

If the minaret is not entirely important to the over all appearance of the mosque then there is no necessity to build such a tower. However with all the gripes of muslims worldwide it appears to me more of a power struggle by pushing muslim will upon Christians and other non muslims.

This of course just cements peoples over all ‘islamaphobic’ beliefs that muslims are not about peace but wanting to remove all non muslim political and religious powers and replacing them with a alien system that no non muslim wants or needs over their lives.

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