Thursday, December 14, 2006

Cal Thomas: Loyalty Oaths to Hold Muslims Accountable?

This week, the ''Proposed Charter of Muslim Understanding'' is being presented to the European Parliament. According to Gerard Batten, a member of the European Parliament from London, who contributed the foreword, and the charter's author, Sam Solomon, a Sharia law expert, the charter will ''enable Muslims from all strands of belief to make it plain that they reject those extremist interpretations of their religious texts that promote or excuse violence and bring Islam into conflict with the modern world.''
The charter calls upon Muslims to:

* Respect non-Muslim religions and issue a fatwa (an Islamic religious decree) prohibiting the use of force, violence or threats to their followers.

* Respect all civilizations, cultures and traditions and promote understanding of the precedence of national laws over Sharia law.

* Respect Western freedoms, especially of belief and expression and prohibit violent reaction against people who make use of these freedoms.

* Prohibit the issuing of any fatwa that would result in violence or threat against individuals or institutions.

* Request Islamic institutions to revise and issue new interpretations of Quranic verses calling for Jihad and violence against non-Muslims.
Solomon says, ''We call on organizations representing the Islamic faith ... to endorse and sign this charter as an example to all European Muslims.

'' By doing so, they will make it clear that ''Islam is a religion of peace ... and that acts of terrorism committed in its name are the acts of misguided individuals who have misunderstood and misinterpreted its teaching.''

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