MUSLIMS ARE DIFFERENT. REALLY?
Dr. Rene Menguy
“There you go again, Rene, with another one of your broad sweeping statements. They love our country. They came over here and became Citizens. Gosh, some joined the Military and are fighting with us against those bad guys in, uh, you know where”
“Right you are, Charlie. One of them actually became a Psychiatrist in the Army Medical Corp. Problem was; he committed Medical Malpractice; murdered a bunch of our soldiers. Then, there was that guy, that Imam Anwar-Al Alki who went off to Yemen to preach a Holy war against us. And, then you’ve gotta remember that Times Square guy who”……..
“OK , OK, enough already! . They’re really isolated incidents. I know your kind. You’re a bigot and you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“Aw shaddup. I’m sick of you’re b.s..
There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
Nicolas de Chamfort
The Mosque controversy now dominates the evening news. Although a majority of Americans oppose the erection of a Mosque and an Islamic learning center near the site of the World Trade Center, many, arguing that the freedom of religion is absolute, think it’s their right.
Unfortunately, most of those who believe that don’t understand that Islam is a huge and powerful political movement, cloaked in a religious mantle that seeks to impose Sharia Law wherever it gains a foothold. Religion is its Trojan horse. The invasion is already solidly established in most European countries. In France, Muslims, far from integrating, are trying to take over by imposing their own mores such as the wearing of traditional female garb by schoolgirls.
The First Amendment, being evoked by all and sundry, states only two things about religion. We cannot have a state religion and everyone has the absolute right to the free exercise of their religion. Nowhere does it state that a religious organization can trump local considerations when it comes to the erection of a religious structure. The fact, that many consider the site of the World Trade Center to be hollow ground, is such a local consideration.
. Why am I so sure that Muslims are different? Let me give you a brief background. After getting my Medical Degree from the Sorbonne in the late fifties, I worked for two years as a junior surgeon in a native hospital in Rabat, French Morocco. What did I learn during those two years of working, 24/7 with and for Muslims? I liked the Moroccans and I know they liked me. There is much to admire about Islam. For them, charity, one of mankind’s great virtues, is a sacred duty. Those who have it, freely give to those who don’t; but only if the latter are not infidels. I still remember the day I was called to the E.R. to see a boy admitted in a coma. Turned out he’d been kicked in the head by a Camel. As I was examining the bashed-in head of a little boy of obvious African origin, he stopped breathing. I immediately started mouth to mouth resuscitation. By then, I had learned enough Arabic to understand the comment of a Moroccan male nurse standing by: “Wonder why the good doctor is wasting his time on a N…” Parenthetically, some Moroccans have an African ancestry because slavery, of Africans as well as Caucasians, became well established there after Islam gained control of the southern shores of the Mediterranean around 700 AD.
What shocked me the most about Muslims was my discovering that they treated women like chattel. One of my duties was running the outpatient clinic 3 days a week from 7 to noon. During that time, with the aid of a French female nurse and a Moroccan male nurse who also served as interpreter, I saw at least 50 patients, male and female, who had already undergone a cursory triage between at the hospital entrance. I hadn’t been there for more than a few days when it came to pass that, according to the interpreter, the main complaint of this burka-clad, veiled woman in front of me was:
“My baby is asleep in my womb.”
“Please run that by me again” I said to the interpreter.
Here’s the long and short of it. This patient had pseudocyesis, i.e. a false pregnancy. She hadn’t had a period for months, had all of the clinical signs of pregnancy, but her uterus was not enlarged. It was not unusual for me to see several such cases a week. The condition stems from the fact that Moroccan men can at will terminate a marriage. They call it tearing up the wharka (contract). However, they cannot do this if the wife is pregnant. The psychosomatic impact of the fear of being “divorced” and becoming destitute (usually her family won’t take her back) is powerful enough to affect their endocrine system..
In matters of Laws at the core of Western Societies, our Secular Laws with their strong heritage of Roman law have gradually become disentangled from Canon Law. Nevertheless, and somewhat ironically, a basic tenet of our common law -the presumption of innocence of an accused party in a criminal process- did not originate in common law but was first articulated by a French Canonist scholar in the thirteenth century.
The framers of our constitution decided against a State Religion. However, most of us espouse a common Judean-Christian ethic honed by millennia and our historic heritages. For Muslims this ethic is anathema, which is why they don’t integrate. In Western countries, Muslim minorities tend to by-pass the “law of the land” and settle their personal disputes according to Sharia law . They believe Sharia is a perfect and unchanging reflection of God's will for humankind. It’s more than a religion; it’s a way of life. We’ve already had one instance of an “honor killing”. How will Americans react upon seeing, on the evening news, images of a woman stoned to death for having succumbed to love?