“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
The statement above is one of my favorites of all time. Most of you know it as the “First Amendment.” Some atheists, idiots, and assholes also quote it as evidence of constitutional separation of church and state. I, for one, do not want congress passing laws regarding religion either pro or con, but the point is that this amendment protects the right of the people to practice their religion free from the government’s intervention. In other words, it protects religion from the government, not government from religion.
Either way, it’s not all about religion. The freedom of speech and of the press are also widely loved by the American people (even the non-assholes). The other freedoms guaranteed in this amendment are good too, but I’m focusing on the first three. These three freedoms are paramount to the continuation of a free society. They lead to the natural deduction that if people are free to worship as they will, and say what the want, then they must be free to think and believe in any way that they see fit.
However, if you listen to Saudi Cleric Muhammad al-Munajid, freedom of thought and freedom of belief are dangerous.
He specifically challenges the right of people to diverge on religious beliefs. Freedom of thought when applied to religion might make someone convert to Christianity, Buddhism, or turn to some other form of apostasy. Now, as a Christian American, I have a hard time understanding this dude’s logic. If Islam is so right, why would anyone choose to be wrong? If a Muslim is one who “submits to Allah”, then what good is there in Islam if the man doesn’t have a choice? In my opinion, a true Muslim would be one who submits to Allah in spite of his freedom or ability to choose something else. Of course, this leads to the whole “nothing happens without Allah willing it” mentality that is so pervasive in Arabic society. In Sha’ Allah, if they are correct in that assumption, then why are they so pissed off about everything that we infidels keep doing?