good muslims and good americans

Here is the text of the email titled “Can a good Muslim be a good American” that has been making the rounds since roughly the beginning of August. The first part of the email is the same but there is some slight variation of the ending–here are both endings.

(got this in a email)

I sent that question to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years.

The following is his reply:

Theologically – no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon god of Arabia.

Religiously – no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam (Quran, 2:256)

Scripturally – no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Quran (Koran).

Geographically – no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially – no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically – no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and Destruction of America, the great Satan.

Domestically – no. Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Quran 4:34).

Intellectually – no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically – no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist.

Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually – no. Because when we declare “one nation under God,” the Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Quran’s 99 excellent names.

Ending variation #1:

Therefore after much study and deliberation…. perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both “good” Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish…. it’s still the truth.

If you find yourself intellectually in agreement with the above statements, perhaps you will share this with your friends. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.

Pass it on Fellow Americans. The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.

Ending variation #2

Therefore after much study and deliberation…perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both “good” Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish…it’s still the truth. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future. The war is bigger than most Americans know or understand.

I suppose we can never know who really wrote this or why. My first reaction is that the question was supposed to be about American Moslems, but the person asked was an American who supposedly lived in Saudi Arabia for 20 years, and therefore could have had little or no contact with American Moslems. I have not personally received this in an Email, but have only heard about it second-hand. Has anyone else received it and is anyone taking it seriously?

If you don’t take it seriously, how would you reply to it?

Update: This piece was migrated from a different website.  The comments appeared there and have been shortened.  I first heard of this from a friend who had just returned from the Middle East and had a great deal of trouble at the airport, which she attributed to her point of origen coupled with this email piece which was making the rounds at that time.  I hadn’t received the email in question but was able to track down several copies on the web.

7 Responses to “Good Muslims and Good Americans”

  1. Anonymous Says:
    September 16th, 2006 at 10:28 am e Well. A good half of those answers could also apply to Christians, demonstrating why Christians cannot be trusted in America and why we need to declare war against Christians. So,  the short answer is that the e-mail is perhaps the first to sink BELOW the level of spam in my regard.
  2. Alan Says:
    September 16th, 2006 at 1:23 pm e Lower than SPAM, Anon? Surely not that low!Initially I thought this was tongue in cheek, mostly because of the obvious inaccuracies. It would be so easy to go down the list point by point and say, ‘well, the Moslem male is not instructed to marry four wives, he is limited to four wives’, and so, point by point, finding some reason to quibble with each statement. By the time you have finished reading it you are both angry that someone would write something so obviously predudicial, and you have knocked down each argument yourself, thereby ‘proving’ that Moslems are not a threat in America. So is it a very subtle reducio ad absurdum piece that masks a genuine threat to the nation, or does it represent a genuine anti-Moslem backlash on the American Street?

    No, I don’t think Christians should be trusted, atheists either, for that matter. I would trust the constitution and the democratic Process. And myself, of course.

  3. Ralph Says:
    September 17th, 2006 at 12:12 am e I think it’s giving entirely too much credit to a crude anti-religious screed like this to say that its intent is to lull you into the illusion that the religion it denigrates in such a demonstrably false way is no threat at all.If it worked that way, the absurdly anti-Christian screeds we hear out of the fundamentalist madrasas would be lulling Middle Easterners into the impression that America is not a threat to Islam. Do you think that’s happening?
  4. Alan Says:
    September 17th, 2006 at 5:24 pm e I’m afraid you’re right, Ralph. My gut reaction says to take the piece at face value. It’s like thinking about a test question too much, if you change your answer, you get it wrong.I don’t think it’s out of place to try to figure out who is the author and the intended audience.

    The author claims the U.S. Constitution is “based on Biblical principles,” so this signals to me the author is more than a little towards the fundamentalist side of the Christian spectrum. The part about 20 years in Saudi Arabia is plausible; the author would have enough contact with Islam to form an opinion, but in Saudi would be living in a diplomatic section or protected compound and would not be able to mingle freely.

    The format of the piece is not the sort of thing you ordinarily write in a personal letter, so who is the audience? Is it meant to convince the great unwashed American public to trust Moslems even less? Or may be it is aimed at Moslems, putting forward ideas that are deliberately illogical to get them to think about the relationship between Islam and democracy? It is certainly true that democracy has not taken hold in this region. Perhaps democracy is totally at odds with Arab culture and religion.

  5. Ralph Says:
    September 22nd, 2006 at 12:25 am e That “worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years” bit also reeks of the crank.Like that crank call in response to a help wanted ad for an auto mechanic:

    “You have an inspection license?”

    “Hell yeah, I worked on fighter planes for eighteen years. I’ll see you tomorrow and rap you upside the head with a ratchet.”

    “Wait, do you have an inspection license?”

    “Yeah, I got all that crap. See you tomorrow. I’ll bring my toolbox.”

  6. Alan Says:
    September 25th, 2006 at 8:21 pm e Okay, it’s from a tape of ‘crank calls’ put out a few years ago…first the caller claims to have 7 years experience and it’s enough to get him put through to the boss, then he tells the boss he has 18 years experience–it establishes a tentative credibility, can’t be checked right away, but it’s enough to get you to not hang up the phone just yet.The writer claims none of the 99 names of Allah is ‘love’, however my Ninty Nine Names of Allah With some additions published in Karachi lists the 47th name of Allah as Al-Wadud or ‘The Loving’. In Arabic: الودود

    According to the text, “YA-WADUD Anyone who repeats this Beautiful Name of Allah 1000 times and blows on food and such food is consumed by him and his wife together, their differences will come to an end. A strong bond of love and affection will come between them–insha-Allah.”

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