The Mosque of Rome: The only officially recognized mosque in Italy where sermons of terror, hate and violence are preached against Russians, Jews and others (see).This may seem unfair, racist, Islamophobic and discriminatory but not to Italy's political leaders who cite radical Imams preaching the poison of hatred, intolerance and supremacy in their mosques; who cite the practice of polygamy, wife beating, sexism and the failure of many of Italy's 1.5 million Moslems (1.9% of Italy's population) to learn Italian, westernize and integrate* into society. *See Muslims Offered Italian Values - IPS ipsnews.net Our Founding Fathers believed that LIBERTY was a gift from Almighty God-from a supremely wise, good and benevolent being-and that it is inseparable from moral virtue, righteousness and good citizenship; and they believed, and rightly so, that the best teacher of virtue (of knowing right from wrong to sustain a free republic) was religion. While teaching the values that undergird democracy may be true of most religions, and especially Judaism and Christianity, it is not true of Islam: a despotic militant, political and collectivist faith where the individual has no real dignity or worth; where he's a mere cog in the wheel of an all powerful religious state with no inherent rights or freedoms. Who must live for the greater good of an expansionist faith with unlimited aims endlessly at war with an unbelieving world until its subdued. For Islam, a religion with a totalitarian political agenda and imperial mission to conquer the world, was developed by an authoritarian religious leader (a warrior and killing machine for God) who believed that God gave him a divine right to absolute rule and mastery over men. A religion of oppression, injustice and slavery worshipping a God of intolerance and hate is the Islamic faith as it came directly from the prophet Mohammed-which he rigorously practiced when he despotically ruled Medina regarded by most Moslems as the ideally good society for all mankind. Such a religion by its very nature is hostile to secular liberal societies and at war with God the Logos: a being of perfect intellect who created us in his image with mind and reason to discern right from wrong (with the aid of revelation) so we could live in freedom, justice and peace.
Indeed, the aim of true religion is to make us rational, just and good. To bring out the better angels of our nature. To make us fully human. But this is not the aim of Islam a religion of darkness, oppression and fear that keeps man in chains and crushes his individuality; that demands blind obedience to the teachings and deeds of an intolerant, murdering power obsessed prophet who killed those who questioned and were critical of his "divine" authority. Don't think, just obey. Don't use your mind when deciding what is right and wrong; sacrifice it on the alter of blind faith; let the Koran (a book of war) be your brain; let it do all of your moral thinking and you shall be saved. And such is the thinking of Italy's government about Islam and why they want it excluded from the revenue sharing program. For like the American Founders cited above Italy's politicians view as legitimate only those religions that teach the values, principles, standards and ideals needed to form good citizens for a free, open and pluralistic society. And Islam (a religion of totalitarian political control and war) is not such a faith. And this is why the government of Italy, the concerned citizens of Murfreesboro and this conservative writer cannot accept totalitarian, triumphalist, intolerant Islam as a religion compatible with democracy and a force for good and peace in the world. Until such time as Islam has a transformational moment and renounces its prophetic mission to subjugate and oppress the world it will remain the enemy of God, progress and freedom; and the war of civilizations will continue until supremacist Islam is crushed and defeated.