In a private e-mail to a student last week, Abdul-Basser [the chaplain in question -PHG] wrote that there was “great wisdom (hikma) associated with the established and preserved position (capital punishment [for apostates]) and so, even if it makes some uncomfortable in the face of the hegemonic modern human rights discourse, one should not dismiss it out of hand.”Read the article in the Harvard Crimson. See how nearly all the Muslim students interviewed, though they clearly objected to Abdul-Basser's (doctrinally correct) refusal to condemn killing Muslim apostates, refused to give their names "to avoid conflicts with Muslim religious authorities" or "for fear of harming his relationship with the Islamic community." So even the dissenters can't really dissent all that much.
This is Islam, folks. We in the West can refuse to accept that fact and pretend that Islam is compatible with Western society, but the simple fact is that it's not. (One commenter drove this point home by pointing out how dissenting Catholics love to have their names printed when they publicly criticize the Church or the clergy. Why? Well, probably because faithful Catholics aren't likely to kill them for doing so.) Muslims who take their faith seriously simply can't live in harmony with the West in large numbers. They're learning this lesson as we speak in countries like Britain, France, and the Netherlands.
This is not because Muslims are bad people. They aren't. They're sinful, but so am I -- so is every human being. No, this is because they are Muslims, because they adhere to a set of beliefs that instructs them to behave in a certain way. A disturbingly large portion of those instructions conflict with Western culture and civilization. If, then, they remain faithful to their beliefs (which many Muslims do not, of course, just like many Christians or Jews), their behavior will largely conflict with Western culture and civilization.
This state of affairs is a problem, in case you haven't grasped that already. Look at all the violence and disruption in Britain, in France, in the Netherlands. Those countries (especially Britain and the Netherlands) are rapidly progressing to the point where they will start coming apart at the seams. The faithful Muslims there don't fit -- so they're insisting that their home countries change to fit them. This is what is happening, and it remains the fate of any non-Muslim country which allows a large population of faithful Muslims to live there. That's the lesson to be learned from all this.
Unfortunately, it's a lesson we in America refuse to heed, and seem determined to learn for ourselves.