Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Friday, October 12, 2001
Writing in the Washington Times, Julia Duin quotes an Islamic scholar as saying that in classic Islamic law, the apostate (that's you and me) loses all their civil liberties in a Muslim state. In their societies, church and state have merged. There is no tolerance, no pluralism, and no freedom of conscience. It's the Islamic way or else. The "or else" can include imprisonment, deportation, even death. The State Department notes that a small evangelical seminary in Jordan has been targeted, and that some students in the supposedly modern country have been jailed and deported.
Islam can seem harmless when Muslims are not running a country, but there is no country where they rule that tolerance and pluralism aren't the first casualties.