Belgium – not just the capital city, Brussels, but the entire country – is in lockdown. Paris is still recovering from the Friday the 13th Islamist attacks, Turkey has just shot down a Russian military jet that waggled slightly over its border, and the U.S. State Department has issued a World Wide Travel Warning to Americans sojourning abroad.
We have the Islamists right where they want us: cowering in our homes, afraid to walk the streets or ride the subways, even just to purchase groceries, much less patronize a bar or shop for Christmas presents. Well, Americans aren’t afraid – yet – even though Islamic State has vowed to launch attacks on soft targets in the United States.
Quavering so much better than discriminating against Muslims suspected of terrorist proclivities, n’est-ce pas? Refusing Muslims entry into our country would be just so ‘racist,’ unfriendly, un-American. Let the lights of Broadway darken. Shutter all the bars and movie theaters. Let Americans do their Black Friday shopping online. But don’t prevent one suspected terrorist, against whom you have no “proof” of illegal activity, from entering the country.
Fundamentalist Muslim cities are grim, dreary places after sundown. Sales and consumption of alcohol are forbidden by Sharia law. Movie theaters are reserved for debauched Western nationals and deeply despised by Islamists. Fast-food restaurants represent another symbol of Western decadence and detour tourists from sampling the local fare. Who wouldn’t prefer to dine on a freshly plucked lamb’s eye than a gut-busting Big Mac? Yum.
A thousand lashes with a whip for that multicultural mockery. Nor should we shudder at the Third World custom of only using the right hand (the left hand being reserved for unmentionable uses and not just in Muslim countries, either, I’ve been told). Criticism of unhygienic personal habits insult Third Worlders.
The Jihadis aren’t just coming; they’re here. They’ve been here since at least the 1990s. Should they gain a plurality in any major city, Sharia law will become the law of the municipality. The larger their population grows and the Western European population recedes, the greater their power will become.
What Christian churches aren’t already closed due to lack of attendance (a common occurrence in cities with large, single populations) will be closed by their religious police. Any churches that are permitted to remain open must prove their congregations are legitimate and then they must pay the jizya, a religiously-required per capita tax on all non-Muslims.
Don’t think you can buy the Muslim zealots off. The Jizya is only an economic measure to pressure you into converting or leaving the area. They intend to wipe the planet clean of all apostates, heathens, Christians, and Jews. In short, anyone who isn’t them or refuses to convert.
But Obama assures us he’s got our backs. Is he kidding? Is Hillary kidding? She advocates the continuing immigration of Jihadist refugees. Security will take care of us after they’ve arrived, so we can’t possibly deny them entry into the United States. It’s – it’s – why, it’s haram! Remember when she was the First Lady – excuse me – “co-president” – and she and Chelsea embarked on a whirlwind tour of the Middle East? The ladies demurely donned ashas, head scarfs to acknowledge the local custom of servility to men.
If we fear Islamic retribution for our customs, we’ll just have to stop going to bars, football games, shopping malls, movie theaters, and churches. We can stop walking our dogs. Unrelated men and unveiled women can stop being seen together in public places. We can take dolls away from our little girls.
On the State Department website, the page for Saudi Arabia used to list all things which travelers were forbidden to bring into the Kingdom, including dolls.
Islam is the official religion of the country and pervades all aspects of life in Saudi Arabia. Public display of non-Islamic religious articles, such as crosses and Bibles, is not permitted. Non-Muslims are forbidden to travel to Makkah (Mecca) and Medina, the cities where two of Islam’s holiest mosques are located. Norms for public behavior in Saudi Arabia are extremely conservative, and the religious police, formally known as the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), and referred to colloquially as the Mutawwa or Al-Hay’a, are charged with enforcing these standards.
Mutawwa are required to carry special identification and usually are accompanied by uniformed police; however, in some cases they have detained persons without an accompanying police officer. The CPVPV has accosted or arrested foreigners, including U.S. citizens, for improper dress or other alleged infractions, such as consumption of alcohol or association by a female with a male to whom she is not related. Mutawwa who are accompanied by a uniformed police officer have the power to take individuals to a police station or Mutawwa office. If a uniformed police officer is present with the Mutawwa, an individual must, if requested, hand over his or her residence permit (Iqama) or other identification to the police officer. While most incidents have resulted only in inconvenience or embarrassment, the potential exists for an individual to be arrested, physically harmed, or deported. U.S. citizens who are involved in an incident with the Mutawwa should report the incident to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh or the U.S. Consulates General in Jeddah or Dhahran.
In most areas of Saudi Arabia, and particularly in Riyadh and the central part of the Kingdom, women wear a full-length black covering known as an abaya, and cover their heads. Women who choose not to conform to this dress code face a risk of confrontation by Mutawwa and possible detention/arrest. Men should also dress conservatively, and not wear shorts in public or go without a shirt. Private Saudi citizens who perceive that a foreigner is not observing conservative standards of conduct or dress have been known to harass, pursue, or assault that person.
Many areas of life in Saudi Arabia are segregated by sex to ensure that unrelated men and women have no possibility of mingling (a punishable crime). Some Mutawwa try to enforce this by asking for proof that a couple is married or related. Women who are arrested for socializing with a man who is not a relative may be charged with prostitution. Some restaurants, particularly fast-food outlets, refuse to serve women who are not accompanied by a close male relative. In addition, some restaurants or cafes do not have a “family section” in which women are permitted to eat. Men not accompanied by a close female family member must stay out of family sections, and may not use services (such as registers at supermarkets) designated as “family”. These restrictions are not always posted. This is more common in Riyadh and the more conservative central Nejd region.
Dancing, playing music, and showing movies in public are forbidden.
In other words, either the West must stop the Islamists or stop living – one way or the other.