Score another victory for the stealth jihad: Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport, where the janitorial firm GCA Services recently instituted a new uniform that featured pants. But thirty Somali Muslim women who work for GSA Services protested: up to that point they had been allowed to wear skirts, and they thought that pants offended against the modesty Islam mandates for women. With help from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, this week they won permission to forgo the new uniform and wear skirts on the job.
Traditional Islam enjoins modesty: Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, declared that adult women should never appear in public unless everything except their face and hands was covered. But I have seen enough Muslim women — both in the United States and in Muslim countries — wearing tight jeans and hijab to know that modesty can be in the eyes of the beholder in the Islamic world as much as it can be for non-Muslims.
Does Islamic law actually forbid women from wearing pants? Not as such, unless pants are considered to be men’s clothing — women are forbidden to wear the clothes of men. But does that apply to pants? That view is not universally held among Muslim authorities.
So what is going on here? Plain and simple, it’s Islamic supremacism: the idea that Islamic mores and practices must always and everywhere prevail whenever and wherever they clash with non-Muslim ones. When non-Muslims travel in Muslim countries, they have to adapt to Islamic mores. When Muslims immigrate to non-Muslim countries, non-Muslims have to adapt to Islamic mores.
As happens in every instance of stealth jihad and creeping Sharia in the United States, here again people will say, what’s the big deal if they wear skirts? Are you seriously saying that Somali Muslim janitorial staff wearing skirts in Phoenix is some threat to Western civilization? No, of course I’m not.
What I am saying is this: The Muslim Brotherhood’s strategy in the United States is, in their own words, “a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
That’s from “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Brotherhood in North America,” a 1991 presentation by Muslim Brotherhood operative Mohamed Akram.
In that memorandum, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) is listed as an allied group. From the IAP came CAIR, which is behind this decision in Phoenix.
When a group has a declared supremacist agenda, aiming step-by-step to subvert American culture and impose Islamic norms upon the society, would it really be wise not to see initiatives like this one as part of that effort? After all, it reinforces a precedent that has already been set in other contexts: when Islamic practices are at variance with American ones, it is the American ones that must give way. What will be the outcome of following that precedent over a period of years?
At a certain point, Americans are going to have to draw the line and say they have accommodated Islamic practices enough and will do so no longer. Since Islam presents a comprehensive framework for society, covering every aspect of daily life, this line must be drawn, or America will become completely Islamized. Fanciful? Sure. But our free and pluralistic society is suffering the death of a thousand cuts: bit by bit, piece by piece, American society is learning that it must adapt to Islamic law and custom. How many of our freedoms are we going to lose before enough Americans wake up to the end point of this accommodation and put a stop to it?
By the looks of things as they stand now, this will continue for a long, long time to come — since virtually no public officials appear to be aware of what is going on in cases like this. Our nation’s politicians, if they happen to fly through Phoenix, will look at the Muslim janitors in skirts and see not the slow, steady advance of Islam in the United States, but rather another indication of our confident march toward a wonderful, multicultural future.
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