Diana West

Take Talal Eid. In 2006, Eid gave the blessing at the White House Ramadan dinner, and this year Bush appointed him to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. As Robert Spencer has reported, Eid is a Wahhabi-trained imam certified by the anti-American Muslim World League who has actually called for the establishment of Sharia courts in the United States to regulate the family affairs of American Muslims.

Is a proponent of Sharia in the United States someone the leader of the Western world should be honoring?

Hmmm. Let's ask Hirsi Ali, the courageous ex-Muslim opponent of Sharia from The Netherlands whose collaborator, Theo van Gogh, was assassinated in 2004 for their film critique of the Islamic repression of women under Sharia.

Oops -- I forgot. This very Ramadan week, Ms. Ali had to leave Washington, D.C., and return to The Netherlands for security reasons. Too bad Bush "forgot" to invite her to the White House before she left -- not to mention all the other brave critics of Islamic repression including Bat Ye'or, Brigitte Gabriel, Nonie Darwish and Wafa Sultan.

But in these post-9/11 days, only supporters of Sharia seem to get those coveted holiday invites. Take the ambassadors from the countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC not only coddles terrorists and lobbies against freedom of speech at the highest diplomatic levels, it also supports a code of human rights derived from Sharia -- which, of course, denies human rights to women and non-Muslims. These are the people who sup with the president every Ramadan and, I imagine, chuckle discreetly through Bush's remarks, as in 2006, about Islam's "commitment to tolerance and religious freedom." How do you say "we sure pulled the camel wool over his eyes" in Arabic? Under Sharia, of course, there is no religious freedom.

But who's checking? No one at this White House. What about the next administration? I hereby pledge to vote for the presidential candidate who promises to stop submitting to Sharia suppers at Ramadan -- even though that means I'll have to think of something else to write about.


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).