Karen Lugo

Furthermore, the ritual slaughter methods have generated great controversy in the European Union and United Kingdom since official Muslim halal certifiers have declared that the humane act of stunning the animal before letting it bleed out is not halal-compliant. Several countries technically prohibit slaughter without stunning but this issue is becoming a lesser concern than dealing with mass, ritualistic home-based animal slaughter and hygienic disposal of carcasses at the time of ceremonial feasting. In some municipalities, taxpayers are footing the bill for slaughterhouses, and refrigerated trucks have been offered to mollify Muslims who hold to the traditional home-slaughter rituals.

These slaughter controversies stem from sharia legal and social codes that are understood to regulate all parts of a strict Muslim’s life. Where sharia rules demand accommodations from liberty-loving Americans there must be a full public debate and defense of hard-won individual liberty and constitutional values. As shown in a recent survey of likely voters, Americans are now demonstrating a keen awareness of the potential conflict; more than 75 percent of those polled were opposed to the application of sharia or Muslim custom codes in American courts.

Lowe’s adopted a wise approach when it decided to withdraw advertising support from the propagandized “All-American Muslim” series. As a private company free to support the entire spectrum of messages that dramas present, Lowe’s considered the “strong political and societal views on this topic” and noted that the program “became a lightning rod for many of those views." And so it decided “to respectfully defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance." American Muslim Dr. Zuhdi Jasser defended Lowe’s against the charges of bigotry and called the ostensible Muslim reality show one that “anesthetizes Americans to some of the true issues that we fight from a radicalism and terrorism point.”

Europe and Britain have learned the bitter lesson that the enlightenment ideas of tolerance and generosity are easily perverted when they are uncritically bestowed on those who would use the license to colonize a counterculture. They have also learned that the enlightenment values do not win out in this contest of cultures unless they are vigorously championed. Europe has now defaulted to separatist sharia subcultures rooted within their communities as bastions of gender discrimination and mind control. Unfortunately, the champions of the enlightenment were too few and too timid to make a convincing stand before they were overwhelmed.

At Christmastime in America, we must work to promote the customs and traditions upon which our culture is based. It is important to teach that beyond American identity there is an American creed: our Declaration of Independence. Forever we will be thankful to Nature’s God for our inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Karen Lugo

Karen Lugo is the Founder of the Libertas-West Project and a co-director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence.