The right is celebrating the kick-off of
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week Islamophobia Wallowing Week. Christianists everywhere are leaping on OBL tapes that they joyfully announce have arrived just in time for the festivities; attacking the "leftist-Islamist axis" (i.e., anyone who objects to the idea that a religion with roughly 1.5 billion adherents is the source of all evil in the world); and cataloging the horrors that Islam will visit upon us all if it achieves its goal of dominating the world.
Dr. Rusty Shackleford tells us that Christians are not free under "sharia" (sharia in this context is a synonym for Islam) because they can't try to convert Muslims. He appears to be perfectly serious:
Christians are not free under sharia. The final command Jesus gave to his followers was to go and make believers of the world. Sharia forbids Christians from proselytizing Muslims. How can one be a Christian under sharia when one is not allowed to practice a fundamental requirement of the religion.
Christopher Hitchens studiously lists the qualities of Islam that make it fascistic and, I have to admit, he convinces me ... that he is describing the United States under George W. Bush (links, probably needless to say, are all mine):
... The most obvious points of comparison would be these: Both movements are based on a cult of murderous violence that exalts death and destruction and despises the life of the mind. ("Death to the intellect! Long live death!" as Gen. Francisco Franco's sidekick Gonzalo Queipo de Llano so pithily phrased it.) Both are hostile to modernity (except when it comes to the pursuit of weapons), and both are bitterly nostalgic for past empires and lost glories. Both are obsessed with real and imagined "humiliations" and thirsty for revenge. Both are chronically infected with the toxin of anti-Jewish paranoia (interestingly, also, with its milder cousin, anti-Freemason paranoia). Both are inclined to leader worship and to the exclusive stress on the power of one great book. Both have a strong commitment to sexual repression—especially to the repression of any sexual "deviance"—and to its counterparts the subordination of the female and contempt for the feminine. Both despise art and literature as symptoms of degeneracy and decadence; both burn books and destroy museums and treasures.
It's the most wonderful time of the year.