The United States of America stands as a beacon for the world because its founders understood true equality comes from the self-evident truth that God created all humankind in his likeness and, therefore, we all have inherent value, dignity, and worth.
As creations of the Creator, we all possess unalienable rights which no man nor government can take from us, and neither can we surrender these rights.
America’s founders understood all of this, articulated it in the Declaration of Independence, formed a nation whose foundation was built on these truths, and created a Federal Government to secure Americans’ unalienable rights.
When a society is built on this foundation, liberty/freedom flourishes and justice prevails, producing creativity, growth, and prosperity.
Hence, this is the reason America is the most generous, creative, and prosperous nation in the history of the world.
Islam’s doctrine – “Allah’s divine law”/sharia – stands in direct opposition to America’s founding principles.
Guided by its barbaric system – sharia – which does not recognize every human being’s worth nor their inherent rights, Islam calls people to impose this inhumane system of laws on all human beings on the earth.
Sharia is a system of slavery and torture which destroys liberty, destroys creativity, destroys the human spirit, and destroys any sense of true justice.
Therefore, in Islam, “Freedom” and “Justice” have very different meanings than these words do to those whose nation – America – identifies them as children of an all loving Father God born with unalienable rights.
In Islam “Freedom” literally means “Freedom from manmade laws.”
Because “Allah’s divine law”/sharia comes directly from Islam’s “god” Allah and the “exalted standard of conduct” for all muslims to follow – Mohammad – it is considered the perfect law for all mankind, which must be imposed on all people for the sake of Allah.
Therefore, the only possible meaning for “Justice” in Islam is the justice adjudicated via the sharia – the barbaric system which calls for war upon all non-muslims until the world is submitted to it (sharia), and the death for all who leave Islam.
This is “justice” in Islam, and it is “justice” only for sharia-adherent muslims living under sharia. Therefore, all people are not equal in the eyes of Islam/sharia. Sharia-adherent muslims stand above all others.
It is easy to come to a conclusion that those who defend Islam as a “peaceful religion” are either grossly ignorant, mentally deranged, or knowingly evil.
When Islamic leaders simple say they want “freedom and justice” in the world they are being sincere. However, Islam’s understanding and definitions of these words are radically different that the understanding of these words from an American perspective – practically and legally.
When listening to muslims discuss issues of “freedom” and “justice,” we must translate English to English using the filter of sharia. Otherwise, we might fall into the trap of believing there is common ground between Islam and the American Republic.
There is not.