Yousseff Ibrahim has written a wonderful piece for the New York Sun reguarding Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport’s Somali-Muslim Taxi drivers I’d posted about here. I’d never heard of Ibrahim before this piece but I will certainly be keeping an eye on him from now on.
Ibrahim really cuts to the core when he writes:
It is useful to recall comments by Prime Minister Howard of Australia, who on the 10th anniversary of retaining his elected function last February, told Australian Muslims: “All migrants have to integrate, and that means speaking English as quickly as possible. It means embracing Australian values, and it also means making sure that no matter what the culture of the country from which they come might have been, Australia requires women to be treated fairly and equally and in the same fashion as men. If any migrants that come into this country have a different view, they better get rid of that view very quickly.”
This is not a matter of the American way or the highway. It is not about booze, dogs, veils, or social norms. It is about the sum total of civilized societies and the rule of secular laws. Intrusions upon these systems in the name of God, Sharia law, or Islamic jurisprudence is a very big deal indeed and must be handled as such.
This is why the matter of taxi drivers imposing their Islamic religious fatwas is nothing less than a continuation of that thing we call the “war of civilizations.”
Yousseff Ibrahim…hmmm…we even get the absolute moral authority angle with this fellow.