Religious Totalitarianism at Georgetown University: Where’s the Outrage?

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Feminist opponents of President Donald Trump protest in the streets because Trump said lewd things about a woman’s body when he didn’t know he was being taped.

Yet imagine what would happen if President Trump, or one of his supporters, said something like, “Consent isn’t necessary for lawful sex.” What if a Trump-supporting religious activist defined consent as a flawed Western concept that emerged with women’s suffrage and female body autonomy, and that marital rape is properly an invalid concept in God’s eyes? Because these statements are exactly what Jonathan Brown, a professor of Islamic studies at Georgetown University in Washington DC, recently said at a lecture.

Brown, of course, was trying to justify Islamic-based Sharia law, which states that Muslim law overrides secular law such as the Constitution, the First and Second Amendments, and the historic separation between church and state.

If an advocate of Christianity, Judaism, or any other religious/ideological movement made such a statement at a prestigious American university, the expressions of outrage, the tantrums in the street, the sobs of Hollywood award winners and the calls to withdraw all federal funding from the university would be swift and comprehensive.

Yet will there be any of that now? Not a chance.

Professor Brown attempts to justify slavery of the kind endorsed by Islamic law by comparing it to the slavery of the West, the Chinese and others. According to Brown, there is good slavery and bad slavery. As Jihad Watch reports,

Freelance writer Umar Lee expressed his shock over the 90-minute lecture, which included explicit endorsements of rape and slavery.

Brown himself uploaded the lecture to YouTube.

According to Lee, Brown’s lecture was supposed to revolve around slavery in Islam, but the lecturer moved its focus to criticize the United States, United Kingdom and China. Brown described slavery in these non-Muslim societies as brutal, which they were, but lauded the historically inhumane practice in Arab lands and Turkey.

“Indeed, according to Brown, slaves in the Muslim world lived a pretty good life,” wrote Lee. “I thought the Muslim community was done with this dishonest North Korean style of propaganda. Obviously not.”…

Perhaps most revealing of all? Brown’s justification of citizens using force against one another, in the form of slavery: “I don’t think it’s morally evil to own somebody because we own lots of people all around us and we’re owned by people,” he said.

It sounds a lot like democratic socialism or Marxism, doesn’t it? The premise that all property is theft is used to justify progressive taxation, wealth redistribution, government control of the economy and speech, ultimately leading to all-out socialism and finally Communism. Muslims and socialists ultimately want the same things: Total control over people.

Perhaps this best explains the kinship between people like this Muslim professor, who openly advocates slavery, and proponents of the all-encompassing state, such as today’s socialistic Democrats and others in both parties who comprise the enterprise of wealth redistribution and controlling government regulation.

Whatever happened to the concept of individual rights? We’re all masters over our own lives. There are no slaves. Government exists to make sure we get to remain our own masters, i.e., sovereign over our own minds, bodies and lives.

Islam and Marxism are two political movements that seek to obliterate the last vestiges of individualism and individual freedom from our minds and psyches. Each of these movements, in its own way, tries to argue: “What the heck. We’re all slaves anyway. Let’s just make sure that the right people enslave us.” It sounds a lot like the arguments of behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner, who claimed none of us can be free because we’re conditioned to be who we are. We have no choice but to be slaves, according to this view — and to the masters who will gladly enforce the slavery. It’s a recipe for Nazi dictatorship, Communist dictatorship, religious dictatorship or any other kind of dictatorship yet to be devised. None of these ideas will ever be new, no matter how “progressive” or supernaturally enlightened their proponents claim to be.

Totalitarians of all stripes agree on one crucial thing: We’re all slaves anyway, no matter what. They only differ on who gets to be our master.

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