Islam and freedom of the press

It is possible that my commentary in the queue for Turkey Tribune faces an indefinite embargo for Islamic reasons.

It is difficult to write in markets where the audience is Muslim-majority.  The two issues that can be insurmountable are a true freedom of expression and consistent anti-West sentiment.  I am dealing with the former issue.

It seems amazing in a modern era that obscure writings and a Shari’ah application could slam the door to what I wrote.

But then again, Islam in the 21st century seeks to conform to Islam in the seventh century.  This 21/7 mentality will continue to plague the West as increasing numbers of immigrants under the shadow of Islamic thought attempt to enter the West.  Because Islam has a doctrine of non-assimilation, because Hajj to infidel lands is an act of jihad, Muslim communities tend toward the Ottoman Sultanate model of building a mosque with increasingly larger concentric concentrations of Muslims buying into the HQ neighborhoods.  The mosque is not so much house of worship, but the place to receive marching orders.  Read the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The mosque is where the Basij is mobilized.  Can you imagine mobilizing military reserve units from churches?  The sentiment attached to Islamic law drills much deeper than the sentiment attached to the Gospel of Grace.

I have lovely Muslim friends and not all of them fit the aforementioned mold.  But they are vastly outnumbered. They  remain reticent about using their vocal cords.

It will be a minor victory if my commentary posts to the page. I await….

20:00 hours: Editorial Addendum

The piece for Turkey Tribune posted:


I chose the title, “Kangal”, but the title was changed, as were minor adjustments in the text to read “attributes of a Kangal” as opposed to just the reference to a breed of dog.  What I meant as imagery, based on traits of the breed, were considered a no-go zone for Islam. It was thought that I was calling M. Fethullah Gulen a dog.  Nope. Just deploying a bit of imagination.

Dogs are haram or forbidden in Islam.  Stop and think. How many Muslims do you know who have a dog?  Yep, kitty cats are o.k. But not dogs.  It is actually their saliva which is considered unclean.  There is a story about a woman who saved a cat and went to Paradise. But essentially, dogs are used for the hunt and not kept as pets. The name of Allah is spoken over them, just as the name of Allah is spoken over the arrow used in the hunt.  There are additional complexities regarding Islam and dogs.  I will leave it to the readers to dig about and sort it out.



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