The BBC asked me earlier today to debate someone named Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, which stands for both "decency" and "morality," on whether Muslims should be allowed to serve in the American military. I made the mistake of agreeing to the debate. I'll have more about this when I get the audio to post, but suffice it to say that Bryan Fischer makes me look like Tariq Ramadan. Fischer is a man who wants to ban the military from recruiting Muslims because the Quran instructs them to chop off people's heads. This was the level of his argument. Don't believe me? This is from his blog:
It is time, I suggest, to stop the practice of allowing Muslims to serve in the U.S. military. The reason is simple: the more devout a Muslim is, the more of a threat he is to national security. Devout Muslims, who accept the teachings of the Prophet as divinely inspired, believe it is their duty to kill infidels. Yesterday's massacre is living proof. And yesterday's incident is not the first fragging incident involving a Muslim taking out his fellow U.S. soldiers.
Of course, most U.S. Muslims don't shoot up their fellow soldiers. Fine. As soon as Muslims give us a foolproof way to identify their jihadis from their moderates, we'll go back to allowing them to serve. You tell us who the ones are that we have to worry about, prove you're right, and Muslims can once again serve. Until that day comes, we simply cannot afford the risk. You invent a jihadi-detector that works every time it's used, and we'll welcome you back with open arms.
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