We also believe that Islam is false, and that the imposition of Sharia is extremely dangerous in any society. We believe in challenging false claims, through public debate, private discussions, online videos, blog posts, and television and radio broadcasts.
It should be obvious to anyone that there is no contradiction between (1) loving Muslims, and (2) criticizing Islam. If one of my children were to convert to Islam, I would challenge his beliefs. But such a conversion would have no effect whatsoever on how much I love my child.
Mayor John C. O'Reilly doesn't seem to get the point here. Since Acts 17 challenges Islam, he claims that we're bigots. Regarding our activities in Dearborn, Mayor O'Reilly says:
"It's really about a hatred of Muslims. That is what the whole heart of this is. ... Their idea is that there is no place for Muslims in America. They fail to understand the Constitution."
But when have we ever said that we hate Muslims? Haven't we always and unconditionally proclaimed our love for Muslims? And how does Mayor O'Reilly equate (1) "We must not allow Sharia to take hold in the West," with (2) "There's no place for Muslims in America"?
One would expect more from a public official such as Mayor O'Reilly. But I think he's gotten himself into trouble on this one. I have a simple question for Mayor O'Reilly. Does he approve of the public stoning of women? Does he approve of the penalty suffered by the woman in the following video? (Note: This is extremely graphic. Do not watch it unless you really need to know what a public stoning is like.)
So does Mayor O'Reilly approve? If not, what would he say to a Muslim in the U.S. who decides to stone a woman for adultery? If the Mayor objects, then it seems he's against Sharia, which, according to his thinking, would make him an anti-Muslim, Islamophobic, hate-filled bigot. Since the Mayor doesn't want to be a bigot, it seems he isn't free to object to Islamic penalties such as stoning. Hence, when Muslims try to impose Sharia, Mayor O'Reilly must either approve, or turn a blind eye towards what's going on.
Anyone care to guess why Dearborn elected Mayor O'Reilly? Is it surprising that Mayor O'Reilly approved of our arrests? Is anyone shocked that Negeen was convicted of a crime for thinking that she had Constitutional rights in a city run by Mayor O'Reilly?