I don't understand how you can read the Qur'an and the sunnah of the Prophet and not understand that jihad and the implementation of Sharia is absolutely demanded of all the Muslim Ummah.
This brings up an issue related to the upcoming Freedom Summit. Among the list of notable libertarian personalities slated to speak is a gentleman named Davi Barker. Davi Barker is one of the heads of a group called Muslims for Liberty. According to it's website the organization pitches itself as:
... an organization primarily of American Muslims who are committed to advancing the cause of liberty from a principled and Islamic perspective.
This and other statements posted on other websites promoting the group sound very reasonable and would be good for a group of Muslims pitching Islam as if it were truly some secular faith on par with liberal Christianity or Judaism. However, as Ayn Rand points out, facts are facts independent of any wish that they be otherwise. Despite Mr. Barker's group's claim that there is no compulsion for people to join Islam, if one examines how it is practiced in most Islamic countries (like Saudi Arabia) as well as historical events detailing conquests conducted by Muslim warlords (including Mohammed himself) the truth is Islam does not recognize or support any freedom of worship, conscience, or speech. The website Islamist Watch has a short list of specific instances of life in countries who practice Islamic law. It includes articles and video footage taken in Muslim countries documenting the execution of homosexuals, harassment of a woman by morality police for wearing nail polish, protests calling for the execution of a man accused of heresy, an indictment in Turkey of an atheist blogger along with a woman stoned to death for the crime of being seen with a man.
What is telling is not only Barker's denial or downplaying of such incidents like described above but also his treatment of people who criticize Islam. In his tract responding to Pamela Geller, for example, he accuses her of being anti-Muslim but offers no rebuttal of her or other critics' points. Instead Barker resorts to insults and statements that berate Geller's accusations. If Islam is not what people like myself, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, or ex-Muslims Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Bosch Fawstin, and Wafa Sultan state then Barker could use Islamic theology, law, and, history to adequately defend his faith. The closest the group came to defending Islam was when M4L co-founder Will Coley was scheduled to debate Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer on a radio program a little over a year ago. Not surprisingly, Coley cancelled at the last minute. Will Coley accuses Robert Spencer of having withdrawn, but I had the opportunity to ask Spencer about what happened in which he stated it was Coley (not he) who decided to bag his appearance. Robert has always stated he will debate anyone at any time and has never turned down a chance to do so. Unlike Will Coley, Robert Spencer has nothing to hide.
As it turns out, Davi Barker is friends and co-founded his organization with a gentleman named Will Coley who is also friends with fellow Muslim Adam Kokesh. It was recently discovered by a Tea Party blogger that Kokesh has associations if not direct ties with the Muslim Brotherhood due to his activism with Iraq Veterans Against the War (aka IVAW). I know many libertarians reading this will state that people are not guilty of association but the fact is who people know and hang out with can reveal the outlook of the person in question. Also, despite Barker and many other people's claims, it is not racist, anti-Muslim, nor bigoted to criticize religion including and especially Islam. Islam is not a race nor identity and is subject to criticism, parody, or ridicule like any other belief system or philosophy.
As Freedom Outpost blog author Tim Brown notes, IVAW is an group supported by the communist-leaning group International ANSWER in which ANSWER has conducted events with the Muslim American Society who was started and is supported by the Muslim Brotherhood. It is obvious Islamic taqiyya is the name of the game when it comes to self-proclaimed Muslims (i.e. Slaves) for Liberty like Barker, Kokesh and Coley. People of their caliber are attempting to claim their religion is something that it is not and resort to ridicule and slander of critics since they cannot defend Islam using the religion's theology, doctrine, history or traditions.
The worst part about it is the unchecked and seemingly non-judgmental manner that Barker and others like him have been given their platforms in the libertarian movement to espouse their views unchallenged. During their 2012 state convention, the Texas Libertarian Party's featured speaker was Mustafaa Carroll who is on record supporting Hamas and is Executive Director of the Houston Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (aka CAIR). I suppose it did not matter to the Texas LP that CAIR was not only started and supported by the Muslim Brotherhood but is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation scandal that involved high ranking members of the group using HLF's charitable status to funnel money directly to Hamas.
What sets Islam apart from all other faiths (Abrahamic or not) is the complete manner its followers are governed. There are requirements in the Quran and Sharia Law on how Muslims are to act among themselves, and non-Muslims as well as rules on family life, what to eat, drink, even when and how to worship, and (believe it or not) urinate. Furthermore, as Robert Spencer points out, the faith has well-developed doctrines, theology and legal system which require Muslims to conduct war, conquest and subjugation against anyone who is not a member of their tribe until and unless they convert. The commands to conduct jihad are also revealed in past and present historical precedents that help reinforce Allah's mandates as well as give concrete examples on how Muslim societies work including how non-Muslims are to be treated. This being the case, it confirms ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali's statement that Islam is a totalitarian ideology with a spiritual element.
Since Islam is as much a political ideology as much as it is a religion, great suspicion if not outright contempt should be cast upon people like Davi Barker. He and others like him are participating in stealth jihad. Attempting to make Islam out to be a religion of peace in a Western context to non-Muslims while slandering Islam's critics since the truth is not on their side. Freedom in an Islamic context is one where people are free from the burdens of their existence and embrace Islam which is accomplished by deception or outright force. Barker and his group's attempts at deception are actually an insult since they assume no one will question their claims about Islam nor read sources that contradict their statements. Instead Barker resorts to downplaying or even white washing elements of his religion that reveal what Islam is truly all about.
Telling the truth about Islam and the reason why it is the root cause of Islamic violence may engender the wrath of Islamic terrorist groups and states but it is an acknowledgement based on facts and not wishful thinking. Doing so will not only enable policy makers make realistic decisions about dealing with terrorism and Islamic states, but (hopefully) spur changes in Islam to where it can go through a similar reformation that Christianity did. Right now, the reformation in Islam is to go back to the ways of the prophet Muhammed and spread the religion by force and/or deception (i.e. jihad). This being done in order to achieve the Islamic goal of world domination.
In terms of the Freedom Summit and other libertarian venues who have given or are giving publicity to Davi Barker and his cohorts shame on them for their dhimmitude. They are willfully ignoring the clear evidence about the evils of Islam while laying blame at the feet of Western countries (like Israel and the U.S). Those who organize or host libertarian conferences or websites and allow representatives from groups like CAIR or Muslims for Liberty (so-called) enable Islamic jihad by deception which helps further an ideology that is completely and totally antithetical to their alleged belief and value systems. The core of libertarian philosophy is the elimination of force and fraud from human affairs. Why, therefore, are libertarian organizations endorsing a group by invitation that explicitly conducts itself by force and fraud and whose followers will wipe out libertarianism and libertarians if they achieve their goal?
Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant. The Quran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth. - Omar Ahmad, Chairman of the Board - Council of American Islamic Relations, 1988