The new head of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, told the Washington Times that the Danish Mo-toons are "the work of insignificant individuals who want to get famous overnight."
Rather dismissive, no? Does this comment--irritatingly provocative in several ways I pass on for now (but just ask Kurt Westergaard how he is enjoying his "get famous quick scheme" that resulted in a Muslim assassination plot that has made it impossible for him and his wife to live in their home)--perhaps reveal something new about OIC tactics? After all, the OIC has consistently depicted the Danish Mo-toons as the worst calamity for Islam since Charles Martel. All of a sudden, they're no big deal.
Wade continued: "Islam is actually making undeniable progress in the West. New mosques are being erected all over Europe."
Aha. The OIC is down-grading the significance of the cartoons since Islamization is proceeding apace. (For an illustration, see these graphics measuring the Islamization of France according to mosque proliferation.) "Progress" doesn't equal understanding, or peaceful coexistence, "progress" equals "more mosques."
In another story, this one about Islamization at Harvard, Taha Abdul-Basser, the Muslim chaplain, seemed similarly unconcerned about the flap about encroaching Islamic law at Harvard with the introduction of women-only hours at the gym, and the call to prayer over Harvard Yard during "Islamic Awareness Week." (We're aware, we're aware....!) His comment:
“There are some people who are not just comfortable that Muslims, by virtue of the change of demographics, are going to become more and more visible,” he said.
I wonder if we will ever have the courage to discuss the ramifications of continued Muslim immigration into this country--the incursion of Islamic law by local will and democratic mandate--and the courage to discuss ending it.
More on sharia and Harvard here.