Click here to read a fascinating interview at Front Page Magazine with Indian-American Vijay Kumar, who's running for the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in Tennessee. He grew up in India, spent a couple years working in Iran in the late 1970s, and has very, very clear ideas about the dangers of Islamism and the deleterious results of applying sharia law. A couple of quotes:
"What so many politicians do not seem to realize is that our struggle is against more than just 'terror.' Terrorism is simply a method, not an end itself. Terrorism is just one tactic being used by Islamic extremists in their effort to force their way of life on the rest of the world. Ultimately, then, this is a struggle over whether the nations of this world will be ruled under Sharia law or not."
"Sharia is a set of laws designed to apply not just to Muslims, but to non-Muslims as well. Everyone, believer and kafir alike, is supposed to live a life based upon Mohammed. However, kafirs - those who do not believe - are given distinctly different treatment than believers."
"In America, we believe that all human beings are created equal, and that all human beings possess certain natural rights; our entire Constitution is just a logical extension of that one idea. To us, Muslims are humans just like everyone else, and therefore they should have the same legal rights as everyone else. Sharia law, on the other hand, is not based on logic or a belief in natural equality. It is based on religious customs, and part of its design is to elevate believers over non-believers."
I'm sure Kumar is running against great odds, but wouldn't it be great to have a voice like this in Congress? (Thanks to Jihad Watch.)