There is a claim, tacitly agreed to in parts of Europe, that Muslims have no right to defect from Islam but remain permanent subjects of Shariah law. Enlightened Muslims, such as Hirsi Ali, are, in this view, permanently bound by the views of Shariah.Whereas Christianity accepts that some will fall away. He continues:
One way to anticipate the consequences...is to extrapolate this principle. Suppose, for example, the Roman Catholic Church, which considers anyone baptized Catholic to be forever a Catholic, should claim all such members subject to canon law....How receptive would the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark be to a second additional legal system...?
Ah, there's the famous mantra of religious tolerance again! John G. in Newton, Mass., makes what he terms a "footnote" (emphasis mine):
...I remember reading about [Muslim responses to the infamous cartoons] in a leading U.S. newspaper and looking for accompanying pictures of the offending cartoons. Incredibly, there were none, but as if to emphasize Mr. Hoekstra's point, albeit unintentionally, the paper printed, at the bottom of the piece, a reproduction of one of those art works offensive to Christians -- even though it was not a cartoon and had not the remotest connection with Denmark.
What irony! Finally, Lawrence B. in Centerville, OH, quotes the Quran ("But it's out of context! The glorious Quran guarantees women's rights! Behead him!" - sorry, can't resist parody.)
...The following is a paraphrase of the Koran 4.34: Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other. . . As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them, forsake them in beds apart, and beat them.
Chew on that for a while.