Friday, July 4, 2008

This we'll defend

Robert Spencer has a magnificent post up at Jihad Watch for the Fourth of July, laying out "what we must defend" (in America) and "what we must defend it against" (in Islam). His list:

1. Freedom of religion
2. Freedom of speech
3. Equality of rights before the law
4. Governments deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed

To which this correspondent would add the following:

5. The people's right to keep and bear arms

What we must defend:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

-- Amendment II, United States Constitution

What we must defend it against:

We shall not mount on saddles, nor shall we gird swords nor bear any kind of arms nor carry them on our persons.

-- The Pact of Umar, forced upon the conquered Christians of Syria and the template for all subsquent dhimma pacts

Spencer concludes with this stirring exhortation:

Never surrender. Never submit. Never be silenced. Freedom and independence forever.

Nothing whatever to add to that.

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