Outlawing the Non-Religion of Islam: Kevin A. Lehmann Claims “Islam is not a religion”
Why Kevin A. Lehmann is a dangerous idiot: “Contrary to conventional stupidity, Islam is NOT protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.”
Some thoughts on the debate I had with Christian Nationalist, Kevin A. Lehmann. Lehmaan hosts a radio show and, for some strange reason, has a large FaceBook following:
Kevin made several truth claims: First, Kevin claimed that Islam was not a religion, and that Islam does not have a deity. Second, because Islam is not a religion but rather a theocracy movement, it is not afforded protection under the Constitution and should be outlawed. I attempted to gain further clarification by describing a Sufi community that I know in Carbondale, Illinois. This community operates an organic farm, a day care center, operates a large international charity organization, owns several businesses, and the members are all law abiding American citizens. I asked Kevin if their religious worship should be outlawed, and he confirmed that yes, “in a New York minute.”
Kevin’s nonsensical theory runs as follows: Islam is an evil religion that wishes to overtake the entire globe and institute Sharia law. Islam is not a religion (even though Kevin also says that it’s an evil religion that wants to establish a global theocracy), and therefore is not entitled to constitutional rights.
I continually asked Kevin to provide evidence to support his truth claims. Kevin offered the following: Kevin’s most frequent argument was that I was extremely ignorant of the subject matter. Kevin’s second argument consisted of selections from the Koran that advocate violence and theocracy. This was the sum total of his argument. This is all evasion, as none of this lends any credibility to his main premises. I was never arguing that Islam was a good religion, nor does a comparative analysis of Christianity and Islam provide any support that; one, Islam is not a religion and is without a deity, or two, the constitution allows for the banning of Islam.
I don’t think that the teachings of the KKK are a good thing. I think that the ideology of neo-Nazism runs contrary to all our constitutional principles. I think the communist party has some really bad social ideas that end up killing masses of people. I think the Black Panthers advocate violence and that the Black Muslims promote racism. I think that the totalitarian political wing of evangelical Christianity is a dangerous force. I think there are many groups – religious and non-religious – that have bad, destructive, and even deadly ideas. I do know that all of these groups are afforded rights under the Constitution. If the KKK is afforded liberties under the constitution, then most certainly a pacifist Sufi community is afforded the same.
In fact, the constitution was designed to protect the Sufis from oppressive and violent people such as Kevin A. Lehmann. That’s why Kevin continually throws out red herrings. He does not have a legitimate constitutional argument. He does not have a theological argument. He has no historical argument. He only has the, “you are so dumb” argument and the “Islam is bad” argument, which I never disagreed with anyway. I think all religions suck. No argument from me on that point.
In conclusion: Kevin is intellectually dishonest and unwilling to abide by the rules of logic, reason, and honest civil discourse.