My heart sank when I heard president Obama's recent statement at the UN: "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam." It was difficult to hear the president of the United States declare to the world that critics of Mohammed are wrong, don't have a cause, must not be heard, respected, taken seriously and will have no future in America.

I lived 30 years of my life hearing similar threats from Islamic sheikhs across the Middle East, telling us "You insult the prophet Mohammed, you die," which is the law of Sharia. There are sharia books bought and sold in America that clearly state that "the penalty for insulting the prophet is death even if one repents." What constitutes an insult of the prophet could be something minor, such as saying Mohammed married a 9-year-old, which is a fact, but if it is stated in a critical way, it is considered an insult. Sharia law condemns those who leave Islam to death, or to use Obama's parlance, to "have no future," for simply stating they have left Islam and why. Islam considers stating why a person left Islam to be an insult to Islam and subversion of the Islamic state, which constitutes a capital crime.

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