AFDI Geller Fellow Nonie Darwish gives us a list of New Year's resolutions that every American should support:
I wish Americans would stop using the word "racist." It is hostile, offensive, meaningless and vulgar. It is similar to the Islamic word "kafir" or infidel, designed to degrade and silence speech.
I wish America would not shy away from teaching that all cultures and religions are not equal, especially in their adherence to values of human rights and individual freedoms.
I wish America would reject any religion or ideology that commands the killing of apostates or members who leave it; such is not a religion, but a dangerous cult that must never be given equal treatment and respect with Biblical-based faiths.
I wish the US mainstream media would have the self-discipline to stop competing with politicians over steering the direction of government and would get back to reporting on government, culture, society, individuals, trends or whatever.
I wish Americans would aspire for equality of opportunity and not for equality of results. Aspiring for equality of results will always be a losing battle. The world was never designed for equality, and even babies at birth are not all born equally healthy, with the same good/bad parents, same abilities, talent or genes. So politicians who advocate equality of results need to be reminded of the good old Serenity Prayer to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.
I wish Americans would encourage and train their sons and daughters to value marriage, having babies, and family.
I wish American politicians would give up on relying on "moderate Muslims" and "moderate Muslim governments" to help destroy ISIS. Moderate Muslims have learned to live with Islam as enablers and defenders, and have lost the battle with reforming Islam long ago.
I wish that American politicians and media would broadcast the daily threats and reckless statements by Muslim religious and political leaders, the same way they report on Christian and Jewish leaders. It would be great if the West held the Islamic educational system responsible for incitement to commit terror.
I wish that the American media would recognize the danger of how modern-day Western Feminism is taking women back to bondage; the Islamic head-cover is being romanticized by feminists today, and American schools are encouraging young women to try it.
I wish America would treat its citizens as adults who can deal with the truth, make decisions for themselves and take the consequences.
I wish that American seniors were given back their important role in the lives of their grandchildren; to end Western banishment of seniors to live together alone in some permanent vacation or senior homes where they are told they are no longer needed in the family unit. Different ages have different roles and are needed within any group. I love to see parties mixed of all ages.
I wish that disfranchised African American youth understood how their "lives matter,": that it is up to them to make their lives matter and no one should ask other human beings to make his or her life matter, especially in America. We are all the children of God, and are all in need to matter to one another, but no one is responsible to make the lives of others matter.
I wish that every American would not graduate from high school or college without basic education in economics and how wealth is created.
I wish that Americans had no drug or alcoholism problems.
I wish Americans understood that health care is not a right, because doctors and nurses cannot be forced to give their services for free. If a human right is tied to the services of others, then it cannot be a right.
I wish that every American teenager would visit a third world country before starting to vote, so he or she would be able to see for himself or herself what works and what does not.
And finally, I wish that our educational system would not shy away from teaching our kids a healthy dose of patriotism.
AFDI Geller Fellow Nonie Darwish is the author “The Devil We Don’t Know” and president of “Former Muslims United,” a program of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.