Once again the world is focused on the Middle East, that section of the world that knows perpetual war, fear and violence. The actors, a group known as IS or ISIS or ISIL (all the same bunch of characters) have managed to accomplish what few in history ever could: the widespread agreement of the UN and all nations of the western world; albeit this concordance is the universal condemnation of ISIS as a terrorist organization. Nothing brings people closer than the fear of a common enemy.
ISIS has pledged the destruction and triumph over the western world (that’s us). They will bring death to the infidels living in these sacrilegious lands (that’s us too). This group is radical enough to have been disavowed by those other wild and crazy guys of the region, al-Qaeda. Despite the difference in deranged radical-ness, both groups have been driven by the same cause, justified by the same source. As with the attacks on September 11, 2001, the validation for human rights violations like decapitating journalists on video and massacring unarmed naked soldiers has been universally proclaimed as punishing the enemy. These actions are all rooted in one source: the religion of Islam.
Now, this is where sensitive, and much more public, fatwa-fearing writers make the allowance that not all Muslims want to attack the USA. And this is undoubtedly true. With over one billion Muslims in the world it stands to reason that they are not all fanatical jihadists who wish to see the United States wiped off the map. These Muslims should believe in the religion they choose and be permitted to peacefully exercise traditions and impose its precepts onto willing believers.
However, what my limited knowledge of Islam, but my less limited knowledge of world events has led me to conclude is that Islam, as practiced in the world today, is completely incompatible with the basic tenets of the United States. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are not standards found in the theocracies of the Islamic world. It is a religion that, when brought to the forefront of society as a basis for governmental rule, leads to the subjugation of “non-believers”, violence and domination of one group over another.
Islamic countries operate under systems of government as directed by Islam. The courts make rulings, pass judgments and declare sentences based upon interpretations of the Quran and Sharia Law, the moral code and religious law of the religion. The religion dominates the affairs of state and the results leave much to be desired in the realm of either life, liberty or pursuing happiness.
If tasked to find a code representing the antithesis of the US Constitution, Sharia Law would be a great example. Let’s consider some of the highlights of this “moral” code:
– Women are subordinate to men. Testimony by women is worth half that of men. Women must cover their bodies. In Saudi Arabia women have been protesting because it is illegal for them to drive a car.
– Homosexuality is a sin punishable by death
– Wives and daughters are regularly murdered in so-called honor-killings, in many cases because of the shame they bring to the family after having been raped.
– The use of physical abuse is permitted to husbands
– Stoning is a punishment for adultery
There are differing interpretations of the Quran and Sharia Law and defenders of Islam are quick to state that those enacting brutal punishments and waging jihad are incorrectly interpreting the text. So what??? When brutality rules in the countries governed by this religion, moderation is not the rule, it is the exception that proves it. And these voices of moderation have been outweighed by the cries of terror heard around the world by the victims suffering at the hands of radicals acting in the name of Islam. They have been outweighed because of the overall deafening silence of moderate Muslims. The voice that is only be heard in the reactive editorials written by the apologists of terrorism.
Where are the mass demonstrations in the European cities of the world? Just a few weeks ago they gathered to protest the genocidal actions of Israel. Where are those same groups now that ISIS is slaughtering Christians and Yazidis and threatening the western world in which these moderate Muslims live? When the lunatics from the Westboro Baptist church were protesting military funerals claiming that God hated homosexuals, what did the moderate, ordinary citizens and Christians do? They blocked those loonies, protested their hate and made it so the military families could bury their dead in peace. They stood up and declared “Those people do not speak for us!!!” Where are those groups, on any kind of mass scale in any part of the world? There are significant Muslim populations in Paris and London. Mohammed is now the most common male name in Oslo, Norway. These Muslims live in countries where they need not fear retribution by the state for speaking out against their radical counterparts. (whether they need to fear members of their own community is another matter) They could form groups that say publicly that ISIS, Hamas or al-Qaeda do not represent their beliefs. But they don’t, at least not on a wide scale. As mentioned, there are some who speak out that violence is not allowed under Islam. But then again, this is not encouraging when it is understood that the religion permits, under some interpretations, devout Muslims to deceive the infidel in order to further the cause of the religion. (see Taqiyya)
Swastikas are a sign of auspiciousness in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism but they do not widely adorn the public communique of those religions because of the irreparable harm that symbol has caused. When your crackhead brother robs and murders two people then comes-a-knockin’ at your door, you shake your head and close it in his face. Doesn’t matter if you’re family. If it did matter, maybe the crack-brother shoulda thoughta that before he acted crazy. In order for Islam to gain any credibility, there must be a demonstrable, vocal, public populace that shouts, “THE CRAZIES ARE NOT WITH US!!” But that cannot happen because the ideology, the religion, has always been one of violence, despite claims to the contrary. I watch as journalists are beheaded in the name of Islam. Should I believe the “moderate” Muslim editorial writer claiming that THAT it is not the real Islam and disregard my lying eyes?
Islam is not a religion of peace because actions make the religion, not the inherent goodness within. Those who enforce its tenets, those who lead its countries, those who speak to the world on its behalf are not men of peace. Their countries are not amicable democracies or bastions of equal rights. Calls for tolerance only mask the violent reality.
The desire for diversity and compulsive multiculturalism have weakened western leaders, forcing them to be wary of calling out the violence due to fear of being called a racist Islamophobe. This is why media outlets downplay the violence in muslim communities like Rotherham, England where 1400 children were abused over the course of 16 years by Muslim men and the authorities did nothing.
Violence must be recognized and confronted in order to protect those who cannot protect themselves. The liberty of the United States must not be used as a weapon against us, as Islamists use the graciousness of our society. Our country allows for the free exercise of religion and has made great progress to accept and respect people from all walks off life. However, it has left us open to exploitation; the drive to impose multiculturalism has gone an’ jumped the shark. Calling violence violence is now discriminatory and believing terrorists (also a discriminatory label) who say they want to kill us in the name of Islam is engaging in Islamophobia. We may not offend the perpetually offended who condemn the United States but not the violent actors seeking to destroy it. Up is no longer up; A is not A.
NO MORE! Call violence what it is and recognize that the ideology and the underlying religion are driving these merciless demons. Oust leaders who become cowardly accommodators to any group denouncing the United States as violent yet granting a pass to the Islamic world. ISIS is a threat unlike any we have ever seen. This is according to the Obama appointed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. This group hates everything about our blasphemous way of life. In other words, they hate our lives, our liberty and our pursuit of happiness They will kill you, your children, your parents, your dog. But, if it helps you sleep, at least you will know that it’s not the religion that’s violent…
A great source of information can be found here
Please watch this exchange from UCSD with a Muslim student and David Horowitz of the Freedom Center…