Repost from September 2012: Islam Is Far From Peaceful and The Left Knows It

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I wrote the following post in 2012, not long after the 9/11 attack in Libya on our American embassy and diplomats. I later turned it into a letter to my university newspaper which got such a response that I was almost worried for my safety on campus for a while there (which oddly just proved my point).

Now with the recent attack on the staff of Charlie Hebdo (among many other cases of violence in just the last few months) by Islamic “Extremists”, I think a repost of this article is necessary.

Mostly because in the wake of these attacks we are once again visited with liberals participating in “victim blaming” that seems to assume that, although Islam is a “religion of peace” that the staff at Charlie Hebdo should have known better than to insult Islam.

“Look, we have to also respect Islam and we should not deliberately go out and poke our fingers in other people’s eyes, you know? There is — everyone should have the right to critique Islam, but at least we should do it with some sense of respect, so that people don’t get the idea that this is Islamaphobia, that it’s racism…”

– Evan Kohlmann on The Cycle (via Daily Caller)

This is not in the slightest to condone the murderers, who must be caught and punished, or to suggest that freedom of expression should not extend to satirical portrayals of religion. It is merely to say that some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo, and Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, which purport to strike a blow for freedom when they provoke Muslims, but are actually just being stupid.

– Tony Barber at Financial Times (via National Review)

And countless others on twitter and other social networking sites who similarly seem to believe that, while Islam is totally peaceful, the staff of this satire paper should really have shown better sense than to mock a religion. I mean really…they had it coming.

So here the article begins:

Liberals keep telling us that Islam is the religion of peace. Over and over we hear a line that is either fed by the fact that they have never read the Quran, never watched the news, never listened to the sermons given by Imams in the Middle East, or simply willful ignorance and self-delusion.

But, suppose, for a brief moment, that they are right.

If Islam IS the religion of peace, then there should be no instances of violence fueled by the religion.

If it IS peaceful, then we should be free to criticize it without fear as we criticize any other religion in our country.

Stop supposing, that moment is over.

You can clearly see that this is not the case.

I actively consider my own safety when I post a cartoon of Mohammed on my blog.

Our secretary of state and our President spend more time calling a youtube video “Disgusting And Reprehensible” than they do making it clear that they do making it clear that innocent American citizens being murdered is NOT acceptable.

They spend time saying that “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” and apologizing for America’s freedom of speech.

They drag citizens in for questioning when they make a video that speaks the truth about the background of Mohammed.

They are TERRIFIED of Islam.

They KNOW that Islam is not a religion of peace.

How else can you explain their quick decision to roll over and submit to them, apologize for American citizens exercising their rights, and beg and plead with us to not criticize this ‘religion of peace’.

Liberals need to realize we aren’t buying their act. Their speech of ‘Islam is a religion of peace and they would never do anything to harm anyone, but please don’t criticize them or speak out against them, because they might start killing us…even though they are peaceful and their religion advocates nothing, but peace.’

No.

Stop lying.

A religion of peace does not react to a video that mocks their religion with murder and rioting and burning flags.

A religion of peace does not advocate a ban on criticism of their religion, because what is there to criticize  if it is so peaceful and enlightened.

I would call Buddhism a religion of peace much more readily than Islam and I know Buddhists aren’t exactly lobbying to ban negative speech against them. Mostly because Buddhists just don’t give a fuck what other people think, which, honestly, is the only reasonable way to live. Who wants to go through life getting angry at every person who disagrees with them? If I did that, I’d never have a moment of low blood pressure in my life.

More importantly though, your government doesn’t have to restrict your criticism of a peaceful religion. You don’t have to second guess yourself and wonder whether getting your words out there is worth the potential blow-back and danger to yourself and your family.

No, Islam is not a religion of peace and liberals are aware of this, or they are just plain stupid.

Liars or morons are your choices, neither option make for good leaders.

 

 

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11 Responses »

  1. Obviously, all of the thousands of acts of violence/terrorism/clitorectomy are commited by lone wolves who have nothing to do with Islam. You must understand, you simply don’t understand and respect their culture. It’s OK to insult/criticize everyone except for Muslims and Mohammed because someone that has nothing to do with Islam might try to blow you up. Understand? Good, now stop commiting thoughtcrime.

  2. I agree with you totally that the primarily liberal tendency to try to avoid or deny the problem isn’t helpful to anyone. But ‘Islam’ as opposed to ‘Political Islamism’ or extremism IS essentially a peaceful religion. There’s a radical, violent offshoot from the religion that is responsible for all these terrorist incidents and acts of violence; an offshoot that is actually more political than religious, though it uses a subversive version of the religion in order to gain support. Most of the terrorism now is born out of the Western destabilisation of Iraq and Libya.

    • I’m going to have to disagree with you on that. Having read the Koran and talked to many former Muslims from multiple parts of the world and having listened to the words of Imams, in both Middle Eastern countries and in “moderate” enclaves in the United States and Europe…no, Islam is not at its core a peaceful religion. It’s simply not.

      • Well then where was all the terrorism for hundreds of years prior to the past decade?

        • Dude, seriously? They’ve been killing each other for centuries. Mohammed was incredibly violent, as is the Koran and the rest of the history of Islam. The fact that you can’t be bothered to pick up a book on the history of the Muslim world and instead decide that violence in Islam didn’t exist until September 11th, 2001 is hardly my problem.

          • No, but the fact that you have a very skewed view of history is your problem. I suppose next you’ll be making out that Christianity’s history is incredibly peaceful and non-violent? If you’re going to vilify an entire religion, at least factor in the political factors, as well as the fact that US policy has created terrorist hotbeds in Iraq, Libya and Syria in the first place. That’s where terrorism comes from.

            • There’s also a marked difference between historical violence and violence inherent to the religious teachings as well, which you seem to be ignoring.
              And as I’ve already told you, terrorism in Islam didn’t begin in the modern world. While Islam is fraught with both, Christianity’s teachings are in so many ways different than Islam’s. However that really isn’t the point.

              This isn’t a “well he started it” argument, we aren’t five…well I’m not anyway. You can’t just say “well you can’t critique the violence of Islam unless you deal with what I percieve as inherent violence in every other religion first”. That’s not how this works.

    • Muslims are peaceful, like all of the times Arab armies tried to exterminate Israel?

      • Well, Israel is a whole other subject that complicates the issue; but you’re talking there about Arab ‘nations’, not Islam as a religion – nations are driven by political interests or territorial ones, it’s a different thing. And it’s not as if Israel is completely innocent and has never violated its neighbours’ territories or been provocative.

  3. If you’re talking about texts that have violent or highly questionable connotations or interpretations, then the Koran is no worse than the Old Testament that is the foundation of the Bible. I don’t have a vested interest either way; I just find it troubling when people are vilifying a whole religion based on the actions or interpretations of a violent, politically-motivated minority. Or slandering all Islam based on the crimes of a minority and seeing them as ‘Muslim terrorists’, but not seeing Israel as ‘Jewish terrorists’ when they bomb civilian populations or seeing the US as ‘Christian terrorists’ or NATO as ‘atheist terrorists’ when they arm terrorists in Syria and Libya or deliberately destabilize a country like Iraq, with death-tolls far in excess of anything Al-Qaeda has ever done or could ever dream of doing.

    • Okay, we’re done here. If you actually think you can equate the actions of Israel to the actions of Al-Qaeda then there is no hope for your sorry morally relativistic ass.

      I will leave you with this. I am not judging a whole group of people based on the actions of a few. I am judging a religion and the vast majority (there is extensive polling that shows that a large majority of muslims are in favor of sharia law – which, in case you wondered, would dictate death to someone like me – and many other less than peaceful concepts) of its followers by what the religion teaches. You clearly haven’t spent much time actually reading the Koran.

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