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.’
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.