We do conduct a heavy criticism of Islamic terrorism here – and we attack it from all angles. It typically generates responses like these gleaned from actual comments:
[You are] fomenting [Christian] jihad, there is nothing you and B want more than to have a good reason to kill Muslims. You are sick and pathetic people.
…you and your pseudo-religious ilk are the brown-shirts, and the Muslims are the Jews. If anyone is going to do any rounding up of citizens, it will nativistic thugs herding Muslims into camps, and women suspected of having abortions being forced to undergo medical exams to prove their innocence.
So having been accused of action tantamount to murder or genocide, I feel compelled to respond.
I don’t hate Muslims. I have noted before that one of my best friends (who gave me a Koran as a personal gift) is a Persian Muslim. I am; however, a Christian and I believe that means that we each are free agents to decide for ourselves what to believe and that if a particular theology (or none at all) gives you peace and comfort in your life, it is not my place to judge you. Where I separate from that position is when there is an attempt by a third party to denigrate my faith, attack me only because of what I believe, force me to act in accordance with their beliefs, cause me to alter my life to accommodate (or avoid) their actions – or in the case of terrorism, put me or my family at risk.
The “You Believe That All Muslims Are Terrorists” Lie
I get this one all the time because we are clear here that there is violence inherent in the Quran.
If there are 100 Southern Baptists in a room and one of them goes out and kills someone for the glory of the First Baptist Church of New Albany, Mississippi because the Old Testament told him to, that does not mean that the other 99 are guilty because they are Baptists, too. But what it does mean is that Baptist theology is still the reason that the one did kill and the fact that 99 didn’t does not change that fact.
If I commit a crime because the Old Testament tells me to strike down my enemies and I am pissed off at the power company for charging me too much, the “and” in that statement still means that the Old Testament is a reason I did it. I don’t get to separate the two.
The “Muslims Hate America” Lie
I don’t believe this. There are too many Muslim-Americans who are Americans first.
Most of the time when I hear this, is coming out the pie-hole of an appeaser or a “Blame America Firster”. This isn’t fact based; actually it is an example of narcissism. To think that everything that causes terrorism is somehow uniquely American is the height of arrogance and patently wrong. Narcissism isn’t just thinking that good things are all about you; it is thinking that ALL things are about you. The desire to always accept blame for things that are not attributable to you is simply another way to call attention to yourself, to keep yourself as the center of attention.
The “Muslims Hate The West Because We Are Rich”
I don’t believe this either. Evidence of the West is all over Islamic countries – some of the favorite brands in these countries are McDonald’s and KFC – and you can’t get much more “western” than that. People are still standing line at our embassies to get visas to come to the US and outmigration to the UK and EU is massive.
It Is Our Fault Because Islam Is The Religion Of Peace
But here is what I do know – from the 7th century until the 1900’s, you would be hard pressed to find anyone who would describe it as that. From the time of expansions of the Ottoman Empire and the Caliphates of history to the Armenian Genocide, Islam had been recognized as a savage, tribal, war mongering cult.
Islam is being used as a reason to attack Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This is an unassailable fact and the one that causes the most problems for the Islamic apologists.
The reason that you don’t hear more about it is that sectarian killings between Sunni, Shia and Sufi Muslim sects completely negates the argument that the terrorism occurs because of Christian oppression, presence of the US military, Israel, poverty, Coca-Cola, apple pie, global consumerism, oil, bad cinematography, when there are fights between Islamic sects that are based on the same tenets that causes them to attack us – and it is that the insufficiently Muslim – i.e. Jews, Christians, Hindu, Buddhist, atheist…and apparently any of the Sufi, Shia or Sunni depending on which sect you belong to…that should be exterminated there is a common thread.
Hating America is a cheap and easy answer but how does that explain on Muslim killing another? If Muslims hate the “west”, then why have they been killing each other since the 7th century, hundreds of years before there was even a “west”?
When sects of the same Islamic religion kill each other for the same reasons that they kill non-Muslims, it is pure logic to deduce that it is due to the religion itself. As in the “Baptist” example above, there may well be additional reasons de jour, but additional reasons do not excuse that Islam is at the core.
I’ve posted before what Kant wrote:
If one cannot prove that a thing is, he may try to prove that it is not. And if he succeeds in doing neither (as often occurs), he may still ask whether it is in his interest to accept one or the other of the alternatives hypothetically, from the theoretical or the practical point of view. Hence the question no longer is as to whether perpetual peace is a real thing or not a real thing, or as to whether we may not be deceiving ourselves when we adopt the former alternative, but we must act on the supposition of its being real.
Taken with Occam’s Razor:
When you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.
…when applied to Islamic terror, renders a specific synthesis.
Specifically, we can all agree that we have experienced terrorist attacks in America and while there have been non-Muslim domestic terror attacks (going back to bombings and violence by the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers and groups like the Symbionese Liberation Army), both Muslim and non-Muslim attacks have been based on some ideology.
If, in Islam there is no political ideology because there is nothing but serving Allah and Muslims recognize no other earthly authority, does that not mean that in this case, ideology and theology are one and the same?
If that is true, then does it also not follow that attacks on both Muslim non-Muslim targets – like a majority Christian nation like America – would be motivated by the struggle for ideological/theological supremacy of Islam over Christianity and/or one particular brand of Islam over another?
People have attempted to explain by thousands of different, yet illegitimate, reasons but the synthesis of Kantian philosophy and Occam’s Razor is this:
If we know by evidence that Islamic teachings can (but not always) indicate that it is the root cause of terrorism, and this is the most simple of deductions, should we not recognize that it is a danger to Muslim and non-Muslim alike…and if so should we not be actively fighting it together?
There will never be an end to this until Islam joins with the other religions in conversion by the heart instead of the sword and together we stand against radical fundamentalism. Until that happens, Islam and fair-minded Muslims are in the unenviable position of aiding and abetting religious terrorism.
As Bill Shakespeare would say:
Aye, there’s the rub.