Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Debunking the Leftist Fantasy Myths on Islam: Easy as 1-2-3

Facts. They’re important. Sometimes they’re inconvenient (*paging Rep. Weiner*) but a refusal to face them rarely – probably never – leads to a good place. So, here’s a fact. Jews have faced persecution at virtually every historical turn. Here’s another one. Before the horror of the Holocaust, a lot of people who would become enthusiastic members of the National Socialist Party, the Nazis, were saying a lot of bad things about Jews. And here’s a sad fact: A lot of Christians, as well as a lot of other people, simply looked the other way as an inferno of hatred otherwise known as Hitler’s murderous regime began to ignite.

Never again.

That Islam played a role at the highest levels of the Nazi party is also an indisputable fact. Amin Al Husseini, founder of the World Islamic Congress, was BFF with Hitler, as abundant photographic and documentary evidence attests. So it is not particularly shocking that the same Jew-hating rhetoric that poisoned Europe in the 1930s is flourishing in Islamic countries today.

However, good leftists never let facts get in the way of their fantasy narrative. And they’ve got quite a fantasy working on this issue, which includes the following three articles of faith which they hold with downright religious fervor:
  1. Islam isn’t the problem; extreme Islam is the problem.
  2. There are extremists in Christianity who are just as bad – maybe worse.
  3. And… the Crusades!
Let us now gently debunk each of these three non-facts, starting with the last one. The distorted and politically correct view of the Crusades is that they were all about forced conversion to Christianity, which of course makes no sense since a relationship with Jesus Christ is not something that one individual can coerce another individual into beginning. But yes, they were certainly religious in nature – and political – and a reaction. From the time of Muhammad’s death in 632 to the first crusade more than 400 years later, as author Thomas Woods notes,
“…Muslims spread their religion by force throughout Arabia, and into the modern Middle East, including Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria, as well as into Egypt, North Africa, and Spain. Further progress into Western Europe was stopped cold by Charles Martel and his Frankish warriors… it is easily forgotten that some of these territories has been heavily Christian when the Muslims took them over.”
The simple fact that the Crusades began in reaction to some 400 years of Muslim warmongering sheds a different colored light on the historical context. For those interested in learning the facts currently obscured behind popular myths about the Crusades, I recommend Woods’ book How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, which will also serve the purpose of providing some excellent food for thought on a number of other ridiculous historical myths that are often repeated as gospel truth.

Moving backward to point 2 – “extremists in any religion are just as bad or worse.” This one cracks me up. First, this postmodern idea that being “moderate” is somehow morally superior to being “extreme” is laughable. Are not all sane people 100% opposed to, say, the Ku Klux Klan? Pedophiles? The Real Housewives of Wherever? The point is, whether or not having an “extreme” view on something is bad or good has a whole lot to do with the “something” being discussed. In short, positing that “extreme=bad” is simple-minded.

And what, exactly, is an “extreme” Christian? Someone who loves his neighbor as himself way more than everyone else? Someone who turns the other cheek way more times? What leftists often MEAN by this phrase is: The guy who shot the abortion doctor. Or, the KKK. Those are “extreme Christians.” Never mind that, in either case, it requires a complete distortion of Christian teaching to arrive at those mindsets. Never mind! THOSE people are “more dangerous” than the ten zillion “extreme” Muslims who have blown up countless men, women and children (and themselves) in the name of Allah. Of course, the “extreme” Muslims indeed ARE following their holy teachings (more on that in a moment).

Leftist tool Tavis Smiley beautifully illustrated this willful blindness to reality when he said that Christians kill more people in America than Muslims. Interrupting someone who was discussing acts of Muslim terror in this country, like the Fort Hood shooting and the Christmas day bomber, Smiley offered this intellectually-challenged ode to “critical thinking”:
“But Christians do that every single day in this country…  there are so many more examples of Christians who do that than you can ever give me examples of Muslims who have done that inside this country.”
Uh… okay. Tavis buddy, are you under the impression that if you’re NOT a Muslim, then you’re a Christian? Because that’s the only possible way your numbers could add up. So, every crime in this country committed by someone who is not a Muslim has to go in the “Christian” tally column – even though those crimes are all antithetical to Christian teaching. This is how we get the dimwitted “Tim McVeigh and the Columbine killers were Christians!” defense. Yeah. Talk to me when people stop yelling “Allahu Akbar” and start yelling “In the name of Jesus” right before they open fire or blow themselves up. Then we’ll have something to compare.

The slander of Christianity, in the vain attempt to create some sort of moral equivalency between it and violent Islam, flies in the face of reality. Just a few days ago, at that intellectual vacuum known as the Daily Kos, a writer who goes by the handle “Six Dollar Liberal” posted this astoundingly ignorant comment:
“We don’t call out Christianity for being a very violent religion that calls upon the execution of women, children, and homosexuals; so let’s not do it to Islam either.”
Ignoring the fact that this mental midget doesn’t know the difference between “calling upon” something and “calling for” something – this statement boggles the mind. And the writer claims he has a good understanding of Christianity – that’s why he can characterize it as “very violent.”

Hmmm. Well, I guess he’s on to our secret. The fact that we do of course regularly murder homosexuals. He’s got us there. Ha ha, guilty as charged. And of course, we also regularly kill women and children, especially if they’re not wearing the burqa – oh, wait. That’s not us.

Did I mention that his article was entitled, “In Defense of Sharia”? Good grief.

Which brings us back to our first point – that only “radical” Islam is a problem. Well… was only “radical” Nazism a problem? Because both of them are worldview political systems that seek to impose themselves… on EVERYONE. The prime minister of (Muslim) Turkey was quoted as saying, “There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. All those people blowing themselves up? They have a REASON for their behavior, and it involves what their scriptures are telling them to do. Muslims who prefer to live in the relative peace and prosperity of the West are making a conscious decision to “moderate” their own religion – but as the prime minister said, it is what it is.

Speaking of Muslims in America – not all of them are here because they love liberty. Some of them are here to shake things up… to say the least. Consider the group that this week celebrated the life of the murderous tyrant Ayatollah Khomeini at a party in Washington, DC. He was “a breath of fresh air,” they said. He left a “legacy of Muslim unity and active resistance to oppression.” One of the Muslims interviewed grins as she recalls how Khomeini made the “mighty great United States seem like a paper tiger.”

Hey! How about a bunch of us get together, migrate to Iran, and then have a party there celebrating Ronald Reagan? We can all laugh together about how Khomeini acted like a scared little girl once Reagan took office. Ah yes, that would be a fun party, just like these Muslims had in DC. Except these Muslims all went home safely after THEIR party.

So, my dear leftist friend, I ask you to consider this very carefully. If AMERICAN Muslims are telling us that Khomeini left a "legacy of Muslim unity" - what does that tell us about that whole "radical Islam is the problem" school of thought?


  1. I always find it amusing how Muslims are the victims and we are the oppressors. It's so incredibly backwards to reality. Of course, when I say "amusing" I really mean "frightening as hell." I see them flying into buildings and beheading Israeli babies while they shout how they did it because of how we make them suffer. Great article, as usual, Diane.

  2. As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that has ever existed?" John Adams letter to F.A. Van der Kamp, Dec. 27, 1816.

  3. Not sure what John Adams meant by that, nor do I know if that is a legitimate quote (it has a grammatical anomaly) but I think a better word to describe Christianity is relationship. What's more, I have no idea what he might have meant by "millions of fables" - but following Jesus Christ doesn't make for a "bloody religion." And if John Adams was ignorant of Islam's history, that is unfortunate, because even in his time there was a lot of blood on Islam's collective hands.

  4. Yes, it takes so many twists and turns away from "God" to get violent.

    God kills the firstborns:
    "And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead." (Exodus 12:29-30)

    God orders the slaughter of children:
    "Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass." (I Samuel 15:2-3)

    God commands slavery and rape of virgins, murder of everyone else:
    "Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." (Numbers 31:16-18)

    God commands murder of everyone, *especially* the children:
    "And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and woman: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house." (Ezekiel 9:5-6)

    Violence is righteousness:
    "The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked." (Psalms 58:10)

    What I think is the funniest though, is how you claim that there's no way that God's followers would kill someone who isn't a believer, because it's a "personal relationship"! WOW, what are you going to think of this?
    "And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God..." (Deuteronomy 13: 5)

  5. Let's take a step deeper as well.

    God orders cannibalism of one's own children:

    "And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD they God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straightness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:" (Deuteronomy 28:53)

    "And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates." (Deuteronomy 28:57)

    God curses children of his chosen people:
    "And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise." (Numbers 14:33-34)

    Here's how God commands you to be happy, in one little Psalm:
    "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." (Psalms 137:9, KJV)

    "How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock." (Psalms 137:9, New American Bible)

    "Happy the man who shall seize and smash your little ones against the rock!" (Psalms 137:9, New American Bible)

    "a blessing on anyone who seizes your babies and shatters them against a rock!" (Psalms 137:9, Jerusalem Bible)

    Shall you stay true to your religion, blogger, or will you remove my posts so as not to have to deal with this side of your religion?

  6. No, brave commenter who has so much confidence in his statements that he posts anonymously - I will not remove your posts. They prove my point. Yes, you're taken some serious twists. Just the last verse, that you quote from several versions as if repeating it out of context repeatedly will somehow magically change the meaning, has been twisted by you beyond comprehension. Context, context, context. The verse in question is talking about how horrible it will be for a certain people when a terrible judgment comes against them -- so terrible that it would be a blessing to kill the children quickly so they wouldn't have to suffer. Along with being a literary device which most 5th graders could comprehend, it is also, like every verse you cherrypicked, a statement either of what HAPPENED, or what WILL BE. Yes, God told the Israelites, for example, to kill people who had barbaric bloodthirsty practices (like killing their children BTW). However we might feel about this - it isn't an instruction for anyone other than the people to whom it was given. The Bible RECORDS this instruction, because those books of the Old Testament are primarily historical. Again, this is basic literary analysis that I believe they begin teaching in later elementary school.

    Further proof of the fact that anyone-with-a-brain knows the difference between instruction, prophecy, and instruction - is the fact that Christians are not out slamming their kids against rocks (because most Christians do indeed have at least the literary analysis skills of a 5th grader!), nor are they strapping explosives to themselves and blowing up "infidels" in the name of Jesus. On the (mighty) rare occasion when someone (like Norwegian guy) tries to link his madness to Christianity (and his writings show that he wasn't following Jesus but making a token nod to Christianity as a cultural force) - in any event, when something like this happens... you see Christians out in the streets celebrating and pastors from the pulpit praising the violence.

    Oh, wait. That's a different religious faith where stuff like that happens.

    Hey, Mr. or Ms. Scared To Post Your Name? #FAIL.

  7. It might dismay "anonymous" to realize that all the verses he was quoting were from the Old Testament. All of those listed verses were written *before* Jesus Christ walked the earth. If one were to be strict about those verses, even out of context, then one would be condemning Jews for their pre-history. There were no Christians before Christ.

    Followers of Jesus are instructed not to slavishly follow stories in the Old Testament. Jesus was pretty clear about forgiveness, mercy, and love. He didn't call for his followers to murder non-believers.

    Conversely, Muhammad DID call for his followers to murder non-believers. He repeatedly commanded them to lie and kill in order to spread Islam.

    Moral equivalence between Christianity and Islam? Not so much.

  8. I've read 'bits' of the Koran(no,I don't go in for that 'Q'-type spelling,in the same way that I always give foreign names an Anglicised pronunciation),and I've picked up and read at random 'bits' of the Bible,in both cases to see whether anything good by way of sentiment or poetic construction might jump off the page at me. Maybe it was just that I'd missed the good bits,but that 'Koran' is pretty tendentious,insipid, stuff intellectually; it's more of a 'handbook' than anything else. It doesn't seem to have a breath of inspiration in it,where the Bible 'pumps along',often posing challenges and sometimes reaching deeply into the recesses of the psyche. To my mind,the former is the inferior,as befits a counterfeit.