There is much debate about the word “Islamophobe.”
CAIR, and their enablers on the Left, are busy throwing the word around at every person who dares to criticize Islam, even when this criticism is directed at the most draconian of Sharia punishments such as death to gays and apostates.
Meanwhile, people on the Right get irritated by the word “Islamophobe”, and make attempts to defend themselves against the use of the word, replying in some form of the following,
1) I don’t dislike Muslims. I dislike the ideology of Orthodox Islam.
2) Islam is a Warrior ideology. It is reasonable to fear such a dangerous set of ideas.
3) I only dislike Extremist Muslims. I have no problem with “Moderate Muslims”.
I think all of these statements are actually evading the truth of “Islamophobia.”
Here’s my perspective:
I am NOT an Islamophobe. I am not afraid of Islam, nor am I afraid of Muslims.
I accept the idea that war is a fact of life, and I accept the idea that Islam is War-like ideology which stipulates that non-Muslims are to be converted, killed, or subjugated under the Jizya.
I also accept that Islam teaches that gays and apostates ought to be killed. And I accept that Islam teaches that those who criticize Islam are to be put to death for “stirring up mischief in the land.”
I accept that large swaths of the Islamic world believe in these ideas.
And yet, I am not afraid. I have multiple reasons for not being afraid. The reasons are really not the point of this essay. Some are spiritual. Some have to do with what I see as the mechanical realities of culture. Some are simply personal. But as I say, my lack of fear on this subject is not the point.
The point is, we who speak out against Islam are not the Islamophobes. We speak out because we choose NOT to live in fear of Islam. We are not afraid, and we demonstrate that we are not afraid by the very fact that we are willing to speak out.
So, who are the Islamophobes?
To answer the question, first we need to define Islam. Here’s my definition:
- Islam is a religion based upon the life and teachings of Mohammed as put forth in the Koran and the Hadith.
- Mohammed taught that Infidels are to be killed.
- Mohammed taught that the People of the Book are to be given the option of living as second-class citizens, and if they do not agree, they are also to be killed.
- Mohammed taught that gays and apostates are to be killed.
- And Mohammed taught that all Jews will be murdered on the Day of Judgement, when the stones and trees themselves will say, “There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.”
So that is Islam. Islam may be more than that, but the weight of the above tenets is so great that no good deed – short of Christ coming back – could make such a weight bearable.
The world is full of Muslims who do not adhere strictly to these tenets. Our society chooses to call such Muslims, “moderate.” I choose to call them marginal Muslims. I call them marginal Muslims, because as is true of marginal Christians, or marginal Hindus, they do not adhere to the Orthodoxy of their own religion, whether through choice, or ignorance.
So now, to the question of who are the real Islamophobes.
The real Islamophobes are those who are afraid of real Islam; those who are afraid of what Islam is.
Now, look around you. Who is afraid of what Islam is? Who is afraid to deal with Islam as it manifests itself upon the earth?
ISIS is not afraid to deal with what Islam really is. They come right out and say what they believe, and they lay their lives on the line in the interest of acting according to their beliefs.
The real Islamophobes are those who are afraid to deal with Islam as it is. They are the ones who continually obfuscate and refuse to see what is as plain as the nose on their own faces.
Something came to mind while reading this blogger’s list of who may be killed according to Islamic law:
None of those persons qualify as ”innocents.”
So, when Obama spouts off about how no religion would allow the murder of innocents, he is missing the point that progressives, who usually get to frame all debates by defining terms, do NOT get to frame THIS debate.
Muslims get to define who is or is not an innocent.
And, lest we forget, according to Mohammad, killing one’s own wife or child is permissible if it is for the cause of eradicating shame from the family name.
So, there are very few ”innocents” in Islam.