“Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith.” – Winston Churchill
Yesterday, January 7th, 2014, radical Islamists killed twelve. They murdered these people because their Muslim faith had been mocked. According to Fox News:
“Black-clad gunmen shouting ‘Allahu Akbar!’ stormed the Paris offices of a satirical publication known for lampooning Islam Wednesday, killing 12, including its editor, three political cartoonists and a police officer whose cold-blooded murder at close range was captured on a disturbing video.“
This was clearly an act of radical Islamic violence, there is no debating that, and yet there are those who fiercely do so. The motivation behind the killings was the fact that the French publication had routinely mocked Islam, and its prophet, Mohammed. Just as others who have mocked, and exposed radical Islam have been executed, and threatened, these men, and women were murdered for satire. They dared to draw the prophet, and they paid the price for it.
According to Breitbart:
“Politico has obtained an email from CNN senior editorial director Richard Griffiths that tells staffers that the Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoons are not to be shown on any CNN platform.“
“Although we are not at this time showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet considered offensive by many Muslims…platforms are encouraged to verbally describe the cartoons in detail.“
Yet easily found on CNN’s website is “Piss Christ,” a work that has a figure of the crucified Christ submerged in a jar of urine.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the ever level-headed Howard Dean implores Americans not to label these attacks as radical Islamist:
“I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. They have no respect for anybody else’s life. That’s not what the Koran says…I think ISIS is a cult, not an Islamic cult…“
Howard Dean has no problem dismissing this killing as being unrelated to Islam, even when those who did the killing were reported to have been shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they committed their crime. I have a feeling that if a catholic priest went on a rampage, and was shouting “praise be to God” as he was shooting up an office building, Dean would have little problem calling it a Christian terror attack.
Just as CNN goes out of their way to avoid doing anything that might offend Islam, yet doesn’t seem to care if they display Christ (who half the world believes died for the sins of all humanity) submerged in piss, Howard Dean dismisses what is obviously an Islamic terrorist attack as unrelated to Islam. What is the root of this insanity? Is it fear, or political correctness?
Just as Mark Finkelstein of NewsBusters writes, Dean is using the “No True Scotsman” fallacy. According to Rational Wiki, the fallacy is characterized by irrational exclusions of evidence:
“Instead of acknowledging that some members of a group have undesirable characteristics, the fallacy tries to redefine the group to exclude them.”
We all know this. We know that while radical Islam is a pervasive, and existential threat to the western world, many simply deny that these attacks have anything to do with Islam. Rather, they claim that those doing the killing are not truly Islamic, but something else entirely. Here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter. One can believe whatever one wants, but the men who just murdered twelve people in France believe they are doing Allah’s work in accordance with the Koran. Additionally, there are many, many open-ended versus in the Koran condoning, and instructing violence against unbelievers. I would list them here, but you all have Google, and can find them for yourselves. So if those who practice peacefully are the “real” Muslims, the definition of “real” must be profoundly different than when I was a kid.
Of course, there are those who, in reaction to the argument that the Koran instructs its followers to execute non-believers, cite biblical versus, and stories in which violence was condoned, or instructed by the Judeo-Christian God. Aside from the fact that these versus, and stories are self-contained, and not open-ended such as those in the Koran, you don’t see many priests getting on buses with explosive collars. Radical Islam is pervasive, and a world-wide problem. Radical Christianity is not. That is a fact. Whatever you believe the intentions of the terrorists to be, they subscribe to the beliefs of Islam, and say so themselves.
I would argue that the widespread avoidance of offending Muslims and the nonchalant attitude toward offending Christians is based in fear. People like Howard Dean, and organizations like CNN are fearful of reprisal should they mock, or offend Islam. However, they regularly and gleefully mock Christianity because there is no fear of reprisal. As I mentioned above, there isn’t a daily death toll amounted by Christian terrorists, because there aren’t any Christian terrorists. Meanwhile, men shouting “Allahu Akbar” are regularly strapping plastique to their chests, and blowing up cafes. That’s enough to make someone afraid for their lives. However, it’s also enough to show that radical Islam is indeed a real threat to our lives, regardless of what you believe is being “twisted,” or “misattributed.”
To argue that Islam is not at the root of this problem is dishonest.