MUSLIMS ARE TO ISLAM,
AS CHRISTIANS TO CHRISTIANITY,
AS NAZIS TO NAZISM?
IT DOESN'T FEEL THE SAME
I've been noticing that, there's a way that most people are asleep - even most people aware of the dangers of Islamic ideology.
It should be obvious: Christians are to Christianity, what Muslims are to Islam, what Nazis are to Nazism. But just try and see - maybe even on yourself - and you'll almost certainly experience very different responses to the 3 things.
I can certainly feel this in myself. My intrained kneejerk response re Muslims and Islam: of course one can't generalize about Muslims, Muslims are people, Islam is an ideology. My kneejerk response re Nazis is utterly different: within myself, I tar them all with the same brush - bad, evil, Jew-killers. As for Christians, it's also automatic: I don't feel any need to say, of course not all Christians are like this or that.
I did a mini-experiment with a few people when they spouted the usual line ("We must be careful not to negatively stereotype Muslims"). I agreed vehemently, that it's important to distinguish between Muslims (people) and Islam (ideology) - just as we need to make a distinction between Nazis (people) and Nazism (ideology). The people were stunned. Spluttering. Silence. What??
What's good for the goose is good for the gander, I have heard. Instead I could feel a powerful double standard, which these people - and most Western people, I suspect - hold, without awareness.
The biggest thing: Muslims are radically disconnected from any of the ideology in the Quran that is disapproved of by the West (for instance, violent jihad, the inferiority of women, the inferiority of non-Islamics). On the other hand, Nazis are 100% connected, not just to Jew hatred, but to the Final Solution (the plan to murder all Jews) - though The Final Solution is NOT in Hitler's Mein Kampf, in fact was not developed until 1942, the middle of World War II. Yet in World War II, there were no cell phones, no instant videos instantly uploaded, no selfies of SS guards herding Jews into the gas chambers. There was no Twitter, no Facebook, no internet. There was even no mention in the news - for the most part, outside as well as within Germany - of the concentration camps. Not a single train track leading to the concentration camps was ever bombed.
Now there is a wealth of information on Islamic ideology, plus there are scores of graphic videos of Islamics quoting the Quran while committing atrocities. No one can say that Muslims have no access to knowledge of Islamic ideology that includes Jew hatred, belief in Islamic superiority, and worldwide Sharia, and an Islamic caliphate. In fact, there is massive evidence that millions of Muslims adhere to this ideology. About three-quarters of a billion Muslims (about 50%), according to some recent statistics, want worldwide Sharia.
So what is going, that now, with all this information readily available, Muslims are "anti-demonized", disconnected from Islamic ideology?
Just ask yourself:
Why it isn't even suggested that we need to distinguish between Nazis (people) and Nazism (Nazi ideology as laid out in Mein Kampf)?
Much more important, why is it drilled into us (correctly) that we need to distinguish between Muslims (people) and Islam (Islamic ideology as laid out in the Quran)?
- But why it isn't drilled into us that we must educate ourselves as well as Muslims - or that Muslims are responsible for educating themselves - on Islamic ideology, so we all know the ideology Muslims are associating themselves with?
To me, it doesn't make any logical sense to demonize all adherents of one of these ideologies (Nazism), while treating adherents of the other (Islam) with kid gloves - "one must not generalize about Muslims."
I think we know the answers to these questions, actually. Islam is powerful. So are the politically correct. Nazis are not. It's easy to demonize those out of power.
And now, to all of us who care and dare, to life and to love,
January 30, 2016
Muslims to Islam,
as Christian to Christianity,
as Nazis to Nazism.
It doesn't feel the same.
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