Saturday, September 16, 2006

Islam’s "Disproportionate Outrage"

September 16, 2006

I, for one, am growing a bit weary at having to watch every step we take as a Nation and apologize every time someone else takes something out of context or when they hear truth.

I would like to remind the Muslims and the world of the recent fighting between Hezbollah and Israel. Over the murder and kidnap of Israeli soldiers a major battle in the on again off again war between the factions was started. The world became incensed at Israel for what they called “Disproportionate Response.”

Now, we see Muslims threatening a war over a quotation by the Pope (I am not Catholic, by the way) of a medieval leader. I read elsewhere that a Muslim group has threatened to kill all Christians in Iraq if the Pope does not apologize within 3 days. A Somali hard lined cleric has called for the death of the Pontiff.

Where are the outcries over that?

Other than towards the radical terrorists, I harbor no ill will against Islam. I do not regard them as the demonic group others do. I purchased a Qu’Ran a few years ago and read it from time to time trying to gain some insight and understanding of the religion. I even worked with a young Palestinian man a few years ago and we discussed the tensions between the two religions and Israel. We both agreed there was no good reason for people not to co-exist and respect each other. Save egos.

So here we are on the brink of another war over the words of the Pope that he quoted. He did not order any Muslims beheaded, slaughtered or even kicked out of the country. He did not ask their Mosques to be burned and he has not burned any Korans that I know of. On the other hand, radical Islamofascist Muslims have done all the above and more at one time or another in recent times.

While I can pray it isn’t so, maybe we are witnessing the start of the battle between the King of the North and the King of the South mentioned in the Book of Daniel. If it isn’t, then I pray to hear and see similar outcries from the world over what is definitely a Disproportionate Response from Muslims over historical and quoted words.

A final word to Muslims. You have complained about being profiled and stared at by others. You say you aren’t associated with the radical terrorists and for the majority of you, I agree. However, this disproportionate outrage and the silence from mainstream Islam do nothing to further your cause. It only causes people to distrust you more.

It’s time we put some of the pettiness behind us and joined forces to combat those that have highjacked your religion. It’s time we showed the nay Sayers from both sides that the majority of us wish to live in peace and we won’t tolerate the intolerant any longer. It’s time we realized Israel has as much right to exist, even where it is, as anyone else. Above all, it’s time we realize we are all human and regardless of what we call him, we all look to the God of Abraham.

Lew

2 comments:

The Fence Is No Side said...

Well they're starting at the freakiest edges to threaten war, and we get to watch while it spreads to the "moderates"

Meanwhile, for your shock and horror, here's Islam's plan for YOU and ME.

Imagine us somewhere in this picture.

From Oriana Fallaci's The Rage and Pride

"I am not speaking, obviously, to the laughing hyenas who enjoy seeing images of the wreckage and snicker good–it–serves–the–Americans–right. I am speaking to those who, though not stupid or evil, are wallowing in prudence and doubt. And to them I say: "Wake up, people. Wake up!!" Intimidated as you are by your fear of going against the current—that is, appearing racist (a word which is entirely inapt as we are speaking not about a race but about a religion)—you don’t understand or don’t want to understand that a reverse–Crusade is in progress. Accustomed as you are to the double–cross, blinded as you are by myopia, you don’t understand or don’t want to understand that a war of religion is in progress. Desired and declared by a fringe of that religion, perhaps, but a war of religion nonetheless. A war which they call Jihad. Holy War. A war that might not seek to conquer our territory, but that certainly seeks to conquer our souls. That seeks the disappearance of our freedom and our civilization. That seeks to annihilate our way of living and dying, our way of praying or not praying, our way of eating and drinking and dressing and entertaining and informing ourselves. You don’t understand or don’t want to understand that if we don’t oppose them, if we don’t defend ourselves, if we don’t fight, the Jihad will win. And it will destroy the world that for better or worse we’ve managed to build, to change, to improve, to render a little more intelligent, that is to say, less bigoted—or even not bigoted at all. And with that it will destroy our culture, our art, our science, our morals, our values, our pleasures...[oath]! Don’t you realize that the Osama Bin Ladens feel authorized to kill you and your children because you drink wine or beer, because you don’t wear your beard long or a chador, because you go to the theater or the movies, because you listen to music and sing pop songs, because you dance in discos or at home, because you watch TV, wear miniskirts or short–shorts, because you go [inappropriate] to the beach or the pool, because you [inappropriate] when you want [inappropriate]? Don’t you even care about that, you fools? I am an atheist, thank God. And I have no intention of letting myself be killed for it."

"To make you cry I’ll tell you about the twelve young impure men I saw executed at Dacca at the end of the Bangladesh war. They executed them on the field of Dacca stadium, with bayonet blows to the torso or abdomen, in the presence of twenty thousand faithful who applauded in the name of God from the bleachers. They thundered "Allah akbar, Allah akbar." Yes, I know: the ancient Romans, those ancient Romans of whom my culture is so proud, entertained themselves in the Coliseum by watching the deaths of Christians fed to the lions. I know, I know: in every country of Europe the Christians, those Christians whose contribution to the History of Thought I recognize despite my atheism, entertained themselves by watching the burning of heretics. But a lot of time has passed since then, we have become a little more civilized, and even the sons of Allah ought to have figured out by now that certain things are just not done. After the twelve impure young men they killed a little boy who had thrown himself at the executioners to save his brother who had been condemned to death. They smashed his head with their combat boots. And if you don’t believe it, well, reread my report or the reports of the French and German journalists who, horrified as I was, were there with me. Or better: look at the photographs that one of them took. Anyway this isn’t even what I want to underline. It’s that, at the conclusion of the slaughter, the twenty thousand faithful (many of whom were women) left the bleachers and went down on the field. Not as a disorganized mob, no. In an orderly manner, with solemnity. They slowly formed a line and, again in the name of God, walked over the cadavers. All the while thundering Allah–akbar, Allah–akbar. They destroyed them like the Twin Towers of New York. They reduced them to a bleeding carpet of smashed bones."

Lew said...

Thank you for this excerpt from "Rage & Pride." Honestly, I never read much from Ms. Fallaci before and after reading this article, it is to my shame that I didn't.

For any reading this, the full article by Oriana Fallaci can be found at: Rage & Pride

For everyone, it's time to awaken from your slumber. War isn't pretty, it is gruesome. However, what is the alternative? Enslavement? Certain death for living our lives and enjoying freedom that the radicals don't want us to have?

These are not people that will simply leave us alone if we leave them alone. Even Mainstream Islam is not safe from them. It is their perverted view and only their perverted view allowed in the world they are creating.

We have to oppose them if we wish our children and grandchildren to grow up with any peace and security. We have to oppose those that see no threat out there and want us to vote them into office.