I believe one of the greatest deceptions to have hoodwinked the West is the false notion that Islam is a “religion of peace.” This is difficult to square with reality, particularly when we are inundated with gruesome beheadings, mass executions, and prisoners being marched to their deaths in Iraq by the brutal savages known as ISIS.
Oftentimes gullible and easily deceived individuals are fooled by things hiding in plain view. For example, when Muslims wax poetically and seek to make the argument that it is the fault of extremists who are tarnishing the peaceful message of Islam, the more astute among us notice that the hands that hold the severed heads dripping with blood read and believe the same Quran as those that profess Islam is peaceful.
“But they are misinterpreting the Quran,” our peaceful Muslims will argue, “taking it out of context. The Bible, if interpreted incorrectly, can be used to justify any form of violence in the same way that the Quran is misinterpreted by jihadists.”
The problem with this argument, though it may contain a kernel of truth, is that it is nigh impossible to read the words of Jesus and walk from Him seeking an infidels head to saw off.
“But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44 KJV)
I’m not sure about you, but I can’t find the slightest encouragement in the above verse that would cause me to want to slit the throat of one of my enemies, carve away at his windpipe, hack away at his spinal cord, and skewer his head on a fencepost.
And why don’t people who delight in beheading people and carrying their heads around, like school kids showing their classmates something that interests them for “show and tell,” ever quote from the Bible for their demonic acts?
No, I have yet to hear one person yelling, “Praise Jesus!” or “Glory to God!” as they grab a handcuffed victim by the jaw and begin separating their heads from their bodies, but I hear many “Alluhu Akbar’s!” in the background when these type of atrocities are committed. “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
I agree with what this Wikipedia article has to say, particularly the quote from atheist Sam Harris:
“The description of Islam as a ‘religion of peace’ has created a great deal of controversy. Neuroscientist and New Atheism writer Sam Harris wrote, ‘The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you.'”
All this nonsense about trying to differentiate “peaceful Islam” from “extremist Islam” is not helping to solve the growing problem of radical Muslims gaining footholds in the West.
An article from CNN made these points:
“British Prime Minister David Cameron said the ‘root cause’ of the terrorist threat in the United Kingdom is ‘Islamist extremism.’ He said the recent killing of U.S. journalist James Foley is clear evidence that ISIS’s fight in Iraq and Syria ‘is not some foreign conflict thousands of miles from home that we can hope to ignore.'”
Islamist extremism, according to Cameron, is the “root cause” of the terrorist threat in the UK. I believe this to be a factual statement, but then he stumbles over his own words when the article continues with this:
“A distinction must be made between the religion of Islam and the ‘poisonous’ political ideology of Islamic extremists, he said.”
Here is one of the major stumbling blocks that is keeping the Brits from not only identifying the problem, but developing a strategy to eradicate it: the problem of the proverbial “elephant in the room,” which in this case is refusing to point a guilty finger at the root of the problem: Islam—the elephant—and the jihadist underpinnings of this barbaric religion that fuses the two together in an indissoluble bond.
There is no distinction between Islam and the “poisonous political ideology of Islamic extremists.” They are one and the same. And as far as the argument that can be made for “moderate Muslims,” this is the same thing as “jack Mormons,” or Mormons in name only.
As long as Islam is around, there will always be the door left open for beheadings, child rapes, harsh implementation of Sharia law that calls for hands cut off for crimes such as stealing, discrimination against other religions, treating women like second-class citizens, the rejection of basic human rights such as freedom of worship and freedom of speech, etc.
Islam can exist, but only as a minuscule minority in any country. To give this beast any power or authority over a populace, any voice in government, is to eventually destroy the fabric of that particular society.