Can we Criticise the Real Problem Now?
Samuel Valk, Politics Contributor
Last night in Manchester, United Kingdom, a bomb went off outside of the Manchester Stadium, killing at least 22, and injuring scores of others immediately after the Ariana Grande concert taking place inside. ISIS has taken full responsibility for the bombing. According to the BBC, there is a suspect, Salman Abedi, however, we do not know enough about him at this time to make any rash judgements. What we can tell about Abedi, however, is telling enough for why this attack was carried out. Abedi, obviously working with ISIS, carried out this attack to further their fundamental Islamist ideology, and those last three words are a real problem we are facing in the west today.
Fundamental Islamism is the set of beliefs that political Islam, or Sharia laws and codes, are the supreme ideology, that all other ideologies are inferior, and the “infidels” practicing those ideologies should be converted, killed, or taxed for being of “lesser” thought. This can also be called “radical Islamic terrorism” when terrorist acts are committed. Once the initial shock of another Islamic terror attack wears off, the mainstream media and the regressive left are probably coming with stories down the pipe over the next few days about how “Islam is a religion of peace” or “The Manchester bomber was not a REAL Muslim.” They will come down with stories about the rise of “Islamophobia” in western nations because of this terrorist attack. If they are unable to push those stories, they may even go as far as to deflect from the problem of Islamic terror and start blaming “right wing” white people for most terrorism. This is all a form of deflection as the left has taken Islam as an ideology under its wing of “sacred cows.” In fact, Islam seems to be the biggest sacred cow ideology of them all to the left.
Whenever someone criticises Islam, chances are, they are criticising the ideology behind Islam, that proliferates and allows for terrorism to spread, and not Muslims as individual people, as there is a difference between people and ideologies. When we are not allowed to criticise an ideology whenever said ideology does something wrong, we lose the ability to stop that ideology from doing the wrong things as the idea has not been allowed to be scrutinised by the open marketplace of ideas. That is why we have a 1st Amendment, so we are free to discuss ideas and scrutinise ideas. However, Islam is not included in ideas that can or should be scrutinised in today’s Western world for fear of “islamophobia.” ISLAM IS AN IDEOLOGY AND NOT A PERSON. All ideas are subject to scrutiny and Islam is no different, especially when Islam today is used more as a political ideology by religious and state leaders in the Middle East than it is a religion. Islam, as an ideology, seeks its own self preservation at all costs, which includes Taqyyia, suppression of other religions, death to apostates, and the termination of free speech so that Islam does not have to be scrutinised on the open marketplace of ideas.
We must be able to distinguish people from religion and ideology. Islam needs to be criticised as an ideology, like all ideologies do. Giving Islam this pass in the Western world is giving the ideology special privileges over other ideologies. It is saying that the idea is beyond scrutiny because the people following that idea might get their feelings hurt. Islam is not a religion of peace. Islam today, as an ideology, has allowed for these terrorist attacks to flourish. Even where “moderate” Muslims live, like Malaysia and Indonesia, there are still major issues with Islam as an ideology within those states. Indonesia, for example, is a secular state. However, in the Province of Aceh, they practice Sharia Law, the legal and political interpretation of Islam. Currently, they are throwing homosexuals off of buildings in Aceh, not much different from Chechnya or Saudi Arabia. In every sharia state, women are treated as second class citizens, even going so far as to needing FOUR male witnesses to rape in order to convict someone of rape as a woman in the UAE, assuming you are not arrested on the spot for reporting the rape. Finally, are the constant attacks on religious minorities in sharia countries. Attacks against Jews have been especially common in the last century, as most Jews were expelled from the Arab world during and after the creation of the State of Israel. ISIS is also targeting Christians in the area they control, although that is not unique to the terrorist groups either, as Iran has treated its Christian and other minority religions as second class citizens for centuries, all in the name of protecting Islam.
All laws that exist in Sharia states are in existence to protect the name of Islam more than anything else. That is why free speech and religion are illegal in all Sharia states. If you are allowed to freely speak ideas or freely choose whatever religion you please, you are not accepting Islam as the highest ideology. Not accepting Islam as the highest ideology is an immediate threat to its survival and any dissention to Islam is considered a threat to the ideology. If somebody does not like the ideology, according to Islam, they are an infidel and should be treated as such, depending on the particular interpretation of Sharia. As well, this is why apostasy often results in death, as you have willingly given up your belief in the ideology. The infidel will be thrown out from being treated as an equal citizen, but the extent of the punishment for being an infidel ranges from just being treated as a second class citizen to being outright killed for daring to commit wrongthink. Sharia is the political force behind fundamental Islamism, which is why Sharia states are not much different in their ideas and goals from what ISIS’s goals are. ISIS may go about achieving those goals in different ways, but the desired outcomes are the same: complete domination of Islam across the world as then, and only then, can Islam be free from criticism.
In the West, we need to stop treating Islam like it is something special which cannot be questioned. It is not, in fact, it is far from it and is increasingly intensifying as a problem in the world today. Islam, as it currently exists in most of the world, is fundamentalist and antithetical to Western ideology. We must look at what the ideology preaches and what the ideology has done in practice and scrutinise all aspects. We must begin criticising the real problem behind these terrorist attacks before it is too late. Islam, as an ideology, is not peaceful. Islam, as an ideology, seeks its own survival and proliferation through any means to stop the “infidels.” It is time to criticise the real problem facing the western world whenever a terrorist attack happens: Fundamental Islam and Sharia Law.
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