12 reasons to ignore radical Islam

Parents and spouses of firefighters lost on 9/11 take part in a protest against the Ground Zero mosque on June 6, 2010

Parents and spouses of firefighters lost on 9/11 take part in a protest against the Ground Zero mosque on June 6, 2010

NY Times:

An influential Jewish organization [ADL] on Friday announced its opposition to a proposed Islamic center and mosque two blocks north of ground zero in Lower Manhattan, intensifying a fierce national debate about the limits of religious freedom and the meaning of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


It is not about “the limits of religious freedom”. Nobody wants to limit the freedom of Muslims or anyone else to practice their religion, always assuming that the practice thereof violates no laws.

It is not about the meaning of 9/11. Even Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf agrees that that was a terrorist attack perpetrated by radical Islamists.

No, it’s not about those things. It is about whether we should allow  a monument for the first step in the Islamic conquest of America — because that is how it will be seen in the Islamic world — in a place where 2,750 people were burned or crushed to death in the name of Islam.

And here’s another thing it’s not about: domestic politics. The Times writer, Michael Barbaro, wants us to think that it’s just another partisan issue:

…around the country opposition is mounting, fueled in part by Republican leaders and conservative pundits. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, has urged “peace-seeking Muslims” to reject the center, branding it an “unnecessary provocation.” A Republican political action committee has produced a television commercial assailing the proposal. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has decried it in speeches.

Yeah, that’s it. The whole thing is ‘fueled’ by nasty Republicans and worse. Sarah Palin is radioactive to most Democrats and centrist Republicans, so Mr. Barbaro makes sure to mention her, although her statement is comparatively mild.

Newt Gingrich, on the other hand — who, I will remind you, holds a Ph.D in History — nailed it when he said.

“The World Trade Center is the largest loss of American life on our soil since the Civil War,” Mr. Gingrich said. “And we have not rebuilt it, which drives people crazy. And in that setting, we are told, why don’t we have a 13-story mosque and community center?”

He added: “The average American just thinks this is a political statement. It’s not about religion, and is clearly an aggressive act that is offensive.”

Indeed. Anyone who can’t see the strands of politics and ideology — a particularly nasty form of expansionist politics and an anti-democratic, medieval ideology — woven throughout Islam, is blind.

The ADL didn’t go there. The ADL’s statement that the Times said “touched off angry reactions from a range of religious groups,” merely suggested that in deference to the expressed feelings of many of the 9/11 families, the mosque should be built somewhere else.

This argument — an appeal to decency –  ought to be enough. But it’s not, for reasons which I am just beginning to analyze.

Some suggest that opposition to the mosque stems from ‘bigotry’, which in their circles is the worst imaginable personality defect. But interestingly, many of the same people wax furious about the Christian Right. Somehow, it is bigoted to attack some forms of religious ideology, but not others.

Here are some of the reasons for not seeing the danger posed to the US by radical Islam:

1. You are a Muslim who thinks it would be better if the US were governed in accordance with Shaaria
2. You benefit in some way from Saudi petrodollars (this group includes several ex-presidents)
3. You are an anti-Zionist or antisemite who wants to stick it to the Jews
4. You are Jewish and want to show your goyische friends that you’re a regular guy
5. You are afraid that Islam will be victorious and you want your future rulers to like you
6. You are afraid but want to hide it, so you pretend that there’s no danger
7. You want to back the ‘strong horse’
8. You are a progressive and you see other progressives (including the President) pretending that there’s no danger, so you imitate them
9. You want to be on the other side of Newt Gingrich and especially Sarah Palin
10. You are white and think opposing Islamic expansionism is racist and you feel guilty for slavery and racism
11. You are black and think Islam is on the side of oppressed people of color (never mind Sudan, the history of slavery, etc.)
12. You listen to KPFA [a Berkeley radio station] and have become convinced that the US really is the great Satan and anything bad that happens to it is good

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3 Responses to “12 reasons to ignore radical Islam”

  1. NormanF says:

    Islam needs to be opposed not because of a mosque – all of them preach a radical, totalitarian ideology. The phrase “moderate” Muslim is a redundant one. The more observant they are, the more extreme they are. We need to keep them out of America and are not doing a good job of it.

    Its the Islam, stupid.

  2. Shalom Freedman says:

    I believe the very demand to place a mosque at this site shows something very significant about the character of ‘Islam’. It is not great at showing humility before others, a sense of repentance, a sense of real consideration for others it might have injured. It is an aggressive faith.

  3. Grandma says:

    Shalom Freedman,
    My thoughts exactly. When I look at the faces of these families who lost loved ones in the attacks, I cannot help but wonder, how could anyone, with a heart, how could anyone, with sympathy, how could anyone with a conscience, how could anyone who remembers the grief of that horrible day, be in favor of something that will hurt these families more than they already are? How would a Mosque serve to comfort these families and help them to move on? Any politician or American citizen who promotes and supports the building of this Mosque, should be ashamed of themselves. Would the reaction be the same if the Catholics decided to build a grand Cathedral? Would the reaction be the same if the Mormons decided to build a grand Tabernacle? I will go so far as to ask if the reaction would be the same to the building of a grand Synagogue? (Oh boy! There might be a small oppositon to that, but we all know which group that would be.) To me, the answer is no, it would not. We need to call this proposed Mosque what it is, an insult and an assault.
    I would also point out the possiblity it may be a dangerous place to build a Mosque. With all the growing opposition to this insidious project, some unhinged person or group might be tempted to blow it up! Have the Imams thought about this? Why take the risk? Why not move simply quash the project and build in another area? What ARE they thinking?