Have you ever heard anyone say “Christian Extremists”? Or “Jewish Extremists”?
It’s not like reactionary Jews and Christians don’t exist. In fact, an act of terrorism was committed against Dr. Tiller by, Scott Roeder, a person who claimed he was a Christian. Was he a Christian? Was Yagil Amir Jewish? You decide.
The phrase “Islamic Extremist” should not be uttered by anyone with half a brain. (And I’m not condemning those who have used it before. We are all human and we all make mistakes and say things that we shouldn’t say, out of ignorance or contempt. That is natural. ) Terrorism is not an act of love. It is an act of violence, hatred, and fear. Such acts are against, not only the basic tenets of Islam, but the basic tenants of the other two Abrahamic Religions: Judaism and Christianity.
The five Pillars of Islam are as follows:
- Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;
- Establishment of the daily prayers;
- Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;
- Self-purification through fasting; and
- The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.
The term Jihad is an Arabic noun that means “struggle,” or “to struggle in the way of God.” Not “holy war.”
The Qur’an, like the Bible, has passages that are violent and seem to condone and even advocate slavery, war, and other atrocities. But, like the Bible, it also has passages that are beautiful and peaceful.
Al Queda and other terrorist organizations aren’t a novelty, upon close examination of history. During the Crusades, scads of Muslims were butchered, and their lovely, and I do mean lovely, culture was destroyed. Were the Crusaders Christians? You decide.
Islam is the fastest growing organized religion in the United States. It, like any religion, has self proclaimed human (and sometimes mentally ill) adherents that commit violent, horrific or stupid acts when they confuse their God’s Will with their own.
Recently, Dear Leader gave a speech about American-Muslim relations. The speech stank like roadkill, because of it’s ridiculous statements equating women’s rights to the “choice” of wearing hajibs in oppressive Theocratic Governments, among other things.
However, there is a pattern of certain otherwise intelligent, respectable bloggers (I won’t name names or quote quotes) falling into a habit of saying cringeworthy things about Islam and Muslims whenever things like this come up.
And it should end.
Religious intolerance of all stripes should, like racism, misogyny, ageism, and homophobia, be condemned whenever it rears it’s ugly head. It is our job to do so, because it is the right and principled thing to do.