"Are You a Hatemonger? I Don't Believe in Promoting Hatred"

Monday

THIS IS another installation in our series, Answers to Objections. When you criticize Islam, you may very well be accused of being a "hater," as if telling people about basic Islamic doctrines means you advocate hatred toward Muslims as the solution. And nobody likes a hater, or wants to be one.

This objection is fairly easy to answer. Here are three possible ways to respond:

1. Hatred is not the answer. If anything, I am anti-hatred. That's why I am trying to expose Islamic teachings: Shari'a law includes a system of legally-mandated hatred. Mohammad is their model, and he expressed hatred toward non-Muslims. He maligned them, robbed them, tortured them, killed them, raped them, and took them as slaves. Muslims are supposed to follow his example. It says so in the Qur'an 91 times.

2. I'm talking about the teachings, not the people. Some Muslims follow the teachings, and some are Muslim in name only. But non-Muslims need to know about the teachings, because many of the most fundamental Islamic teachings are about how to deal with non-Muslims. According to the teachings, we must be subjugated under Islamic law. All of us. Voluntarily or by force. And the tens of millions or hundreds of millions who follow Islamic doctrine to the letter are actively working toward that end. They have gained control over how Islam is taught in American schoolbooks. Devoted followers have set up organizations in the United States and other Western democracies with the express purpose of undermining those democracies from within. We need to know about this stuff. It is affecting us already.

3. If I say the teachings of communism advocate ending economic inequalities, does that make me a hatemonger? If I say Republicans advocate smaller government, does that make me a hater? If I say Buddhists believe in reincarnation, does that make me a hater? But if I say the teachings of Islam advocate striving to institute worldwide Shari'a law, that makes me a hatemonger? That doesn't make any sense. Where did you come up with that?

When you answer these questions, think of the question itself as an earnest request for knowledge, even if the question comes out as an accusation. People don't really know how to understand what you're doing, so they use the only model they can think of to interpret your actions: They think you must be like a racist or a religious bigot or something along those lines.

So a helpful response is to give them a better model to interpret with. What you're doing is much closer to education than hatemongering. Urge them to read the Qur'an for themselves to find out more about it.

6 comments:

Greywolfe 1:39 PM  

Wonderful ideas. In theory. Here's the spot where it breaks down.

You write as if you are considering the communication between rational people. There are reports from psychologists and many other learned people that posit that "liberalism" is actually a mental disorder.

As such, they cannot bring themselves to contemplate a differing mode of thought. I have never yet met a rational liberal. Nearly all of them are angry, bitter, self-absorbed, self-hating, and projective of their anger due to their percieved wrongdoings as they are Americans.

The only truly satisfying way of responding to their attacks is "You're insane. Leave or be pummeled for stupidity." Thank you very much for the attempt at the high road, though.

Theway2k 5:56 PM  

This is an excellent advice from Citizen Warrior if you are a critic of Islam (like me) and you talk to a Leftist or a Muslim who gets franticly upset by that criticism.

My thanks to you!

Debbie 10:12 PM  

Fantastic advice! Great talking points. Now if I only had a teleprompter...

Citizen Warrior 12:24 AM  

Here's something even better than a telepromter: Read the article onto a recording device and listen to it many times over the next few months. The ideas will start to feel comfortable and easy to express. This will make it easier to speak with confidence and without getting too worked up.

Anonymous 12:34 PM  

@debbie use a screen reader or text to voice(mp3) converter on google. they will be free. in some you don't even need not install you can upload text and download the audio file

Anonymous 2:30 PM  

I love your site and its wonderful, very helpful tips. My thought on this issue is to emphasize the many human rights abuses within Islam, and point out that all Muslims (most obviously, though, females and gays) are deprived of their human rights as well, and the sooner the world is aware of the issue and sounds the alarm, the sooner that both Muslims and non-Muslims will be spared this savagery. To want all of us to be freer and safer is certainly not hate!

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