It Has Finally Happened

Saturday

A PUBLIC discussion of mainstream Islam has finally begun in earnest in mainstream America. Some people thought it would take a nuclear bomb going off in downtown Manhattan. Nobody anticipated something as simple as a proposed mosque.

Before the mosque proposal, a "Washington Post poll released last year found that nearly half of Americans — 48 percent — have an unfavorable view of Islam. That's nine points higher than in the months after the Sept. 11 attacks." Source

What that says to me is that the events of 9/11 woke up nine percent of the population to the doctrines of Islam. The poll was taken before the Ground Zero mosque issue, and I would venture to guess the percentage has risen higher than 48 percent already.

We're waking up. Non-Muslims are gaining an unfavorable view of Islam. The more people learn about it, the more people have an unfavorable view, of course. If you are a non-Muslim and learn anything about Islamic doctrine, you will have an "unfavorable view" of Islam. What is there to like about the Muslim imperative to subjugate non-Muslims if you're a non-Muslim?

The attempt to build a mosque so near Ground Zero has been a great opportunity to educate our fellow non-Muslims about Islam. Because it's a news item, because it's being discussed in newspapers, on the radio, and on television, Islam is suddenly an acceptable topic of conversation. In fact, people are bringing up the issue. Several people (who have shown little interest in the past) have volunteered questions to me because they were already aware I know something about Islam, and now they have some curiosity.

In all the controversy and debate, the real issue in question is whether or not the Muslims who are planning this mosque share the same ideology and goals as the hijackers. In order to answer that question, people need (and now want) to know what Islam's ideology and goals are.

As Raymond Ibrahim said in his article, Why the Ground Zero Mosque is Counterproductive to the Islamist Cause, the mosque proposal is the most costly mistake orthodox Muslims have made since they flew planes into the World Trade Center. Ibrahim wrote:

Before the Islamist strikes of 9/11, mainstream America was incognizant of the threat posed by radical Islam. Islamic apologetics and anti-U.S. polemics were unquestioned orthodoxy, not only in their natural habitat — academia — but more generally.

After 9/11, however, the veil was partially lifted: a flood of books dealing with Islam, political Islam, jihad, sharia, "dhimmitude," and any number of related topics appeared; politically incorrect books on Islam became bestsellers.

And now mainstream attention has been focused once again on Islam. Let us do our best to successfully introduce as many people as possible to some solid, fundamental information about it. This is our chance. Let's not squander it. Let's not get sidetracked on partisan issues. Let's not turn people away from our information with anything unrelated. Let's get as much basic information about Islam into peoples' minds as we can, while the window is open.

Where should you start? Here's my suggestion: The Least You Need to Know About Islam.

8 comments:

Anonymous 1:34 PM  

As Yamamoto said after Pearl Harbor

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

The 9/11 attacks didn't wake the giant, but this insult has.

Damien 11:47 AM  

Citizen Warrior,

This is very, very good news. Its definitively a positive sign. Politicians will have a harder and harder time ignoring us.

Citizen Warrior 11:11 PM  

A reader just emailed me with the following:

"Just as our beliefs and understandings color the way we think about Islam, so too does their beliefs and understanding about our culture color the way they see us. They misread our insatiable desire for knowledge!"

Damien 11:32 PM  

Citizen Warrior,

Speaking of the Discussion about Islam that this thing is generating, here's Thunderf00t on the Ground Zero Mosque.

'Tolerance' and the 'Ground Zero Mosque'

In case you don't know who he is, he's a Youtube skeptic, who prior to Everybody Draw Muhammad day, spent most of his time debunking creationism. He is also one of the skeptical Youtube users who favorited that "Three Things You Should Know About Islam," video you should me. But I thought that you in particular would like what he has said about the ground Zero Mosque, because it echos a statement you made in the past. So what do you think of what he has to say?

Citizen Warrior 11:55 PM  

Comparing it to the Kaaba was a good one. That really put it in perspective.

Thanks, Damien. You find some good stuff.

Damien 12:21 AM  

Citizen Warrior,

You're Welcome. I knew you would appreciated it. However there was something else he talked about that I thought you would like. I think it was you who once wrote, talking about Multiculturalism and Islam that "Tolerance must be both ways or neither." I thought of that after watching Thunderf00t's latest video. All his talk of reciprocation, made me think about what you said.

Citizen Warrior 1:00 AM  

What was strange is that about ten minutes before you posted a link to that video, I was working on an article about the principle of reciprocation.

I was making the point that we have learned from early childhood that when someone does something good for us, we must reciprocate. This is a significant principle in most societies, and it is taught with great seriousness. It is a vital principle of human relations.

And because this is true, for the most part, if you are kind to someone, they will be kind to you. If you give to someone, they will feel the need to return the favor.

But of course, if you've lived long enough, you have found out, probably painfully, that not everyone reciprocates, either because they weren't taught that vital lesson as a child, they are a sociopath, or for whatever reason.

And how do we learn to deal with such people? We stop giving. We stop being nice. We have as little to do with them as possible.

Some ideologies are not reciprocal, either. And many people seem to feel that if we are all nice enough to the Islamic world, they will be nice to us. They don't see it that way. They have a clear division throughout all Islamic doctrine between Muslims and non-Muslims. The principle of reciprocity only applies to their fellow Muslims, and it stops there.

No amount of niceness, cooperation, or giving will change this. We need to go to plan B. Plan A (be nice) is not working.

Damien 10:01 AM  

Citizen Warrior,

I agree, plan A definitively has not worked, unfortunately.

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