Dangerous Writing and Arrogant Ignorance

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IN A RECENT article in Salon.com entitled, James Madison Would Be Horrified By Peter King, the authors write:

Haven’t we figured it out yet? It is not religion that makes a terrorist; it is belief in a radical ideology condoning violence, a perverted ideology promoting the killing of civilians, and even blowing up oneself, in the name of a cause.

What the authors obviously don't know (and arrogantly assume can't exist) is that a "religion" might itself be an ideology that condones violence and promotes the killing of civilians. Such a religious ideology exists and it is the source of almost all of the terrorism in the world.

The authors are professors of history. They may know a lot about history but they should either read the Koran or stop making assumptions. At the very least, they should stop making assumptions with so much arrogance and condescension. For those of us who have read the Koran, their article is a pathetic display of self-righteous ignorance.

This kind of writing is dangerous. Most of their readers obviously haven't read the Koran either, but because the authors are professors of history, and because they deliver their pronouncements with such absolute certainty, they are persuasive. They are leading people to believe Islam itself couldn't possibly be the problem. And with what result?

One result is more "homegrown" Islamic terrorists. And more Islamic enclaves in Western democracies. And more sleeper cells. But the consequences go beyond terrorism. Orthodox Muslims are working hard to gain concessions in free countries all over the world. Western values are yielding to Islamic values. Why? Because so many non-Muslims don't understand even basic facts about Islam. Why? Because so many writers and newscasters and teachers and even presidents are leading people to falsely believe Islam itself couldn't possibly be the problem. It is not religion that causes terrorists, after all. It is a "radical ideology."

I would say to the authors what I say to everyone: Take the Pledge and read the Koran. And then help us launch a new era in non-Muslim-Muslim relations.

4 comments:

Citizen Warrior 1:57 PM  

Someone emailed this comment:

Just a few days ago I downloaded and printed "True History of Islam, Muhammad and the Koran" 126 pages worth.

This would be a great starting place for any "History " professor and lay person wanting the knowledge it provides.
It continues to appear that if Muhammad were alive today in the US he would at least be placed in an asylum for the criminally insane. It confuses me that educated people can still follow this politically inspired ideology. Purely, it is evident the Koran isn't read and studed by Islams's followers.

Damien 11:06 PM  

Citizen Warrior,

I pretty much have to agree with you. These guys really should have done their homework. The fact that they are otherwise professional historians makes it even worse.

MaxxSteelTheGOD 7:23 PM  

Although i nearly agree 100%, bare in mind. Muhammad (pbuh) got his radical ideas FROM Judaism and Christianity. Most who glorify the Torah and Bible are just as ignorant of whats in those books as well ;-). Show me your worst in the Qur'an and i garantee i can show u where it IS in the bible FIRST lol.
Peace.....

Citizen Warrior 1:48 AM  

Muhammad learned from Judaism and Christianity and closed the loopholes and weaknesses he found in those religions. He didn't make the "mistake" as they did, of saying things in the past tense. When he makes a decree it applies to all Muslims, all non-Muslims, and for all time.

That's why you see such different behavior between these religions. Language makes a difference. Learn more here from Raymond Ibrahim, who speaks fluent Arabic:

http://www.meforum.org/2159/are-judaism-and-christianity-as-violent-as-islam

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