The Point Where This Conflict Will Be Won Or Lost


Iranian hostage crisis = double bind
Orthodox Muslims continually put the free world in one double bind after another. In psychology, a double bind is "a situation in which a person is given conflicting cues...such that to obey one cue is to disobey the other." It is a "no win" situation, "an emotionally distressing dilemma in communication in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, in which one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other (and vice versa), so that the person will be automatically wrong regardless of response."

"Double binds are often utilized as a form of control without open coercion — the use of confusion makes them difficult to respond to or resist."

The key to Islam's ability to affect the free world is their use of double binds (read more about that). Right now, Islamic hackers are interfering with the Bank of America, JP Morgan, and Wells Fargo, demanding that YouTube pulls the video trailer for the movie, Innocence of Muslims.

It is a double bind. The free world can either give up a little freedom of speech, or the economy may suffer. Damned if we do, damned if we don't. The recent rioting was another double bind: Either curb free speech or innocent people will die. It almost worked. White House officials asked Google to pull the video trailer from YouTube (Google refused) and many people would agree — this simple removal could potentially save lives in the short run.

Orthodox Muslims are involved in many projects, from altering American textbooks to supporting suicide bombers. But freedom of speech is where the conflict between Islam and the free world will be won or lost. If we lose free speech, we're done. Every encroachment, every concession, every accommodation they want to wrest from the free world will be easy once we can no longer communicate critically about Islam.

Free speech is the battleground where the future will be decided. And this is not a theoretical issue. Impeding free speech has already been successfully accomplished many times with Islamic violence. When these cartoons were published in a Danish newspaper (the Jyllands-Posten), for example, the ensuing riots resulted in the deaths of 187 people. What happened to free speech? Bruce Bawer wrote:

Not a single newspaper in Britain reprinted the cartoons. And both the Swedish and Norwegian governments provided textbook cases of cowering dhimmitude. But none of that was really a surprise. What did surprise, and disappoint, me was the American political and media establishment. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush condemned the Jyllands-Posten cartoons out of hand. The State Department denounced them too, and only reversed itself after getting an earful from the Danish government, one of its few allies in Iraq. In the entire United States of America, exactly one major newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, reprinted the cartoons. And while the major broadcast networks, as well as CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, reported extensively on the cartoon riots, none of them ever showed the cartoons at all.

This means that by putting the free world into a double bind, Islam successfully created an accommodation to Islamic standards. To that small degree, Islamic law was established in the Western world. The West's proud tradition of free speech yielded to Islam. Why? We are vulnerable to double binds, and orthodox Muslims are exploiting that fact. Why are we vulnerable? Our collective feeling of guilt is our Achilles' heel. We must each resolve this in ourselves and then help our fellow non-Muslims resolve it, and we had better do it quickly.


Amit 1:06 AM  

This is again one f most terrific post and hitting the foundational base. i.e; true freedom of speech is battleground. But like Bill Warner shade a lot has happened in last 1300 years and it's shadows is so deep in our pysche and so double blind situation has become part of huge mass not just because can happen to any human (as shows the concept of negation and response) but islam has done it very deeply and one of prime reason again is sword. and esp today sword also means you will be blamed. nobody wants to be blamed or ridiculed. i is like death. and second fear is real death.

so this well-established fear root symptom which curbs free speech..

one has to either go full way or secret way. like many of us like here do write in secret way. you are mostly doing full way and Bill Warner and all are doing full way.

But doing full way means you have 100% study. you are not taken advantage of emotions and thus the theory presented here. you are resolute in your journey to help people. i think such great people in history were few and are few...

you being so.. i thankyou

Bob 10:34 AM  

I can understand why the west insists on tolerance. We have grown up in the shadow of WW II and It is the "right thing to do". But that thinking assumes that what we are being tolerant about is valid (adj., sound, just, well founded) and can "play nice" in the world with other beliefs. And while that thinking may be nice and comforting to some degree, it is not in alignment with our own integrity.

In our society we do not have tolerance for murderers, rapist and pedophiles. Why? Because they are not valid forms of behavior and our actions regarding those behaviors are, for the most part, consistent with our values (i.e. we have integrity regarding those issues). To feign tolerance while ignoring the obvious connection that islamic doctrine shares with intolerance, is born out of fear and not integrity.

The world has crossed a line, our freedom of speech is on the line. Is being tolerant such an important value that we should sacrifice free speech? Our hand is being forced. We are being forced to either succumb to our fears and promote tolerance, or take actions that promote alignment with our values.

Killing people over cartoons is not sound, just or well founded and it is consistent with Islamic doctrine. Therefore, to be tolerant of Islamic doctrine is to be tolerant of murder, which is why it is out of integrity for us. We are faced with a choice: We can act according to our own integrity, take the more difficult stand to preserve our freedom of speech at all costs, and have democracy prevail, or we can take the easier "right thing to do" path, and lose everything.

Citizen Warrior 11:58 PM  

Someone emailed this comment:

The reason Muslims want to silence free speech is not so much because it is offensive to Muslims. It is because it is the only way they can keep people from pointing out the problems with Islam. Islam cannot survive if it is exposed to critical thinking.

Manish 3:44 AM  

If you hurt sentiments of religious group and so it is not allowed (more happening these days) to hurt them, then are not ones who are not allowed to speak hurt. Are their sentiments not hurt? You will be hurting any one then!
Freedom of speech should be so universal, that it is not about any group.. It is about US. about whole world. When will Obama understand of any president understand this? It is not about they being ignorant of tenets of political islam of about to be political correct.. but it is about foundational principles of US. of world which is one by golden rule and by rule of free speech. If certain group gets hurt, then I to feel offensive and hurt because my freedom of speech is curtailed. Infact it is not freedom but duty too - to speak. It is only thing which is freedom of speech and duty of speech.


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