Why Assume Hatred?

Tuesday

When you're talking about Islam to someone who suspects you of hating Muslims, try saying something like this:

If I said (as a criticism of Christianity) "It's written in the Bible that homosexuality is a sin," would you assume I hate all Christians? Would you think I shouldn't say it? Would you think we should not talk about it in public?

So when I say, "It's written in the Koran that Muslims must fight non-Muslims until everyone on earth comes under the rule of Islamic law," why assume I hate all Muslims? Do you think I shouldn't say it? Do you think we should not talk about it in public? Is Islam in some special category of things that can't be talked about?

For more ideas about how to talk to people about Islam, check this out: Tools to Help You Educate Your Fellow Non-Muslims About Islam.

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Do We Want to Win or Do We Want to Be Correct?

Saturday

Bill Maher, an outspoken liberal, had Ayaan Hirsi Ali on his show (see a link to the video below). As usual, Maher takes liberals to task for not "getting it" about Islam. Ali suggests that the solution is for Islam to reform. My first reaction is, "Yeah, right." I just don't see how that would be possible. If you edited out all the bad stuff in the Koran, it would not be a book anymore; it would be a small brochure.

But notice that her plea for an Islamic reformation gives her a great opening to say what needs to be reformed in Islam — things which any non-Muslim would find unacceptable, like FGM, Sharia, the death sentence for anyone who leaves Islam, etc.

This might be a useful tactic for all of us.

If you're talking to someone who already understands the threat of Islam, you can dispense with the nonsense about Islamic reform. But when trying to reach someone who doesn't understand, it is an intelligent strategic approach to discuss reformation.

Ali is a brilliant, articulate woman and I'll bet she realized she would be more likely to be invited to talk to mainstream viewers with this approach. And she has been very successful. She's been interviewed on many mainstream television shows and magazines, and she's had her articles published in large, mainstream newspapers. In other words, she's reaching the people who need to be reached.

Technically, she is correct: An Islamic reformation is exactly what is needed. Realistically, that seems completely impossible. But strategically, it may be an intelligent and effective way to sink some solid facts about Islam into the minds of those who need it, with very little resistance. Something to think about anyway. Here's the video:

Bill Maher to Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Why Do Liberals ‘Blame the Victim’ When It Comes to Islam?

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Ex-Muslim Answers the Question: Is the Islamic State Islamic?

Friday

The following link goes to a post on Jihad Watch with three videos by Hazem Farraj, an ex-Muslim. He keeps it simple, he's reasonable, and nobody can call him a racist. These are great videos to share with your friends.

Ex-Muslim uses Qur’an and Sunnah to answer question: Is the Islamic State Islamic?

Here are the videos on YouTube:

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CAIR Launches Satirical 'ISLAMOPHOBIN' Public Awareness Campaign to Challenge Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Wednesday

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim "civil rights and advocacy organization," today launched a satirical public awareness campaign to challenge "the growing Islamophobia in America."

In its new social media campaign, CAIR is distributing "ISLAMOPHOBIN®," a mock-medicine designed to "cure" Islamophobia and includes a television commercial for the product. (NOTE: ISLAMOPHOBIN is actually sugar-free-chewing gum.)

ISLAMOPHOBIN is available for purchase at www.amazon.com.

WATCH: Mock ISLAMOPHOBIN TV Commercial

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The above was part of a press release CAIR put out today. They will never stop and they are out to win. But the truth is all in our favor. All we need to do is reach people with the facts, which they can verify to their heart's content. 

We need to be smart. We need to be effective. And when we finally get someone to understand the problem of Islam, that person is permanently immune to Islamic disinformation.

Learn more about how to talk to people effectively: Tools to Help You Educate Your Fellow Non-Muslims About Islam.

Learn more about what else you can do to expose, marginalize, and discredit orthodox Islam: What You Can Do About Islam.

CAIR describes itself as a "civil rights and advocacy organization" but it is nothing of the kind. Find out what CAIR really is: Islamists Fooling the Establishment.

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Do Some People Seem Impossible to Reach?

Tuesday

Below are two comments by Tallulah, posted recently on the article, A Manual For Citizen Warriors. Although they're a great sales pitch for our book (Getting Through) I post them here for the intelligent and useful commentary about something crucial in the counterjihad movement — how well we are able to reach those people who still hold out hope that Islam is a religion of peace (which means people who should be our allies who are inadvertently helping Islam's advance).

Here is the first comment by Tallulah:

I finished the book a couple of days ago, and like others here will read it more than once. It's so thoughtful, insightful, and psychologically intelligent.

I've been unhappy with the way so many people approach skeptics and lefties in comment sections when it comes to Islam. Getting through to people is so crucial to the future of our liberty, lives, happiness, and sanity, and I see too many people keep throwing away opportunities to plant growable seeds *because they indulge themselves in emotional venting*.

I also object to the way people assume that it's hopeless to get through to certain people, instead of assuming that perhaps if they patiently plant a seed, even in politically correct soil, that it may grow later if planted in a thoughtful way. Sometimes I get the impression that a given counter jihadist is just so angry that venting has become more important than winning the war.

While I'm sure these people are serious about the threats we face, they don't seem to have thought about how the opposition thinks and how to get around the barrier. And getting around it is the only way. Any attempt to bash through it will only make the target harden his defenses.

That's why I was so thrilled with this gem of a book. I'm recommending it at Jihad Watch and every appropriate place.

If I think of any good suggestions to include in the next edition, I'll let you know. But at the moment I'm just so happy with it as it is! :)

Thank you, Citizen Warrior, for all your hard work for the counter jihad, and for the wisdom of your approach.


A few days later, Tallulah added this comment:

I've thought of a suggestion for the next edition! Actually, I don't remember whether the present edition touched on this or not. I think perhaps it did. But here's an approach I've been using that seems to open some people right up to what I have to say.

A while back I realized that a great way to understand how Muslims relate to their religion  to see the varied ways that real, actual Muslims see Islam  would be to read lots and lots of testimonies and watch videos by *former* Muslims. I figured that former Muslims would be more likely to tell things as they really see them without fudging anything. So I started on that project and it's been a very productive project for me.

One benefit has been that by telling some of the personal stories I've read and listened to I really personalize the issues *and* Muslims for people  because among the former Muslims are people who run the gamut from former lax Muslims to people who for a time even supported the Islamic State. Using real-life examples of former Muslims' experiences, what they used to believe, what they believe now, and what they have to go through before and after coming out of the apostate closet is quite gripping. A person who can tell these stories and shows sympathy for these people cannot be a bigot, because you have to see that the same ex-Muslim that you're supporting with sympathy now was once a Muslim whose *ideology* you're presently warning against. But it's the same human being.

It's a human being who has gone through a long process of experience and thought down a long and difficult road that many other Muslims are travelling every day. (And other Muslims are not.)

The best way to gain understanding of any subject is to explain principles/ideology with real-life examples. Former Muslims make those examples profoundly personal and real. Gather stories to tell. Turn people on to investigating Muslim apostates for themselves. If you can't convince someone to read the Koran, one of these apostates just might be able to do it for you.

Maybe start them off with this guy:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhruZ35281kDEuANjXYcpA

Another suggestion for the next edition: You might want to think about an index in the back of the book. I could not remember whether it covered approaching people with apostate stories or not. I know I thought about the topic while I was reading, but I often stop while reading a book to follow a train of thought of my own, so I wasn't sure if I'd read it or just thought about it while reading. So I went back to the book to see, before I posted my suggestion, but there was no index to help me out. Might be helpful to others for quick reference, as well.

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What Do You Call a 53-Year-Old Man Who Has Sex With a 9-Year-Old Girl?

Wednesday

This is not counterjihadist propaganda. Islamic scholars and imams around the world accept it as an historical fact that Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, married his favorite wife, Aisha, when she was six years old and consummated their marriage when she was 9.

This would be inconsequential except for two very important things:

  1. It was written down.
  2. Islam's most revered book (the Koran) says no less than 91 times that Muhammad is the ideal example of conduct for Muslims.

Unfortunately, the problem isn't confined to marriage. Muhammad serves as a model of conduct in other ways. He ordered non-Muslims assassinated for criticizing Islam, he aggressively conquered non-Muslims through war, he tortured, he raped, he owned slaves, and much more. And his example has been preserved in writing for all time.

This article has been also posted here on Inquiry Into Islam and here on Foundation for Coexistence, so you can share it with any friends or relatives of yours who might find this to be inflammatory — they might be more inclined to read it coming from a site without "warrior" in the name.

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Seeing More Headscarves

Saturday

When I was a kid, I never saw Islamic-style headscarves worn by anyone in my town. I first saw one a few years ago. Now I see them all the time. And it bothers me. Does that make me a racist?

People all over the free world are seeing the same thing, and are feeling disturbed by it. Concerned. Frightened even. Does that mean we are xenophobic bigots? The answer is no. I'm sure there are racist xenophobes among us, but for those of us aware of Islamic ideology and Islamic history, the reason we are uncomfortable with a growing number of Muslims in our midst is simple and reasonable: It has traditionally spelled doom for the existing culture. Islam annihilates cultures.

Islamic headscarves are indicative of ideology. If a Muslim woman believes in Islamic ideology, she will wear a headscarf. A headscarf is one of the few publicly visible signs of Islamic devotion. And if she believes in Islamic ideology, she will probably have lots of children and indoctrinate her children with the ideology too (Islamic texts encourage fecundity and indoctrination). And Islamic ideology is dangerous to non-Muslims. The higher the percentage of Muslims in a given population, the more dangerous they are (because of Islam's rule of numbers).

But I'm not a bigot or a xenophobe, and here's how I can tell: When I see a Hindu woman in a headscarf, it doesn't bother me a bit. Hindu ideology is not dangerous to non-Hindus. When I see a Buddhist monk, I don't feel concerned. If I saw a growing number of Buddhist monks in my town, it wouldn't bother me at all.

And I'm not a racist. If I saw more and more Japanese people in my town, it wouldn't disturb me at all.

It's the ideology. Anyone who understands what it says in Islamic texts should be concerned at the growing number of Muslims in our midst.

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Rapport Comes Before Influence

Thursday

Deep rapport equals deep influence.
It's not just what you say, but the way you say it. You know that. But when you want to say it a different way, what should you change? In the following quote from the book, Persuasion Engineering, the authors give you a very different idea for how to gain rapport with those you're trying to influence:

People understand words at the same rate that they speak them.

Have you ever thought of that? So one of the things you can do when you're in a conversation with someone about Islam is pay attention to the speed at which they talk, and make sure you talk at the same speed. This is their speed, and you will have the greatest chance of reaching them if you speak at their speed.

To go to a little more sophisticated level of gaining rapport, check this out, paraphrased from the same book:

One of the most important "rapport skills" you can learn is to listen to their intonation patterns and listen to the predicates they use. Do they use a lot of picture words or a lot of feeling words or a lot of hearing words? The whole sentence counts.

For example, "Well, it looks like a good opportunity but I feel I'm not ready for it."

This sentence tells you something about the sequence of how information is processed by this person. First they look (visual) and then they check their feelings (kinesthetic). There is no right or wrong in this. There is no good or bad. People process information in many different ways. Listen to the intonation. Listen to the sequence of their predicates. They will indicate how you should talk to them to have the best chance of getting through. Read more about that here.

Sometimes people use nothing but visual words. They'll say "I'm looking for a new stereo. I could see how it would help us have great evenings together." With this kind of person, it almost doesn't matter what the stereo sounds like. If you want to sell him a stereo, you're going to have to show him.

If someone is visually oriented, you will more successfully reach them if you speak in a way that is visually oriented too. Or sound-oriented, or feeling-oriented. Whatever they are.

Speak at the rate they speak. Speak with the same kinds of intonations. And speak to their primary sensory system. Do these things and your ability to get your message to penetrate will greatly improve.

Learn more about speaking to their sensory system.

Watch some good illustrations of rapport: The Magic of Rapport.

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Isn't it Okay to Dislike an Ideology?

Friday

Someone said to us: "I really believe that we can live together and have different beliefs and religions. We don't have to believe what the Koran says. I sure don't believe what the Bible says and think it is the cause of many of our problems in the US because many of those who believe in it think that everyone else should believe in it. We can cross paths with people and share many interests and not have to believe everything that person believes... We thought the same about the Jewish population and the Irish, Chinese, Japanese... I like people of all types, religions and colors. Until a person hurts me, my family, or anyone, I will trust and believe in all humans.We tried to keep those others contained and marginalized. We just never learn."

When you are telling people about Islam, you will sometimes get a response like the one above. And sometimes people don't say it, but they're thinking it. That's when it's time to make the following very important point. Here's how I answered the above message:

"Yes, I get that. And I like people too. But there are some ideologies (the written ideas) that make humans do bad things. When Islamic ideas such as these are believed by Muslims, it becomes dangerous to our fellow human beings. That's just a fact. Isn't there an ideology you dislike? The KKK's? The one spelled out in Mein Kampf? It's okay to dislike an ideology, isn't it?

I often try to find an ideology my listener doesn't like, and then make that point. Usually this allows our conversation to continue, because most people agree that it's perfectly okay to dislike, discuss, and criticize an ideology. Of course. When you put it that way, people seem to understand what you're doing, and accept it.

For more ideas about how to talk to people about Islam, check this out: Tools to Help You Educate Your Fellow Non-Muslims About Islam.

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A Muslim Blatantly Lying on Mainstream Television With Impunity

Sam Harris had an exchange on CNN with Dean Obeidellah that's well worth watching. You can see it here: Never Stop Lying. Below are some comments by Harris:

[The ten-minute video] encapsulates better than most how difficult it is to even discuss the threat of political Islam.

My opponent was Dean Obeidallah. As incredible as it may seem, the man has since claimed that he mopped the floor with me in this exchange. I would not have thought such a degree of self-deception possible, but then I recalled Obeidallah’s response to my and Bill Maher’s encounter with Ben Affleck last year…


...and realized that Obeidallah knows his audience. As I've said before, the most depressing thing about the episode with Affleck was seeing how many Muslims thought he had "exposed" my and Maher's bigotry — as though shouting "gross" and "racist" and similar epithets were an act of investigative journalism. Having witnessed this mindless display of tribalism, I have no doubt that most of Obeidallah's fans will think he performed admirably in our debate and will imagine, once again, that my bigotry against the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims has been “exposed.”

It would be tempting to despair for humanity at this point, were it not for the fact that many more people who watched this video thought Obeidallah came off as a mendacious buffoon. Unfortunately, a number of those who have taken my side have also written off Obeidallah as a know-nothing comedian who is of no consequence in the larger public conversation about Islam. But this disparagement of him is unfair. He is a former attorney and prominent enough in the American Muslim community to have gotten a meeting with President Obama. Along with Reza Aslan, Obeidallah is now on the short list of media personalities who can play the consoling role of "moderate Muslim" on demand. He is also a very public supporter (and beneficiary) of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — a group that has worked tirelessly to blur the line between legitimate political interests and theocratic bullying. Consequently, what Obeidallah says about his religion and its critics on national television (and on social media) actually matters.

For a former attorney, Obeidallah is quite sloppy. For instance, when Bill Maher claimed on his show that “like 90 percent” of Egyptian Muslims favor the death penalty for apostasy, Obeidallah branded him a bigot who couldn’t keep his facts straight. According to Obeidallah, only 64 percent of Egyptian Muslims favor death for apostates. While even he conceded that this number is depressing, many people came away feeling that Maher can’t be trusted. Did Obeidallah even bother to read the Pew poll that he claimed Maher had misrepresented? The real figure was 88 percent. Is 88 percent rather 'like 90 percent"? I’ll let readers decide. (Judging from what I’ve seen online, I fear that most of Obeidallah’s fans would say no.)

Unfortunately, like Reza Aslan, Obeidallah seems almost compulsively dishonest. For instance, pay attention to the point in our exchange, beginning at 3:15, when I mention specific punishments under sharia — amputations for thieves and death for homosexuals. Obeidallah reflexively attempts to cloud the issue by denying that the Qur’an contains any mention of “throwing gays off of rooftops.” In response to this interruption, I can only insist that "it's in the hadith, and you know it." Is it possible that a Muslim who has been shilling for an organization like CAIR doesn’t actually understand the status of homosexuality under Islamic law? I don’t think so.

It is by no means an accident that members of the Islamic State are taking men suspected of being gay to rooftops and hurling them to their deaths. Nor is this specific punishment a grotesque innovation on the part of some sadist in their organization. This is a religious practice. Please watch my exchange with Obeidallah with the understanding that he knows this, and yet he feels that his moral energy is best spent charging me with bigotry for worrying about the way specific doctrines within the Islamic tradition are breeding intolerance and violence. One of my readers wrote after watching this exchange, "I find this behavior far more disconcerting than the rantings of jihadists." I agree. To stifle conversation in this way is to merely wave away the concerns of all those living under Islamic theocracy (or its creeping threat), while very likely prolonging their misery.

Read the rest and watch the video: Never Stop Lying.

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