Sorry , but it’s Islam’s fault if People are Islamaphobes / May 06 , 2015

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Sorry, But It’s Islam’s Fault If People Are Islamophobic
May. 6, 2015 1:17pm
Matt Walsh
Matt Walsh is a blogger, writer, speaker, and professional truth sayer.

Is it too late to have an opinion about the terrorist attack in Texas?

I know it’s been, like, three whole days. No story can stay “relevant” for three days, unless it’s something of historic importance like a royal baby or a transgendered reality TV personality. But Garland? Well, that was just two Muslim militants in the U.S. recruited by Islamic State to slaughter a group of American citizens for the crime of exercising their free speech.

That’ll get you a day in the headlines — maybe two, if the media is feeling especially generous — no more. Sure, add a few more bodies and a few more gallons of blood and you might have a 72-hour news item on your hands, but that’s not how it played out in Texas.

Because, well, it’s Texas.

The dead bodies stacked up from this incident were just the terrorists themselves. A fortunate detail, but it didn’t help the story’s staying power. Frankly, that isn’t the body count the media prefers, nor is it the type of dead body they’re after. These were radicalized Islamists trying to kill right-wing free-speech advocates only to be taken out by an armed off-duty cop. Every single part of that last sentence flies directly in the face of at least a half dozen progressive narratives.
FBI crime scene investigators document the area around two deceased gunmen and their vehicle outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Monday, May 4, 2015. Police shot and killed the men after they opened fire on a security officer outside the suburban Dallas venue, which was hosting provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons Sunday night. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

FBI crime scene investigators document the area around two deceased gunmen and their vehicle outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, Monday, May 4, 2015. Police shot and killed the men after they opened fire on a security officer outside the suburban Dallas venue, which was hosting provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons Sunday night. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

It’s all quite inconvenient. Reality, I mean. Reality is just so uncooperative. You know, sometimes I get the feeling that it happens regardless of our agendas and ideologies.

Crazy, right?

Anyway, after watching and reading the analysis of this incident, and seeing the simpering parade of henpecked apologists predictably heaping more blame and scorn upon the “draw Muhammad contest” organizers and participants than on the idiots who showed up and tried to kill everyone, I thought I’d add a few thoughts of my own.

Four thoughts, to be exact. I have to get it all out now, before the weeks ends and this objectively significant and urgent event is officially scrubbed from every news cast and forgotten by the public conscience, never to be spoken of again:

1) Two heavily armed terrorists with automatic weapons were quickly defeated by a local off duty law enforcement officer with a pistol. That speaks partly to the fact that these Muslim attackers were inept, cowardly, ill-prepared fools who learned the hard way that just because you have body armor and big guns doesn’t mean you’re an assassin. More importantly, though, it highlights the skill and bravery of the officer.
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The word “hero” is tossed around pretty frequently and pretty frivolously these days, but to engage and dispatch a couple of gun-toting bad guys is the very definition of a heroic act. Certainly not as heroic as smacking your son around on national television, yet still pretty impressive in its own right.

Since we’re so eager to burn down a city every time a police officer crosses the line, do you think we should take maybe a second out of our busy cop-bashing schedule to give them a little credit when they risk their own safety to save countless lives? I’m a little tired of, and a lot nauseated by, this routine where a bunch of apathetic, non-contributing, selfish zeroes sit on the sidelines waiting anxiously for a reason to tear down anyone who wears a uniform, while refusing to acknowledge that sometimes the evil police actually perform the rather valuable service of standing between us and a murderer with a gun.

That’s not some sycophantic platitude, it’s just the truth. Go ahead and criticize these men and women when they screw up, fine. Fair game. But recognize that many of them are doing dangerous, courageous work, while you’ve likely never done a dangerous, courageous thing in your life, and never will. Acknowledge and appreciate that, or I will not acknowledge and appreciate your opinions about police brutality.

2) I’ve heard it said that the organizers of this event were intentionally trying to provoke a violent response from Muslims. Maybe they were. I don’t know. I can’t see inside their hearts to know their intentions. Whether they were trying to provoke or not, doesn’t it say something profoundly troubling about Islam that it can be so easily provoked in the first place?

I know I can provoke my 2-year-old daughter by saying the word “juice” or “cracker” around her without immediately producing either juice or crackers for her to consume. I was recently delighted to discover that I can also seriously annoy her by pretending that her baby doll farted. And yes, sometimes I antagonize a toddler by making farting noises, because I’m bored and I’m in fourth grade.

The point is, it’s OK for my daughter to react like a 2-year-old. She is a 2-year-old. It would, arguably, be far more troubling if she turned to me and maturely stated, “I find your antics quite tedious and vulgar. I would prefer it if you stopped, but I respect your right to behave in this manner. I shall now remove myself from this situation before it boils over into something rather unpleasant. Good day, Father.”
Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a French flag during a protest against caricatures published in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Pakistani students are clashing with police during protests against the French satirical magazine that was attacked last week for publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Pakistani protesters burn a representation of a French flag during a protest against caricatures published in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Pakistani students are clashing with police during protests against the French satirical magazine that was attacked last week for publishing images of the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

She’s not expected to have that attitude. She’s a child. Society tolerates a certain amount of childishness from children. They’re children, after all. That’s why we call it childishness.

Grown adult Muslims, however, are not children. Even if they were, they should still be expected to refrain from committing mass murder because they don’t like a cartoon someone drew.

It boggles the mind that we’re even having this conversation. Drawing incendiary pictures of Mohammad might be a base form of expression, but that’s also why anyone anywhere in the world should be able to do it without worrying about getting their head cut off. Of course that’s not the case, but the reason why it’s not the case isn’t that dastardly provocateurs just won’t stop drawing pictures; it’s that Islam has encouraged large swaths of people to react like mindless barbarians to an image on a piece of paper.

It seems kind of odd that when someone is killed by police I’m not allowed to ponder whether their life of crime may have led to the altercation, but when a cartoonist is murdered everyone seems to ask, “well, what was he drawing that caused that to happen?”

The cartoon didn’t cause anything to happen. It’s a cartoon. Cartoons don’t kill people. Muslims kill people over cartoons.

Cartoons don’t kill people. Muslims kill people over cartoons.

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3) Free speech is valued by intelligent and moral people, which is why our country has grown increasingly hostile to it.

We — many of us, anyway — do not value the open exchange of ideas anymore. We actively oppose it, in fact. We’re afraid of it. That’s how you get “Free Speech Zones” on college campuses and pizza shop owners run out of business for expressing untrendy beliefs. Thanks in part to public schools, mass media, and our general moral and intellectual decay, we have come to desire conformity over all else.

Why should a person’s right to be offensive be protected, we wonder?

Well, according to some people, including a news anchor at CNN, it shouldn’t be and it isn’t:

it doesn’t. hate speech is excluded from protection. dont just say you love the constitution…read it https://t.co/znZJ8cPvpX

— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 6, 2015

Tragically, Chris Cuomo, the esteemed legal scholar, is not in the minority. Or at least it isn’t a very small minority. Many people contend that “hate speech” — i.e. speech they’ve subjectively determined to be distasteful and yucky — doesn’t “count” as free speech. In the wake of this attack, others have wondered whether tighter restrictions should be placed on “provocative” ideas, while the Washington Post published an article demanding that Pam Gellar, the organizer of the Draw Muhammad event, apologize for exercising her First Amendment rights.

Clearly, this is all fantastically absurd.

As many have pointed out this week, offensive speech should not just be a protected form of speech — it’s the only form of speech that should be protected. Non-offensive speech needs no safeguard or consideration. You can go anywhere on the planet and utter things that are not viewed as offensive to the powerful, the privileged, and the violent. As long as your thoughts are agreeable to the people in those groups, you can say anything you want, anywhere you want. Hooray.

You can’t call that free speech anymore than you can say a prisoner has the “freedom” to go anywhere he wants as long as it’s somewhere within his 8×10 foot cell.

A country can be considered a haven of free speech, then, only if people can, for instance, hold peaceful anti-Muslim demonstrations without fear of being killed or imprisoned. Currently, we don’t have to worry about the imprisoned part of that equation, but I think that could change, and probably will.
A Jordanian chants slogans during a protest against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after Friday prayers in Amman, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. A rally by Pakistani students against a French satirical weekly’s latest publication of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon turned violent on Friday, with police firing warning shots and water cannons to disperse the demonstration. A photographer with the Agence France-Presse was shot and wounded in the melee. But although there were concerns that rallies against Charlie Hebdo’ new cover depicting the prophet — an act deemed insulting to many followers of Islam — would unravel into violence across the Muslim world, most of the protests elsewhere passed peacefully. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

A Jordanian chants slogans during a protest against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, after Friday prayers in Amman, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. A rally by Pakistani students against a French satirical weekly’s latest publication of a Prophet Muhammad cartoon turned violent on Friday, with police firing warning shots and water cannons to disperse the demonstration. A photographer with the Agence France-Presse was shot and wounded in the melee. But although there were concerns that rallies against Charlie Hebdo’ new cover depicting the prophet — an act deemed insulting to many followers of Islam — would unravel into violence across the Muslim world, most of the protests elsewhere passed peacefully. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

4) Speaking of unpopular speech, try this on for size: “Islamophobia” is rational.

That’s the other problem with calling people “Islamophobic” for criticizing Islam. It suggests that there isn’t a sane, justifiable reason to harbor any negative feelings about Islam at all. I certainly don’t think we should hate Muslim people, but is it really so unreasonable to feel slightly apprehensive about the religion itself at this point?

Taken literally, Islamophobia means “fear of Islam.”

OK, well, there are many Muslims who have gone to great lengths to convince us to fear it. So what if I finally oblige them? Who is to blame if individuals, after over a thousand years of sustained violence and barbarism, begin to, you know, notice?

Personally, I don’t fear Islam, simply because I won’t give the terrorists that satisfaction. But if I’m a Christian living in the Middle East or North Africa, I think I might. I would in that context be extremely susceptible to bouts of severe Islamophobia, if only for the moderately compelling reason that Muslims have raped and murdered my family and friends, destroyed my home, demolished my village, burned my church, and driven my people out of our homeland. Do you think, with all of our great western empathy, we could find a way to understand why some folks feel a little salty about an ideology that has wreaked that sort of untold havoc across the globe?

I don’t think the people at the event in Garland feared Islam — if they did, they wouldn’t have been there — but did some of them feel pangs of Islamophobia while they were locked inside, listening to the gunshots on the others side of the door? Maybe. And whose fault is that?

Let me put it this way: some people feel uncomfortable with Islam because of the actions of many, many, many Muslims. If you want to chastise someone for Islamophobia, chastise the people who cause it, not the people who respond to the people causing it.

You know, there are problems in the Christian faith, also. We don’t go around strapping suicide vests to children, or blowing up buses, or flying planes into buildings, or murdering hundreds of thousands of people every single year in the name of our religion, but we’re not perfect. There’s a wide breadth between “launching a continuous millennia-long campaign of brutality” and “perfect,” and most Christians fall somewhere in between.

But when talking about the perceptions people have of the Church, and the fact that so many are fleeing, and that our culture has been won over by progressivism and secularism, guess who most Christian blame? Themselves. We blame ourselves. Christians are very willing to turn the focus inward and find the sickness in our own ranks.

I believe it is the Church’s fault that people are leaving the Church. Certainly, everyone makes their own choices, but it is our responsibility to reach out and win them over to our cause. We have consistently failed in that regard. I am not shy about saying it. I have never met a Christian who is shy about saying it.

I believe our society has some wrong perceptions about Christianity, and I believe it is my responsibility, as a Christian, to change them.

Maybe Muslims should take the same approach.

Yes, Muslims, many people have a negative opinion of Islam. Guess whose fault that is? Yours. Do something to change it. That’s on you. I take responsibility for how my faith is viewed, now you take responsibility for yours. You can tell me that Islam doesn’t condone what so many Muslims are doing around the world, but those words mean nothing if there isn’t a dramatic change in the way these Muslims behave.

That’s a change you need to initiate. Don’t blame me for seeing what is happening and forming opinions about it. Blame the people doing it. Blame yourself for not denouncing it loudly enough or often enough.

That’s the way this works.

And now is a good time to start.

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servant100

May. 6, 2015 at 1:51pm

Islam has sown their Jihad crusade to exterminate every single individual that chooses NOT to adhere to their false “prophet.” They have committed genocide on a rather large scale for over 1,500 years. It is a tyrannical police state and a spiritual prison unparalleled in human history. The “radicals” are simply Islamic followers who are faithfully obeying the basic tenants of that religious system….everyone who is not a believer…is thus categorized as a infidel….a non person or other…. and it is their religious duty to their Allah to exterminate them.

Thus Islam is pure unadulterated evil….unwashed and in your face. Give these monsters sufficient power by ignoring this salient fact…and they will soon appear at your door to give you their choice….believe….of die…

Simple stuff ….even for politically correct fools….
servant100

argyle58

May. 6, 2015 at 4:58pm

I object to the word “Islamophobe”. A phobia is an “unreasonable” fear, in other words a fear with no basis. With 10 to 15 percent of Muslims worldwide following a radicalized version of Islam, and 85 percent of Muslims worldwide approve of the actions of the radicalized Muslims, it seems reasonable, indeed, to fear them.

When I see teenagers being sought to go fight AGAINST the likes of ISIS and Hezbollah, I might take a different view…i.e. Muslims working to rid themselves of the radical terrorists that are the headline winners of their “faith”, instead of silently backing the radicals.
argyle58


May. 7, 2015 at 10:09am

Until, the real islam is revealed..and I have read the Qur’an…the West will continue to play these PC games. Their concept..pure and simple is a ONE Islamic World..and they are given the religious BASIS to lie, steal and murder infidels to obtain this result….THERE ARE NO MODERATE MUSLIMS THAT’S HORSECRAP…THE ‘MODERATES’ WANT THE RADICALS TO DO MOHAMMED’S WORD….THEY FULLY SUPPORT THE QUR’AN AND THE WORD OF THIS “PROPHET”..
gmann2013

anointedpsalmist.org

May. 6, 2015 at 5:41pm

Totally right and consider this there is not one – NOT one country referenced in the bible in the end times judgement that is NOT Islamic. There is your ONE World Government – Its Islam. The bible is a Mid Eastern Centric book not Western. The Western prophetic teachings have made a complete mess of what and who to fear – not understanding that the Bible truly interprets the Bible and it is literal not allegory.

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Islamophobia-Jihad-Americas-Warning/dp/0982567960/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422121813&sr=8-1&keywords=case+for+islamophobia#reader_0982567960

Walid Shoebat former PLO Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist is a passionate, born again believer who has been sounding the warning since the 90′s. He is politically incorrect in his presentations but they are so eye opening – here is a passionate one that will open your eyes even further –

anointedpsalmist.org

Jeff Bassett

May. 6, 2015 at 2:03pm

A phobia is an unjust fear. There is no such thing as Islamphobia as any fear of such is quite just through Islam’s actions.
You can read about the thousands of deaths each month at thereligionopfpeace.com, or daily documented horrific acts at shoebat.com, or if you can find any non left leaning progressive liberal; news source, about the attacks by Islamist extremist ALWAYS.

Make no mistake, the fear of Islam is real, that is what that theology dictates, so they can force others to bend to their will. To say that there is a phobia is to be bending to the will of both extreme Islamist and the liberal left.
Jeff Bassett

LettuceRebel

May. 6, 2015 at 2:00pm

Well said Matt. As long as the Muslim community fails to speak out against those that terrorize in the name of Islam, there will be Islamophobia.
LettuceRebel

symphonic

May. 6, 2015 at 9:26pm

“doesn’t it say something profoundly troubling about Islam that it can be so easily provoked in the first place?”

Karama

May. 6, 2015 at 2:34pm

You don’t have to do much to incite islamists to riot and try to kill you. Just ask all the women who want to drive, go to school, or not wear a bead sheet from head to toe. They will tell you it doesn’t take much. You can just look at a koran wrong and it will upset them. Draw a picture? They want to murder you.
Karama

jd_dunkin7

May. 6, 2015 at 9:19pm

This is just a fantastic article. Loved it. I think the author hit the nail squarely on the head. He gave very common sense reasons for the reason people feel the way they do about Islam. Frankly, I think that non-Muslims who do not share these views are terribly naive.

Jihadists are exactly like dangerous wild animals. A wild animal doesn’t care if you hug trees and march to support it. If it finds you, feels threatened by you or even is just hungry, it may kill you. In the same way, jihadists don’t care if you are open-minded or how often you have condemned Islamophobia or how many times you marched in support of the Palestinians. Unless you share not only their religion, but their exact, extremely strict and restrictive version of it, they will kill you, simply because they believe they have the right to do so.
jd_dunkin7

Constantine2007

May. 6, 2015 at 3:15pm

I agree 100% with Jeff. It is insane that we are actually having a conversation that perhaps we should bow down to the demands of religious and homicidal lunatics. It almost seems to be a suicidal mind set in the West. If the terrorists get their wish and all images of Mohammed are banned they will just find something else they don’t like about Western culture that has to be eliminated or else they will be forced to start killing us again.
Constantine2007

WEBWITHDEB

May. 6, 2015 at 1:50pm

Could the problem of a lack of maturity have to do with not ever reaching an age of maturity due to no one ever emulating maturity in a cultural subsection that allows for parents to consent to their children to marry, only to be consummated when the ‘body’ has ‘reached’ maturity?
WEBWITHDEB

raegan722

cricketone

May. 6, 2015 at 2:35pm

Well said Matt. I quit the human religion of Christianity and stayed with the Faith, Hope, and love of G_D through Jesus Christ. Anything formed of humankind is open to fraud and arrogance.
cricketone

Samyo07m

May. 7, 2015 at 10:42am

The left is, unfortunately, in charge of our tyrannical executive agencies, and many of our legislative mis-representers- has re-defined the meanings of words, and used these misinterpretations to get away with ignoring our guiding document; the Declaration of Independence-in which the grievances against King George the Third were mostly from Colonial Christian Pastors-and the US Constitution, in which there are no words that say separation of Church and state-came from a SCOTUS decision by Justice Hugo Black a kkk grand wizard who hated Catholics-and the Second Amendment is the only way ‘we the people’ can retain any possible guarantee of keeping our FIRST RIGHT OF LIFE, AND FREE SPEECH.
If men are allowed to turn the US Constitution into meaningless words, then we lose our freedom at THAT POINT.
We are at that point now.
Voting isn’t enough anymore; sticking our Christian heads in the sand ain’t cutting it either.
Speak boldly for our freedoms, but speak it in love.
The truth is NEVER HATE SPEECH.
Americans have been complacent, and placated waaay too much by our own convenient, luxuries of life.
We’re losing all of these freedoms because we slept, and drugged ourselves in Satan’s word, not God’s
“If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in obscurity. Webster D.
Samyo07m

Susan44

May. 7, 2015 at 12:48pm

Very well said!
Susan44

QA

May. 7, 2015 at 8:16am

Muslims demand conversion or they will kill infidels. Does the U.S. want to convert to Islam? No. As a result Muslims want to kill Americans. Muslims will stop at nothing and are content to die trying. What solution does that leave the U.S.?
QA

cal_105

May. 6, 2015 at 2:13pm

If Islamism is going to survive in the USA, there are only three ways that will bring it about. First is that Islam must learn to live within the framework and the American Constitution, which includes among other freedoms, Freedom of Speech for all Americans, number two, Progressives and Muslim succeed in neutering the 1st Amendment in the American Constitution so that there is no free speech in regard to Islamism, and third Islamism establishes the United States of Islam in the US and all Americans have the choice of converting to Islam, or have their heads chopped off, and or becoming a slave of Islam in some level of second class citizenship .
cal_105

Samyo07m

May. 8, 2015 at 9:17am

What Chris Cuomo did on twitter, is just how the lowfo voters get their ‘separation of Church and state’ BS line that is NOT in the US Constitution.

It came from a…..wait for it..wait for it…….a court case decision.

Hugo Black, a Catholic hating kkk wizard-appointed by FDR-made this argument about a high wall of separation of the Church from the state, when all along Jefferson-in his writings-meant that to be the state must not try to interfere with the the Church, and that the STATE can’t establish a particular Christian sect as a national mandatory religion.
Samyo07m

Samyo07m

May. 7, 2015 at 11:06am

Judeo-Christianity had a reformation; islam did not.
Samyo07m

DaveCo

May. 7, 2015 at 1:17pm

The reformation was a rebellion against the corruption of Biblical teachings by the Catholic church. Protestants wanted to live a life a according to the teachings of Jesus and not by papal decree.

Islam did have a reformation, Wahhabism.

Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, Taliban, ISIS etc etc are all good Muslims who are acting according to the teachings of Mohammed.

A fundamentalist Christian should go join the Amish, a fundamentalist Muslim joins ISIS.

The teachings of Jesus are responsible for the Amish and the teachings of Mohammed are responsible for ISIS.

This really isn’t a very difficult concept, you just read the Koran, compare what it tells good Muslims to do against the behaviour of all this different terrorist groups and guess what, they match.
DaveCo

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