Questionable Motives

December 9, 2014

Why does reality suffer from Islamophobia?

Filed under: Criticism,Islam,islamophobia — tildeb @ 11:59 am

wahhabi libertyReality suffers from Islamophobia because that’s the only way Islam is both a religion of peace and the koran is the perfect word of god. By reality offering us compelling evidence that this duo is in practice incompatible means that reality is the problem and this is because it suffers from Islamophobia. Muslims have to face this reality and choose one or the other. It’s just that simple.

Sure, many muslims will continue to delude themselves with a lovely bit of circular thinking, namely, that because Islam is a religion of peace, any violence done in its name is not true Islam, and so criticisms of the scripture that offers directed divine support for violence – the perfect word of god, don’t forget – is not representative of the correct meaning of the scripture.

Mulberry Bush, meet the circumbendibus weasel.

Let me introduce to you John Maguire, a Canadian muslim calling for other Canadian muslims to kill other Canadians. How is it possible he thinks his call is divinely sanctioned?

Well, it’s a mystery. It couldn’t possibly be due to his Islamic beliefs derived from the scripture of the koran, now could it? We are told repeatedly by ‘experts’ that doing what he’s doing – using scripture from the koran to justify violence done in its name – is a mysterious exercise of some kind of nefarious ‘radicalization’ process obviously divorced from the religion itself (ie ‘radicalization’ meaning the effects that may occur when someone points out this call to violence contained in scripture to someone who accepts that it is the perfect word of god. Experts agree that the real problem comes from the guy talking and not the guy listening and most definitely not because of the scripture saying what it says. No, no, no… ).

How is this divorce between scriptural calls for violence and violence done in its name made clear to the rest of us who mistakenly think Islamic violence is somehow connected to Islam?

Well, first we must assume that the scripture couldn’t possibly mean what it says because Islam has to be a religion of peace because it truly is a religion of peace, you see… sort of like the Shriners of the religious world. Mind you, that there are no Shriners calling for the killing of non Shriners – funny that – but this lack of ‘radicalization’ in the Shriners ranks is in all likelihood another great mystery to these same self-described ‘experts’. So many mysteries.

Secondly, we must assume that those who do believe this scripture calls for certain actions to be undertaken in its name has been interpreted correctly if and only if these actions are not violent… as if working hard in community service and charity downplays the very real tendency towards taking over political governance and imposing sharia law in place of democratic jurisprudence, which is more like a bloodless change in business management and administrative policy… business (almost) as usual, you see….

Thirdly, as any ‘good’ muslim knows, any violent actions done in the name of Islam cannot be true Islam. This is just a fact, you see. The koran really is the perfect word of god… except where it makes calls for violence, in which case it must be reinterpreted to mean something other than what it says. The perfection is still present and non violent, of course, because true Islam is a religion of peace; it just has to be interpreted correctly. Those who become ‘radicalized’ have failed to interpret the perfect word correctly and have taken it at face value… which advocates for violence that cannot possibly be associated with true Islam because true Islam is a religion of peace…. as every good (ie not ‘radicalized’) muslim knows. Sure, much koranic scripture is to be taken at face value as god intended and not interpreted by ‘radical’ reformers – radical because they presume they have some right to interpret god’s most perfect word in areas like gender differences and roles and so on – but taking scripture at face value in call for violence is the opposite, you see. In this case, taking scripture at face value is what’s radical because true Islam is a religion of peace.

Fourthly, anyone who criticizes this whack-a-mole notion that the koran itself as not being the perfect word of god (this bit of the koran perfect by its literal directive, this bit perfect by interpretive direction, you see, so the whole remains quite perfect and reasonably so) is by definition racist and an Islamophobe. They are the worst kind of people because they are intolerant of muslims for really bad reasons that have no basis in fact. These radicals just don’t understand why true Islam is the religion of peace and made so by submitting to the fact that the koran is perfect word of god in spite of overwhelming evidence reality offers us to the contrary. Because reality itself demonstrates that Islam is not a religion of peace when followed by those willing to submit to its literal understanding of scripture, reality is at fault because the koran is the perfect word of god AND true Islam is a religion of peace.

Pretending that there’s nothing inherently dysfunctional and violent about believing the koran somehow contains the perfect word of god and that word is peaceful is to deny reality. And that reality is that the source scripture called the koran continues to be used as a divine source to justify violence done in its name. How so many of the ‘experts’ addressing the problem of violence done in the name of Islam continue to miss this hard-to-miss connection I think is the only truly Great Mystery at work here.


  1. What else is there to be said really? You’ve said it all.
    I keep saying it all the time. Religion in general (Including Islam and Christianity) can and do make SOME people say and do hateful, evil wicked things. I don’t understand what’s so inflammatory and controversial about that statement. I’m not condemning ALL people that adhere to that religion. I am condemning the religion itself. As I would condemn any hateful, evil ideology.
    There seems to be a great problem with separating ideas, ideologies and religions from the people who practice and/or adhere to them, resulting in a perceived “lumping together” phenomenon. I think this is going to go on for a long time until it finally dawns on people (when it may be too late) how dangerous religion is and how dangerous it is to think that it’s not.
    I’d like to think that the New Atheists are making progress but sometimes I’m not so sure.

    Comment by Ashley — December 9, 2014 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

    • Oh, there’s tremendous progress. I see it every day in how few kids go on to be submissive to religious ideologies… including children who, by birth, are apparently muslims! The numbers of non affiliated, non religious, non believers are all rising to significant minorities that is larger than other religious denomination, and the internet (where religions come to die) populated by so many reasonable people who dare to criticize faith-based beliefs consistently and reliably play a part in this movement away from gods and those who use their imaginings of them to try to justify actions in this world. It’s working and we are approaching a tipping point where those who wish to believe will do so without presuming the public should yield to their assumptions. Hang in there, Ashley, and keep your chin up. You’re doing your part and that’s all any of us can do.

      Comment by tildeb — December 9, 2014 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

      • Thanks tildeb. I’ve taken it to the next level so to speak. I’ve actively sought out and joined a local humanist group. We’ve got a following of about 300ish on Facebook but only about 1-2% of them show up for any kind of meeting or get together. But hey, better than nothing I guess eh.
        I’d also like to take a brief moment to apologize to you for some of the profane language I use when I post on here. There something inside me,
        I don’t know what it is, but some people are absolutely infuriating to tak to. I just get especially insulted and angry when someone tells me that because I don’t believe in (their) God, I can’t be a moral person. If anything, ever since I’ve afopted the new atheist stance, I’ve focused more on humanism and I’m doing things that I probably never would have done before. So far, mostly material (money, clothes, food) donations and joining groups, but my personal time is the next to be donated.

        Comment by Ashley — December 9, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

  2. I run into this all the time on twitter. I prefer to use the term “fundamentalist” rather than “radical”. It’s closer to the truth. I do talk to muslim missionaries all the time. Invariably they live in secular pluralistic society or countries not governed by sharia law. They’re full of zeal and enthusiasm, but not fully prepared to live in the reality.

    To your point about sharia, there are 3 things defenders of islamophobia don’t consider.

    1) It isn’t possible for sharia and secular society to co-exist.
    2) Sharia is universally accepted by muslims to be the sole ultimate authority in islam.
    3) The goal of islam is to establish sharia everywhere.

    I would encourage those vocal supporters of islamophobia to live for a time in a place where sharia is law. If they did, I suspect they’d sing a different tune.

    Comment by Egg Zackly — December 9, 2014 @ 1:23 pm | Reply

    • Egg,

      While I agree with you almost completely, the one thing I disagree with is point #2. Not all Muslims universally accept Sharia as the sole authority in Islam and wouldn’t want to be governed by it. However, what they do, is practice cognitive dissonance and pretend that there’s no conflict between Sharia and open democratic society. If you want a pretty good idea of what Muslims believe, the PEW research organization has released a study that was completed in 2013. In there, they ask various Muslims from all over of the world (dozens of different countries) about their beliefs. Sharia is one of the topics (as is the role of women, suicide bombing, etc). If the people who talk about Islamophobia were to actually READ the damn thing and accept what the world’s Muslims are telling them, I would think that they would find those beliefs a much bigger threat to human civilization than any New Atheist.
      I do agree about the term fundamentalist too. The most befitting definition of the term radical means: “very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary”. This behavior is certainly not different from what is traditional or ordinary. It’s integral to it.

      I would encourage those vocal supporters of islamophobia to live for a time in a place where sharia is law. If they did, I suspect they’d sing a different tune.” You got that right brother!!! I wish I could get my brother to do that for a week or 2. But I love him way too much and given his liberal, pluralist views, he’d be in wayyyyyy to much danger to do that.

      Comment by Ashley — December 9, 2014 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

      • I can amend my statement to say muslims including Amadiyyas all adhere to sharia, where the Amadiyyas differ is in the interpretation of what sharia is. They come closest to a “moderate” practice of islam.

        By best estimates, 87-90 percent of Muslims are Sunni and 10-13 percent are Shi’a, with small numbers belonging to other sects.

        That said, there is some hysteria around muslim immigrants and their influence on political discourse. It is unfounded factually, for the most part.

        What I oppose is the violation of human rights contained in all religious practice, not just islam.

        Comment by Egg Zackly — December 9, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

  3. Terrific, truthful post.

    Comment by inspiredbythedivine1 — December 9, 2014 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  4. OK, my head is truly spinning after that…

    Comment by john zande — December 9, 2014 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  5. Well put tildeb

    Comment by makagutu — December 10, 2014 @ 12:33 am | Reply

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