For twenty years now, Western leaders have been handicapped by their assumption that Islam means peace and equality for all. What prevents them from making the necessary examination of Islamic sources and Islamic history to see if that assumption is valid?
The answer is that Westerners have an ideology of their own—one that prevents them from thinking objectively about many topics. Not too long ago that ideology was called “political correctness,” or “PC” for short. Nowadays, it is called “wokeness.”
Political correctness was a blend of relativism, multiculturalism, and therapeutic sensitivity to the feelings of others. PC claimed that all religions and cultures were essentially equal, and to say otherwise would offend the sensitivity of many. To suggest that 1.3 billion people adhered to a violent and discriminatory faith was therefore out of the question….
No evidence was offered for this other than anecdotal observations (“I know a Muslim family, and they’re very kind and friendly”). But in a PC society, feelings trump facts. So, a few feel-good stories outweighed a slew of data—such as the Pew global surveys which found that a surprising number of Muslims worldwide had no trouble with laws requiring stoning for adulterers, amputation for thieves, and the execution of apostates.
So, the doubtful notion that Islam is a religion of peace that was “hijacked” by a handful of radicals became, in the weeks after 9/11, the standard explanation of what had happened.
And that simplistic explanation of 9/11 has never changed. For example, consider this recent headline: “University of Florida students say teachers should ‘focus on America’s faults’ and ‘avoid placing blame’ for 9/11.” A meticulously planned sneak attack that left almost 3,000 innocent people crushed or burned to death? And no one should be blamed? This is the self-esteem approach to education that has dominated schools for decades. “Avoid placing blame” doesn’t mean that we can never determine who is to blame for 9/11; it means no one should ever be made to feel bad….
9/11 was inaccurately diagnosed as an aberration—something that had nothing to do with the culture and religion of Islam. As a result, the “war on terror” was never really won. Indeed, judging by the debacle in Afghanistan and other recent developments, the terrorists now have the advantage. Our focus on defeating terrorist groups and killing their leaders without also defeating the ideology that inspired them, meant that there would always be a fresh supply of recruits to the jihad movement….
Indeed, George W. Bush, the man who did more than any other to promulgate the original 9/11 lie, just reiterated it, and managed to add a new deceptive twist to the lie. In his speech at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania 9/11 Memorial this past Saturday, the former president repeated the myth that generic “violent extremists” were to blame for 9/11, and then equated these “violent extremists abroad” with “violent extremists at home” — an obvious reference to the January 6 incursion into the Capitol Building.
In doing so, he managed to deflect our attention even further away from Islam. In fact, at one point in his speech, when he commented on the admirable response of America to the attacks, he said “we saw American’s embrace people of the Muslim faith.” He seemed to be saying, in effect, “we know this had nothing to do with your faith….”
The above comes from a Sept. 13 story on Catholic World Report.
Only prayer can defeat terrorism.
Jesus has shown himself as God to many who did not believe.
Pray the Rosary daily.
Guns and bombs help too.
Saying that all Muslims are violent extremists is like saying all Catholics in Europe supported Hitler.
Such a disgrace that Bush compared 9/11 to Jan 6. They want Trump supporters to be treated as jihadists and that means they want 71+ million of us to be killed as enemies of the state. Not overstating this folks.
Deus Vult: you are definitely overstating and exaggerating. The Trump terrorists who attacked the capital on January 6th need to be brought to justice. There is no plan to kill everyone who voted for the “former guy”. We are a nation of laws…not dictators.
When unvaccinated people can’t receive health care if they get sick, that is vengeance by the political/medical establishment against those they assume to be Trump voters. Keeping people from making a living or entering markets to buy food is another form of retaliation. Watch as the restrictions pile up, all meant to hurt and humiliate dissenters.
The largest group with the most unvaccinated is not Trump voters; it is blacks.
How do you know that yep? It is true that blacks are under vaccinated but vaccination rates negatively correlate pretty well with Trump votes on a county by county basis. Curious your source.
I looked at my source and I may have misread it. As you know comparing Republicans and assuming they are Trump Republicans to people who are black is like comparing apples and oranges but it was 42% Republicans vs 39% black.
Source was a Daily Mail report on a CDC report but I could not find it on CDC.
I appreciate the catch.
Can you give your source? Correlation is not causality, which you know.
A person who commented here said he saw masks as a sign of submission so it may correlate with non-voters too.
Thank you yep. I don’t recall my original source but here is a similar and more up yo date
Thanks, I read it. This statement: The state that voted for Trump with the highest vaccination rate is Florida (55% fully vaccinated) and the state that voted for Biden with the lowest vaccination rate is Georgia (43% fully vaccinated) indicates to me that there are more factors than who people voted for in the last election.
Yes, blacks are the most unvaxxed group but because of syphilis experiments decades ago, they are given a pass for their reluctance and skepticism to get a covid jab. In typical Democrat fashion, race is the primary factor in deciding who gets vilified and who does not.
Comparing a few publicity seekers that got into the Capital to the mass killings of Americans on September 11th or at Pearl Harbor are gross exaggerations made by multiple Democrats.
The only one killed on January 6 was a female Air Force veteran whose police officer shooter has not faced justice for his exaggerated response. Ashli Babbitt was not a jihadi, yet she is dead at the hands of our own law enforcement.
The world has become a more complicated place. The Church has recognized this and has taken steps to have better relationships with the world’s major religions. There will be no peace among the nations until there is peace among religions.
Take the Coexist sticker off your car and recognize that not all who claim religion want peace.
Isn’t that picture of a Sikh leader from India? Why would you post that in an article about Muslims?
Thanks – photo replaced.
I’d like to hear what Hymie thinks of this.
y’all can’t win no war on terror
if ya can’t reccanize who the real enemy is.