Florida Pundit wrote three days ago that while we condemn the planned burning of Korans by a crazy Gainesville pastor, at the time no one was pointing out that the reaction of Muslim leaders across the world inciting people to threaten violence and death to Americans was by far the worse offense.
Today, the story of the threatened book burning on 9/11 send the mainstream media into a frenzy encouraged by politicians across the political spectrum and led by President Obama calling the planned event “a recruiting bonanza for al-Qaeda.” So now, we are just going to surrender to terrorists to appease them?
Now the pastor supposedly has canceled the book burning and claimed to have a deal to relocate the Ground Zero Mosque which was promptly denied by Imam Rauf. Whatever. Whether some Korans get burned is not the main issue.
Everyone in the mainstream media focused on condemning the crazy Gainesville pastor who we agree is a jerk. But, in America, you do have the right to be a jerk which few of our political leaders were capable of pointing out.
Yet almost no one focused on what Florida Pundit pointed out three days ago: Muslims making death threats against Westerners is a completely unacceptable reaction. There is nothing wrong with Muslims expressing outrage about the Gainesville pastor’s plans. This blog expresses outrage and opposition to all kinds of ideas every day, but we don’t threaten to kill anyone. The reaction of Muslims to this event just like the reaction to the publication of cartoons about Islam in a small Danish paper in 2005 which resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people is a symptom of what’s wrong with a significant portion of Islam that breeds violence and terrorism across the world. Western leaders as well as rational Muslim leaders should condemn this tendency to violence in Islam rather than just rush to condemn one pastor for provoking this reaction.
Islam badly needs a major reform movement to extinguish the violent elements in Islam and show Muslims how to live in the modern world and integrate into free societies where people of various religious beliefs can live together peacefully. This is undoubtedly not an easy task and would likely take a generation or more to complete.
There are a few voices of reason. Asra Q. Nomani, a Muslim woman and journalist writes:
On the plan to burn Qurans this weekend, I say to Muslims: Let’s get over the symbolic insult and deal with the very real issues of literal interpretations of the Quran that are used to sanction domestic violence, terrorism, militancy, and suicide bombings in the name of Islam.
Gen. David Petraeus has weighed in, saying that the planned burnings by the Rev. Terry Jones’ congregation in Florida will endanger U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. But I believe that there is something that endangers Americans and American soldiers even more: certain passages that—when read literally—pit Muslims against Americans and the West.
I believe the Qurans are being burnt because we, as Muslims, haven’t dealt sincerely and intellectually with very serious issues that certain Quranic passages raise, particularly in the West. These include verses—when literally read—that say that disobedient wives can be beaten “lightly,” that Muslims can’t be friends with the Jews and the Christians, and that it’s OK to kill converts from Islam.
We, as Muslims, need to tear a few pages out of the Quran—symbolically, at least, by rejecting literal adherence to certain problematic verses.
The Christian faith had to deal with problematic verses from the Book of Deuteronomy that sanctioned violence. Jews have had to confront rigid readings of the Old Testament that sanctioned stonings. Muslims, too, must re-interpret verses that aren’t compatible with life in the 21st century.
We hope that more Muslims have the courage to speak out against violent Islam and that the mainstream media gives these voices for reform at least as much prominence as it gives the imams that preach violence.
Michelle Malkin provides a great summary of the perpetual outrage against the West practiced by violent Islam:
Koran-burning isn’t the real “provocation.” Or Mohammed cartoons. As I’ve said many times over the years, the mere existence of infidels is what provokes and inflames the Religion of Perpetual Outrage. Retaliating against Koran-burners or targeting cartoonists is a lingering pretext to demonstrate that centuries-old, Koran-inspired hatred. If it isn’t cartoons, it’s always something else. From fresco rage to book rage to film rage to beauty pageant rage to Koran-dropping rage to cartoon rage to Pope rage, to ceramic Mohammed bobblehead rage to teddy bear rage to Burger King ice cream cone rage to blasphemous soccer ball rage, it never ends.
At least conservative voices are condemning the threats of violence by radical Islam.
When will America’s leftist media and political leaders have the courage to condemn strains of Islam that want to destroy democracy, oppress women and kill Jews, homosexuals and anyone else they decide to be unacceptable? Doesn’t the left proclaim itself to be the guardian of tolerance? Or do they hate Western civilization so much that they are willing to submit to an ideology that will not only destroy things that the left opposes (e.g. capitalism), but also everything the left claims to support?
Don’t hold your breath. American conservatives supporting freedom and standing up to violent Jihadists are the true supporters of a tolerant, free society.