There is this ugly and pervasive “political” view that Islamic Terrorism is some “new thing.” It usually comes with some line of crap about how we’ve “created” these monsters by invading their nations and displacing “their” people, and that “we” (the western world generally) are responsible.
This is a bald lie.
Islamic terrorism dates back centuries. It was a problem in the form of piracy and slavery in the early days of our Republic — long before we had a military that could invade anything. The “big lie” is proved again in the present by these people attacking nations that have formally eschewed any sort of association or funding for any sort of “military adventurism.” Yet they get blown up and shot just the same.
The root of the problem is not complicated. Their very “holy book” proclaims that one who is not Muslim has, in fact, three and only three choices: Slavery, conversion or death.
In the United States we have Freedom of Speech. It’s written into our Constitution and in fact is the first freedom guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. In “muslim” nations blasphemy is typically a serious crime. It is one thing to look askance at someone who says “God doesn’t exist”; it is quite another to throw them in prison.
Similarly “slandering a prophet” is frequently a crime. It is a fact that Islam’s “holiest” prophet took children as his wives, and yes, that’s plural. Leave polygamy out of it for there are arguments for that if you’re trying to “be fruitful and multiply”; nobody in the modern world believes that marrying a child is acceptable and yet to merely speak critically of such behavior with regard to certain people in these nations is a criminal offense.
Our so-called “muslim nation partners”, including Saudi Arabia, criminalize homosexuality. It is a criminal offense for which one can be imprisoned for years or even killed. Some of these nations also practice female genital mutilation: they cut off the clitoris of young girls so as to deny them sexual pleasure at any time in their life.
It is true that the majority of the victims of islamic terror are in fact muslims. That’s because there are two “branches” or “sects” of Islam and they hate each other with a white-hot passion. This more than occasionally has led to wars and various forms of terrorism over the millennia. Is it any surprise that such terrorism often hits muslims when there are two branches that hate one another with enough passion to kill?
You can look through the Bible of both Christian faiths and the Old Testament of same (commonly known as the Pentateuch) which is functionally the same as the Jewish Torah, and find various demands for ostracism given certain behaviors or worse. If you’re unfamiliar with where to find such prohibitions and declarations of punishment look in Leviticus 20 for starters — there’s a nice list there. But those faiths grew up over time and with damn few exceptions none make argument for actual execution or imprisonment for same in the modern world.
Muslims have refused to grow up, in short.
They’ve only had 1,000 or so years to do so and have continually refused including state-level actors such as Saudi Arabia while time and technology have marched on and replaced spears, sailing ships, cannon and longbows with modern firearms, howitzers, missiles, chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and more. The religiously insane are no longer limited to taking lives one at a time; they can now put together concoctions and wear them into a stadium, murdering dozens. It is only a matter of time before some of these nutjobs come up with enough fissile material and sufficient ability to fashion a crude nuclear device at which point you can be assured they will use it.
At what point do a civilized people demand that this madness stop? And with what force are we willing to demand that it does? I argue the time has long passed to say “enough damnit” and put forward the premise that if you support this ideology — not just with money but with your judicial system in any form or fashion then civilized people are done with all who hold such views and all of their enablers.
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