Friday, October 31, 2014

Why They Hate Us

Truth Revolt isn't necessarily the kind of site I recommend, and Gavin McInnes is more than a little off-putting, though he does have the good sense to agree with me much of the time.  To explain why I am posting this link, then, I have to say that we will occasionally run across comments by people to the effect that if western countries would just stop invading Muslim countries and killing thousands of people, the Muslims would not be attacking us.

This is not true.

Say what you like about the followers of Christ, the Founder of Christianity is above reproach when it comes to advocating non-violence and acting virtuously.  I cannot and will not put Mohammed on the same level.  Islam appears to have been founded to establish an earthly kingdom by force where necessary.  Elements of Islam, particularly in Sufism, have managed to transcend the political and the earthly.  Most of Islam remains at war with those considered infidels.  This is what we need to face.

Anyway, here is what McInnes has to say.  Follow the link -- it may get blocked if you are at work -- and read the his entire argument (which includes some additional links).  The slightly sanitized bottom line:

At this point, you start getting what editors call, “example exhaustion.” After 10 examples of innocent countries being attacked by Muslims, you start to go, “Okay, I get it. They don’t hate us because of our foreign policy or Israel. They hate us because we are non-believers.” Unfortunately, the Western world’s appetite for excuses is as inexhaustible as the terrorist’s demands. Liberals refuse to blame the extremists even when the extremists themselves are trying to take credit. We’ve become an Onion sketch.

If you really respect Islam, open your ears and listen to what it has to say. It’s telling you to f*** off. Not because of what you’ve done but because of what you believe. Appeasing them is not going to change that. It’s going to fuel the fire. The only way we’re going to be able to combat terrorism is to stop denying reality and accept that tolerance of intolerance isn’t how we go forward. It’s how we go backward.

Updated to fix a typo and to add that I should have made the title of this post "The Tolerance of Intolerance".  


  1. Elements of Islam, particularly in Sufism, have managed to transcend the political and the earthly. Most of Islam remains at war with those considered infidels. This is what we need to face.

    Truth hurts. Ignoring truth hurts more.

    I'm reading "Schuon for Dummies" -or somethng like that, and the author insists that Islam is one of the great religions, equal to Christianity. The gist of the book is to learn the esoteric Truth behind the exoteric forms. The exoteric forms being the 5 major religions. But you need to dive into one of the religions deeply in order to pop out the other side.

    Anyhow, yes, I agree there are Islamists who have transcended Islam. But, in general, it is not but a violent political system dressed up as a religion.

    To be fair, the author said most people can't get past the "our religion is the true religion mentality" but I suppose I'll forgive him for that. Bless his heart.

  2. Scene from Tombstone...

    Wyatt Earp takes on IS/ISIS/ISIL/Al Qada/Boko haram/Al Jabba the Hutt

    Wyatt Earp:All right, IS... You called down the thunder...
    Well, now you've got it!
    You see that?
    It says "Go Fuck Yourself."

    ... Take a good look at him, ISIS, because that's how you're gonna end up!!!

    ... The ISIL in NZ are finished, you understand me?!?

    I see that black flag, I kill the man carryin' it!!!
    So run, you cur...
    Tell all the other curs the LAW'S coming!!!
    You tell 'em I'M coming...

    And Hell's coming with me, you hear?!

  3. Bless his heart is right. I have gotten a lot out of Taoism and Zen and Buddhism in general, and the Upanishads. There are some good elements in most religions. But you are absolutely correct, Islam is a violent political system in religious garb.

  4. Tombstone is one of my favorite movies, Jamie. That's a great scene at the train station.