Foolishness and Political Correctness
Vol: 47 Issue: 23 Tuesday, August 23, 2005
For most of the last five years, the mantra has remained the same: “Islam is a religion of peace and love that was hijacked by the terrorists.” If there is any single place where the Bush administration has truly dropped the ball, it’s there.
This fundamental misunderstanding of Islam’s core teachings is at the heart of whatever military miscalculations have been made since September 11. Indeed, it was this misunderstanding that made September 11 possible in the first place.
Americans, by nature, want to be fair with other religionists and other religions, even those they don’t understand. Since most Americans grew up in a mainly Christian culture, their assumption is that other religions preach the same basic message of peace, love and the hope of redemption that they are familiar with.
And, since Islam presents itself as one of the world’s three great monotheistic religions, the default assumption is that Islam worships the same God as Christians and Jews, albeit differently and by a different Name.
That isn’t so broad an assumption. God is worshipped by many Names, Jehovah, Adonai, G-d, Jesus, El Shaddai, etc. But the nature and character of God, by any Name, is the same. At least, it is within the Judeo-Christian cultural understanding of ‘God’.
To a person raised in a Christian culture, there are essentially three understandings of Deity. There are religions who worship the same God by many Names, there are atheists, and there are pagan religions that have many gods.
Each is understood as distinctly different, but when one adds Islam as ‘one of the world’s three great monotheistic religions’ — Allah tends to be viewed less as a pagan god and more as the God worshipped by many Names.
Culturally, it is a social taboo akin to racism to suggest Allah is NOT the same Deity worshipped by Christians and Jews.
I am often amused by the strict separationists within US culture who insist religion should play no role in US public life while simultaneously advancing theological interpretations on the validity of Islam.
The ACLU has fought pitched battles for decades to eliminate any vestiges of Christianity from the public school system, but it defended the mandatory study of Islam in the California school system, for example.
It isn’t because the ACLU favors Islamic teachings. Islam gets preferential treatment because it is politically correct to advance the causes of minorities and politically incorrect to speak ill of minorities, which, according to the Marxist principle of political correctness, is the equivalent to ‘oppression’.
Islam enjoys political influence far beyond its numbers because of political correctness. Islam might be the world’s fastest growing religion, but in America, its numbers lag behind the number of Americans who believe they’ve been abducted by UFO’s. (Twenty million Americans believe they’ve been abducted by UFO’s, compared to the US Islamic population of seven million)
In the past five years, Islamic terrorism has dominated US foreign policy. Thousands of Americans, both military and civilian, have died at the hands of Islamic terrorists.
The television airwaves have been saturated with warnings, releases, fatwas and declarations of ‘Death to America’ by Islamic terrorists. Islamic cultural centers have been used as terror recruitment outposts throughout the Western world.
During those five years, ‘moderate’ Islam (the alleged majority of the Islamic world) was nowhere to be found.
A few half-hearted condemnations of terror by minor Islamic organizations, like the recent fatwa issued by the “Muslim American Society” are lost in the din of fatwas from so-called ‘radical’ Muslim groups world-wide.
Political correctness demands that the cacaphony of radical statements MUST represent the tiny minority of Islam, and the anti-terrorism fatwa issued by the largely unknown “Muslim American Society” — coming FIVE YEARS after September 11 — MUST represent the majority view of Islam toward terrorism.
The fatwa condemning terror was the FIRST one ever issued by a North American Muslim group, and it wasn’t issued until July 28. Even then, the American fatwa was in response to two bombings in Great Britain, not the September 11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. Or the terrorist attacks in Iraq and Afghanistan that are claiming American forces on an almost daily basis.
I referred to ‘radical Muslims’ as ‘so-called’ for a reason. If the majority of Islam approves of jihad, (as polls taken in the Islamic world indicate) then it is ‘moderate’ Islam that is actually the ‘radical’ branch.
The jihadists are the ones that represent ‘mainstream’ Islam.
A radio talk-show host for ABC made the mistake of making similar observations about Islam on the air.
The Council on Islamic American Relations complained, and he was fired for his comments. It didn’t matter that what Michael Graham said was true. It was politically incorrect.
Graham lost his job for making the following observation:
“Because of the mix of Islamic theology that rightly or wrongly is interpreted to promote violence, added to an organizational structure that allows violent radicals to operate openly in Islam s name with impunity, Islam has, sadly, become a terrorist organization. It pains me to say it. But the good news is it doesn t have to stay this way, if the vast majority of Muslims who don t support terror will step forward and re-claim their religion.”
As I noted, it doesn’t matter if what Graham said was true. CAIR, the organization that lobbied for Graham’s head, has had ample opportunity to prove Islam is really a religion of peace and love. But instead, three of its top leaders have been convicted of terrorist activities since September 11.
As far as CAIR’s ‘condemnation of terrorism’ in November 1999, CAIR President Omar Ahmad addressed a youth session at the IAP annual convention in Chicago, where he praised suicide bombers who kill themselves for Islam :
Fighting for freedom, fighting for Islam that is not suicide. They kill themselves for Islam.
Not only did the Left fail to call for CAIR President Omar Ahmad’s head when he advocated suicide bombing as an Islamic duty, it roundly supported his right to do so.
On the other hand, CAIR was profoundly offended by an analogy offered by Graham between Islam and the Boy Scouts. And so was ABC, since the fired Graham for saying it on the air:
“If the Boy Scouts of America had 1,000 scout troops, and 10 of them practiced suicide bombings, then the BSA would be considered a terrorist organization,” he said.
That sounds reasonable enough. Especially if the Scouts as an organization defended it, as Graham’s analogy postulated.
“If the BSA refused to kick out those 10 troops, that would make the case even stronger. If people defending terror repeatedly turned to the Boy Scout handbook and found language that justified and defended murder and the scoutmasters in charge simply said ‘Could be’ the Boy Scouts would have driven out of America long ago.”
Let’s compare the two statements. One from CAIR, an allegedly moderate Muslim group, advocating suicide bombing as an Islamic duty, and the other an analogy that perfectly captures the allegedly ‘moderate’ Islamic attitude toward terror — as expressed by the leader of the allegedly ‘moderate’ group being offended.
Let’s break it down further. Taking the politically correct view, statements from Muslims favoring Islamic terror don’t disqualify them from being ‘moderate’ but saying moderate Islam favors Islamic terror is ‘racist Islamophobia’.
Political correctness is an object lesson in the principle that spiritual blindess causes spiritual insanity. The world cannot accept the concept that one of the ‘world’s three great monotheistic religions’ is at its core, a bloodthirsty, xenophobic religion dedicated to spreading Islam at the point of a sword, if necessary.
If one denies the existence of a good God, one cannot accept the existence of an ‘evil god’ — and therefore, Islam is no greater a threat than Christianity or Judaism. Less, even, since it shares the world’s irrational hatred of both Christians and Jews.
We are engaged in both a material and spiritual conflict, with the emphasis on the latter. It is a war between the forces of the Bible and the forces of the Prince of Persia. But recognizing the threat means recognizing the spiritual element behind it. That is too great a hurdle for the world to overcome.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1st Corinthians 2:14)
The world prefers its version of ‘moderate’ Islam despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary because it is blinded by the god of this world. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” (1st Corinthians 3:19)
Conventional wisdom looks more like the results of mass hysterical hypnosis than it does the results of sober, thoughtful, contemplative examination of the evidence.
“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2nd Thessalonians 2:11)
This is another reason why I believe the Bible indicates a pre-Tribulation Rapture. The indwelt Church isn’t under that delusion. The Apostle Paul noted; “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1st Corinthians 1:18)