The Layers Of Islam

Posted in Politics, Religion on October 20th, 2014

Th Gods forfend that you should ever speak out against Islam and its Muslims. You will be instantly branded as an ignorant, intolerant, bigoted Islamaphobe and reminded stridently and harshly that no all Muslims are Jihadis and/or terrorists.

Islam’s apologists are actually correct in their claims that the majority of Muslim are not violent jihadis and/or terrorists. While the vast and overwhelming majority of terrorism and theocratic violence in modern world is carried out by Muslims, the majority of Muslims are not taking part in carrying it out. Islam and its Muslims are not monolithic; they have layers.

The Layers of Islam, Muslims, and Evil
The Layers Of Islam and Muslims

Islam and its Muslims are not monolithic; they have layers as does any sect or ideology. Indeed, Muslims run the gambit from violent extremists to largely uninvolved, quasi-secular individuals.

Violent Jihadis

At the core of the problem that is Islam is its innermost circle of Muslims. These are the small but powerful minority of violent jihadis such as the Taliban, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other groups, and the “lone wolves” that are to be found on every single continent except Antarctica.

Political Islamists

The next and significantly larger circle of Islam is the political Islamists who forsake taking direct, violent actions themselves in favor of suborning the political and legal processes the advance the cause of Islam. The OIC, CAIR, and MPAC are example of such groups that use lawfare and paper terrorism to attack others in the name of Islam instead of guns and bombs.

Abominable Adherents

Then there is the circle of Islam in which the Muslims don’t care enough about the political aspects of Islam to lend material and comfort to either of the two inner circles, but who practice many activities and espouse many ideas that are generally found reprehensible and atavistic by the peoples of the Civilized World.

The Assimilated Fringe

And, lastly, on the periphery of Islam, we have the largely uninvolved and, at least, functionally assimilated fringe elements of Muslims. In many ways they are essentially equatable to the “fallen away” or “Sundays and Holidays” Christians. They’re not such “moderate Muslims” as Muslims who are moderate-to-lackadaisical in their religious practices and views.

It the duty of all right-thinking men and women of the Civilized World reject the binary argument of the Muslims and their enablers and apologists that that are merely the rare jihadis and terrorist and the “good” Muslims. It is also our duty to reject and condemn those who make such arguments.

It is true that not all Muslims need to be dealt with using high levels of armed force. That doesn’t by any means, however, that most of them do not need to be dealt with in some manner.

Related Reading:

Nonprofit Organizations and the Combatting of Terrorism Financing: A Proportionate Response (World Bank Working Papers)
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)
Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East
Caliphate
Pride and Prejudice (Classic Lines)

A Question Of Offense

Posted in Musings, Politics, Religion, Society on October 5th, 2014

A Question of Offense
A Question Of Offense

This is a very basic and very valid question. Perhaps that is why no Liberal or Progressive will ever truly answer it if asked by an American.

Related Reading:

The Victims of Terrorism: An Assessment of Their Influence and Growing Role in Policy, Legislation, and the Private Sector (Occasional Paper)
The Legacy of Jihad
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
Politics: A Very Short Introduction
The Terrorists

Workplace Violence

Posted in Humor, Politics, Religion, Society on October 4th, 2014

With certain forms of “Workplace Violence” on the rise in America you would think that the government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would be taking some form of steps to ameliorate this growing risk to the ever-more endangered species known as the American Workforce.

Islam Warning Sign
Warning! Muslims Nearby

At a bare bones minimum, you’d think they’d demand at risk work sites to put up conspicuous warning signs of the potential hazard.

Related Reading:

Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices)
Warning Signs: What every woman should know -- A dating guide
Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory
2014 Edition 29 CFR 1910 OSHA GENERAL INDUSTRY REGULATIONS