One of the things we often hear from people who are apologists for Islam is that various Islamic terrorists do not represent Islam or a perversion of actual Islam.
That came to mind when I saw this story at Jihad watch concerning a Mississippi couple Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla & Amira al-Amriki, that were arrested trying to head over to the Islamic state.
His father is shocked!, shocked! that his son would want to join the Islamic State, but as Daniel Greenfield points out here, the son doesn’t seem to have had a bad relationship with the father. Neither seems to have rejected the other for being a bad Muslim. Is it really likely that the son forsook the true, peaceful Islam that he learned from his father to embrace the twisted, hijacked Islam of the Islamic State, without ever having it out with dear old dad?
This development has upset a local Mississippi paper:
The uninformed may wrongfully conclude the Islamic Center is a hotbed for radical Islamic politics and Oda Dakhlalla is the leader of a group of subversive, secretive, America-hating extremists who prey upon the large and vulnerable Muslim student population at the nearby university.That is often the narrative of those who make little distinction between those who practice a fundamentalist and violent form of Islam and the far larger Muslim population throughout the world who are no more prone to violence and anarchy than the average Southern Baptist.
There are problems with this argument:
1. This young man didn’t learn is version of Islam from the violent fundamentalists in Syria or Iran, he learned his Islam from his father the Imam, as I tweeted the day I saw this story on Jake Tapper’s show:
So if this paper is to be believed after a lifetime of being taught true peaceful Islam by his father somehow this young guy, instantly turned to ISIS. 2. You don’t have millions of southern Baptists supporting violent murder for example:
One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found. The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.
Mind you that’s not 1 in 6 muslims, that’s one in six citizens However that fact is less important to the paper than the idea that the Imam’s son & his wife attempting to join ISIS terrorist who wish to kill us might cast a negative stereotype on Islam. That attitude incidentally is not restricted to obscure newspapers in Mississippi.
The story this is referring to comes from the New York Times of all places:
A total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them, the Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts. And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.
A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just last month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous.
“Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” said F, a 15-year-old girl who was captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar one year ago and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20s. Like some others interviewed by The New York Times, she wanted to be identified only by her first initial because of the shame associated with rape.
“He kept telling me this is ibadah,” she said, using a term from Islamic scripture meaning worship.
Cuomo expressed his objection thus:
“This feeds the impression that these Muslims are animals, savages, and their faith makes them that way,” Cuomo said. “And it feeds an impression of what Islam is. What is your response to that?”
His guest was having none of it:
Totalitarianism means absolute domination of the self. These Islamists are dominating to extinction girls and women. It’s very calculated. Number one, it destroys the individual … An entire people is being emasculated. They’re being separated from their men. And women and girls are lost forever. Sixty percent of Yazidis are abducted and remain in disappearance.
What does it say about us as a nation and culture that the priority of protecting the reputation of Islam trumps terror and rape? John Rhys Davis of the Indiana Jones & Lord of the Rings franchises states it bluntly
‘Basically, Christianity in the Middle East and in Africa is being wiped out – I mean not just ideologically but physically.’
He warned of how ‘people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians’ and claimed that Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf is ‘a bestseller in the Middle East’.
He told his American interviewer: ‘Your country and my country (Wales) are doing nothing about it. We have lost our moral compass completely.’
If Islam is so damn concerned about its reputation then maybe Muslims, instead of shaking their heads in English language press should be condemning this kind of stuff loudly in arabic in the media where it will make a difference. At least that’s what people who really cared about this stuff would do.
One quick note I corrected a spelling error in one of my tweets above.
Update: Stacy McCain
The media were willing to ignore reports that women were being sexually assaulted in Occupy encampments. However, once the anti-business protests ended and the kids returned to college, sexual assault was suddenly big news because, in that context, heterosexual males are targets and feminists are mascots.
The media narrative must always conform to the particular prejudices of the Anointed, which is why the media are always more concerned about “Islamophobia” than about, say, guys named Muhammad flying jets into skycrapers. Generally speaking, of course, the American media is hostile to religion, because in America, “religion” means Bible-thumpers who vote Republican. However, in terms of foreign policy, the Anointed always sees foreigners as mascots, and if the foreigners are Muslims, this means Muslims are automatically mascots, too. This was especially true after 9/11, because the U.S. military was fighting Muslims and the media hate the U.S. military almost as much as the media hate Bible-thumping evangelical Christians
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