The Western world has our understanding of Islam completely backwards, and it is killing us.
I woke up this morning to the news that 26 Coptic Christians in Egypt (mostly children) were murdered by Islamic terrorists. Happy Ramadan!
This, of course, comes on the heels of the attack in Manchester, where 22 people (again, mostly children) were murdered.
(Of course, these are just a few of the more prominent attacks in 2017, without even going into post-911 and pre-911 attacks. 1400 years of violent jihad is a lot to go through, so I’ll spare you, but as always, I’d recommend learning a little Islamic history, specifically the history of Muhammad. )
Buckle up, my fellow infidels, apostates, kafir, and dogs!
There will be more. There will always be more, and it will always get worse. That is, until we actually do something about Islam. And since most of our impotent leaders seem unwilling to do anything about Islam, well, I guess it’s up to us.
And “we” always starts with “I”.
I’m Stefanie, I love Good and hate Evil, and I am doing my part to learn about Islam, speak fearlessly about Islam, and most of all, help my readers to do the same.
For all this talk of foreign policy, of “Deus Vult”, of big picture policy solutions, it’s pretty incredible to realize just how much of the public has an utterly wrong and dangerous view of Islam.
I did a Periscope about this topic the other day, and if you’re reading this article, I think you will enjoy it. When I tweet, and write, I often come across with a lot of snark. Humor, I think, helps me to calm the fear and sadness and anger I feel boiling up within me every time an Islamic terrorist kills an innocent civilian.
But when I do a Periscope rant? I just let it out. I can be myself. Because maybe, as much as we bravely speak that we are not “Islamophobic” but proud, brave infidels, it’s okay for me to be afraid. Fear is a tool. It is not fear that causes destruction, but apathy.
— Stefanie MacWilliams (@StefMacWilliams) May 24, 2017
The time is coming for us to choose.
Do we deal with this problem within the realm of ideas, of free speech, of debate?
Or do we wait for the inevitable violence that will be coming if we do not act?
I, as someone who ultimately has to believe in Good triumphing over Evil, choose the former.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Because to fight Islam as an idea means telling the truth – in a world that has come to hate me for it.
Every word of my headline is true. It’s not “provocative”, it’s not “clickbait”, and it sure as hell isn’t “hate”.
The real Muslims are the terrorists – because Islam demands terrorism.
Why is this irrefutable fact seen as such a radical, brash thing to say?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot over the past couple of days. Every day, without fail, I hear the same brain-dead arguments in favor of Islam.
“Well, there are extremist Christians too!”
“Terrorists aren’t following Islam at all!”
“Don’t blame all Muslims for a few who misuse the religion to be violent!”
My natural inclination is to blame ignorance – these people must not have researched Islam. They must not have read the hundreds of violent verses in the Quran. They must not realize that Muslims must follow Muhammad’s example, and his example was raping a child and slaughtering people like ISIS. They must not have educated themselves on Islam.
But then I realized something. Like the Islam apologists on my Twitter, spewing the same idiotic talking points, I was not actually understanding their argument.
At least, sort of.
Of course, what I just said is true. Islam is NOT being misinterpreted by terrorists. It’s being followed by terrorists. Muslims are to follow Muhammad’s example as the perfect Muslim, and his life was an example of evil.
All of which I tell these apologists, with evidence to back up every word I say.
However, what I didn’t realize was this: these people are treating Islam like a religion, while those of us who actually understand Islam are treating it like a political system.
I believe in some sense, Islam is a religion. But it’s not just a religion. And when we (I include myself in this) argue against Islam as though it’s in the same frame as Christianity, we will never be able to make our points effectively.
It’s all well and good to tell the facts about what Islam teaches (and, most of all, how Muhammad lived), but that method of argument will only work on someone who has taken the initial “red pill”.
And the initial “red pill” is this: everything we know instinctively or are taught about “religion” as a whole is nonsense when we’re talking about Islam.
Christianity is a good religion that can be perverted to be evil. Islam is an evil religion that can be perverted to be good.
— Stefanie MacWilliams (@StefMacWilliams) May 26, 2017
My first point: growing up in the West, from a very young age, we are raised to be tolerant of people who believe differently than us.
We are raised that some people believe in God, some people don’t, and even if some Christian families have strong feelings that those who don’t believe in God are going to Hell, kids in the west are not taught to take action against others who don’t believe as they do.
(Tolerance. It’s not what liberals teach, it’s not about agreement, but about allowing disagreement.)
This, of course, it’s not the attitude in Islam. In Islam, there is no tolerance. There is domination. First, through peaceful conversion and demographic takeover. If that doesn’t work, through subjugation such as using Dhimmi status against Christians and Jews. And, of course, if that doesn’t work, domination will be done through violence.
I won’t get too far into Islamic belief, since I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir, but there is that fundamental difference that I think is important before I give this second point.
In the Western world, almost all of us inherently believe, even on a subconscious level, that all religions strive to be good. To help the world be a better place. To care for others. Whether a person is a Jew or a Christian or a Mormon or a Buddhist or a Hindu or a Sikh, they are trying their best to understand the world, and to do what they believe is right to better the world. Even most atheists I’ve ever met, even those who see religion as evil, tend to see religious people as misguided.
Unfortunately, as I said above, this is not the case with Islam. Not even close.
Islam is a political ideology of supremacy, domination, and ultimately world submission to Allah under a world caliphate. There is no “golden rule” in Islam, even in an unspoken sense. Islam is to benefit Muslims. No one else. Not the world, not humanity: Muslims. Well, the “right” kind of Muslims.
And to someone who is still operating under the idea that religion is at least attempting to “be good” in the way we virtually all view goodness (easily summed up as “treating others how you wish to be treated”), it doesn’t matter how many facts I show them that to be a terrorist and jihadist is to truly follow Islam.
Because to someone with that mindset, Islam must be good, because Islam is a religion. And the intention of religion is goodness.
The Islamic view of “goodness” diverges from every major religion I can think of. Though individual Muslim people may be misguided, may have good intentions, and likely have that inherent human desire to do to others as they want done to them, Islam as an ideology will always poison them in the other direction.
Islam is misunderstood, the Muslims are technically right about that.
Fortunately for us? We can learn to understand Islam. We can learn to understand just how evil of an ideology Islam really is.