Oh, and when Westboro Baptist gets tanks and missiles and starts taking over villages, we can talk about comparing that to the problem of Muslim
fundamentalism. Come on. Like every complex human endeavor, Christianity has a bloody history, but its present reality is that violent maniacs are
rare enough to be outliers. That is not the case with Islam. It's not the case with a few situations but why bring them up? Violence against Muslims
doesn't somehow cancel out violence perpetrated by Muslims.
I know some fellow Muslims, especially non-Westerners, reading this may have a visceral reaction to the idea of these cartoons. Even if you support
the rights of these protesters you may find what they're doing offensive. Or you may find the fact that they're doing it deliberately to offend,
rather than the cartoons, upsetting. Or you may feel the horrors of being targeted by other Muslims as well as everyone else dwarf the importance of
the rights the protesters are both invoking and defending.
Let's be square, fellow lurking Muslim. We're starting to act like, well, Mormons. We all know this is a real problem, Muslim violence, and that we
have to address it, but we do this one-two shuffle with "outsiders" (I am not going to use the slur some of you may be thinking, and shame on you).
It's about presenting the most beautified face while believing we're dealing with "Muslim business" within our communities. Heck, I used to believe
that. Then I realized, am I just filtering out what I don't agree with? I was.
Does it make them less dangerous, that the 18 to 23-year-olds who post endlessly to Twitter in support of ISIS and how any Muslims posting against it
will pay in violence are probably just idiots? Or do we not know--yes, KNOW--that their idiocy comes from a long, long, history of an influential
school of Islamic thought which we must finally admit is maybe just a little bit effing insane?
We want to show good people that we are good. That we even CAN be good, since some of them don't know, or don't think we can. So we go this "Not All
Muslims" route. It's true but so what? What's the point? There's no influential school of Islamic thought which has inevitably led to horrific
violence since, I dunno, maybe around a few hours, literally, after Muhammad, peace to him and his family, passed away? Little incident around then
anybody recall? Right. This division is not new. This violence is not new. It's not just some unimaginable margin of people, because even though it is
a small percentage, it's a very well ARMED percentage, and well organized, and seriously, seriously, think about exactly how long they'd take to
distinguish you from any other poster on this thread.
Non-Muslim Westerners tell each other "stop pandering to the violent Muslims" (and yes, they do mean the violent ones, they don't have to say it every
time, that is asinine). Well, lurking Muslim, I'm telling you, stop pandering to the non-Muslims with this "but Islam is perfect" nonsense. Islam
might be perfect but if you can show me a perfect Muslim I'll know I've gone to Jannah. We can't keep playing "moderate Muslim". We have to fight
extremism with extremism -- extreme repudiation, extreme non-violence, extreme freedom of speech.
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