• “Moderate Islam Enables Radicalism”: Part of A Deeper Reality

    "Moderate" Islamists trying to make you live by Islam's rules
    “Moderate” Islamists trying to make you live by Islam’s rules

    We have seen how Islamic “moderates”-be they the Council of American-Islamic Relations, the Organization of Islamic Conference, the Muslim Council of Britain, etc, etc-have been paving the ground for the loathed ISIS and other radicals as they dismiss the militants’ as “un-Islamic”, or claim what they do is “a perversion of the faith”,  or use any other language to exonerate Islam from all wrongdoing-and proving themselves hypocrites in the process:

    Muslims’ use of takfir – the process of denouncing rival Muslims as apostates or non-Muslims – reinforces the ideological underpinnings of the very movements they are seeking to tackle. Takfirism is the root and enabler of all modern jihadism; takfirist doctrine enables any ‘true’ Muslim to label those with a rival interpretation of Islam as no longer Muslim. This, combined with traditional Islamic jurisprudence that mandates death for apostates, is taken by jihadists as an open license to denounce and then kill their enemies.

    For anyone following this blog, however, this is really not news, and not limited to Islam, either. As I have pointed out before:

    By calling faith a virtue, playing up the religious language, and naming scripture as the source of morality, they [religious moderates] give the extremists precisely the ammunition they need.

    And so, once more, religious moderates turn out to be the enablers of extremists. To phrase it biblically, there is nothing new under the sun.

    Heck, even President Obama’s account of his career in politics confirms this reality-as much as he remains in denial of that to this day.

    Category: Secularism

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