By Tom Quiner
Muslim beliefs have nothing to do with Muslim terrorism.
This seems to be the mantra of the Left.
A Quiner’s Diner reader responded along these lines to my post yesterday (“Islamic terrorism is not your fault”):
“Tom the seemingly infinite depths of your dishonesty and willingness to lie never ceases to amaze me. Historically America’s elected political leaders have had a nasty habit of interfering both militarily and economically – openly and covertly in the affairs of other nations. Indeed it was our leaders’ incompetent meddling in the middle east that brought about the very conditions that led to the rise of Saddam in Iraq and the problems we have with Iran today. As long as American citizens continue to allow their leaders free reign to interfere in the affairs of other nations they can expect to get a ‘bloody nose’ from time to time.”
In other words, the Boston Marathon bombing was not fueled by a Muslim belief system, but rather by us (American foreign policy).
Georgetown sociology professor, Michael Eric Dyson, agrees. He said the causes of this violence could be anything at all, even music:
“So you take one part of the element, that he’s Muslim. But he also might have listened to classical music. He might have had some Lil Wayne.”
In other words, it seems the one thing these liberals think has nothing to do with unrelenting Islamic terrorism is their belief system.
When the Koran says, “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” [Koran 2:191] … to the political Left, this has nothing to do with Muslim violence.
We’re hearing this viewpoint all over the place in the past few days. MSNBC host Melissa Harris- Perry expressed the liberal viewpoint this way:
“I keep wondering is it possible that there would ever be a discussion like, ‘This is because of Ben Affleck and the connection between Boston and movies about violence?’ And of course, the answer is no. … Our very sense of connection to them is this framed-up notion of, like, Islam making them something that is non-normal.”
So she wants to have a conversation that maybe it’s American movies that are the engine to Muslim rage (although these same liberals want to deny that Hollywood movies have anything to do with breeding nutty mass murderers). In fact, they said the same thing about the Benghazi massacre where the American ambassador and others were butchered. It had nothing to do with Islam, they claimed, but an offensive movie. The movie we later learned had nothing to do with it.
Is Ms. Harris-Perry correct? When the Koran says: “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” [Koran 9:123] … does the average Muslim really read that to mean “love your neighbor as yourself?”
Another talking head on MSNBC built on Ms. Harris-Perry’s thesis. Zaheer Ali is a Harvard graduate, recipient of Columbia University’s Merit Scholars Graduate Fellowship, recipient of the Social Science Research Council’s Mellon Mays Pre-Doctoral Research Grant. Impressive credentials! He opined:
“It isn’t Muslim that is a common thing here, it’s people who are alienated.”
Again, I’m confused. The Koran says, “Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” [Koran 5:33]. Just writing this post makes me nervous in light of Muslim scripture. But liberals are adamant that Muslim beliefs are irrelevant to the conversation.
Don’t liberals behave based on THEIR belief system?
I know I do.
So why would Muslims be the ONLY group in the world who don’t? And yet, another college professor, Brian Levin (director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino (formerly associate director of the Southern Poverty Law Center) weighed in to tell us conservatives that we’re the nutty ones, not the Muslims. Here’s what he said on Bill Maher’s show:
“Look, it’s not like people who are Muslim who do wacky things have a monopoly on it. We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian who say they’re out for God and end up doing not so nice things.”
I’m scratching my head over that one in light of what the Koran says: “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” [Koran 8:12].
The bible says to “turn the other cheek.” Kind of a different point of view than that expressed in the Koran, don’t you think? But you’ve got to admit that there’s no shortage of Christian hypocrites. In a sense, we are all hypocrites each time we sin.
The difference is this: the Koran espouses a belief system that advocates Jihad. It’s right in the Koran. We’ve seen the “fruit” of that belief system down through history, and that fruit is more than a few “bloody noses.” The fruit is a staggering loss of life and denial of religious liberty down through the ages.
Modern day liberals are so hamstrung by political correctness that they refuse to associate Muslim beliefs with Muslim violence.
Writing in 1899, Winston Churchill was not bound by the constraints of political correctness in his assessment of Islam:
“The religion of Islam above all others was founded upon the sword … Moreover it provides incentives to slaughter, and in three continents has produced fighting breeds of men – filled with a wild and merciless fanaticism”.