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When I Hate Islam

John on October 12, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Hate is a radioactive word.

It often seems to be an argument ender these days. If someone feels hate, then sympathy automatically shifts toward the object of that hate. Hate, in modern parlance, is an emotion that can never be applied to any group. The hater is always in the wrong. It’s that simple.

What brings this to mind is that one of our frequent readers has asked me if I hate Islam. It’s a fair question and one that deserves an answer. My initial reaction was to say “of course not.” But on further reflection, I’d have to say that I often do hate Islam. Allow me to be specific:

For every story I’ve noted on the blog, there are many more that come to mind for which I don’t have a link handy. The Islamists who forced girls back into a burning school because they didn’t have scarves on their heads. The ones who tried to behead Christian teen girls in Indonesia as they were walking to school. That’s not to mention the regular percussion of suicide bombs going off in Israel and Iraq. I could make you weary with examples if time permitted.

Of course, I’m not an Islamic scholar and can’t claim that the cause of all this is “real Islam” but I do know that in every single case the perpetrators of these horrible crimes truly thought so. Many of these events were accompanied by screams of “Allahu Akbar!”, i.e. “god is great!”

So while I’m not motivated to hate any particular set of principles or doctrine or any particular region of the world or ethnic group, I am willing to judge the tangible real world impact of ideas. The principles of Islam may be lovely (or not) but the real world daily consequences are decidedly not lovely. That’s an unpleasant fact, but there it is.

Because I love life and freedom and women and I hate murder and mayhem and misogyny, well, unfortunately that means I am none to fond of Islam on a consistent and regular basis these days. I’m not saying it has to be that way, only that it is. My distaste for Islam isn’t an a priori prejudice to which I committed myself in advance of evidence, it’s an a posteriori judgment based on the sort of thing I’ve listed above.

Look at that list again and ask yourself “Is Islam at fault?” I think so. I think we shouldn’t be afraid to say so.

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