Can’t We All Just Get Along? (Spoiler: No, We Can’t)

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A couple of days ago I shared an article on my Facebook page excerpted from Dabiq, the publication of ISIS, which outlines the reason they hate non-Muslims.  It is written by ISIS; it is not the assessment of white westerners seeing their actions through the lens of enlightenment values, but the words of the Islamists themselves.  Their reasons for hating and killing us will come as a shock; no one could have predicted or anticipated their astonishing revelation.  They do what they do – are you ready for it?  Are you sitting down? – for Islam.

“The fact is, even if you were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us, and usurping our lands, we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam.”

One might think that when the terrorists themselves come right out and say point blank that they do what they do for religion and for no other reason, and that they will continue doing it until the world succumbs to their religion, that would be the end of the debate.

You would be wrong.

Because no one but no one is going to tell the Regressive Left that Islamism has anything to do with Islam, least of all the Islamists themselves.  Those terrorists are not true Muslims, you see, and if you suggest that they are then you are saying by default that all Muslims are terrorists, and that makes you a racist bigot.  Period, end of discussion.

But Godless Mama, surely you are exaggerating, you say.  Acknowledging the “Islam” in “Islamism” isn’t racist, you say. Islam isn’t even a race, you say.  You must be misunderstanding them, you say.

Oh how I wish this were true.  It does seem so absurd as to be unbelievable. And admittedly, sometimes the accusations and knee-jerk Regressive responses really are absurd.  Occasionally, however, they cross the line from absurd to downright sinister.  Witness this breathless defense of ISIS posted to my page just today:

 “ISIS is a terrorist organisation that means to cause harm to ALL kinds of people… fellow Muslims included.  If their true cause was to promote Islam, then how does killing fellow Muslims achieve that?  How do beheadings, bombings, abductions and other atrocities make Islam more attractive to those that they are looking to convert?
. . .

consider the following…
When one is looking to hunt down witches, it is extremely important to define the following:
1. What exactly is a witch?
2. How is a witch confirmed as one before the fire around her is lit?
3. Is a witch’s way of life illegal in itself or are her specific actions to be defined as legal or illegal?
4. If the latter holds true in 3, then how is a witch different from anyone else?
5. If the former holds true in 3, then who is it that decides what constitutes a legal way of life and an illegal one.
. . .

If our goal is to stir up ‘counter hatred’ then how different are we from those who stir up hatred?
Instead of looking to make every Muslim in the world feel guilty for their choice of belief, we should rather look at those so-called ‘forces for good’ that keep releasing ISIS leaders from captivity.
The very same ‘forces for good’ that were allied to the very same ISIS leaders when the enemy was someone else. Those ‘forces for good’ who seem to be the only ones who benefit when ISIS go crazy. Hollywood needs villains just as badly as heroes… the ‘us’ and ‘them’ mentality is pure Hollywood.
Why wasn’t Islam an issue when we had communists to bash around?
Before communists we had black people.
Before black people we had Native Americans.
Before Native Americans we had someone else.
Before someone else, some other people.
There will always be a ‘them’ as a counter to ‘us’, until the time that humanity finally settles on ‘we’.”

Yes, that’s right, folks: ISIS is nothing more than a Hollywood invention designed to keep us distracted and focused on an arbitrary, artificial enemy based on the whims and desires of those in power.  They can’t possibly be actual Muslims because their barbarity is such bad PR that it would turn people off from voluntarily converting to Islam, and as you know voluntary conversion has been a cornerstone of ISIS action and propaganda – no coercion here!  If you oppose ISIS and the ideology they claim as their mandate (Islam), then not only are you playing into the hands of your government and corporate masters (sheeple!), you are just as guilty as ISIS for perpetuating an “us and them” mentality.  The real solution is to seek common ground with terrorists – to not view ISIS as “them,” but focus on our common humanity that makes us a “we.” And if you can’t do that, you are no better than the terrorists.

The problem with this advice is that the folks who comprise ISIS do not appear to actually have any humanity.  These are the folks who keep young girls and women as sex slaves; who burn children alive; who dissolve people in caustic acid, drown them, and force young boys to saw their heads off with knives.  They throw homosexuals from rooftops and stone women to death in the public square for adultery.  They have no regard for civil or secular law, for the principle of free expression, for the freedom to choose a different religion or no religion at all, or for any of the enlightenment values that we in the West take for granted – except to the extent that they can exploit that openness for their own ends.

For my part, if ever there was going to be a “them” to my “us,” the savages who make up ISIS – people who are wholly untethered from any sense of morality, decency, empathy, or humanity – fit that bill.  I do not want to seek common ground with people who unapologetically perpetrate evil, especially in the name of preposterous iron-age superstitions.  It’s one thing to vilify a group of people with arbitrary characteristics for imagined slights or inferiority; it’s quite another to seek justice against those who gleefully commit atrocities without hesitation or conscience.

If your response to my condemnation of fascists, child rapists, torturers, and serial killers is to call me a bigot and make excuses for the suffering they cause and the destroyed lives they leave behind, you need to take a long, hard look at where you’ve parked your high horse – because it sure as hell isn’t on the moral high ground.

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Godless Mama

Godless Mama writes about religion, politics, feminism, and the importance of evidence-based thinking with the goal of improving the world her daughter will inherit.

3 thoughts on “Can’t We All Just Get Along? (Spoiler: No, We Can’t)”

  1. Isn’t it strange how difficult it can be difficult to get along with others when you’re smashing your bullshit beliefs down their throats at the point of a gun


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