There was a debate some time ago in which I expressed a commonly-understood truth, that terrorism today is more likely to come from an Islamic source than, say, a Christian source, or a Jewish source. My Progressive opponent proceeded to use the “not all Muslims” defense, and accuse me of bigotry for assuming that all Muslims are terrorists even though, of course, I never claimed any such thing.
It’s a rhetorical technique that grows tiresome from overuse. When you use a generalization about Islam, you will be attacked for applying the generalization to individuals even when you haven’t done so. But it’s not a principle, either. Many of these very same Progressives will loudly proclaim “Yes All Men” when discussing “Rape Culture” or other Radical Feminist fairy tales. So it is a rhetorical trick that they will use only when it benefits them.
Mark Steyn tells us of a Muslim man who expressed a positive message to his Christian patrons. The man was killed not long after by his own coreligionists.
In the spirit of the season, Asad Shah, a Glasgow newsagent and a “devout Muslim”*[see update at the foot of the page], decided to send out an Easter greeting on his Facebook page:
GOOD FRIDAY AND VERY HAPPY EASTER, ESPECIALLY TO MY BELOVED CHRISTIAN NATION X! BISMILLAH…
Let’s Follow The Real Footstep Of Beloved Holy Jesus Christ (PBUH) And Get The Real Success In Both Worlds xxxx
Less than four hours after this ecumenical greeting, Mr Shah was savagely murdered outside his shopby his co-religionists:
This is a very sad event. I expect that Mr. Shah was rewarded by a just and caring God, and that his murderers will find their “reward” in a very different place than they expect.
Most of us conservative-minded folks understand C.S. Lewis’s message about those who do good deeds while extolling a name which is evil:
Son, thou art welcome. But I said, Alas, Lord, I am no son of thine but the servant of Tash. He answered, Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me.
Islam is a religion full of hateful, violent things. It contains a streak of political supremacy in it, a command to spread by the sword. But some, as the character of Emeth in The Last Battle, will do good and be righteous nonetheless. Christ will be in their hearts even if they do not realize it as such. Yes, I know I am treading on theological matters, and I usually avoid going too far into that. But I’ve always believed that God knows his own.
So Progressives, enough already. We’re not stupid, okay? We know full well, and probably much better than you do, that there are good people in any faith, and in every part of the world. My own family was saved from genocide by a Muslim Turk who paid for the family to escape to America. I hope (and expect) to meet him in the life to come, too.
When we talk about immigration, the refugees, and Islamic terrorism, don’t be so naive, Progressives. Do you think we don’t know the price of our positions? We know that some of the refugees are genuine. Of course, we also know that others are merely seeking welfare monies, and still others are active agents of destruction. We do not, and will not, trust you to screen them. You are too soft to make the tough decisions. You melt at the first sign of tears. You apply blanket victimization to everyone, and sweep their crimes under the rug because it makes you feel all tingly inside.
Progressives, you don’t really understand conservatives. You believe us to be racist bigots because you are racist bigots. You spend your lives overcompensating for this. Secretly, you do not want Muslim neighbors, or black neighbors, or Latin neighbors. And when you feel guilty about it, you project this guilt on us. We want to be left alone, above all else, but you cannot abide this. You must foist your social justice delusions upon us.
We are a practical people, us conservative folk. If you show us that a Muslim is good, righteous, peaceful, and able to assimilate our culture and values, we will welcome him. It’s never been about that. The problem is that you have demonstrated the opposite. You brought millions into Europe, and now you reap the whirlwind of terrorism, rapes, crimes, and politically correct bologna like suggesting German schools should stop serving pork.
You didn’t make your case, Progressives. You proved yourself wrong. And then you say to us “you are racist if you don’t want more of this!” No, Progressives, you are blind and stupid if you cannot see why we don’t want it. If every Muslim was like Mr. Shah, or the man who saved my family, we would value them more than we value you.
But, sadly, in the world we live in they are the exceptional individuals, and the generalizations still hold true at a meta-level. Muslims are not assimilating in large numbers. There are too many terrorists and criminals coming in with them. And, as it has been for nearly 1,500 years, Islam continues to have bloody borders and religious violence at a level far greater than Europe had even in the middle of the Crusades.
We conservative folks wish it were otherwise. But we live in the real world, Progressives, not the fantastical utopia you have constructed in your minds. We live in a fallen world, where hard choices must be made, where people must sometimes be turned away because you cannot help them, or because the risk to your own is too great to bear.
What good will be done when the West is gone, and the Islamic world is still eating itself? What will humanity’s future be like when you are gone, victims of an Islamic world that hates you as much as it hates us? You seem to think that you will be rewarded for your double-dealing, for your treachery, and for your blindness. But if we fall, you will go with us.
And then the whole of the world will be given over to the service of Tash. Is that what you really want?