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September 18, 2012

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And Rushdie is one hell of a writer. Midnight's Children is hilarious.

I have it on very good authority that Islam is *not* going to Conquer the World.

Conversion to Islam and endorsement of the fatwa is FAR less offensive than his earlier production of shitty hippie music.

Islam is a bad ideology that is holding back the people of the Southwest Asia. Smart or otherwise decent people can come up with bogus worldviews which ruin society look no further than liberalism. IQ matters but so does culture and how that mental power is put to use. Heaving your butt into the air five times a day or studying math and science. In our case school teaching condoms on cucumbers/queer theory or the value of hard work.

Many well-meaning and otherwise educated* liberals simply don't recognize that Islam inherently has a different relationship with coercion than, say, Judaism or Christianity, the latter of which liberals are quick to cite in their reactive cries of "See, *all* sides do it!"

Pace the incoherent modern belief that "all religion is essentially the same", this coercive element of Islam flows directly from its theological foundation, particularly its exegetical tradition which is sharply distinguished from Christianity by the nature of revelation (Quran, a text, as true revelation vs. Christ, a person, as true revelation).

I pass on this article to as many of my liberal friends as possible: http://www.meforum.org/1754/peace-or-jihad-abrogation-in-islam

* perhaps "quasi-educated" is a better description

This is nonsense. Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam is an intelligent man, perfectly capable of making his own choices and taking responsibility for them. If he freely chooses to believe in the vile system known as Islam, he has to expect the consequences. The same line of reasoning could be used to exonerate people who believed in despicable systems such as Naziism or Communism. Consider:

Being pissed off at Heinrich Himmler is the equivalent of shooting the messenger. After studying Naziism for more than a decade, it made sense to Himmler that the Jews should be exterminated for their crimes against the German people. The lesson we should get from this is not that Himmler was inherently evil, but that Naziism can corrupt even someone like Heinrich Himmler, who was previously a peaceful Bavarian chicken farmer.


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Stevens/Islam is a disgusting apologist for a barbaric philosophy that is completely antithetical to civilized Western beliefs. And, like almost all Muslims, he doesn't like Jews or Israel. He wrote:

“The Jews seem neither to respect God nor his creation. Their own holy books contain the curse of God brought upon them by their prophets on account of their disobedience to Him and mischief in the earth. We have seen the disrespect for religion displayed by those who consider themselves to be ‘God’s chosen people.’…There will be no justice until all the land is given back to its rightful owners… Only Islam can bring peace back to the Holy Land.”

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/6284/islam-denied-entry-cat-stevens-peace-train-of-islamic-hate-derailed/

He also has ties to terrorist groups such as Hamas and has supported the fatwa against Salmon Rushdie. When he talks about peace and brotherhood, he's practicing taqiyyah, or sacred deception.

I can't hear his music without thinking of the barbaric belief system he has embraced or the monstrous crimes of his coreligionists. So you can have it if you like. But don't expect to ride on the Peace Train - no Jews allowed.

[HS: I prefer to think of them as two separate people. Cat Stevens wrote "Peace Train" and Yusuf Islam apologizes for Islam.]

Hippies and radical Muslims both hate Western civilization. I don't think it's much of a transition from one to the other.

Churchill on Islam:

Individual Moslems may show splendid
qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social
development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists
in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and
proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa,
raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity
is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it
had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell
the civilization of ancient Rome."

The New Yorker published an account by Rushdie of his ordeal recently.

Since Rushdie was, of all horrors, a secular liberal writer who lived in London, its fashionable to bash him. But in the article he makes a persuasive case that what happened to him was pretty horrible.

Think about it. A senile dictator is dying in a country. To gain an advantage in a succession struggle, a faction around the dictator gets him to sign a document condemning to death a citizen of a completely separate country (who was born in a third country). This death sentence is illegal under the laws of the country where the dictator lives. And while this guy survives and the government where he is a taxpaying citizen protects him from the death sentence, they make no secret (from the prime minister on down) of their impatience about why doesn't he just go and off himself and the common reaction to this guy's situation is ridicule.

In the past, if a writer pissed off TPTB in one country they could go to another, not a trivial task, and be somewhat protected. Now not longer. Its legitimate for a government to go and execute their critics even if they live elsewhere or had never set foot in the government's jurisdiction. Rushdie made this point in the New Yorker. Can a writer be sure that everyone everywhere likes him or her enough to be protected from this manifestation of globalization?

The question isn't whether Islam is going to take over the world. The question is whether Muslims are going to continue to make life less pleasant for the rest of us? I think the answer is Yes. Will the amount of unpleasantness they cause go up? Certainly in areas where their numbers increase.

Will they lose faith? That's the most interesting question.

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