Monday, June 16, 2014

Religion of pieces update

By Donald Sensing

48 Kenyans dead: Witness: Gunmen spared Muslims

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Dozens of extremists attacked a Kenyan coastal town for hours, killing those who couldn't answer questions about Islam and those who didn't know the Somali language, officials and witnesses said Monday. At least 48 people were killed and two hotels were set on fire.
Islam's adherents starting with Mohammed have killed more people than anyone else in history. Hitler, Stalin, Mao - all pikers, mere beginners, compared to Muslims. Muslims killed 80 million people in India between 1000 and 1525. From Mohammed until today, Muslims have enslaved tens of millions of Africans and murdered more than  100 million. No wonder that Islam should rightly be called The Greatest Murder Machine in History.

A photo essay that does not blink at the blood is at the Daily Mail's site, as well as the connections to what happens in the name of Islam elsewhere.

Update: ISIS in Iraq has now boasted that it has murdered 1,700 Iraqi prisoners: "El ISIS anuncia en Twitter que ha ejecutado a 1.700 soldados iraquíes"

Update: Pasted from my 2005 essay, "A Muslim Scholar Looks at Islamism:"

Khaled Abou El Fadl, professor of Islamic law at UCLA's School of Law, wrote a fascinating and highly illuminating article, "Islam and the Theology of Power," on Islam for Today. IMO, it is a must-read for anyone seriously interested in the threat facing America today.

He relates that the classical period of Islamic civilization, culminating in the 11thy century, was marked by a high degree of discourse, a tolerance for disputation and a firm grounding in moral philosophy and principled thinking. Terrorism in classical Islamic jurisprudence was unconditionally condemned: "Regardless of the desired goals or ideological justifications, the terrorizing of the defenseless was recognized as a moral wrong and an offense against society and God." But classical Islam has disappeared. Continues Prof. El Fadl,
Much has changed in the modern age. Islamic civilization has crumbled, and the traditional institutions that once sustained the juristic discourse have all but vanished. The moral foundations that once mapped out Islamic law and theology have disintegrated, leaving an unsettling vacuum. More to the point, the juristic discourses on tolerance towards rebellion and hostility to the use of terror are no longer part of the normative categories of contemporary Muslims. Contemporary Muslim discourses either give lip service to the classical doctrines without a sense of commitment or ignore and neglect them all together.

There are many factors that contributed to this modern reality. Among the pertinent factors is the undeniably traumatic experience of colonialism, which dismantled the traditional institutions of civil society. The emergence of highly centralized, despotic and often corrupt governments, and the nationalization of the institutions of religious learning undermined the mediating role of jurists in Muslim societies. Nearly all charitable religious endowments became state-controlled entities, and Muslim jurists in most Muslim nations became salaried state employees, effectively transforming them into what may be called "court priests." The establishment of the state of Israel, the expulsion of the Palestinians and the persistent military conflicts in which Arab states suffered heavy losses all contributed to a widespread siege mentality and a highly polarized and belligerent political discourse. Perhaps most importantly, Western cultural symbols, modes of production and social values aggressively penetrated the Muslim world, seriously challenging inherited values and practices, and adding to a profound sense of alienation.
El Fadl says that Islamism is at its core a,
... supremacist puritanism that compensates for feelings of defeat, disempowerment and alienation with a distinct sense of self-righteous arrogance vis-à-vis the nondescript "other" -- whether the other is the West, non-believers in general or even Muslims of a different sect and Muslim women. In this sense, it is accurate to describe this widespread modern trend as supremacist, for it sees the world from the perspective of stations of merit and extreme polarization.
Read the whole thing. It's eye opening.

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