Denial that Islam is the cause of Islamic terror (not “mad at your boss”; not run of the mill “insanity”; not “guns”; not “radical” Islam) has much in common with the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
There are also five stages of Islamo-Ignorance.
These stages can be described as…
Stage 1. Denial that Islamic terror and murder by Muslims has anything whatsoever to do with Islam or Muslims. Not the doctrine, not the “radicals”. In fact they blame it on guns, poverty, insanity or being offended by just about anything they dislike. But not on Islam. Certainly not. This is Obama’s position, along with most other Muslims. Of course, this is more likely “cover-up” rather than ignorance.
Stage 2. Anger that Islamic terror might have something to do with some non-Islamic Muslims who don’t understand Islam. These continue to be in denial that Islamic terror has much if anything to do with Islam. Most media are of this opinion.
Stage 3. Bargaining in an attempt to dismiss the growing thought that Islamic terror might have something to do with a division of Islam called “radicals”, but not yet accepting that it reflects “true Islam.” Some conservatives are at this stage.
Stage 4. Depression at the thought that Islamic terror is definitely a tool of “radical Islam” but are still in denial that orthodox Islamic doctrine, including their beloved “moderates” have anything tangible to do with Islamic terror cheered on, supported, or committed by anyone other than “radical Muslims.” They make a big deal of Obama being in Stage 1 denial but don’t yet realize that they are in Stage 4 denial, not yet having accepted reality. The commentator in the video below, along with most conservatives, are of this opinion.
Stage 5. Acceptance of the fact that Islamic doctrine, not “radical doctrine”, not “moderate doctrine”, not ancient doctrine, but orthodox Islamic doctrine as taught and exemplified by Muhammad and as promoted by the vast majority of Islamic leaders today is behind and promotes Islamic terror. Not all moderates overtly condone it, but they certainly don’t protest against it which speaks volumes. And we can be certain that many “moderates” privately promote it. Islamic doctrine about gays, Jews, women, infidels, sharia, the caliphate, and jihad are well-known and widespread throughout Islamic communities both here and abroad.
Stages 1 through 4 of Islamo-Ignorance deny this reality. It’s about time they finally reach the 5th stage and accept the fact of what Islam is all about. It is only when we accept the fact of what Islam is, what it teaches, and what it promotes will we finally be motivated to take effective action to protect ourselves against its purposeful, eradication of our freedoms and culture.