Given that Islam’s premier skill set is deceit, it is no wonder that people who aren’t really paying attention to that religion are deceived. That skill set is not some recent political strategy adopted by some radical Muslim offshoot that has nothing to do with Islam. It is a feature of pure Islam. It has been a core doctrine in Islam from the practice of Muhammad 1,400 years ago down to this very second. Deceit is taught in Islamic schools, mosques, and Islamic centers. Deceit is to Islam as the golden rule is to Christians. It is ingrained in their culture as perfectly normal.
In dozens of nations and thousands of communities around the globe where Islamic populations are dominant, Muslims apply some version of Islamic morality and law (sharia). If you are a female, gay, infidel, or apostate Muslim, you forfeit your freedoms and possibly your life. I would think that thoughtful Americans, Brits – heck, all Europeans – would consider Islam a cancer and treat it like they would any subversive organization. But no. It is easier to pretend they are just like us and just want to get along.
The “small minority of radicals” that have nothing to do with Islam are on the march. Their march consists of leaders of Islamic states and their supporters and sympathizers numbering in the millions if not tens of millions of other Muslims that oddly have nothing to do with Islam. Heck, the entire Islamic religion has been hijacked by a billion Muslims who have nothing to do with Islam!
Western leaders are fools. As if in a drug-induced stupor, they dismiss facts about Islam and Islamic history. US leadership wants a treaty with Iran concerning their development of nuclear weapons They are hoping that Iranian leadership is just like us – morally speaking – and have the same aspirations as we have. We are fools to think that.
While it is true not every Muslim is a jihadist, most Muslims are either sympathizers or active supporters of Muslims jihadists. Their doctrine clearly teaches the things the jihadists do. Their doctrine also teaches two other things: 1) They are called to support the jihadist because it is the right thing to do, and 2) They need to mask their true thoughts, intentions and actions in an infidel culture to defend themselves and to further Islam. That is “taqiyya.”
The “nice Muslim next door?” He is either an apostate (not practicing most of Islamic doctrine) or he is practicing taqiyya – most likely the latter if he still calls himself a Muslim.
What about Judhi Jasser, the token peace-loving go-to Muslim on Fox news? He is an apostate. He goes against the flow of not only the majority of Islamic texts, but against the teaching of nearly every mosque in this nation and the world. That is, unless he himself is also practicing his own rendition of taqiyya: a foil to attempt to deceive Americans that Islam is something that it is not – like the front man in a Ponzi scheme. We are deceiving ourselves to wishfully think that Islam can be transformed into something it never was – at least not within the lifetimes of our grandchildren and beyond.
Small minority of radicals? I have undergone a progression of understanding of Islam since 9-11:
Before 9-11: I knew nothing about Islam, or at best, that it was just another religion.
Weeks following 9-11: I started researching. I was initially influenced by the words of George Bush I, that “Islam is a religion of peace” and by Karen Armstrong who is an apologist for Islam.
I began reading and gathering facts about Islam from a variety of sources. The most common source was the media at large that continued to offer the Karen Armstrong and George Bush version of Islam. But soon I began balancing those sources with others such as Brigitte Gabriel, Robert Spencer – and later many more. These sources actually presented facts about Islamic beliefs and value systems.
Eventually, the facts gained a lot more credibility in my mind than the fluff presented by people who “knew a nice Muslim next door.’' (Or in the case of George Bush, who probably had a know-nothing apologist for Islam, or perhaps Muslims in the State Department as his advisors on Islam.)
A few months after 9-11 I accepted the idea that there is a “radical” component to Islam and that most Muslims don’t abide by that radical flavor.
It didn’t take me too many years (I guess I’m a little slow) to do some math on Islam. Of the 1.6 billion Muslims on earth and a mere 10% being radical (meaning they would commit violence to further their cause), that means there are “only” 160,000,000 radical Muslims.
And one third of US Muslims support Islamic terror. The percentage is probably much higher. What self-respecting taqiyya-inspired Muslim would tell a US pollster what he really believes? The 19% above probably refers to the broader US population of progressives, liberals, fascists, and socialists who thrive on chaos to gain more power.
Since I do believe in the evolution of thought and learning, it took me a couple more years to realize that it takes a number of non-jihadists to be eyes and ears, provide political cover, mentoring, teaching, logistics, training, and funding for the jihadist effort. That understanding led me to a new calculation of jihadist supporters that likely doubles or triples the number of front line jihadists. That upped the number of supporters to close to half a billion – probably more.
More recently, considering the likes of Obama who clearly supports the Muslim cause (whether he is Muslim or not, he is doing what a Muslim would do), I remembered his words from his book “Audacity of Hope.” He was emphatic that he would side with [Muslim immigrants] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction. This declaration added more light to my understanding of an even more widespread Muslim support for violent jihad – the Muslim sympathizers.
There are those we call “cultural Muslims”, or “casual Muslims”, or “peace loving Muslims” which some believe make up the majority of Muslims. This Muslim majority, as Obama claimed he would do, will likely side with the doctrines of orthodox Islam, the “radicals”, the military wing of the Islamic ummah, if the winds shifted in an ugly direction - from their perspective – meaning if the rest of us woke up to understand what Islam is all about and attempted to do anything about it.
So no, the Islamic threat is not merely from a tiny minority of radicals who have nothing to do with Islam. The threat comes from the greater majority of those who claim Islam as their all encompassing model for life and morality following in the path of Muhammad. Study the life of Muhammad if you want a clue of what faithful, devout orthodox Muslims have in store for the infidel.