Is A Tolerant Culture Being Replaced By An Intolerant One?

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Saher Fares via The Gatestone Institute,

  • One need not go back centuries to the Muslim conquest of the Christian late classical world -- the medieval Barbary corsair raids, the Ottoman yoke in Central and Eastern Europe or the slave markets of Kaffa in Tatar Muslim Crimea -- to understand that this violence clearly predates the European colonial era, the creation of the modern state of Israel, or the issue of climate change.
  • Countries such as China, Nigeria or Kenya that are not Western, not "imperialist", not whatever the excuses that Islamists make, are still spectacularly attacked by similar stabbings. Month on month, there seems almost nowhere that Islamic terror did not strike.
  • Volumes of revered Islamic texts establish in great detail the grounds of violence and oppression of non-believers and those deemed heretical. These supposed grounds -- made alive daily in madrassas and mosques across the world before being acted upon by religiously-trained terrorists -- are childishly dismissed by Western liberals as immaterial.
  • The first step towards a solution is to question the received knowledge tirelessly dished out by media pundits in the West. What is lacking is simply seeing a huge body of evidence of theological justification for Islamist terror.

How thin can excuses wear every time an atrocity is committed in the name of Islam?

When 13 people were killed and scores more injured this week in a vehicle-ramming attack in Barcelona, Spain, and stabbing men shouting "This is for Allah!" on London Bridge and in Borough Market in June, what the victims least cared about was the Western elite pontificating that the latest atrocity "had nothing to do with Islam".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said, "It is time to say enough is enough" and promised a review of her country's counter-terrorism strategy.

In the absence, however, of an honest and tempered look at the root causes of this terrorism, sacred or not, and a painful soul-searching by Muslims themselves of the grounds in their religion that give rise to such violence, it will never be "enough".


On June 4, British PM Theresa May said, "It is time to say enough is enough" and promised a review of her country's counter-terrorism strategy. In the absence, however, of an honest look at the root causes of this terrorism, and a painful soul-searching by Muslims of the grounds in their religion that give rise to such violence, it will never be "enough". (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

One need not go back centuries to the Muslim conquest of the Christian late classical world -- the medieval Barbary corsair raids, the Ottoman yoke in Central and Eastern Europe or the slave markets of Kaffa in Tatar Muslim Crimea -- to understand that this violence clearly predates the European colonial era, the creation of the modern state of Israel, or the issue of climate change.

Only a fortnight ago, 29 Christian Copts were killed for refusing to say, "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet" while on a trip to an Egyptian monastery on May 26. Separately, an unconfirmed number of Christians were killed and taken hostage by a mix of Saudi, Pakistani, Chechen, Moroccan and local jihadists in the southern Philippines during the past few weeks. In addition, 90 people were killed in a bombing in Kabul on May 31, and 26 people were killed at an ice cream parlor in Baghdad during Ramadan. None of these massacres had anything to do with "Bush's war" in Iraq or U.S. President Donald J. Trump's proposed "Muslim ban".

Countries such as China, Nigeria or Kenya that are not Western, not "imperialist", not whatever the excuses that Islamists make, are still spectacularly attacked by similar stabbings. Month on month, there seems almost nowhere Islamic terror did not strike. In January 2014, there the kidnapping and forced conversion of Christian Chibok girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria. In March 2014, there were stabbings at China's Kunming Railway Station in by eight terrorists of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement -- male and female attackers pulled out long-bladed knives and stabbed and slashed passengers. In May 2014, there was the shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. In June 2014, there was the murder of 48 people in Mpeketoni in Kenya, and the list goes on for just the first half of 2014 alone.

The slaughter at London's Parliament Square; the Manchester Arena; the St. Petersburg Metro; Paris's Bataclan Theater and sports stadium; the three bombings targeting travelers in Brussels; last Christmas's truck-ramming attack on a packed festival market in Berlin, to name but a few of the further incidents -- all really had nothing to do with avenging the Congolese from the onerous legacy of King Leopold.

Rather, volumes of revered Islamic texts establish in great detail the grounds of violence and oppression of non-believers and those deemed heretical. These supposed grounds -- made alive daily in madrassas and mosques across the world before being acted upon by religiously trained terrorists -- are childishly dismissed by Western liberals as immaterial.

Meanwhile, men, women and children are being offered as human sacrifices on the altar of political cynicism. Divine justice will doubtlessly judge not only the murderers and a creed that often seems bloodthirsty, but also those who insist, against all evidence, that this creed has nothing to do with those deaths.

The first step towards a solution is to question the received knowledge tirelessly dished out by media pundits in the West, and confirmed by too many supposed Muslim "moderates" both at home and abroad. What is lacking is simply seeing a huge body of evidence of theological justification for Islamist terror.

Have the statements by politicians in the 1990s (for example, at the time of Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman's plot against the World Trade Center) changed from those uttered in the wake of 9/11, or again from those repeated after the San Bernardino attack in 2015? Do politicians give their "Islam is a religion of peace" platitudes out of political expediency or even the slightest knowledge of the ideology of Islam? Do they know actually know more about Islam than many of Islam's learned ulema (scholars), including Ibn Taymiyyah, or the authentic hadith (actions and sayings of Muhammad)? One says:

"Allah's Apostle said, 'I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror.'" (Sahih Al-Bukhari 122)

How does one read verses in the Quran such as:

"I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers. Smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them. This is because they contended against Allah and His Messenger. If any contend against Allah and His Messenger, Allah is strict in punishment." (8:12-13)?

When it is said that Islam has nothing to do with verses such as these, is that meant to appease Muslims, comfort the victims of Islamic terror or support the comfort of the non-Muslim community? If it is the first, well, as history teaches, appeasement simply does not work. Besides, it would be an offensive to presume that Muslims, all Muslims, are to be held responsible for a creed that, in their own understanding of it, greatly varies from one individual to another. If the denial is intended to comfort victims, it does not. And as for the comfort of the non-Muslim community, what is being served up has to be based on what is visibly true. Should such arguments not first be pitched to try to convince those who are willing to kill and be killed in the name of Islam, rather than to those out to have a good time on a Saturday evening?

Will the time come when reformers in the Islamic world will have louder voices in scrutinizing Islam -- despite the obvious dangers to their lives -- than Western elites, who are merely afraid of being falsely accused of being "Islamophobes"? Why should it be "Islamophobic" to want to defend yourself?

For nearly two years, a prime-time TV program by a young Egyptian reformist, Islam el-Beheiry, has called for an overhaul of the millennium-old compilation of hadiths. He argues that much of it is incompatible with modernity and the best understanding of divinity and prophethood:

"Such tradition has very little good amid a multitude of evil, least of which is the insistence by all the Four Schools of Sunni Islam that Christians can be killed with impunity. A Muslim life is 'superior' to that of a non-Muslim. Such is the Ijmaa' (jurisprudence consensus)."

Beheiry was sentenced in May 2015 to five years in prison with hard labor for "defamation of religion" -- thanks to Egypt's blasphemy law. The sentence was reduced in December 2015 to one year. After serving most of his sentence, he was released on a presidential pardon.

Still, this Ramadan 2017, Beheiry was back again on the screen with a program he calls "The Map", in which he is trying to build a scientific way of judging what he thinks is divine and what is not in the mass of Islamic literature.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, an army general who in 2014 came to power following vast street protests against the short-lived rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, said it was no longer feasible that the Muslim World would set itself "in enmity against the whole world".

Now, in Europe, some rightly ask: If one in a thousand is a bad apple, why should we judge all the apples. One also needs to ask: If one in a thousand apple blows up in my yard, how many more violent incidents will Europe get after bringing in a cartload of millions more? Or, what if the problem is not really with the fruit, but with the tree itself?

Why is a desire to preserve one's own culture deemed racist? I do not believe that I am better because I am or am not a Muslim. Is it "xenophobic" to ask such questions when the violence keeps edging closer and closer to home? Why should it be "Islamophobic" to want to defend yourself?

I do not fear Muslims, but I fear that a tolerant culture is being replaced by an intolerant, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and supremacist one -- espoused, even semi-consciously, by much of the Islamic world today. It is a world that is being assured by its scholars that such intolerant, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and supremacist manifestations are, in all ages, in the best spirit of Islam.

Is it "Islamophobic" to be angry at such atrocities committed every day, or to be angry at politicians who lie about what Islam is and is not, and merely call their challengers names while failing to do anything to stop the atrocities?

Should European courts and parliaments criminalize free speech that criticizes this understanding of Islam among the bulk of Islamic jurists, when those jurists stand at the head of an assembly-line of suicide bombers targeting Western nationals?

Should those who ask questions about Islamic terror be ostracized by the mainstream media and academia, while those institutions themselves give no answers to the jihadist problem of "holy hate" in our midst?

I do not wish the world to turn against Muslims. I only wish the sages would stop and think if all this really has "nothing to do with Islam." Can we not say, "stop justifying murderers in the name of your religion"?

Can we not simply say that such creeds will not be allowed here in the West, will not be whitewashed, glossed over, or explained away by Westerners through a mixture of cultural cringe and a misguided sense of guilt? Can we not reject jihad, accept apostasy, and be able freely to ask questions in our public spaces, on our television shows, in our schools and on our streets?

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Expat's picture

Pithy and cogent retort.  You just make that up or been saving it for a special occasion?

I note that you have no intelligent response.  Par for the course.  Try something called "education".  You might not mock intelligence and learning if you had a smattering of either.

I don't downvote (why bother).  I respond with facts and logic.  Obviously that tactic is a problem for ZHer's; they can't deal with facts or logic. 

So, in keeping with ZH spirit and IQ levels: "Fuck you, you fucking fuck fucker.  You suck fucking fuck cocks!"  Forgive me if it's not up to ZH standards; it's hard to think so slow.

farflungstar's picture

I made a cogent response to the person I downvoted.

You? You don't deserve it. You're clearly an asswipe of epic proportions who consistently makes posts where he sounds like a whiny faggot social justice warrior.

What about the Christians, how about the Native Americans wahh wahh wahh shut up bitch

gilhgvc's picture

nah, I just downvote people to piss them off., especially when they bitch about being down voted. That's snowflake country, friend

Subliminal messenger's picture

I expect muslims not to rape Jezidi women, not to kill Koptic Christians, not to destroy Palmyra.

Is that too much to ask?

Sudden Debt's picture

I'm not intolerant.

But when some monkey thinks he can take a piss against the values of the country where I grew up in and who feeds and houses him,

I SAY FUCKING STRAP THEM TO A CANON AND FUCKING SHOOT!

 

AND THOSE FUCKING LEFTISTS CAN MOVE TO AFRICA IF THEY DON'T LIKE IT HERE!

 

IF YOU VISIT MY HOUSE, YOU FOLLOW MY RULES. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THEM, MOVE AND DON'T COME BACK!

Nobodys Home's picture

I'll try. But I have a bad gas problem. I don't do it out of malice and can't help it. I'll just sit on the porch and talk through the window.

shovelhead's picture

You need to find a dog that likes to sniff farts.

Nobodys Home's picture

I've got a next door neighbor that appreciates a good one:)

Expat's picture

Shall we ask the Native Americans about your stupid fucking rules?  Your xenophobia and racism are matched only by your stupidity and ignorance.

If you visit someone else's house (e.g The Middle East) you follow their rules.  Which you don't, do you, because you're a bigot.

So I say sterliize you and your entire genetic line to keep humanity safe from your obvious inferiority.

farflungstar's picture

We get it. You hate America.

Had we not exterminated the savage brown slant eyes (Native Americans LOL) we'd be fighting with them today.

Look what happened to the Rhodesians and South Africans who helped the nigger natives rather than wiping them out. Where are they today?

That's right. Up your ass in tin shacks picking dingle berries. 

gilhgvc's picture

piss off snowflake. you have an axe to grind, do it against your own skull. now go back to your little safe space in the basement of some inner city flat and moan some more about the injustices of life. Life is hard, it's harder when you are as dense as a brick...like you

Nobodys Home's picture

"Is A Tolerant Culture Being Replaced By An Intolerant One?"

FU you Sonamabinch! We love culture! You will like it! Just the way we like it!

the artist's picture

Our Tolerant culteure is being revealed to be Retarded. 

How far can the Frankfurt School push things until we hear a snap!

Rebelrebel7's picture

What has happened to zero hedge?! Is it under new management?!

Joe A's picture

If you had been here with us longer than 6 weeks you would know that these kinds of stories -that are not without merit to my opinion- have been featuring here on ZH for a while....

quadraspleen's picture

More ZioStone divide and rule bollocks. This is the kosher version of what the MSM are vomiting out about “nazis” now their Russia story has hit the skids. Gotta give the peeps what they want, gotta give the peeps what they need

pynky01's picture

MARXIST JINOS ARE YOUR ENEMY... My old daddy RIP was a petroleum engineer with offices in Tripoli, Lagos and Malta ... he worked with muslims every day for years.   He didn't have much to say about them except that they were plenty ignorant ... this was 40+ years ago... as Americans we have gotten fat and lazy with our freedoms...I believe Jefferson's words:  That freedom must be refreshed with the blood of patriots and tyrants... tolerance is for losers..the muzzies know this.. they can't believe how easy it is to kill us..how we willingly extend our neck to their sword...how we don't even have the stones to call them out ...they will keep killing you as long as you let them...and if you let them ..then you deserve it... so it's your choice ....I have already made mine... 

Babble_On2001's picture

First, we need to find out who was really behind 9/11, which was an Israeli masterminded False Flag with help from traitors in the WH, the Pentagon, CIA, FBA and NSA. With generous help from the Lying MSM.

http://www.911history.de/aaannxyz_ch11_en.html

Babble_On2001's picture

Here's the REAL enemy, Boston AntifaWho are good friends with Gatestone

"No room for capitalists, conservatives, libertarians, "classical liberals" or supporters of the US constitution in our city"

https://twitter.com/AntifaBoston/status/899132254202589186

Youri Carma's picture

Yep, because governments rather divide and conquer than having the finger pointed at them now the economy is collapsing and started it themselves with their stupid "Zero Tolerance" slogan which builds up tension in society anyways.

Truly Inspiration's picture

It's always the same game. First these polititans puppets create and allow the situation/crises and then they deliver the solution by limiting our rights more and more. And the stupid majority of the people is believing them!!

any_mouse's picture

Society doesn't last long trying to be tolerant of everything and anything. Good fences and all that.

Pendulums always swing back.

onmail1's picture

Unholy False Sharia Law of Wuslims :

If a wuslim kills a non-wuslim its no crime, no sin & almighty rewards them.
If a wuslim injures a non-wuslim its no crime, no sin & almighty rewards them.
If a wuslim rapes a non-wuslim its no crime, no sin & almighty rewards them.
If a wuslim loots a non-wuslim its no crime, no sin & almighty rewards them.
If a wuslim robs a non-wuslim its no crime, no sin & almighty rewards them.
If a wuslim cheats a non-wuslim its no crime, no sin & almighty rewards them.
If a wuslim harms a non-wuslim in any way its no crime, no sin & almighty rewards them.

Their prophet possessed with devil said :
187 : And attack them & slaughter them if they attack ur mosques. Slaughter is the recompense of the infidels(non-wuslims)

Their religion is violence & lies

Their false prophet has ensured that his followers go to hell by ensuring that they do wrong and practice excessive sex & violence.
Wuslims have permitted many wives and easy divorce by saying Talaq 3 times. The women then become helpless and may become prostitutes.
And before they remarry, the divorced women has to do HALALA i.e. to have sex with their religious leaders qazis/ imams then only they allow her to get a new husband. It appears that this evil practice is allowed in order to spread i$lam by giving free incentive to religious leaders so that they make more mo$ques, more shouting aIIah hu akba , more conversions and when ppl divorce , their wives will come to them for free sex, it will make their women more available & even make them easy prostitues.

So anyone can see that their practices are devilish leading to hell.

shovelhead's picture

Mostly in Houston for driving and Austin for the people who are mostly ex Californians.

Joe A's picture

There is a petition out there asking for the government to declare Antifa a terrorist organization. Started on the 17th of August. Needs 100K signatures but already surpassed that.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/formally-recognize-antifa-terr...

BritBob's picture

The Argentinians are intolerant when it comes to the Falkland Islanders. After nearly 200-years of settlement their government still insists that the islanders DO NOT have the right to determine how and by whom they are governed by.  That view is sad and easily ridiculed-

 Falklands – Self -Determination: https://www.academia.edu/11325329/Falklands_-_Self-Determination_single_page_

White Devil's picture

What is it with you and the Falkland Islands?! Fuck that fly blown shithole.

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

Almost every thread has this fuckstick's Malvinas cut and paste job.

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

At least spell it correctly. Malvinas.

Azannoth's picture

Paganism was replaced by Cuckristianity precisely because it was tolerant towards it, might makes right.

White Devil's picture

Derka Derka Alli Jihad!

YouJustCouldnt's picture

Tragically, nothing will change.  Merkel will be voted back in, and has already made her position crystal clear on economic migrants coming to Europe. "On the issue of an upper limit, my position is clear," Merkel said in an interview broadcast live on Germany's ARD in July 2017. "I won't accept one.

Youth unemployment is exceptionally high in Greece, Spain and Italy.  Why not encourage Europeans to come to Germany instead of illiterate hordes wishing only to suck from the teat of welfare in Europe?

Surely, even Merkel can look to France, U.K. and the U.S. to see who is largely responsible for most of the serious crimes committed, and how much this will cost in terms of policing, court costs and jail.

Azannoth's picture

Because (((Merkel))) signed up to the Kalergi-Plan

YHWH is greater's picture

... and sold her soul to the devil...

HenryKissingerBilderberg's picture

"On the issue of an upper limit, my position is clear: ANAL" Merkel said.

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

She got a nice medal for it though, so that's all that matters.

Merkel (spit) - Coudenhove Kalergi Prize winner (2010).

andrej's picture

How thin can excuses wear every time an atrocity is committed in the name of democracy and human rights?

You know, Afganistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc, etc, etc. Millions of people maimed, murdered, and displaced.

Expat's picture

You mean unreasonably tolerant of the millions of Muslim and Arab civilians killed or maimed by US and European policies and military action over the past twenty-five years?  That?  Or do you mean the handful of Westerners killed by Islamic freedom fighters in their struggle to fight an unfair war against Western military might?

Abaco's picture

It isn't either or dumbfuck! And excusing Islamic terrorism on the basis of US interference simply ignores the entire history of islam. Just shut the fuck up until you have something to say that is not utterly steeped in ignorance.

Expat's picture

Hey, asshole (and I am being nice when I call you that).  They did not start the fight.  We did.  So, until you have something past a 7th grade education, I suggest you leave the adults alone while they discuss grown-up stuff.

thefinn's picture

They DID start the fight. We backed them in afghanistan, they flew planes into buildings as a thankyou.

 

Sugarcandy Mountain's picture

...they flew planes into buildings as a thankyou.

Hahaha! You still believe that? You have the sword of truth as your avatar but you wouldn't know the truth if it smashed you in the face.

Expat's picture

You are so fucking clueless it's painful.  Try reading Ghost Wars to understand Afghanistan.  Then read a few history books about Middle Eastern history.  Toss in a few years of political articles in various journals and magazines.  Pore over UN records from the Middle East and North Africa.  Learn a bit about French intervention in the Maghreb.

Then you can come back and play with the adults.  You are grossly ignorant. 

Oh, and by the way, there was not a single fucking Afghani in any of the planes, dipshit!

gilhgvc's picture

you are dumb as a box of muslims, did you study in school? did you read the fucking article? muslims have been killing and maiming SINCE THE FUCKED UP RELIGION WAS STARTED BY A KIDDIE LOVER. You psuedo intellectual assholes piss me off to no end. You have no clear idea what the fuck happened in the world if it was before 1950. the god damned crusades were started TO PROTECT CHRISTIANS ON PILGRAMAGE TO JERUSALEM AND DRIVE BACK THE INVADING MUSLIM HORDES FROM SOUTHERN EUROPE. stick that in your college degreed ass and bend over time and again for people that fuck goats. is THAT intolerant enough?

YHWH is greater's picture

Fuck you ZEMEL !  (Fag in Morrocan). 

N.B:  not 100 % sure about spelling  ;-)

Jessica6's picture

Which policies in FINLAND were responsible for the Jihadi attack there again? Or Burkina Faso?

History. Read some.

Islam invading India, Africa and the far east:

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/05/the_greatest_murder_mach...

Expat's picture

For one, the Middle East is now Finland's largest arms market.

Islam spread by military force.  So did Christianity.  So what?  Are you justifying slaughtering both Muslims and Christians, or just picking on Muslims because you are Christian?

Grumpy_nl's picture

Nice, when i dont want you to shit at my carpet at home, im intollerant? No, you are the asshole who tries to shit on my carpet.

RhoneGSM's picture

I'm rooting for the Yellowstone Caldera!