- Published on Saturday, 22 January 2011 06:11
- Written by John Draper
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Muslims in Western countries are worried about bigotry - but maybe they need to do something about their extremists. Why is it that there are 10 Muslim extremists for every Christian extremist (approx)? Doesn't that tell us something? The fact that there are many more extremists in one religion than another is evidence that one religion (Islam) encourages extremist thinking more than the other. Yet Muslims get very sensitive about anyone pointing this out. Al-Azhar, a Sunni Muslim learning centre in Cairo, Egypt, has cut off ties with the Vatican because of the pope's criticism of Muslim attacks on Christians and a British Cabinet Minister who is Muslim has criticized British prejudice against Muslims that she says has become "acceptable". (National Post). But the way to stop these things is to stop the extremist behaviour - or at least cut it down by a factor of 10. And the way to stop the extremist behaviour, is to stop the behaviour by Muslims that encourages that.
The first step is to start by making sure all education of both Muslims children and adults does NOT teach that non-Muslims are inferior (e.g. pigs) - they can still teach that non-Muslims have the wrong religion but just teach them to feel sorry for them and not hate them. But currently, all Muslims are taught from an early age that they must hate Jews and dhimmis (non-Muslims). This is taught in their schools and in their mosques (See this article). In Western countries it is more subtle but to dedicated young Muslims, the message is clear so they try to do something about it. Many become terrorists. The situation in Saudi Arabia is documented in a recent book by Patrick Tom Notestine called "Paramedic to the Prince." Here Notestine documents how Saudis are taught all about the Qur'an and little about anything else - and they learn at an early age to hate Americans and Jews. Muslims in many other countries, notably Pakistan, are taught the same thing. Every day it seems there are stories from Pakistan of Christians being killed for their faith - yet the pope is criticized for pointing this out.
The politically correct crowd would have us believe that the solution is to stop being bigoted - yet bigotry is another word for prejudice and prejudice is derived from our observations of behaviour. In some cases the observations are out-dated or result in false conclusions but in the case of Muslims, it is based on things we have heard about very recently. (See this site for examples) Every day there are reports about Muslim atrocities - the problem is clear, the single common factor is Islam. If someone resolves today to keep an open mind about Muslims, tomorrow there will be a story making it hard to continue with kind thoughts.
There are obviously many people who call themselves Muslim who do not go around terrorizing others but they have selectively rejected much of what they have been taught about Islam - much like many Christians have rejected a large part of Christianity (hell, bible inconsistencies, old testament genocide, approval of slavery etc). These moderate Muslims have rejected what most Muslims are still being taught. Christians have also stopped teaching children to hate Jews and in most cases, gradually stopped preaching intolerance of other religions. It's time for Muslims to do the same.