Thursday, 26 May 2011

When Islam Attacks

So what conclusions are we to draw from the recent attack on a teacher at the hands of four Muslim fundamentalists? How does a society respond when acolytes of the religion of peace deem it appropriate to stove in the skull of a respected professional for the crime of seeking to educate young Muslims? Well the one thing we don't do is respond in kind, because violence begets violence, and that cheapens the enlightenment values we cherish. What I don't know, and what I'd like to know is how widespread the problem is? Are we seeing the tip of the iceberg? Are these men in any way symbolic of a deeper, underlying problem within the tenets of Islam itself? You see, the trouble with all Holy Books is that we can only read them subjectively, which means that a kindly person will take the peaceable portions of scripture, whilst those with either an agenda or no frontal lobe will use the more vicious parts in order to justify acts and deeds. When push comes to shove I'd hope that the majority of Muslims are gentle and sincere souls, yet we cannot allow ourselves to be ignorant of what the central tenets of this religion are. It is seeking to spread and bloat outward; and it is seeking to ensure that democracy is replaced with theocracy. If you want some idea of how that shakes down take your pick from Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and many other Middle Eastern nations. And then ask yourself, when a doctrine commits itself to propagation and conquest where does that leave those who wish to resist? How much wriggle room do we have? The last thing I want to be is a sensationalist, but you have to be living under a rock to ignore the potential threat to civilized society. I value freedom of speech, freedom of sexual expression, and the right to conform or not conform. What kind of country will the United Kingdom be should the lights go out on these cherished freedoms? Now I don't know what the future is going to bring, but this much I do know; If we allow ancient ideology to dictate the morality of the day, and if we capitulate to the ever lengthening list of demands made by the armies of God, within a couple of decades we shall be living in a very different England.

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