Playing the ball and not the man
If anyone was to ask me why I’m so insistent on this blog and elsewhere on attacking Islam the philosophy and religious-political movement, but calling for Muslim individuals to be left alone, then my reasoning would be based on two points
Firstly, the average Muslim probably just wants to go to work and raise their families in peace, they may even quietly believe that the main features of Islam are complete gibberish, as you may believe the more outlandish parts of your own spiritual path are gibberish. In other words the individual Muslim is to be given the same human respect that you, yourself would expect. We are all human. To use a very old analogy, not all Germans during WWII were active Nazis, some people just kept their heads down. Therefore not every Muslim individual is a ticking bomb. The Religion of Peace website put it better than I could when they said: ‘Do not judge Islam by the Muslims you know and do not judge Muslims by the Islam you know.’
The second reason why I stick the boot into the ideology and not the individual is that because of the violent nature of Islam it is like a prison for many people who were born Muslim, especially if they are considered as ‘other’ by their co-religionists.
Islam therefore is a prison if you are a woman, or a free thinker, or a Darwinian, or gay, or you want to reform the religion or any number of things that we in the non Muslim world do not consider an issue. Islam contains within it deliberate handicaps on those it deems lesser than a Muslim man, the word of a woman is worth less than a man and she is disadvantaged in inheritance as well. Add onto that the Shariah admonitions to beat women and treat them like dirt and you can see pretty clearly how the prison analogy works. The world of Shariah compliant Islam is a world where women who attempt to assert themselves can be beaten, mutilated, ‘disappeared’ forced into marriage, sold or killed.
Even speaking out in favour of Darwinism and saying that there is no conflict with religion gets a person hounded out of the Mosque in one instance. Don’t even think of being gay in an orthodox Islamic environment, your life will not be long if you do that, especially if you live in a bearded savage nation like Iran, and woe betide if you leave Islam as this entitles the person to the most severe punishments.
Islam it’s like its own self contained mobile prison camp where the other inmates are also the jailers and the grasses as well. Things are bleak for an Islamic free thinker.
Can you understand why there may be many who may want to be free of Islam but who are very scared of doing so?
Would you want to live in an Islamic community or an Islamic country? I know I wouldn’t either but what about those who are born Muslim and want to get out for whatever reason, should they not be helped to get out from their jailers?
The first thing that needs to be done is for the Government and local authorities to stop listening to religiously conservative ‘community leaders’ and start looking after the rights of individuals, and treating individuals as equal under the law and stop this damaging multiculturalist folly of ‘group rights’. It seems when group rights are promoted then the rights of individuals diminish. This must make it more difficult for those under pressure to contemplate leaving the Islamic death cult, because the Law is perceived under multiculturalism to defend the group not the individual.
Attack the fascistic politics and inverted morals of Islam as much as you need to, mock Islam and mock Mohammed, campaign against Islamic terrorism or particular Islamic groups, speak out about the spread of Islam and the violence of Islamic culture. Attack the ideology but leave the innocent individuals alone. It is right in my mind to attack the ideology but do not forget that there are many within Islamic communities who are just as frightened of the bearded savages as anybody else is. Don’t kick the innocent along with the guilty.
Do not attack the inmates when liberating the prison. Always play the ball and not the man.
Note: There will be more ‘leaving Islam’ resources coming this way soon. Watch this space.