With a steady of flow of jihadi attacks taking place worldwide, it might seem reasonable to ask, “If Islam is a religion of peace, and if only a “radical” minority of Muslims are responsible for terrorist acts done in the name of Islam, then why don’t “moderate” Muslims speak out against this violence if it Is done in the name of their faith?”
Well, the answer to that question isn’t easy. First of all, it requires some level of speculation to answer what the motives of someone other than yourself has. Second, if you actually try to search for an answer to this question, you will find more there are many different answers given, and that answer will greatly depend on the ideology of the person you are asking. Before we speculate on what motivations “moderates” have for their perceived silence on this issue, let’s look at some answers that are given by some of the louder voices when this question is asked.
Living in the age of information, one gets used to searching for answers online, and for good reason. If you want to know how many feet are in a mile, what temperature water boils at, what time a movie starts in your area, or what the weather forecast is, then typing your query into a search engine like google and hitting enter is likely to provide you with the answer to your question. But, on issues with social implications, the loudest voices that are easiest to find on the internet as well as in print and television media lean pretty far ideologically to the left.
So, what is the result if you ask search engine giant Google why moderate Muslims don’t speak out against terrorism?
Eight out of ten of the results on the first page all say the same exact thing (and the other two may have been targeted to me since they were from WND.com and Steven Crowder). It seems that all media outlets agree, from The Huffington Post to Time, that moderate Muslims most certainly do speak out against violent terrorism that is done in the name of Islam, and the only reason we don’t know about it is because the media doesn’t cover it.
That’s right: The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Time, and CNN all say that moderate Muslims (which all of these sources claim without reason are the true Muslims) do speak out and condemn violent acts of terrorism done in the name of Islam. And without exception, all of these sources and more, I would in fact be willing to bet every single leftist media source, also agree that it is the media itself’s fault that we don’t know about it.
Eight of ten Google results for the query “why don’t moderate Muslims speak out”, says that moderate Muslims they do speak out, and that the media just doesn’t tell you about it. CNN actually goes as far as to both claim that moderate Muslims do speak out, and to say that they don’t have any responsibility to do so, and so we shouldn’t expect them to, because terrorism is so un-Islamic that it shouldn’t even require them to denounce it. CNN even offers up the irrefutable proof that if you type “Muslims condemn” into a search engine that it will yield up results that show Muslims speaking out against terrorism.
So, in case your logic got in the way, the internet is saturated with articles from major media sources in which they say that the reason you don’t know moderate Muslims are speaking out against terrorism is somehow because even though they are telling you that Muslims are speaking out, the media isn’t telling you they are speaking out. If you ever read George Orwell’s 1984, the term “doublethink” might be coming to mind right about now.
One possible reason then, for “moderate” Muslims not being outspoken against Islamic terrorism, is that the leftist media is beating them to it.
It might seem odd, that if the media is cranking out Muslim apologetic material at the cyclic rate, and if “radical” violent Muslims are a fractional minority, then why is it that we do hear so little, or more importantly see so little from the “moderate” majority to do something to stop these terrorist attacks?
Why is the Muslim world, which should be a virtual utopia if the media’s propaganda is to be believed, so full of violence? It couldn’t possibly be because “radical” Muslims are the majority, could it? Well, for now, and I’d love to get to this later in depth in another article, let’s leave the teachings of the psychotic cross-dressing pedophile Mohammad for just a moment and focus on the beliefs of his modern followers.
Are they “moderate”, or are they “radical”? Let’s see what the numbers tell us.
In order to know if the majority are either “radical” or “moderate,” we need to know how many Muslims we are dealing with. There are roughly about 1.6 billion worldwide, with about 49 countries being Muslim majority countries. We also have to define terms like “radical” and “moderate”. It would be ignorant to think that one would have to be a jihadi terrorist in order to be considered “radical”.
For one, not everyone who holds to the view of Islam, the one that is clearly taught through their canonical text, that a good Muslim should violently subjugate non-believers is an able-bodied man of military fighting age. Terrorist organizations receive assistance and support in more ways than one, people donate money, supplies, or even moral and social support. A much more accurate method of evaluation of whether or not someone is “radical” in their views of Islam would be as simple as whether or not they have radical views, rather than if they have taken radical actions.
I think that it would be reasonable to say that supporting Sharia law, or terrorist organizations, or that saying “honor” killings of women are “sometimes justified” would make one “radical”. That being said, how many Muslims out of the 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide would fit this reasonable definition of “radical”? Surely less than a dozen and they are all in the Middle East somewhere right? Not exactly. The number would be more like 680,000,000. Now that’s a pretty big number, so let’s try to put that in perspective. That is a little more than twice the population of the United States, it’s also about 43% of the worldwide Muslim population.
It gets worse when we look at where these “radical” Muslims are. It might not come as too much of a surprise to find out that 83% of Iranian Muslims support Sharia, or even that 32% of Turkish Muslims say that “honor” killings of women can be justified, but it might come as a little more of a shock that 35% of Muslims living in France said that suicide bombings can be justified, or that 13% of Muslims in America said that violence against civilians can be justified.
So another more serious answer to why “moderate” Muslims don’t speak out against Islamic terrorism is that they are not the vast majority at all; barely more than half, if we are to believe that every Muslim answered the questions honestly. And what do you think would happen to a Muslim who spoke out against terrorism in an environment of “radical” Islam? Well if Quran 9:73 is followed, it wouldn’t look too good for them:
“O Prophet, fight against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination.”
Muslims that actually hold “moderate” views may very well keep quiet about them in order to stay alive.
Of course, there is some truth to the claim that “moderate” Muslims speak out against terrorism done in the name of their religion. Organizations like CAIR, Center for American-Islamic Relations, which has ties to terrorist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, have issued public statements denouncing Islamic terrorism. Likewise, it’s not altogether uncommon to find a Muslim raised in the West who has grown up with Western values, who will condemn Islamic terrorism.
So, why are there such seemingly incompatible views of Islam’s commands within the greater Muslim community? This is where some speculation and generalization is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean that we have to so without evidence and reason.
First, why is possible to find Muslims from the West that are willing to condemn Islamic terrorism? One reason is because some of them find these acts of terrorism done in the name of their religion genuinely offensive. Now, let me be clear that I’m not taking the same position as HuffPo on this. I’m not saying that Islam is a religion of peace, I’m just saying that it’s completely possible that there are Muslims who think that is.
Whether they are willing to admit it or not, most Muslims don’t actually know that much about their religion. Most Muslims, even those that have memorized the entire Quran in Arabic, can’t speak Arabic, the language they say the Quran must be read in to get a full appreciation of the its meaning. That’s right, there are people who memorize an entire book in a language that they don’t speak.
But certainly the Islamic leaders and Imams that speak out against jihad know how to read Arabic and know what the Quran says, so why would they denounce terrorism if, as I would assert, Islam is a religion of violent suppression? Isn’t lying against Islamic law?
So it’s a little hard to take seriously the denouncements of Islamic terrorism made by Islamic leaders that support terrorist organizations like CAIR does, when the religion that they practice has a doctrine that endorses lying for the sake of furthering the spread of Islam.
Which would bring us to the last reason why “moderate” Muslims would not speak out against Islamic terrorism. It is because they aren’t “moderate,” and they simply don’t disapprove, when it gets down to it.
The left would quickly right this off as Islamaphobic bigotry, but they would hypocritically use the same reasoning if it came to Republicans and white supremacy. Remember when Trump wasn’t quick enough to denounce David Duke? The left jumps all over his lack of speed in his denouncement to say that it meant that he wasn’t genuine, and in fact supported white supremacy. And they do that without there being a Republican or white version of it. It might be the least politically correct reason, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less reasonable to say that “moderate” Muslims don’t denounce terrorism because they actually support it.