Thursday, December 03, 2015
Whose side are Muslims on?
This morning on Fox and; Friends I listened to a woman discussing the massacre in San Bernardino by a devout Muslim, Syed Rizwan Farook. The conversation went well until she recounted how she discussed the murders committed by Farook and his wife with a close Muslim friend who said that these kinds of acts do not represent his religion, and he denounced them. She indicated that this disavowal is what more Muslims should do.
That’s not good enough. It is not good enough for CAIR to call a news conference to denounce this violence and say it’s not the Muslim way. It’s not enough to offer an apology and say it doesn’t represent the billion Muslims who are peaceful.
Muslims must do more than pay lip service.
Syed Rizwan Farook was a member of the Muslim community, a community that knew more about him than they let on. They would know when one of their members begins to act suspiciously. They would know if he buys guns, thousands of rounds of ammunition and body armor. They would know if he begins to talk about Jihad or shows a preference for ISIS. They know if he travels to the Middle East and comes back radicalized. They can see the warning signs, yet they keep quiet. Farook was not on the FBI’s terror suspect list. Farook and his wife were all in the Muslim family. He was a member of the “tribe.” The rest of America is not part of the tribe.
Meanwhile the non-Muslim community has been brainwashed into silence lest they be accused of racism.
From CBS Los Angeles: “A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people.”
If people who oppose abortion keep silent about one of their number who talks about shooting up an abortion clinic, he would not be shielded by this kind of tribal solidarity. There are no religious texts or cultural imperatives that compel a "abortion activists” to shoot up Planned Parenthood clinics.
The Koran is different. Muslims are held to a different standard. Many American think that all that “Good Muslims” need to do to distance themselves from Muslim killers is to say that the killers don’t represent their religion. That’s a lie. It’s a cheap cop-out and a willful misinterpretation of reality. The fact is that the Muslim killers believe they are acting out the beliefs of their religion. Those who have studied the Koran agree; Jihad is what the Koran teaches. It’s Muslims that don’t enforce the edicts of the Koran who are the apostates from fundamental Islam.
I happen to believe that Muslim apostates are in the majority. I hope I’m right. We’ll know based not on the number of verbal denunciations of Islamic terror but on whether Muslims act to stop it.