Bruce Burleson – June 4, 2017 



How many times have we heard the argument from the left every time there’s an Islamic terror attack: “But that’s not real Islam.”


Really?  Then what is “real Islam?”


The same leftists—often Trotskyists or Leninists of one stripe or another—who make that argument will also tell you that the Soviet Union wasn’t “real Communism.”  That Cuba or Venezuela don’t represent “real socialism.”    Don’t worry, they tell us.  The real thing is still on the way.  We’ve been hearing that at least since 1917 if not before.  And by the way, the same leftists would also like to turn Western civilization into a socialist hellhole.  The election of Donald Trump however has put their plans on hold, thankfully.


Although it is of course true that not all Muslims become radicalized and commit acts of terrorism, it is true that all Islamic terrorism derives from Islam.  Jihadists study from exactly the same texts as the imams who run the world’s mosques, many of whom claim to be “moderates” and not radicals.  And the reality is that here in America we have no way of knowing which Muslims merely want to practice their faith, and which ones are plotting to kill us.  How many times have we heard it said about Muslim terrorists:  “But that guy next door seemed like such a decent guy.”


When you look at the Islamic radicals who have committed acts of terrorism, you quickly learn that most of them had been attending local mosques.  The Tsarnaev brothers for example—the two miscreants who bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013—had ties to the Islamic Society of Boston.  But, of course, the leaders of that mosque quickly distanced themselves from the Tsarnaevs:  “But that’s not real Islam.”


And in the name of political correctness, the mainstream media has bought into that, as well as academia.  By the time you graduate college these days, you’ve been indoctrinated into “multiculturalism” and taught not to become “Islamophobic.”  One wonders if anyone actually learns anything useful in college anymore.  It appears our campuses have become little more than indoctrination centers for the left, with the only acceptable curriculum being cultural Marxism.


Anyway, you don’t have to spend a lot of time reading the Islamic texts to find repeated references to committing acts of violence against non-Muslims.  And you don’t have to dig too deeply to see that Islam is in fact more of a geopolitical ideology than a religion.  According to researchers at TheReligionOfPeace.com:


“The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

“Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, most verses in the Quran are open-ended, meaning that they are not necessarily restrained by historical context contained in the surrounding text (although many Muslims choose to think of them that way). They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subject to interpretation as anything else in the Quran.

“The context of violent passages is more ambiguous than might be expected of a perfect book from a loving God. Most contemporary Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book's call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence. Islam apologists cater to these preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact and generally don't stand up to scrutiny.  Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology.”

I would beg to differ from that last point.  Good people do not subscribe to bad ideology.  Good people do not blow up teenagers trying to enjoy themselves at a rock concert.  Good people do not fly airplanes into buildings in the name of Allah.  And good people do not become radicalized and then fly off to the far corners of the world to get terrorist training so that they can return home and murder innocent people.


And even if one doesn’t delve into the Islamic texts themselves, one need only look at history to see what happens when Islam becomes the dominant paradigm.  In most countries where Islam is the major religion, Sharia law is practiced.  The reality in these countries is that women are treated as little more than property.  (But try explaining that to feminists in the west, and you get called—guess what—“Islamophobic” or even “sexist!”)  In many Islamic countries, women are forced to wear a burqa, or at least a hijab.  Men won’t look at women unless they’re married to them.  Women can’t drive a car and in general are relegated to second-class citizen status.  Meanwhile back at home, feminists like Linda Sarsour demand respect for Islam, and even lead “women’s marches.”  Leftists portray Muslims as victims and not perpetrators.  The same leftists cried foul when Donald Trump tried to impose a travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries.


Whatever one may think of homosexuality, it’s not unusual for gays or lesbians to be killed or otherwise punished in Islamic societies due to their sexual orientation.  It’s a well-known fact that ISIS routinely throws gays off of buildings. 


And if you’re anything other than a practicing Muslim, you’re a “dhimmi”—again, a second-class citizen.  Christians are routinely murdered in Egypt and other countries because of their faith.  And if an atheist such as myself were to pronounce the non-existence of Allah on the streets of Baghdad or Riyadh?  Well, use your imagination.


For 1,400 years, Islam has been an ideology of conquest and domination, and where large numbers of Muslims congregate, inevitably demands are made to establish Sharia law.  (In fact, that is the reason there is a giant wall around the Vatican, as Muslim invaders once sought to destroy it.)  This is an historic fact, and has been the historic pattern for centuries.  And yet, somehow, we’re all supposed to “coexist” and even accept Islamic culture in Western societies.


We don’t have to accept anything.  Sharia law is completely incompatible with Western civilization.  And we had better begin containing it to the Islamic world, or in another hundred years or so Western civilization as we know it will cease to exist.  The process of destruction has already begun in Europe, where politicians stand by and just allow it to happen in the name of political correctness.


In America, we still have a chance to stop the spread of Islam, as Muslims constitute about one percent of the population.  But if we make the same mistake as the Europeans, America as we know it is going to look very different in the future.  It will no longer be a place where people enjoy First Amendment rights, celebrate whatever religious holidays we wish to celebrate, or enjoy any of the other freedoms we now have.


The challenge in America is unique, because most people view Islam as a religion that is protected under the Constitution, just like any other religion.  If we continue to define Islam as such, it will eventually destroy the country.  If however we define Islam as a political ideology with an eye on world domination, we have a chance to preserve our country and its Constitution.


We have a choice to make.  It’s political correctness and the spread of Islam, or it’s freedom.  The choice is up to us.