but what if there really is a threat
and the pacifists are wrong this time?
Critics of the kind of thing I'm trying to do here often come out with such criticism of our work. "Why are you people afraid of Muslims?" They ask this as if we have some sort of neurosis. "Why are you needlessly stirring up dissent and friction over a perfectly harmless group of people - is it simply because you are white & a lot of them are not?"
Sometimes it doesn't even help if you suggest to people that they respect your arguments enough to actually read them. There, they will find no mention of race, or class, or anything else - only of Sharia law, the Muslim prophet Muhammad, his authoritative legacy and the historically accepted doctrines of Islam, including Jihad. However this just does not matter half the time. Such critics can still only think that we must be criticising a religion if we first hate those people and are looking for an excuse. Suggesting that there seem to be plenty of Atheists criticising Christianity without managing to despise or demonise the people who follow Christ does no good either. We ask why can't people do the same with any other religion? But no, with any other religion that would be racist.
So to those people I say: well, I say nothing. You're not listening. I'll catch you in a few years when things have gotten quite a lot worse and you might finally be ready to listen to reason. Though there does seem to be a never-ending list of excuses we are ready to forward for Islamic misbehaviour and a never-ending willingness to blame ourselves for it instead. So with that in mind, I won't hold my breath.
My fellow "fear monger" Robert Spencer has produced the excellent 5 minute video below on the increasing persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere in the Muslim majority world. He also links this to the increasing threats Christians in particular are now facing in Europe as the devoted followers of the prophet move Westwards. He provides a potted history of the breakdown and then reassertion of Sharia hegemony in the Middle East.
The West needs to be strong & confident to counter all this. Increasingly we are seeing that it is not. Oppose the ingress of Islamic norms and those who push them now or Islam in all its medieval barbarity - and all its offence at our use of Western free speech to criticise it - will dominate our social & legal discourse in years to come. We will completely lose our current identity. As in Britain, authorities will increasingly obfuscate and shield the guilty parties for the sake of "community cohesion".
Is Europe developing in the direction all of us hope? Seriously - would you really want to be a woman, or a homosexual, a Jew or a Christian where Sharia holds sway - in Malmo, Molenbeek, Tower Hamlets or parts of Bradford? Then let's do something while we still can.
Or maybe I'm just using fear to control and divide? Yeah. That's it. That must be it. Because if it's not we all really have to admit that we are heading towards a lot of trouble. And then we'll have to do something.