I wanted to write an article for my blog on the recent events taking place in the so-called “Muslim world”, especially the events In Iraq, but between the news of the execution of 1,700 Iraqi police and military by ISIS/ISIL/EIIL and the news that Boko Haram was apparently executing the girls they had kidnapped in Nigeria, one by one, by stoning and then reading of men having their fingers cut off by the Taliban as punishment for voting….I am too upset to write right now. I am too upset with my fellow Americans, my fellow liberals, my fellow atheists, my fellow humans. We need to recognize that the threat that “radical Islam” poses to humanity right now is very real and very serious. I am close to being undone with heartbreak and disgust.
I am tired of the lie that things will not ever get better. I am tired of the racist notion that people in some parts of the world are less capable of thinking than in other parts of the world. I am tired of isolationism, nationalism, and self interest. Their time has passed. This world is too interconnected now. Be as selfish as you please but if we ignore this growing menace at our own peril and by “our own” I mean every single person on this planet, so spare me the America hating and/or America praise. The world is not America alone and the world is more important than America alone.
The real story, if we pull back our lens for a wide shot, is that religion is losing credibility in every nation on Earth at a rate never before seen. The fundamentalists will react to this. They are reacting to this. Atheism is on the rise in Saudi Arabia for fuck sake! Why did the fight for Khalifa and Sharia become so popular after the Cold War ended?
Was it just that one “evil empire” had been defeated and the Islamists set their sights on the other one? Or was it also the fact that nothing is a bigger threat to the Islamist agenda than the possibility of a post-nationalistic world order wherein no religion has political power, women have equality with men, science is not repressed, sexuality is not repressed, art and music are not repressed, speech is not censored, and free thought is not considered to be “blasphemy”? That is the inevitable direction humankind is headed and these psychological dinosaurs are going to destroy as much as possible on their way out, but they are on the way out.
If you were ever the victim of a bully as a child, you know that “turning the other cheek” only gets you slapped again. Now imagine millions of schoolyard bullies on a mission from god to do nothing less than destroy every non-Islamic government on Earth.The liberals, secularists, feminists, and humanists of the world need to realize that pacifism will not work this time. How many lives have to be sacrificed before people quit dancing around the issue and realize that no one declared war on Islam, these various Islamist armies declared war on the planet?
After posting this article I came across reporting that confirmed that the video of the girl being stoned supposedly in Nigeria is actually from 2013 and the horrific stoning likely took place in Somalia. http://observers.france24.com/content/20140509-nigeria-fake-video-schoolgirl-stoning-somalia