Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Flogging the floggers

I know you're thinking, "Oh boy Rich is going to rip into advertising and skewer the entire industry with a scathing commentary about unequal wealth distribution, frozen salaries, unfair labor practices, bean counter management and the disintegration of our business at the hands of jargon-spewing, digital charlatans. He owes us that much after boring the hell out of us with last week's week long travelogue through Louisiana and Eastern Texas."

Sorry, that's not what today is about.

That fertile ground will be tilled at a later date. Maybe tomorrow.

Today, I am still boiling with anger and disgust over last week's Islamist attacks in Paris.

First off, I know there is a growing movement to disassociate the murders at the cartoonist office and at the Jewish supermarket from anything Islam. The apologists are quick to point out that the killing of innocent people has nothing to do with the religion.

That argument, of course, is uh, how shall I say this….Bullshit.

To the contrary, it has EVERYTHING to do with Islam. In the most exclusive sense of the word.

Or is it not apparent that Islam is not just a religion, it is a way of life, incorporated fully into culture, art and politics? There are madrassas throughout the Asian continent, posing as schools, that teach from one book and one book only -- The Holy Quran.

And the Quran and the Hadith are chock full of passages calling for the slaying of non-believers. I believe the term is Kuffar. And if I were so inclined I could cite many verses calling for the death of infidels. Many more calling for mine, as I am a member of the Tribe, a descendant of pigs and apes.

It was no mistake they were in a market selling Kosher goods. No mistake at all.

I understand the desire of moderate Muslims to distance themselves, semantically, from the acts of these  butchers, but if you were to remove religion from the equation, these Neanderthals would have no reason to be taking up arms against non-believers. No reason to hunt down Jews, slay innocent cartoonists or decimate entire Nigerian villages.

All of which begs the question, "If true Islam is not about terrorizing people, establishing a Caliphate, repressing rights, killing homosexuals, subjugating women and imposing Sharia law onto the Ummah (the entire world, Muslim and non-Muslim alike), what exactly is Islam about?"

There's no need for an apology. I know the actions of a few, perhaps a few thousand, extremists do not represent the beliefs of the 1.6 billion.

But there is a need for a PR campaign. And a reformation. An effort that reshapes the current narrative. Something that demonstrates Muslims are tolerant, modern, willing and able to co-exist with the 5.4 billion people on the planet who do not share their faith and have no obligation to abide by it.

By the way, the effort to marginalize these acts of terror and consign them to a bunch of crazy lone wolves is not helped when, a day after the Saudi government officially went on record to condemn the killing of the cartoonists in Paris, they proceeded to publicly flog a liberal Muslim blogger who dared to express his less-than-agreeable opinion of the faith.

Watching the young and old, moderates I'll assume, rushing to the flesh-searing festivities does make me very optimistic.

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