Before I get going I would first like to send my condolences to the families of those who were killed in the recent coordinated attack on Paris. To those who may have lost some faith in humanity that evening, medical professionals reported to hospitals voluntarily to assist in aiding the wounded. The numbers currently show that over 100 people were killed in this attack, (over 350 wounded) and the President of France has called this an “act of war” by the Islamic State. Despite the idea that Western countries don’t want to recognize ISIS as an entity, it may have no choice but to do so. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attacks as well.
In light of this tragic event, a very scripted argument has been taking place involving Muslims and immigration since President Hollande closed the borders of France. I would just like to interject some simple rules into this argument and perhaps sway people to be more reasonable in regards to this subject. Here are a few guidelines that, in my view, will allow people to have this argument more efficiently and honestly:
- When someone says, “The attackers were Muslims,” they are not claiming that all Muslims do this, or spreading hate about Muslims in general. They are simply stating a fact.
- When someone says, “Not all Muslims are terrorists, or support terrorism,” they are not claiming that no Muslims are terrorists.
- When someone says, “Just because they said ‘Allahu Akbar’ before shooting/detonating doesn’t mean they are Muslims,” they are being deliberately moronic to avoid the obvious.
- Being a Muslim is not the same as being of Middle-Eastern descent. Stop making stupid comparisons between races and religions.
- You are not the sole decider of what constitutes a Muslim. Someone who follows the Quran and Hadiths to the letter will perform these heinous actions. You cannot disassociate ISIS from Islam. Without Islam, no ISIS would exist. It is the same with Christianity. Without Christianity, no Westboro Baptist Church would exist. Although, this may not be an apt comparison because one obviously causes more mayhem than the other. Peaceful Muslims are not following the text to the letter. They are inserting their own (better) morality and removing the bits that they find immoral or unfavorable. Either that or they rationalize them away. Christianity has gone through this evolution, Islam has yet to do so.
- It is not hatred to point out that the vast majority of religiously motivated terrorist acts are committed by Muslims.
- Anyone who says “Islamophobia” should be slapped.
- You are not immediately a racist for supporting stricter immigration policies.
- Muslims who are denouncing the attacks are not necessarily lying about it.
- Don’t be like #Mizzou or #BlackOnCampus and complain that the media is ignoring you in favor of these Paris attacks. You are a disgusting human being if you do so. There are actual victims in the case of Paris. Plus, when you set up a “no media safe space,” don’t whine when the media takes the hint.
Hopefully these simple guidelines will allow people to be constructive when discussing these types of things with one another. Islam needs to be able to take mockery and criticism without it being labeled hate. If that can’t be done then we will get nowhere very quickly.
Liberte Egalite Fraternite