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Surreal View of Islamic Culture Must End

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Nov 30, 2017 at 13:58

The West has made a big mistake in its immigration policies by allowing so many Muslims in before a realistic assessment of Islamic culture and ideology had been made. It seems doubtful that such liberal open-door policies would have been adopted had there been a common understanding about the violent and supremacist nature of Islamic doctrine, as well as the far-right views and practices in Muslim society when it comes to women, gays, other religions or free speech.

Much of the blame must go to the Left. It has been the establishment "intelligentsia" which has defined the prevailing terms and arguments of moral opprobrium, such as "Islamophobia", implying that bigotry is mainly a white and Western problem, but not so much a Muslim one. Yet Islam, which has a plethora of terms of scorn for non-Muslims, such as Infidel or Kaffir, or even animal names of derision such as ape or pig, does not merit a comparable epithet such as "Infidelophobia" or "Kaffirophobia". This is like the dog that didn't bark, because the absence of such terms implies that Muslims cannot be bigots. This surreal view carries over into the liberal romance with Muslim victimhood, as though every grotesque atrocity committed by Muslims can be excused as an act of desperation by victims of Western abuse, whether colonialism or Zionism.

As the Western countries experience the foibles and darker realities of Muslim culture first hand, there will come a dawning realization that Muslims can be every bit as bigoted and hateful as any Westerners - familiarity breeds contempt. Sadly, the pace of that awakening may be too slow to halt what is rapidly becoming a major demographic disaster.

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