Stupidity is the basic building block of the universe

Would you buy your Islam from a little homo bugger who’s got his head so far up up his arse that he can   chew his food again on the way down?  Brian O’Flynn,  perhaps typical for a guy who lives and breathes pop culture, shouldn’t touch serious matters, and Islam is a matter of life and death. Curiously, he claims that “we tell ourselves comfortable lies”, which is what he does, on the double.

Brian O’Flynn’s focus is on social justice issues and analysis of pop culture. (Le Journal. i.e.) 

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Here’s why those ‘All American heroes’ who stopped the Paris gunman fed into our fantasies

Brian O’Flynn asks, “Is this tired East vs. West analysis of such a complex issue really the best we can do?”

IN THE WAKE of every suspected Jihadist terrorist attack comes the same, predictable headlines.

The aftermath of last weekend’s Parisian train terror was no different. The dialogue around the drama centred on anachronistic divisions which should have been put to bed years ago but still lingers in our collective psyche.

Phrases like “All American heroes” were bandied about as clickbait, and even the world’s most respected broadsheets indulged in detailed analysis of the terror suspect’s background, ethnicity and identity. The media capitalised on the paradigm of the just, vigilant West bravely snuffing out the foreign radical fire.

This paradigm still dominates discussion of terrorism in western media, but it is a reductionist, over-simplified version of reality. Is this tired East vs. West analysis of such a complex issue really the best we can do?

Profiling

As more and more newspapers delved into incredibly detailed examination of the attacker’s history, movements, associations and influences, I had to wonder; what are we really trying to get at?

In such an obvious terrorism case, where the culprit’s story is so outlandish (who finds a loaded AK-47 abandoned in a park?), there seems to be little need for such “justification” for their actions.

The fascination with profiling these people is nothing short of morbid. Do we really think that latching onto minute details about how, when and where the individual was radicalised will help us to understand the most important question; why?

When we shift the focus so narrowly to these areas, we reinforce dangerous ignorance about radicalism. We start to believe that we can explain away his actions by understanding where he was born, who he spoke to and where he travelled.

We start to associate radicalism with a small group of people in a certain location, and we can convince ourselves that as long as we stay away from these people and places, we can be safe.

This is nothing more than delusional self-soothing. And it is being done at the expense of Muslims everywhere.

Religious prejudices 

In reality, we obsess over the personas behind terrorism because it is comforting. We feel that if we know everything about them, it means we’ve beaten them. We think that if the perpetrators fit the same stereotypes that we expect them to, we can dismiss the horror as nothing new. We were totally expecting it from someone like that, right? But this desire to demonise becomes dangerous… the rampant Islamophobia across the UK and the US is evidence of that.

The truth is that more and more British and European people are being turned to radicalism. We can’t seem to go a day in the news without encountering another story of a UK teen who’s run away to join ISIL. These teens often have no familial connection to extreme Islamism, and have self-radicalised via the internet or other means.

Radicalism is the real problem; not Islam. There is no implicit connection between the two, and Christianity can just as easily intersect extremism; just look at the Westboro Baptist Church.

When we conflate Western liberalism with righteousness and Islam with some sort of inherent evil, we reinforce dangerous racial and religious prejudices, and fail to get at the core of the issue.

Fear

It is disturbing that when white males go on killing sprees in schools, cinemas and black churches in the US, the word “terrorism” rarely enters the fray. When a man who openly hates women declares the fact on Youtube before going on a murderous rampage (see Elliot Rodgers in Isla Vista, California), we like to use phrases like “mentally unstable” or “insane”, but never “terrorist”. Apparently, terrorism counts as terrorism when you’re a Muslim, but not when you’re a misogynist.

At the end of the day, it all comes back to fear. We are afraid of terrorists, and rightly so. The idea that apparently sane, functional human beings can whip out a rifle without warning in our local cinema and start firing is… terrifying.

It impinges horribly on the boundaries of innocence and culpability that we construct. We like to believe that if we keep our noses clean, we have nothing to be afraid of. The idea that we might become accidental victims of some worldwide trend during a stroll along a beach in Turkey is scarily beyond our control.

East vs. West

Thus, we tell ourselves comfortable lies. We believe that we are outside the firing zone of this particular global trend. We tell ourselves that it matters that the heroes on that train were American. We tell ourselves it matters that the attacker was Moroccan.

If we believe these lies, then we are able to convince ourselves that it matters that we are Irish; as though this status will somehow keep us safe and warm, insulated from the chaos.

It is for these reasons that we rely so heavily on the East vs. West paradigm. It gives us a sense of security and control in an uncontrollable situation.

It is not such a crime to want to afford ourselves some peace of mind… but let’s not get so caught up in our constructs that we start to really believe the world is so black and white.

Brian is a student at the University of Edinburgh and a regular online contributor to Attitude magazine, the UK’s best-selling LGBT publication. He also contributes to The Outmost and GNI. His focus is on social justice issues and analysis of pop culture.

10 thoughts on “Stupidity is the basic building block of the universe”

  1. “..There is no implicit connection between the two, and Christianity can just as easily intersect extremism; just look at the Westboro Baptist Church…”

    Yes, I’ve just looked at westboro Baptist Church and found 30 or so individuals with some real psychological problems. What’s your point?

    Surely you’re not making any comparison with the numbers of muslim fanatics in the world. And can you really see even Westboro Baptist folk drowning or burning people alive in cages, beheading them, blowing them up, quartering them etc etc?

    “..The media capitalised on the paradigm of the just, vigilant West bravely snuffing out the foreign radical fire…”
    Brian, what if you were on the train with your gay friends instead of the American servicemen? What do you think would have happened – especially if the would-be killer worked out you were a bottom enthusiast? I don’t think you’d have had he chance to make the following tweet:

    & “Brian O’Flynn ‏@BeeFly94 Aug 28.
    Migrants are humans too. This simple fact seems to have been forgotten”

    Brian, so were Ghengis Khan and his horde, so were the Nazis – and so are ISIS.

    1. @

      “Surely you’re not making any comparison with the numbers of muslim fanatics in the world. And can you really see even Westboro Baptist folk drowning or burning people alive in cages, beheading them, blowing them up, quartering them etc etc?”

      Well said, sir. To add to your point. if the examples you cited of the Westboro Baptist is the best example of so called “Christian Extremism” anyone can come up with as an example of Western ‘evilness’….What a said joke. SMH. Idiots in the media? Seriously, what does, idiots shouting obnoxious crap really say about Western Christianity extremism?

      Words versus violence and murder? This is the best dribble that a mollycoddled twat can come up with as being a moral equivalency?

      Someday in the future this writers sissified crap is what people will make fun of, just saying .

  2. The “Westboro Baptist Church” is shrinking from its maximum membership, as young people leave it. It was only ever a tiny cult, peopled mostly by members of one family; the leader’s. The documentary-maker Louis Theroux made one visit to them, a few years ago, which was broadcast as “The Most Hated Family in America”. He returned to find them decreasing in numbers. I expect that all the children involved in it will leave, eventually.

    On the other hand, jihad will continue. That situation is very different.

  3. “…Radicalism is the real problem; not Islam. There is no implicit connection between the two, and Christianity can just as easily intersect extremism; just look at the Westboro Baptist Church. ..”

    Yeah no doubt, how can one not see the similarity between a quack burning hate literature, and a bunch of quacks taking flying lessons and flying commercial planes into high rise buildings, or separating the heads of the bodies of their enemies or genocide of entire religious minorities and making sex shaves of their women.

    It boggles the mind that people don’t see how terribly radical people following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the religion of Christianity can really become…

    Thanks Brian O’Flynn for making this absolutely clear to all of us who are soaked in Islamophobia… We are deeply in your debt…..

    Idiot !!!

  4. Typical SJW – “Social Justice Warrior” (group-might-made-rights gangster extortionist, against all real individual human rights)!

    Re: “Brian O’Flynn asks, “Is this tired East vs. West analysis of such a complex issue really the best we can do?”

    In other words, “Life is too complex to ever be understood, so, since all facts are really only opinions anyway, my subjective, fact-free opinions are the diversely opposite equals to your silly objective facts! Whee!”

    AND, Re:

    “We start to associate radicalism with a small group of people in a certain location, and we can convince ourselves that as long as we stay away from these people and places, we can be safe. This is nothing more than delusional self-soothing. And it is being done at the expense of Muslims everywhere.”

    i.e: “Yes, those poor muslims – we must not fear them, but embrace them at every opportunity! Whee!”

    This is pure masochism – pretending to be able to “control” his fear, BY causing those very same, worst-case scenario problems which cause the pains he fears the most.

    Next up, Re: “Radicalism is the real problem; not Islam. There is no implicit connection between the two, and Christianity can just as easily intersect extremism; just look at the Westboro Baptist Church. When we conflate Western liberalism with righteousness and Islam with some sort of inherent evil, we reinforce dangerous racial and religious prejudices, and fail to get at the core of the issue.”

    Yes, islam is a race, and all Western people are racists. The Baptists routinely behead babies, burn people alive, and have large volunteer armies taking over tracts of land the size of small countries by violent force. Happens all the time!

    Nothing like refusing to do basic research before pontificating and scolding everyone else, based on your own slanderous stereotyping of them, eh?

    Re: “Apparently, terrorism counts as terrorism when you’re a Muslim, but not when you’re a misogynist.”

    Yes, because the Quran doesn’t officially mention or endorse terrorism at all, and muslims aren’t taught to be misogynists.

    That’s only for white males, and no white males (well, except for Chechnyans) are muslims, because islam is a race of swarthy people of colour who must be protected, not feared, at all costs. To you and yours!

    Re: “We tell ourselves that it matters that the heroes on that train were American. We tell ourselves it matters that the attacker was Moroccan.”

    Actually, muslims don’t believe in nation-state identity, which they regard as man-made false idols, to be eventually destroyed and replaced by their one-world global muslim Ummah, to be ruled by their theocratic caliphate government.

    They identify them selves and all others only by religion.

    The “East versus West” (“Orientalist”) racist stereotype slander was, in fact, invented out of whole cloth by muslim propagandist Edward Said, and sold to feral liberal millennial university drones.

    1. @Uncle Valddi

      “In other words, “Life is too complex to ever be understood, so, since all facts are really only opinions anyway, my subjective, fact-free opinions are the diversely opposite equals to your silly objective facts! Whee!”

      Well said sir. Well said….Applause! Bravo.

      It’s the lack of intellectualism that is appalling.

  5. The Westborough Baptist Church is the best example this person cites as an equivalency to the murder and violence of Muslims? Really? Ugh, such intellecutal dishonesty is why I hate the left.

    The WBC are obnoxious arseholes. Who are entitled to their 1st Amendment right to say dumb shit, much like the author. If the author had any true intellectual courage as a writer, rather than cite the tired ol’ Christen WBC, he’s argument could have been stronger citing any one of those ‘radicalized’ African animism religions that kill people as sacrifice or cut up body parts off of people to counter the bad JuJu.

    The WBC have not gone out and murdered people or raped a 1,000 (Western) little girls because they were not from their own cultural background, therefore making them fair game to violate and abuse.

    Furthermore, the writer likes to throw around big words like East -West paradigm, but it is disingenuous and dishonest argument that is standard onesided. Such dishonesty only perpetuates the Leftist (the writers) world view that anyone different from the Eurocentric existence, like a Muslim is a victim of the big bad West event though they are the aggressor.

    At the end of the day, the author is nothing more than a spineless apologist. Faced with having to choose the effeminate twat of a writer or the Americans, I know who I want in front of me or besides me.

    Good on you, American sons. Well done.

    Lastly, That East to West paradigm is constantly realized in violent acts against the West as reflected in the murder and beheading of Drummer Lee Rigby, duh! That big bloody sword imagery over an alleged enemy solider ….That ‘is’ an example of historic Eastern paradigmatic iconography. Or, the Eastern iconography is exemplified in the sexual enslavement of a white Western woman-American Pro-Palestinian Activist -Kayla Mueller who was captured and sexually enslaved by the Isis Neocaliphate. Those two actions alone reflect Levant cultural mythos actualized in real time.

    The author can tell himself all those comfortable lies he wants because a fool like you, lacks the honesty to recognize your a dead man walking if a Muslim dominate world is realized in the 21st century. I am willing to wager the muzzies will figure out he’s queer and send him flying. Good luck with that.

    The author should stick to pop fluff articles about banal popstars.

  6. How many people did WBC members torture, kill, enslave, plunder or displace? In which New Testament book, chapter and verse did Jesus Christ command them to harass queers or exemplify such actions??

    Radicalism, radical & radicalize are false memes. its Islam, stupid! Those engaged in Islamic conquest, pillage, plunder, rape and terrorism are believers as per 9.111 & 49.15, not radicals.

    How did such an ignorant, stupid, insane fool gain admission to any institution of secondary education?

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