Irshad Manji: Islam is the problem
The irrational response to Salman Rushdie’s knighthood is sadly typical
GROWING up in Vancouver, I attended an Islamic school every Saturday. There, I learned that Jews can’t be trusted because they worship “moolah, not Allah”, meaning money, not God. According to my teacher, every last Jew is consumed with business.
But looking around my neighbourhood, I noticed that most of the new business signs featured Asian languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Punjabi and plenty of Urdu. Not Hebrew, Urdu, which is spoken throughout Pakistan.
That reality check made me ask: What if my religious school isn’t educating me? What if it’s indoctrinating me?
I’m reminded of this question thanks to the news that Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses and 10 other works of fiction, will be knighted by the Queen.
The apes from the MSM see the Manji Muslimah’s somehow as the magical cure to the radical Islamists: For them Manji is the ‘moderate Muslim’, which is harder to find than the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Irshad Manji, unlike Ayaan Ali Hirsi, seems unable to make a clean break with the cult, and keeps cooking her own private Islam, because nobody ever takes her up on it and asks the right questions about the immutable tenets of Islam, the attitudes and atmospherics about Muslims, and the subjugation of infidels, dhimmitude and the relentless jihad against the rest of the world over 1400 years. Western journalist’s who prefer to listen to the the Manji’s of this world, would find it far easier to find a cure for this disease by reading the Koran and the sunnah, but they just won’t go there.
“The good news,” she insists, “is it doesn’t have to be like this.” She wants a reformation in Islam, returning it to its clever, fun-loving roots. “
‘Fun loving roots???’ Never, never did Islam have any ‘fun-loving roots’-The mind boggles.
Nobody who has the faintest idea about this cult should give her the light of day. She is neither here or there…
In “The Role of Journalism Today,” a speech to the National Press Club, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells truths that the assembled journalists cannot bear to hear from anyone else.
…It is not the end of history. The 21st century began with a battle of ideas, and this battle is about the values of the West versus those of Islam.
Tony Blair, a leader I admire, wrote in the first issue of this year’s Foreign Affairs magazine that what we were facing after the 11th of September was a battle of ideas, a battle of values. In his article, Blair began by incisively outlining the most crucial conflict of our time, but then lost the line of his argument in inconsistency when he came to clarifying the parties involved in the war of values. He backpedaled against his argument and declared that the Koran is a great book, ahead of its time and good for women.
Why are Westerners so insecure about everything that is so wonderful about the West: political freedom, free press, freedom of expression, equal rights for women and men, gays and heterosexuals, critical thinking, and the great strength of scrutinizing ideas–and especially faith?
It is not the end of history. The 21st century began with a battle of ideas, and this battle is about the values of the West versus those of Islam. Tony Blair and the Pope should not be embarrassed in saying it, and you should stop self-censoring. Islam and liberal democracy are incompatible; cultures and religions are not equal. And perhaps most important of all, Muslims are not half-wits who can respond only in violence. The Koran is not a great book; it is reactionary and full of misogyny.
The Byzantine emperor’s analysis of Muhammad was correct: he spread his faith by the sword.