“Americans have learned to expect, after every Islamist terror attack, lectures instructing them that such assaults should in no way be connected to Islamic faith of any kind.” — Dorothy Rabinowitz
In Vancouver, B.C. they are now handing out free heroin to addicts. Turns out that the B.C. government is spending more money on drugs than on treatment to get addicts off drugs. One caller phoned in to a CBC Radio host, complaining about the absurdity of such a self-defeating strategy and remarking: “We are living in a nihilistic world.” He pointed out what should have been the obvious, that such a program did nothing but encourage addicts from the surrounding areas to move to Vancouver to get free drugs, that handing out free heroin to these addicts would only accommodate their addiction, not remedy it.
We are doing to the same for jihadists. We are bending over backwards to avoid connecting Islamic terrorist attacks with Islam proper. We are concocting the most bizarre excuses for the religion of Islam, so as not to blame the religion of Islam for the transgressions of its most zealous (and always murderous) followers. This is why I long ago referred to Islam as “the Teflon religion.” Because nothing seems to stick to it. No amount of savagery and bloodletting in the name of Islam seems to bring any measure of culpability to Islam. Jews and Zionism are calumniated for all the misfortune befalling the so-called Palestinians; Christians are blamed even for Islamic terror attacks (e.g. the Orlando terror attack); but Muslims and Islam seem to be covered by clouds of exculpation when it comes to their most observant religious. Hell, Justin Trudeau even rewards jihadists returning to Canada by allowing them to retain Canadian citizenship. Thank you, Canada.
Dorothy Rabinowitz writes: “On no subject has there been more sermonizing than on Muslims and terrorism and on what the real Islam is and is not—no surprise in an administration which has from its outset tended to the apparent view that the American nation is essentially composed of yahoos whose barely controlled instincts to riot require regular monitoring and checks by their enlightened betters.” But it isn’t only in America where an obtrusion of the inverse morality of our “enlightened betters” is steamrolling over the common citizen. It’s happening in Canada and Western Europe as well. Our children are being inculcated and indoctrinated, contrary to our wishes and in spite of our protestations, with the bizarre notion that simply because Islam is ancient and the religion of choice of countless millions, we must avoid all criticism and condemnation of this faith and its followers. Or else. We must accept, for example, the Western media’s general claim that Muslim Arabs stabbing Jews to death or running them over with cars on city streets in Israel is not because the Arab is Muslim and the Israeli is Jewish, but rather because those Jews targeted are Zionists and therefore bad, and the Muslims attacking them are victims of Zionist conquest and therefore good.
Viktor Frankl wrote: “It is characteristic of American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to ‘be happy.’ But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to be happy.” The same applies to Canadian culture. Not only are we commanded and ordered to be happy, but we are also forbidden the liberty of feeling unhappy, of voicing our dissent and our disquieted contempt for governments and media that perpetuate the lie that “Islam is OK” and that the influx of Muslim refugees from countries where Christians are today being murdered by Muslims is nothing we should feel anxious about. The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (as reported in the UK’s Daily Mail) stated: “At a time when the numbers of displaced and refugees have hit an all-time high, Islamists groups — ISIS foremost — are carrying out religiously motivated ethnic cleansing of Christians.” They further warned: “In parts of the Middle East — particularly in Syria and Iraq — the crisis is so severe that barring significant interventions on the part of world powers, the Christian presence may disappear completely within a decade or even sooner.” The obvious nihilism here is found in the present governments of both Canada and the United States and their hard sell to their respective citizens, which is that these same Muslim refugees have left behind their centuries-old hatred of Christians and Jews upon arriving on our shores. Nothing is further from the truth.
I believe the atrocities Christians are suffering in Syria and Iraq is a direct result of what Neil Kressel refers to as “the Muslim sense of superiority.” When you read anywhere of apologists posturing about Islam and Muslims as tolerant of other faiths, believe it not. The essential criteria of Islam is an imperialistic agenda that is absolutely contrary to the circumscribed visions and concepts of democratic nations. As Alasdair Palmer of the UK’s Telegraph reported way back in 2009, “So it is a mistake to pretend that there is no conflict between principles that are supposed to animate British society – freedom of religion, equality of the sexes, and the primacy of secular law made by democratic representatives – and fundamentalist interpretations of Islam. But much official policy seems to be based on the hope that such a conflict is illusory, and will simply evaporate if we pretend it is not there.” Well, this conflict is still with us, plaguing Western societies at an even greater rate than it was in 2009. And we are still pretending it is not there. We most certainly are living in a nihilistic world. Now more than ever.