Moderate Islam is a phrase treated differently by different factions:

  • The Obama administration and many other leftists disfavor it, as it implies that there is some other kind.
  • The progressive media doesn’t like the term either, and joins their leftist protectorate in suggesting that any who are not “moderate Islam” practitioners are not Muslims at all. And yet they frequently point out that “almost all” Muslims are moderate, ignoring the implied contradiction.
  • Those pointing out the jihadist faction problem refer to moderate Islam frequently to try to make clear that not all Muslims are jihadists. (This group, I should point out, includes me.)
  • Jihadists refer to “moderate Muslims” sneeringly, as apostates. And they kill them.

No Bright Line

Moderate Islam is problematic. There is no bright line separating moderate Muslims from jihadists — it is a blend. A majority of those described as “moderate” hold and support views that Westerns would consider radical, such as punishment (death or flogging) for leaving or insulting Islam.

The fuzzy blend of moderation into jihadist was made starkly evident recently in the interview with the father of San Bernardino jihadist Syed Rizwan Farook. Did he know that the son supported ISIS? Sure. And ascribed to the principles of ISIS caliph al-Baghdadi. And was obsessed with the destruction of Israel. None of this bothered the father, who merely advised to wait two years in which Israel would be destroyed by politics.

Why would the Left like such a father? Well, aside from sharing with the media and his son a hatred for Israel, the father was alarmed when the son bought a gun. So he’s a gun-control poster child, so to speak.

Not Worth a Mention

The larger issue here is that a “moderate” Muslim family can be aware of ISIS support, shrug it off, and do nothing. Even after the fact, the father was not so much horrified at the killing as puzzled by why the son would do this when he was making good money. In other words, had he been poor, the slaughter and wounding of all of those non-Muslims in support would have been understandable.

So what part of these events did he consider the big personal tragedy? He complained that after he broke his back to raise a child, he lost him — and now the father’s life is over. The 14 dead and 22 wounded at the hands of his son and daughter-in-law (probably assisted by his ex-wife) did not get a mention.

With such people representing “moderate Islam” — people who know about ISIS support and don’t consider it worth mentioning — the concerns about them by other Americans seems more understandable.

What About Elsewhere?

How about the situation overseas? What do people in an Islam- and Shariah- dominated society think of jihadists? Do they share US Democrat leafers’ assertions that jihadism has “nothing to do with Islam”?

No. Taking Pakistan as an example, which ought to be as Shariah-friendly as one can get, we see a similar pattern. Just as in America, non-jihadists are concerned about the rise in jihadism, and point to it being taught in Islamic schools which, there, are now also controlling “secular” education. And, similarly, they are concerned that so-called “moderate” Muslims sometimes aren’t.

For example, Pakistan earlier this year suffered a horrendous mass attack, with 45 people on a school bus gunned down because they were the wrong sort of folks. And it now seems that the people who organized and funded this attack were co-owners of a “moderate, secular” college and were highly educated, upstanding citizens.

Local writers note that the ground for jihad is being seeded by even secular schools teaching that you are either the right type of Muslim, or you are the enemy.

The part of Israel called Palestine is even worse, of course; they openly espouse suicide bombing to five-year-olds and the killing of Jews and Americans permeates their textbooks and children’s television as the highest goal a child could aspire to.

How does one defeat jihadism when it is inculcated from earliest education?

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

  • Citizen Tom

    This post very effectively gets across what so many are failing to grasp. What we believe makes a difference. What we value drives our decisions. If some Muslims do not believe the lives of non-Muslims have any value, then we can hardly expect those Muslims to make good neighbors. If some Muslims think Allah wants them to kill, even at the cost of their own lives, non-Muslims, then those Muslims must be our enemies.

    And where would we find the difference between Muslims who would make good neighbors, bad neighbors, or enemies? That difference resides in the mind, unseen.