From the The San Diego Daily Transcript, an op-ed piece by Larry Stirling:
Now how many people have been slaughtered along with buildings and cars torched because hundreds of thousands Muslims object to a few non-Muslims in a secular country exercising their right of free speech?
It is hard to keep count. We may need to set up a macabre pari-mutual accounting board that totals the people killed year to date because Islamic guys wake up grouchy.
How much has the cause of freedom and democracy been set back? A very long way.
The American press unanimously and pusillanimously decided not to reprint the cartoons.
That sweeping decision to run up the white flag proves that there is a gutless press oligopoly in this nation and that is not good for any of us.
However, there is a bright side to all of this believe it or not.
Neither my Dictionary of Quotations nor Google tell me who said this, but there is a succinct quote that applies to this situation:
“History is the recordation of the race between education and catastrophe.”
In this case, catastrophe for us is to know too little about the Muslim religion. Many nations have learned to their sorrow what it means to have a large group of Muslims as their neighbors, immigrants, or conquerors.
There are endless publications attempting to warn the American people that the Muslim religion is unlike any other religion or philosophy in the world (see: “The West’s Last Chance” by Tony Blankley).
But none of those writings could have made the point as vividly as has the Muslim reaction to the cartoons. Millions more now understand that the Muslim position is that things should be their way or no way.
Every other religion or philosophy of which I am aware: Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Confucianism, Sikh, even Shinto, attempt to inculcate into their adherents an internal scheme of socializing principles designed to overcome their “sinful” impulses with “saintly” conduct. Such internal policing also makes them better neighbors.
It is true that there is a long gruesome history of groups subscribing to religion getting hijacked into wars when the economics of the situation happen to coincide with religious affiliations.
The Irish Catholic-Protestant conflict sadly comes to mind.
But all such wars are in direct conflict with the express tenets of their religion.
Not so with the Muslims. While the Muslim religion does inculcate a strong element of self-control (the internal Jihad), there the similarity ends.
The Muslim religion is now and, ever since a few years after its founding in Saudi Arabia, has been a warrior religion just like the Spartans of ancient Greece (see: “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Gibbons).
Ever since about 550 A.D., Muslim armies have been on the march, plundering nation after nation, flourishing not as much by their own creativity or hard work but by harnessing the talent and resources of those they militarily subjugate.
The Christian Bible abjures its adherents to: not murder; turn the other cheek; love your neighbor; and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The Koran (Qu’ran) says:
Surah 8.65 “Oh Prophet! Exhort believers to fight.”
Surah 62.6-7 “Oh ye Jews, if claim that Allah favors you over all mankind, then long for death ...”
Surah 5.51 “Take not Jews and Christians as your friends.”
Surah 2.191 “Slay the aggressors (people who defend themselves) wherever you find them” (including the Olympics).
Interesting view of life and death in Islam: you can break every rule of your religion (as Mohammed Atta did before he put his plane into the World Trade Center) but if you kill a bunch of infidels, you’re redeemed. This is so primitive that it’s hard to take in…
See the rest at The San Diego Daily Transcript.
(Stirling is a retired superior court judge who now practices law with the firm of Garrison & McInnis. He is a former Army officer, member of the San Diego City Council, the California State Assembly and the State Senate. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hat tip: LGF commenter Bubbaman. Thanks, B.