In the wake of every Islamic terrorist attack, a rallying cry begins in America. Where are the moderate Muslims? Why aren’t they rushing to condemn these attacks? How can we trust Islam when it fails to separate itself from these radicals?
In recent times, liberal commentators have begun to denounce these inquiries as racist and Islamophobic. It is, according to them, not the business of the average Muslim to denounce these attacks. We don’t call on every Christian to denounce Westboro Baptist Church, they say. It’s unfair to expect anything else of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims.
This argument, of course, can only be made by a liberal ignoring the realities of the world. If Christian terrorism was killing thousands of people each year, we might indeed hear calls for moderate Christians to denounce the extremists. Instead, we’re expected to see a moral equivalency between one family protesting funerals with hateful signs and terrorists bent on killing as many people as possible. It’s ridiculous, and I think most people see how ridiculous it is.
Muslim Countries Speak Out
This time around, Muslims have heard the cries for denunciation. While it would be ludicrous to ask each and every follower of Islam to share their thoughts on the attack, it is not too much to ask a few leaders to speak out. Right? Right. Let’s see who has chimed in. They won’t be hard to find, since the media has bent over backwards to glorify their statements and shove them in the faces of the Islamophobes.
Saudi Arabia labeled it a “cowardly terrorist attack which is incompatible with Islam religion.
Egypt said they stand by France “in confronting terrorism.”
Malaysia “condemns in the strongest terms all acts of violence.”
Indonesia “sends condolences to the government and people of France,” and condemns the shooting.
Iran spoke out against the attack, insisting that any terrorist action against innocent civilians was in opposition to the teachings of Islam.
Turkey made it clear that they “condemn with hatred any kind of terror.”
It appears the voices have spoken. Islam is against terrorism. It is a religion of peace, and these attacks – and others like them – are simply the result of a few nutballs using Islam as an excuse for their actions.
But…here’s the problem.
Saudi Arabia is ruled under Hanbali Islamic law. By all accounts, it is guilty of some of the worst human rights violations in the world.
Egypt, where Islam is the official state religion, has seen more than 1,400 protestors killed by security forces since July 2013.
Malaysia is tightening its grip on the citizenry, arresting dissenting bloggers, activists, and migrant workers. According to Amnesty International, 22 people were sentenced to death in the roundup.
Indonesia, under Sharia law, has caned female victims of rape for the sin of adultery. They’ve also caned citizens for drinking, being alone with a member of the opposite sex, and for eating during daylight hours in the midst of Ramadan.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, now our tentative allies against ISIS, was once described by Condoleezza Rice as a “central banker for terrorism.” A list of Iran’s human rights violations would require a book.
Turkey has been a U.S. ally in the war on terror, but their suspected connections to Hamas and Al Qaeda have made them untrustworthy as a Middle Eastern peace broker.
So while it’s nice that these countries have joined hands to condemn the attacks, let’s not be so foolish as to pretend they are just like us. Maybe we don’t need to ask for Muslims to apologize or denounce terrorism at all. If they really wanted to shut it down, then we wouldn’t see thousands of people killed each year by attacks.