This is not a war against Islam
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Forgive me for reposting a comment as a diary. This is a topic that has been saddening me for a few weeks: namely, the prevailing view of Islam here at RedState.org.
I haven't posted a diary on this topic because I can't leave my emotion out of it. It's hard for me to not make this about myself, or my family, and to keep this a dispassionate response to some of the arguments I've seen on the site. Generally, RedState deserves better than that type of diary.
However, I give in. This is my 80% solution. I want to be heard. I want other detractors here to be heard also, not hidden in a larger story about nuking Mecca or the great divide.Wmoriaty wrote this comment in response to Leon's latest diary on Tancredo:
Tancredo's remarks were wrong on at least two levels. First, any moderate Muslim (especially those in our military, those in the Iraqi and Afghan militaries and police forces, and dissidents in Iran and Syria, all of whom face more danger than Rep. Tancredo does on a daily basis) has just cause to be extremely offended by the comments. For that alone, Tancredo should apologize.
and was met by this response:
What moderate muslims? The ones you're saying would be turned into violent opponents of Iraqi and Afghan freedom because of one statement? When these people unite against terrorism the way you say they could unite against us, then I'll believe they exist.
This is my reponse:
No, not the ones he's saying would be turned into violent opponents.
He's talking about those of us who are working day in and day out to stop fellow Americans from dying, those of us who are loyal and loving citizens, those of us who respect our government and try to be patient with the fear and misunderstanding that emanates from the rest of the Western world in response to these horrible attacks, those of us who refuse to hate despite constant attacks on our beliefs and our peoples.
WE are the Muslims that are offended by Tancredo's remarks. WE are the Muslims who do denouce terrorism and Usama and al-Qaida and all those who support him, whether overtly or by sympathy. WE are the ones who are trying what we can do to change the Muslim worldview that most on RedState so denouce,yet WE are being blamed for doing nothing.
I'm not usually melodramatic; I'm not usually PC. After all, I'm a fellow Republican. However, the prevailing view of most of the editors on RedState regarding Islam saddens me. I understand that we shouldn't whitewash and say that Islam is a peaceful religion, without any sort of atoning for what is being done in our name. I am furious with the Muslim masses who consider any form of terrorism justifiable. But I'm sick and tired of myself and my family being painted with a broad brush as belonging to a community of hatred.
Again, I'm posting this diary in bad form, but I had to speak, and that comment encapsulates it all for me. I've argued theology in the past; I've argued strategies regarding the hearts and minds portion of the War on Terror. This is far more personal.
One can find any amount of Islamists groups who fail to denounce terrorism and silently support al-Qaida, in their own hearts and minds. There are many more who strongly denounce it, who want democracy, who have many and differing views of the Qu'ran. I suggest instead of Googling the hatred, Google it's antithesis. Here's one to start your search: http://www.freemuslims.org/. Oh, the first article in the site may rankle some; it's about combating intolerance against Muslims. Go ahead and read that article; it's not as bad as you think. Keep looking around. This is me. This is my family. This is (these are) most American citizens of the Muslim faith. I know Muslims of other nationalities in the same mold. They are not the ones reported on by the MSM, by the blogosphere. Some may have not gotten in front of television cameras and denounced terrorism. They are ordinary people living ordinary lives. They are not your enemy. Islam is not your enemy, although you are welcome to disagree with its tenets. You are welcome to argue that Islam was a religion built on war. You are welcome to argue that a careful reading of Islam may espouse jihad. Those are controversial topics, and by no means is it certain that you are wrong. In it's pure form...well, you may be right. However, Muslims are not Muslims because they believe in war, or jihad, or dhimmitude, or fighting infidels. They believe in one God, like many on this site. They believe that they should love and respect their neighbors. Many don't care about the full theology behind their religion, or if some do, they too are uncomfortable with its implications. But, Islam is one of the three great monotheisms, and this happens to be the one they follow, because they were born into it.