A few weeks ago I saw a this video on The Kelly File of a Fredericksburg, Virginia man calling Islam evil and saying every Muslim is a terrorist and I got pretty angry.
Why? Because I know that video went viral in the Muslim world, and it plays right into the hand of radical Islamists and jihadists like the people that attacked Paris and committed those heinous acts in San Bernardino, Calif.
ISIS, al-Qaeda, and so many other radical jihadists want a religious war, and believe a religious war is coming between Muslims and the infidels (or non-believers). Islam is a religion with more than a 2 billion adherents. Actions such as are found in the video above, and like the various ‘Draw Mohammed’ contests, aid those terrorist organizations who believe in subjugation of everyone (including Muslims that don’t agree, by the way).
Islam is coming to a critical moment. More and more Muslims based in the West and in the United States are speaking out for reformation of the religion. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi actually went to speak at one of the foremost schools for Islamic scholarship and challenged the scholars to reform the faith.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Al-Sisi is also still alive, at least as of this writing.)
I have a question for the man in the first video and anyone that reads this that agrees with him. Is Dr. Zuhdi Jasser your enemy? What about other panelists HERE that are calling for reform and comparing this moment to Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door of a church? Is al-Sisi, the man who stopped the Muslim Brotherhood from taking over Egypt, your enemy?
No, they aren’t, and there are millions of Muslims all over the world that agree with these men and women. But Dr. Jasser and President al-Sisi are able to speak up. Many others like Maajid Nawaz, a former radical Islamist who now fights extremism and even stood for election to the House of Commons, can speak up because they are because they are in the West. But think about Muslims in the Middle East and other parts of the world. Americans wonder why we don’t hear from them.
They dare not speak up in Baghdad, Beirut, the West Bank, Tehran or Gaza. They dare not say in places like Damascus and Riyadh that they believe that radical jihad is wrong or Israel has a right to exist or America is not evil. Because if they do they will die at the hands of Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, the al-Asqa Martys Brigade, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Islamic State. And often not just them, but their families and friends will die too. The forces of hate and jihad have funding, guns, bombs, and at times major government apparatuses at their disposal. And that’s why Muslims who don’t agree keep quiet.
But there is something else. How can you stand up in those places and oppose those evil groups when all you will get for it is the back of the hand? What is the point in standing up when you get messages from America that say we hate your religion and we think you are a cult? Do you think anyone on the Arab Street wants to be seen as standing with people that think it’s okay to mock the central figure of their religion? Would I stand with or want anything to do with people that mock Jesus Christ (as has been done so often in the United States in the last few decades)?
This battle for the soul of Islam is going to happen one way or the other. If we turn our backs on the reformers, if we don’t stand behind people in the Arab world who will oppose the radical Islamist groups so they can speak without their life being under threat, if we won’t fight (yes with bullets, bombs and manpower) groups like ISIS, then we will be giving over the second largest religion on the planet to radicals who want global war. And that is a war from which there will be no escape.
George Templeton co-hosts Foreign Matters with Stephen Glaug on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on Vigilant Liberty Radio. Listen here http://vigilantlibertyradio.us/chat/