By Raymond Ibrahim
The report goes on to give the opinions of an array of sociologists, anthropologists and psychologists, who regurgitate the same aforementioned themes on "a fanatical few," "extreme and violent behavior," "cultural assumptions," and "stereotypes." Not once do any of these soft-scientists bother investigating, let alone pointing out, what Christianity and Islam actually teach regarding violence.
Nor do they seem cognizant that there is a major difference between what people do in the name of religion and what the religion itself commands — just as there is a major difference between historical descriptions of war in the Bible and timeless prescriptions to wage war in the Koran (see "Are Judaism and Christianity as Violent as Islam?" for a full treatment of these issues).
Nor are these important differences limited to theory, but rather manifest themselves in reality: when jihadists attack in the name of Islam, such as on 9/11, high-ranking Muslim clerics praise them and Muslims celebrate in the streets; conversely, no Christian preacher has praised Breivik's terrorism, nor are Christians dancing.
The report continues:
Note again how the stress is entirely on what people "believe" and "say" — not what Christian and Muslim doctrines so unequivocally teach. Worse, that "millions of Muslims say Usama bin Laden is not a Muslim" is a curious assertion, considering that the Obama administration saw that he was given an Islamic burial so as not to anger the Muslim world (jihadists who go down in sea receive double the brownie points that land-dying jihadists receive — which are already considerable, a la 72 celestial concubines, etc.).
The one rare mention in the report of actual teachings comes from another psychology professor:
Quite the contrary, if you know what Islam teaches concerning the jihad and the non-Muslim — tellingly known as the "infidel" — violence becomes a very "plausible explanation."
If lamentable, none of this is surprising: because Western secularists cannot fathom the importance of doctrine to believers; cannot take religion seriously — seeing all scriptures as little better than poetry to be interpreted any which way — they project their indecisive worldview onto the decisive other, much, ironically, to secularism's own detriment.
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Raymond Ibrahim, a historian of Islam, Islamism and the Middle East, is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, an associate fellow at the Middle East Forum, a guest lecturer at the National Defense Intelligence College, and the editor of The Al-Qa'ida Reader, a collection of tranlations of key texts and documents of the Islamist movement. Ibrahim's translations of the religious texts and political propaganda comprising this collection help readers comprehend the origins, development, history, and serious danger of the Islamist war doctrines of Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Founders of Al-Qa'ida and implacable enemies of the U.S.A. and the West.
The foregoing article by Raymond Ibrahim was originally published in Jihad Watch, August 3, 2011, and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (URL: http://www.meforum.org/2999/christian-terrorism)
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