Islamism: Religion or Ideology?

Bill Levinson,

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Bill Levinson

With the sole exception of Russia's activities in Ukraine and the Crimea, almost all the world's violence and trouble is traceable to one clearly identifiable source. While genuine religions enjoy legal protections in all free nations--the First Amendment of the United States' Constitution guarantees it--and also respect and tolerance from decent human beings--a murderous ideology does not. (We call this ideology Islamism to distinguish it from Islam as practiced by most of the world's Muslims.) Let's consider first the role of violence in the world's major religions.

What is the role of violence in religion?

All but one major religion, as practiced in the 21st century, denounce violence for purposes other than self-defense.

  • The Old Testament acknowledges that the ancient Hebrews committed genocide and ethnic cleansing. Jews have not behaved that way for thousands of years.
  • Christianity sanctions violence only in self-defense, although mediev‎al clergy often behaved like Islamist mullahs behave today. Pope Gregory XI, to whom we owe the modern calender, advocated the overthrow of Queen Elizabeth I, and may have even issued a death fatwa against her. This played a major role in her reluctant decision to ban Catholicism from England. He also celebrated the massacre of French Huguenots. The Thirty Years War (1618-1648), however, convinced most of Christian Europe that killing one another over religion was a bad idea. The Wikipedia entry cites 8 million fatalities, which is believable because disease and starvation killed more people than actual combat in those days. The Peace of Westphalia (1648) declared that "Christians living in principalities where their denomination was not the established church were guaranteed the right to practice their faith in public during allotted hours and in private at their will." Modern Christians do not kill other people over religion.
  • Hinduism, as shown by the Bhagavad Gita, says you must kill your own cousins and teachers if that is your duty in a war, but the story also makes it clear that Krishna did everything possible to prevent the war in question.
  • Chinese philosophy warns that "Weapons are tools of ill omen." The Chinese general Sun Tzu admonished further that the dead cannot come back to life.
  • The "Holy" Koran, Sura 9.29: "Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax [jizya] in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection." [47.4] "So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates. That (shall be so); and if Allah had pleased He would certainly have exacted what is due from them, but that He may try some of you by means of others; and (as for) those who are slain in the way of Allah, He will by no means allow their deeds to perish."

 As stated above, Jews no longer behave as they did in the Old Testament. Christians no longer behave as they did during the Middle Ages or Renaissance, and Muslims no longer behave as they did hundreds of years ago. There is only one ideology (Islamism) that still behaves in this manner under color of religion. Muslims are good friends and neighbors; Islamists are dangerous to everybody including our Muslim friends. Violence, human trafficking, and genocide in the Sudan, Nigeria, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Malaysia, and countless other places shows, however, that Islamism (aka militant "Islam") is no better than Nazism. The facts speak for themselves.

Islamism is an Ideology, Not a Religion

  • Islamism and Nazism both claimed the right to rule the world.
  • Islamism and Nazism both define a Master Race; the Dar al Islam in the former, along with Untermenschen (subhumans) who can be killed, raped, robbed, or enslaved at will. Islamism refers to these Untermenschen as infidels, kafirs, and the Dar-al-Harb (House of War).
  • Islamism and Nazism both mark those deemed inferior with special symbols; the nun (Nazarene) for Christians in Iraq, and yellow Stars of David for Jews.
  • Islamism and Nazism both commit genocide, and bury the victims in mass graves.

Here are some relevant quotes from Islamism's Holy Book. The Old Testament material that sanctions genocide ("smiting" entire populations) is little better, but Jews no longer act on that material just as Muslims no longer act on the items shown below. Only Islamists act on this, and Muslims whom they deem the wrong kinds of Muslims are often the victims.

[2.191] And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.
[2.192] But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
[2.193] And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.

[2.216] Fighting is enjoined on you, and this an object of dislike to you; and it may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing while it is evil for you, and Allah knows, while you do not know

[3.151] We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve, because they set up with Allah that for which He has sent down no authority, and their abode is the fire, and evil is the abode of the unjust.

[4.74] Therefore let those fight in the way of Allah, who sell this world's life for the hereafter; and whoever fights in the way of Allah, then be he slain or be he victorious, We shall grant him a mighty reward. [This is where they get their 72 virgins for crashing airplanes into buildings full of innocent people.]

[5.33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement,

[9.29] Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

Then there is this sweet little gem from the Hadith:

Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."

Israel, fortunately, has high-technology equipment that can see the terrorists before they see the Jews, but the bottom line question is as follows. WHAT KIND OF RELIGION IS THIS?

It is also particularly noteworthy that Islamism punishes apostasy (leaving) with death. A valid religion or philosophy does not need walls to keep people in, just like a free country does not need walls to keep people in. Only a totalitarian regime like the former Soviet Union needed to do that.

The time has come for the world's civilized people to withdraw their recognition of this depraved and violent ideology as any kind of religion. It is also emphatically unfair to use "Islam" or "Muslims" when discussing it.