William A. Levinson
With the almost sole exception of Russian expansionism in the Crimea and Ukraine, the world's large-scale violence is traceable to one clearly identifiable source. Whether it's Hamas firing rockets at Israel, Boko Haram enslaving, raping, and killing Christian girls, genocide of Christians in the Sudan, or ISIS conducting mass executions in Syria and Iraq, fundamentalist Islam (aka Islamism, to distinguish it from mainstream Islam) is the root cause. There is as much moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel as there was, for example, between Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill, or Hideki Tojo and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the European Union and United Nations ought to know it.
HAMAS, as shown by its recent conduct in the Gaza Strip, stands for Hiding Among Mosques And Schools. Islamism hides similarly behind the social and legal protections that civilized societies extend to religious faiths. We are all taught from childhood to respect other people's religions, and our Constitution protects genuine religions without exception. Islamism is not a religion; it is an ideology that hides behind religion.
Suppose, for example, that skinheads with swastika flags begin to goose-step, proclaim their right to rule the world, claim the right to kill or enslave those they deem inferior, and shout "Heil Hitler!" Germany would arrest them because the Nazism is illegal in Germany. Even the United States would, despite the First Amendment, probably watch such an organization to make sure it did not act on its words.
Why, then, is another class of people allowed to proclaim openly that they will dominate the world, claim the right to kill, rob, rape, and/or enslave those they consider inferior, and shout the equivalent of "Heil Hitler?" Just as Hamas hides among mosques and schools, Islamists hide the equivalent of Nazism behind religion. It is past time to strip this ideology of that mantle to treat it as what it is; an ideology.
Islamism = Nazism with Religious Rituals
Both ideologies share numerous major features:
(1) Their founders created the ideologies to get their followers to kill and die for them.
- This alone is not enough to condemn Islamism, because the track records of Judaism (e.g. as shown in the Old Testament) and Christianity (e.g. Inquisition, Thirty Years War) were once not much better. The key word is "were" as opposed to "are." There is only one purported religion that has, during the past couple of hundred years, used theology to justify genocide, rape, and human trafficking.
(2) Their founders wrote books, Mein Kampf and the Koran respectively, that embody the ideologies and justify aggressive warfare against those deemed inferior. Here is but one of many examples from the latter.
- 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, dhimmi tax] in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.
(3) Both ideologies claim the right to rule the entire world, as in "Today Germany, tomorrow the world" and "Islam will dominate the world."
- Here is a video of a demonstration in London where Islamists say they will rule the world, call for the bombing of Denmark, and add that they will take infidel women as war booty. The demonstration adds threats of another 7/7, the terrorist subway bombings in the UK.
- The context of the Takbir (Arabic for "Allah akbar!") in this demonstration comes across like the "Heil Hitler!" of the 1930s.
(4) Both ideologies define their own members as racially or religiously superior Herrenvolk; the Master Race. These are Aryans and the Dar-al-Islam (House of Islam) respectively, and the latter encompasses only the "right" kinds of Muslims.
(5) Both ideologies define outsiders as Untermenschen (subhumans) whom the Master Race is free to kill, rape, rob, and/or enslave. Nazism defined Jews, Slavs, Gypsies, homosexuals, and Black people as Untermenschen. Islamism's kafirs or infidels include Jews, Christians, Hindus, Baha'is, and the wrong kinds of Muslims. Sunnis regard Shiites as Untermenschen, and vice versa.
- Kafirs and infidels are all part of the Dar-al-Harb (House of War), which means Islamism has openly declared war on the entire non-Islamic world. This includes, of course, the wrong kinds of Muslims.
- ISIS demands the jizya, a tax paid by infidels for the privilege of remaining alive in the Dar-al-Islam, from Christians in Iraq. When the Christians can't or won't pay, Islamists rape their female family members. The reference adds that Islamists use Christian women the same way Imperial Japan used Koreans as what they called "comfort women."
- Islamists claim, and often exercise, the right to rape infidel women in North America, Europe, and Australia. "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it ... whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred."
(6) Both ideologies slate certain people for Sonderbehandlung (special treatment, i.e. extermination). The Nazis applied this to special needs children, and here is an example of Sonderbehandlung of gay people in Iran.
(7) Both ideologies need not honor their agreements with Untermenschen. Examples include Hitler's violation of his peace agreements, and the Islamist hudna (temporary or phony peace). Hamas has proven itself incapable of honoring its hudnas for more than a few hours.
(8) Both ideologies identify property of Untermenschen with yellow Stars of David or the Arabic symbol nun (Nazarene, Christian) for expropriation or looting.
(9) Both ideologies exterminate Untermenschen, and then bury them in mass graves. Nazi concentration camps, mass graves of Armenian victims of the Turkish genocide of 1915, and the current conduct of ISIS are all examples.
- Almost all Christian-majority nations outside the former Soviet Union are rated as Free.
- The world's only Jewish-majority nation is also the only Free nation in the entire Middle East.
- The world's only Hindu-majority nation is the world's largest democracy.
- NO Muslim-majority nation is rated better than Partly Free.
The only significant differences between Nazism and Islamism are as follows, and both are in Nazism's favor:
(1) Nazism recognized Aryan women as Herrenvolk, while Islamism treats Muslim women as chattel property. Muslim women can be sold by their male "owners," subjected to female genital mutilation, and stoned to death for adultery if they are raped.
(2) Nazism never sanctioned child rape. Eva Braun was, of course, a consenting adult when Hitler consummated his relationship with her.
It is past time for Europe, some of whose countries have banned Nazism, to abolish protections including anti-"hate speech" laws that allow jihadists to promote their depraved and violent ideology without even verbal or written opposition. Boycott, divestment, and sanctions (sound familiar?) of Islamist-run businesses also should be on the table, along with deportation of Islamist immigrants as undesirables.
Most American Muslims, on the other hand, subscribe to American values. They may well have immigrated to get away from Islamism, the same way Germans and Italians (e.g. Enrico Fermi) fled Nazism and Fascism. Even the U.S., however, has Islamists who say their religion exempts them from the laws of the United States, while others say Sharia law will replace the U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment guarantees the right to practice a religious faith, but not an ideology that places itself above the Constitution. This is a strong argument for revoking the 501(c)(3) tax exemption of any mosque or other Islamic organization that advocates the overthrow of the freedoms that our country exists to protect.