The UK Doctors’ bomb plot, the Red Mosque standoff seem to be the straws that broke the camel’s back. Many of us were already feeling embarrassed by the actions of the lunatic fringe and their blood thirsty actions, but these two things seem to have taken the cake.
This has been culminating for a long time as we get embarrassing news all the time, but a group of doctors try to kill and maim and a lunatic mullah uses children as human shields in a mosque. This on top of the past six years of near constant bad news since the 19 maniacs flew the planes into the buildings on 9/11.
How many regular American Muslims are tired of having to explain such idiocy and irrationality at work and other places?
How many regular Muslims are just horribly embarrassed when they see Mickey Mouse suicide bombers and stupid blood libel theories propagated by their co-religionists?
How many regular Muslims now feel the need to disassociate themselves completely and start to represent themselves as just an individual and a person practicing a personal faith and not as a member of ‘the ummah’.
How many are now saying “I’m not with them”?
How many are just tired of being embarrassed?
Yes, the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful, but why do there seem to be so many rabid lunatics?
This is a very interesting post.
As I write this post, now eleven days after that was posted at Tariq Nelson's blog, there are 35 comments. Some of them are very interesting; I reproduce three:
July 10th, 2007 at 2:28 pm
Even though my co-workers don’t associate me with the death cult , I still don’t like for Islam to be associated with these mad men
Umar Lee Says:
July 10th, 2007 at 2:54 pm
I am not embarassed because I am not living for others or what they think or I would not be a Muslim in the first place as that wins you few friends in America. I am more angry at nuts acting in the name os Islam and people supporting them.
July 11th, 2007 at 12:02 am
Lets be frank, this has nothing to do with Islaam. Its about NAFS, DUNYA Power and Influence over IGNORANT, SHEEPISH Muslims.
What has happened to our intellectual heritage, have we become so enamored in "Group Think" or "Sheikh Think" that we seek Fatwas on the most mundane issues of life ? Should I consult the Imam, on the permissibility of brushing my hair towards the Qiblah ? Have we become so obsessed with symbols of piety likes, beards, sujdah marks, and dhikr beards that we have no clue about actual piety ?
Yes, I am embarrassed!
I think Tariq Nelson's description of the "lunatic fringe" as "rabid lunatics" is very apt.
One question remains: "...why do there seem to be so many rabid lunatics?"
I think the consideration of that question is at the heart of why Stop Islamic Conquest exists.
My question is: Is this really a lunatic fringe?
If so, of what? A lunatic fringe of a decent religion, presumably?
Or, are people like Tariq Nelson and his commentators the decent fringe of a lunatic ideology?
Let me offer another quote from Submission.org, found in an editor's note about terrorism:
We have been witnessing the injustice and oppression done by terrorists taking the lives of innocent people, everywhere.. We have been deeply touched by the killing and the blood shed that have been taken place by hands of humans all over the world.
The evil behavior carried out by any radical individuals under the banner of the religion of Islam, (Submission to God alone), seeking political or social gain is strongly objurgated in the Quran. Teachings that promote aggression, oppression, violence and unjustified killing have no where in the Quran. Terrorism has no place on earth.
Much of what I omit in this quote consists of citations from the Quran supporting the above comment; please see the original.
The quote then concludes:
We, submitters to God alone, are adding our voices to all those who cherish the human values and rights granted to man-kind by the One God, the Creator. We definitely share with you the hate of all what the so-called Muslims all over the world are practicing in the name of Islam. We'll keep declaring, with a very loud and firm voice that the Quran and this great religion of Abraham (Submission), both, condemn all kinds, forms, and names of unjustified killings and blood shed.
We call upon Christians, Jews, Muslims and all the believers in God to verify the truth about the religion of Submission (Islam) through this most comprehensive website where we have the most clear, accurate and modern translation of the Quran by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.
Knowledge is the cure for one's ignorance.
" And you shall know the truth , and the truth shall make you free."[ The Bible: Jhon 8:32]
"You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them."[ The Quran, 17:36]
The time has now come that we can not remain silent no more. The time has come that we should take action and try our best to prevent terrorism in the world. We hope to bring love, peace and tolerance into this world based on respect, compassion, and a solid foundation of knowledge.
May God bless all who strive for peace and true happiness.
However you answer the questions posed above, let's keep in mind that many people in the Islamic community are in just as much danger as us infidels. Indeed, if there is anything bloodier than Islam's borders, it is Islam's interior.
"...why do there seem to be so many rabid lunatics?"