At the risk of becoming the next Kurt Westergaard, we must declare it and declare it loud that we need to be able to criticize bad ideas and, as Sam Harris put it, “Islam is the mother load of bad ideas. But the criticism of Islam is not only for arguments sake. When one fights Islam ideas, both radical and moderate, you fight for liberty, freedom of speech, and the freedom to simply be happy.
Say what you want about the out spoken, flatulent, controversial, and handsome Milo Yiannopolos, but he has landed in the spot light on the side of the free man in a way unique to most others. Milo creates a humorous and dubious argument against anyone intolerant of free speech – whether it be the new feminists, social justice warriors, Muslims, and anyone who crosses his path. Milo will simply not tolerate intolerance – as he puts it:
So it gives us a clear answer to the paradox of tolerance: no, you cannot tolerate the truly intolerant. If you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile, and rape everything inside it. And they won’t stop spreading.
He says this at the University of Central Florida earlier this evening. Despite the Twitter scandal, Milo will not shy away from what most people with a brain thinks: we need free speach in every corner of the world. To protect our happiness and to spread it abroad, the liberty to say whatever we want, without the threat of violence, is absolutely necessary. But no stronger plead for rational discourse than Milo’s speach at UCF – just miles away from the Pulse Nightclub. But, although Milo gives amazing reasons to criticize Islam, I think he has given us specific threats Islam posses on the world. And no one is immune. Please let Milo explain as I sum up his points into 5 threats of Islam:
1. The Threat to Women
Because I say things that offend feminists, the left considers me the number one threat to women today. But Muslims do far more than offend feminists, or offend women. They’re actually enslaving them, forcing them into marriages, slashing their genitals — which, unlike the male genitalia, aren’t improved by a little trim.
Muslims think they own women to such a degree, that they think women who wear shirts above their ankles in European countries are fair game to be raped. That’s real rape culture, right there — not the bogus one on college campuses.
So, as long as I’m speaking out against Islam with a louder and more forthright voice than any feminist in America today, I feel justified in considering myself far more feminist than them. Even if I do hate abortion.
2. The Threat to the World
Allah is said to be Compassionate and Merciful, but he does not, in the words of a medieval historian friend of mine, enter into his creation. He does not invite his creatures to be fellow creators. In fact he forbids it. He forbids much of what we in the west know is responsible for all the best art.
He forbids creativity in robust, dangerous, experimental ways. This, I think, rather than any petty sexual restriction, is what means there can be no accommodation made for Islam from gays whatsoever. We are society’s engines of chaos, pushing the limits of what can be thought and said, testing the boundaries of creativity and acceptability, sketching out social norms for the rest of you.
The Muslim commander who conquered Alexandria asked the Caliph Umar what to do with the immense library there. According to one anecdote, told by Muslims, the Caliph Umar replied: “If what is written in the books agrees with the Koran, they are not needed. If it disagrees, they are not wanted.” So the commander burned the library. Now this may be apocryphal but this story was originally told by Muslims and later repeated by famous Muslim writers.
3. The Threat to Rationality
Curtis Yarvin, a Jewish entrepreneur and blogger, says that nonsense is a better organizing tool than the truth. “Anyone can believe in the truth,” he writes. “To believe in nonsense is an unforgeable demonstration of loyalty. It serves as a political uniform.”
For many Muslims, the nonsense that is “Islamic science,” which holds that the earth is egg-shaped and that the stars are missiles created by Allah to throw at devils, is the only science they need. Or consider the ascendant art of “Islamic creationism,” a batty spin on creationist theories forged in Turkey but funded by Saudi Arabia. Scientific inquiry is virtually dead in the Islamic world. Arab nations stand near the bottom of every measure of human development. There is no world-class university anywhere in the Muslim world.
Spain translates more books in a single year than the entire Arab world has in the past thousand. Some people in Saudi Arabia still refuse to believe man has been to the moon. I know some of you tonight probably don’t believe we’ve been to the moon either, but this is America. You are allowed to go against accepted opinion without being beheaded for it.
4. The Threat of Civil Rights
We hear a lot about moderate Muslims, but in practice we don’t see them. All the moderate Muslims I know are ex-Muslims, or haven’t been to Friday prayers for months, or even years.
London has elected a Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, who is praised as a moderate But many have been left wondering just how moderate he is. Khan banned sexy advertisements from the underground like the famous Protein World ads. Was this move really to combat body shaming, like feminists wanted? Or was it to make the underground more shariah-compliant?
It is one of those instances where feminism and Islam are right in line on women’s rights. Sadiq Khan has met with a lot of shady and decidedly non-moderate Islamic types. He has associated with convicted terrorist Babar Ahmad, who is credited with inspiring the gang behind the 7/7 bombings. For those of you that don’t know, that was London’s smaller scale 9/11.
This is a mayor who says terrorism is “Part & parcel of living in a big city” but it shouldn’t be, should it? England is one of the most illuminating examples of the lack of moderates. A Gallup poll of Muslims in the UK found that not a single one of the 1,001 people polled thought that homosexuality was morally acceptable. Not a single one!
The entire world loves Malala, the Nobel Prize winning champion of education for girls. But look at her opinion, which passes in the media as moderate: “The more you speak about Islam and against all Muslims, the more terrorists we create.” So Malala’s opinion is if we all just shut up and did what Islam wants, which is to submit, they wouldn’t need to shoot us, stab us, or blow us up. Criticize us and we will kill you for your bad words. Great to know a Nobel prize winner has this sort of vision.
5. The Threat to Law
In 2015 the Center for Security Policy commissioned a poll of Muslims in America. It found that:
- 30% of American Muslims believe it is legitimate to use violence against those that insult Islam
- 25% of American Muslims said that violence against Americans can be justified as part of global jihad
- 51% of American Muslims want to be allowed to be governed by Sharia Law
And here’s my personal favourite:
- 33% said that sharia should take precedence over the constitution if they clashed
That’s a lot of bad Skittles in the United States. Over a million of them.
Something we can all agree on is that the First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of speech, is America’s most basic right. So it is very telling to understand the opinions of Muslims in America on this topic.
According to a Wenzel Strategies poll in 2012:
- 58% of Muslim-Americans believe criticism of Islam or Muhammad is not protected free speech under the First Amendment
- 45% believe that those who mock Islam should face criminal charges
- 12% believe blaspheming against Islam should be punishable by death
You don’t only have to worry about the Muslims who commit acts of terror like shooting up a gay nightclub. You should also be worried about the Muslims who quietly endorse their acts. To say nothing of the ones who fund them.
It is a risk, indeed, to claim that someone’s ideas are bad – worse than bad – deadly. Without a doubt, Islam is the worst plague on modern man and it is spreading. The ridiculous notion that we need to simply bend over and accept bad ideas is pure brain rot. Where is the educated and secular Middle East from the early first millennium? It because Islam’s first victim.
Here is a link to Milo Yiannopoulos’ speech: